The Last of Sheila

The Last of Sheila ★★★★

Solidly executed, twisty whodunnit with a brisk undercurrent of homosexual persecution, as is appropriate for the only screenplay collaboration from Anthony Perkins (!) and Stephen Sondheim (double !!). James Mason is as usual superb; he’s perhaps the most reliable utility player in cinema history, consistently lending star quality to character parts without undermining them. Dianne Cannon is also terrific. James Coburn is not.

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