Liz Stonestreet

Created by Leslie Stevens

“I’ve got a .38, I’m licensed, and I shoot 290!”

In Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model?, a 1977 made-for-television movie, TV’s I Dream of Jeannie trades in the harem pants and a belly button divot for a trenchcoat and a pantsuit (and sometimes considerably less) as LIZ STONESTREET, a former cop turned private investigator, with a knack for undercover work.

She had initially gone into law enforcement when her husband, a police detective, was killed in the line of duty, but now she’s working for a detective agency.

She’s hired by a woman to track down her son, Eddie, a would-be thug who works at a porn theatre. In his locker she discovers she discovers a pair of expensive diamond earrings and newspaper clippings about a missing socialite, Amory Osborn, the niece of a prominent industrialist. Liz suspects a connection between Eddie and Amory, and ignoring her boss’ advice, decides to go undercover at the porn joint.

It’s unclear what Liz is supposed to be (A hooker? A whore? A porn actress? A sexy usher?) but it gives her a chance to ditch the pantsuit, which makes Eden look like a tall blonde shoebox, at least, and hang around the theatre, looking for clues.

Turns out Eddie and high class gal Amory have a bit of a thing going on, and that the little rich girl just happens to dabble in porn as “Angel Collins.”

No, really. 

There are twists, there are turns, but mostly, this convoluted mess seems to be an excuse for a lot of cheesecake — including Eden. For a 1977 TV movie intended to be a pilot for NBC’s weekly rotation of mystery movies (it wasn’t picked up), it just feels surprisingly exploitive and cheap, despite a decent cast.

UNDER OATH

  • “So if you like TV movie sleaze, hot pants, socialites turned porno stars, Eden in barely-there clothes and a bit of mystery, then Stonestreet is waiting for you!”
    Made for TV Mayhem

TELEVISION

  • STONESTREET: WHO KILLED THE CENTERFOLD MODEL? Buy this DVD
    (1977, NBC)
    Made-for-TV movie
    Premiere: January 16, 1977
    Written by Leslie Stevens
    Directed by Russ Mayberry
    Starring Barbara Eden as LIZ STONESTREET
    Also starring Louise Latham, James Ingersoll, Joan Hackett, Ann Dusenberry, Richard Basehart, Joseph Mascolo, Sally Kirkland
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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