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Friendships, Secrets and Lies

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(NBC, 12/3/1979, 120 mins). Billed as the first TV movie with an exclusively all-female cast and creative staff (except for the cinematographer), this mystery thriller focuses on six suspects in a murder that happened 20 years earlier, when all were sorority sisters at college and one apparently had a baby who was killed. Based on the 1968 novel “The Walls Came Tumbling Down” by Babs H. Deal. The film had two directors—both female.

Production Companies Whittman-Riche Productions, Warner Bros. Television. Directors Ann Shanks, Marlena Laird. Executive Producers Ellen Whittman, Wendy Riche. Producer Jacqueline Babbin. Teleplay Joanna Crawford. Based on a Novel by Babs H. Deal. Photography Michael D. Margulies. Music Angela Morley. Song “Kappa Beta Chi” by Donna Weiss. Editor Diane Adler. Art Director Patricia Van Ryker.

Cast Cathryn Damon (Martha Plowden), Shelley Fabares (Mary Alice Friday), Sondra Locke (Jessie Dunne), Tina Louise (Joan Holmes), Paula Prentiss (Sandy MacIntosh), Stella Stevens (Edyth), Loretta Swit (B.J. Lowell Finch), Fran Bennett (Clarissa), Cathee Shirriff (Miranda), Kyle Richards (Livia MacIntosh), Mickey Hartnet (Lane), Elizabeth Farley (Edyth’s assistant), Cristen Kauffman (Christine), Sarah Selby (Woman in dress shop), Estelle Omens (Woman in dress shop), Ivy Bethune, Tawn Holstra, Ellen Blake, Tricia Cast, Jill Wood, Miriam Byrd-Nethery, Ruth Silveira, Edith Fields, Julie Payne.

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