On the Other Hand, Death

Synopsis: A mysterious client of private eye Don Strachey pays him cash to tail a woman who turns out to be an undercover officer; an older lesbian couple are victims of threats and vandalism; an old flame of his lover Tim shows up to support the older couple; neighbors are angry at the couple for refusing to sell out to a developer; and, parents are angry at one of the couple, Dorothy, for being a good guidance counselor to gay teens. Her partner, Edith, wants to move away; Dorothy is adamant about staying. When someone dies in a fire in their barn, the stakes get higher. Don, who does not believe in coincidence, gives the police enough information to stay on their good side as he pursues the truth.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Ron Oliver
Production: Regent Releasing
  1 nomination.
86 min


Hands up!

Get on the ground now.

Hold it

right there.

Albany PD.

You're under arrest.

I think there's

been a mistake.

There has been

a mistake,

Donald Strachey,

private investigator,

and you've

just made it.

What is it?

They're back.

What are you doing?

That is Carl Deems' kid.

I'm gonna scare

the living shit out of him.

Dorothy, wait. No.

Dorothy, d...

What are you doing?

Dorothy, don't go down...


Wait. For God's sake.

Come back.

Stop. Don't do it.

Joey Deems?

Call the police.

You better run,

you son of a bitch!

You come back here,

I will kick your teeth

so far down your throat,

you'll bite your asshole

next time you take a shit!



He ran away.

Oh, my God. Shit.

It's okay.

It's gonna be okay.

We'll get him.

It's never gonna stop.


It's never gonna stop.

It's gonna stop.

It's gonna stop.

All right, Strachey.

Let's go over this

one more time.

Who hired you?

Shall I try this in Russian,

or Swahili, maybe?

Because English for the last

six hours hasn't worked.

Your husband.

I'm not married.


You really don't

want to mess with me.

You may have just blown

an eight-month

undercover investigation.

Okay. A guy shows up

in my office.

He tells me

he's married to you

and wants me to follow you

because he's afraid

that you're having

an affair.

And how were you

supposed to contact him?

- Said he'd call me.

- What about the retainer?


And you didn't think

that was a little suspicious?

Well, I never argue

with cash.

Morning, Strachey.

You're looking

lovely as usual.

Well, it's a nice hotel,

but the room service is lousy.

You know, you'd make my life

a hell of a lot easier

if you decided to move

someplace far, far away.

Come on, Bailey, you'd miss

these special moments

between us,

wouldn't you?

All right, ladies,

enough with the banter.

Here's what

you're gonna do.

The second your client

contacts you,

you're gonna get in touch

with Bailey here.

I want to know

who this guy is.

Well, me, too.

I don't like

to be lied to.

Oh, yeah, well,

you're gonna like it a lot less

if you screw

my investigation.

You know where

to find me.

She's a peach.

Ah, she's new.

You get used to her.

So, uh, how'd you get

involved in all this?

I don't know.

But I intend

to find out.

Yeah. I'm sorry, honey.

It's just I didn't

want to wake you,

so I figured I'd come

straight to the office.

Well, I forgive you.

As long as you're not late

for the school board meeting.

School board meeting?

Tell me you

didn't forget.

Andrew McWhirter

asked us

to come show

some support

for that librarian.



From college?

"First-time" Andrew.

The one who moved

to California

when you dumped him.

I didn't dump him.

We just...

We just... lost touch.

Anyway, he's been

visiting friends up here,

and I promised we'd

come to the meeting.

And besides, he really

wants to meet you.

Oh, you know, I... I...

I want to meet him.

I just...

You know, I just

got a new case.

I'm so busy.

Honey? Hello?

You are an evil,

manipulative man.

I love you, too.

So I'll pick you

up at 3?


You're late.

For what?

For the staff meeting.

I hope I didn't

hold everybody up.

First order

of business.

I checked with the state

on getting my P.I. license.

So far, I'm five months

into my required year

of associative

investigator experience.

Who says you're

an associate investigator?

You promoted me.

Gave me

a little raise, too.

Well, aren't I

a good boss.

But I still need 30 hours

of field experience to qualify.

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