This made-for-TV movie featured Clifford Swimmer (Peter Haskell), an angry and abusive man who is cruel to his wife Janet (Sheree North) and 13-year-old stepson Todd (Lance Kerwin) and wants out of his marriage without having to pay alimony.
With the help of Dr Lazlo (Keene Curtis), an expert in “psycho-genetics”, he clones a replacement version of himself who takes over as head of his family in New Jersey while the real Clifford heads off to the Caribbean to party on a yacht with his girlfriend, Madeline (Sharon Farrell).
The clone turns out to be a gentle and sensitive husband and father, the complete opposite of the original, and Janet and Todd come to love him.
When things don’t work out for the real Clifford, he murders Madeline and returns to New Jersey, where he finds his family happy with the clone. Things take a deadly turn.
While the production is talky and stage-bound, it’s good fun. The film aired on TV in the US as an episode of the late-night ABC Wide World of Mystery anthology series.
Dr Uri Laszlo