July 17, 2013

Desperate for Each Other

A few years ago I caught a wonderful TV movie from 1992 called Maid for Each Other. It stars Nell Carter as a feisty jazz singer and Dinah Manoff as a recently widowed socialite who decides to get a job and become a maid. To make a long story short, there is a murder and the two of them are on the run and desperate to solve the case! 

Dinah and Nell are fantastic together and it almost feels like the film is an attempt at a possible pilot. I could easily have imagined these characters getting their own series where they would become amateur detectives solving crimes every week.

While watching it, I came to a startling realization. I began to notice an uncanny resemblance to an earlier cult favorite - Desperate Living (1977)!

Here are a few examples...