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Years and years ago, there was a movie where a man was murdered and as he was dying, he went to a phone and called a stranger. I believe most of the movie was about why he called this total stranger. Perhaps it was a Hitchcock film but maybe not.

Does this basic plot ring any bells?

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I think I read or saw a review of this film, but I didn't see the film itself.

I distinctly remember hearing about that setup. Although it is possible that this set has been used more than once.
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Sounds like Henry Fonda and maybe Katherine Hepburn were in it.
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"African Queen of Casablanca in the SAHARA!"?
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There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.


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MrMXLXPLXLM? However the "Superman"-villain NAME is actually spelt!
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Drew1365 wrote:
erak wrote:
Sounds like Henry Fonda and maybe Katherine Hepburn were in it.


I got that.


I didn't. Anyone care to clue me in?
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EgorjLileli wrote:
Drew1365 wrote:
erak wrote:
Sounds like Henry Fonda and maybe Katherine Hepburn were in it.


I got that.


I didn't. Anyone care to clue me in?

Erak's standard answer to people looking for a movie title is, "On Golden Pond".

Mine, incidentally, is "Spice World".
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MABBY wrote:
EgorjLileli wrote:
Drew1365 wrote:
erak wrote:
Sounds like Henry Fonda and maybe Katherine Hepburn were in it.


I got that.


I didn't. Anyone care to clue me in?

Erak's standard answer to people looking for a movie title is, "On Golden Pond".

Mine, incidentally, is "Spice World".


Thanks, Mabby!
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joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.




That indeed was what happened. Now I'm wondering if that's what I'm thinking of or if that episode was based on an earlier movie.
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RVS70 wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.




That indeed was what happened. Now I'm wondering if that's what I'm thinking of or if that episode was based on an earlier movie.


Oddly enough there was an old Batman comic from the 50's where a famous painter was shot while he was working on a painting and the last thing he did was paint

-Q

in the bottom right of the painting, thus secretly identifying his killer. The killer's name? Robert Dial

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A rotary phone used to not have a Q on it
 
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Sounds like a cool movie. I wonder if The Simpsons were referencing it here?

 
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Drew1365 wrote:
MABBY wrote:
Mine, incidentally, is "Spice World".


Oh, you mean "Dune"?


Scary Spice. Uh-huh.

Well I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want.
 
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okiedokie wrote:
RVS70 wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.




That indeed was what happened. Now I'm wondering if that's what I'm thinking of or if that episode was based on an earlier movie.


Oddly enough there was an old Batman comic from the 50's where a famous painter was shot while he was working on a painting and the last thing he did was paint

-Q

in the bottom right of the painting, thus secretly identifying his killer. The killer's name? Robert Dial

Spoiler (click to reveal)
A rotary phone used to not have a Q on it


In the US. In the UK dials were labelled differently. But when letters were reintroduced on phones for two thumb texting, it wasn't the old UK lettering. Sounds like it wasn't the US lettering either.
 
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joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Similarly in a more modern context, I think there was an episode of L&O:SUV where a murdered teen
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used a cellphone to call the number that would have typed the killer's name if the victim had been texting.
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jbrecken wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Similarly in a more modern context, I think there was an episode of L&O:SUV where a murdered teen
Spoiler (click to reveal)
used a cellphone to call the number that would have typed the killer's name if the victim had been texting.
On the streets of L&O/SVU, the kids call that "Deathexting", and it is only a "passing-away" 'fad', as soon, they'll back on 'bath salts'-"hallucinations".
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joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.




I had a chance to watch this episode and indeed this was exactly what I was thinking of. In addition to Jim Hutton and David Wayne, it also featured Joan Collins, David Doyle and Herb Edelman.

Thanks, Joe, for pointing me in the right direction!

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joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.



There! Look!

What does it say? What language is that?

Brother Maynard, you're our scholar.

It is Aramaic!

Of course. Joseph of Arimathea!

-Of course.
-What does it say?

It reads, "Here may be found...

"...the last words of Joseph of Arimathea:

"'He who is valiant and pure of spirit...

"'...may find the Holy Grail...

"'...in the Castle of Aaargh."'

What?

"The Castle of Aaargh."

What is that?

He must have died while carving it.

-Come on!
-That's what it says.

Look, if he was dying,
he wouldn't bother to carve "Aaargh."

-He'd just say it.
-That's what's carved in the rock.

-Perhaps he was dictating it.
-Shut up!

-Does it say anything else?
-No!

Just "Aaargh."


Aaargh.

Do you suppose he meant the Camargue?

-Where's that?
-ln France, I think.

-lsn't there a St. Aaargh's in Cornwall?
-No, that's St. Ives.

St. Ives.

No, "Aaargh." At the back of the throat.

No, in surprise and alarm!

-You mean a sort of a "Ah!"
-Yes, that's right.

My God!

It's the Legendary Black Beast of Aaargh!

That's it! Run away!

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RVS70 wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:
There was an episode of the short-lived Ellery Queen TV series where this happened.

Spoiler (click to reveal)
It turned out that the guy dialed the killer's name using the letters on the rotary pay phone.




I had a chance to watch this episode and indeed this was exactly what I was thinking of. In addition to Jim Hutton and David Wayne, it also featured Joan Collins, David Doyle and Herb Edelman.

Thanks, Joe, for pointing me in the right direction!



I'm glad I could help. My brain is full of useless information about old TV shows and movies.
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