Way back in 2011, the very first topic we ever covered in this tribute to wonderful film and television star Kate McNeil was her appearance on the TV anthology series Amazing Stories. This remains one of her finest guest roles and, to remind everyone of this fact, here is a great promotional photo:
We've already taken two brief looks (here and here) at Kate McNeil in the 1986 TV movie Vital Signs. Well, it's time to have a glance at the project again!
Vital Signs was a made-for-television movie that originally aired on CBS in early 1986. Besides the lovely Kate McNeil, the rest of the principal cast was comprised of Gary Cole, Ed Asner and Barbara Barrie. The plot revolved around the problems faced by a pair of father-son doctors and their wives. Unfortunately, Vital Signs is one of those TV movies that never received much attention in the first place and was subsequently lost in the vast glut of 1980s television.
Here are some images of Kate McNeil in Vital Signs:
In 1997, Kate McNeil was a guest star on the TV series Promised Land. In the episode 'To Everything a Season', the actress played the sister of Wendy Phillips, one of the stars of the show.
The scenario here was simple. Kate McNeil's character Laura, unable to have a baby, must reconcile herself (and convince her husband) that adopting a child is the best and only solution. Her husband was played by actor Michael Reilly Burke.
In 1996, Kate McNeil was one of the stars of Escape Clause. The film originally premiered on the Showtime cable network and was helmed by famed Australian cult movie director Brian Trenchard-Smith.
Kate McNeil only appears in the first 30 minutes or so of Escape Clause. She goes missing and eventually we find that she has been brutally murdered. Andrew McCarthy plays her husband in the film and he spends the bulk of the movie trying to figure out who killed her (meanwhile the audience is left to wonder if maybe he killed Kate McNeil's character). Paul Sorvino plays the detective on the case and Connie Britton plays Kate McNeil's longtime friend. Escape Clause unfolds as a whodunit with every character as a suspect in Kate McNeil's character's murder. If you are a fan of Kate McNeil, you may also wish to know that she has two (somewhat graphic) sex scenes in the film and this fact alone may prompt you to watch it!
Here are a few images of Kate McNeil in Escape Clause:
|Kate McNeil and Andrew McCarthy in bed|