“Murder By Night” (1989) could generously be described as film noir. Noir is a French word that means “mediocre” (remember, we’re being generous). The first red flag? Amnesia as a plot device. The second? Made-for-TV Kay Lenz as the love interest. The third? When I figured out who the murderer was about 15 minutes into the movie (spoiler alert – it’s always the innocuous neighbor). This movie is so formulaic it should have been titled “Murder By Numbers.” Whodunit? Who cares? This is what made-for-cable is all about. Poor Robert Urich (I forgot he has already been dead for 11 years).

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