In Broad Daylight (1971 film)

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In Broad Daylight
Written by Larry Cohen
Directed by Robert Day
Starring Richard Boone
Suzanne Pleshette
Stella Stevens
Theme music composer Leonard Rosenman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producer Aaron Spelling
ProducerRobert Mirisch
CinematographyArchie R. Dalzell
EditorEdward Mann
Running time75 minutes
Production company Aaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 16, 1971 (1971-10-16)

In Broad Daylight is a 1971 American TV film starring Richard Boone, Stella Stevens and Suzanne Pleshette. It was directed by Robert Day and written by Larry Cohen.



A blind actor comes up with an elaborate scheme to murder his wife and her lover. [1]



Cohen thought "it wasn't a bad movie" except for the casting of Boone; Cohen felt Boone's face was so distinctive the concept of the film did not work. Cohen says there was some talk of remaking the film years later as a vehicle for Andrea Bocelli but it did not proceed because of concerns over Bocelli's acting ability. The film was executive produced by Aaron Spelling. [2]


Academic Tony Williams called the film "one of Cohen's most innovative works" despite the miscasting of Boone. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Williams, Tony (2014). Larry Cohen: The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker. McFarland & Company. pp. 74–76. ISBN   9781476618197.
  2. Doyle, Michael (2015). Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters. Bear Manor Media. pp. 82–83.