The Last of Sheila Reviews
I love a good mystery film and this 1973 'The Last of Sheila' by Herbert Ross gave me more than I expected. It's a shame that movies like this aren't made anymore. That's why I'm happy I discovered this pearl, written by Stephen Soundheim and Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates from 'Psycho'). Aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean surrounded by shifty guests you have two hours to solve a good old fashion 'Whodunit'. Think you can manage?
After a party, gossip columnist Sheila Greene is killed in a hit-and-run accident in the streets of Bel Air. Exactly one year later her multi-millionaire widower, Clinton, invites a group of six people who attended to party the night Sheila died, to join him on his yacht (named Sheila). The guests include screenwriter Tom Parkman and his wife Lee, actrice Alice Wood and her manager/husband Anthony, film director Philip Dexter and sexy talent agent Christine.
Once the journey has begun, Clinton (who is a game fanatic) informs his guests they will be playing a game. Each of them receives an index card containing a gossip that must be kept hidden from the others. On the first night the yacht anchors at a harbour, where the guests are given a clue to find the evidence of who has the card with 'shoplifter' on it. The game of that night ends when the actual holder of the secret finds the proof. Anyone who doesn't, earns no points.
It doesn't take long before the six guests discover that the gossips on the cards are real, embarrassing secrets. When the macabre game takes a deadly turn, they will need to reveal their secret. Who's the shoplifter? Who's the homosexual? Who's the informer? Who's the little child molester? Who's the convict? And who's the hit-and-run killer?