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Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie... See full summary »

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Cast

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Eddie Pedak
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Kristine Pedak
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Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
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Walter Pedak
John Davis Chandler ...
James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman
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Lt. Kebner SFPD
Steve Mitchell ...
Frank Kane
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Kathy Pedak
Tony Musante ...
Cleveland 'Cleve' Shoenstein
Zekial Marko ...
Luke
Russell Lee ...
Drummer
Yuki Shimoda ...
John Ling, Chinese Funeral Director
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Storyline

Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie shot him, the second wants him for one last heist. Written by Jonathan <jrd@netvision.net.il>

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ONCE A THIEF...ALWAYS A TARGET with the cops on one side - the killers on the other! See more »

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Release Date:

8 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scratch a Thief  »

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Trivia

Production was delayed several days while the crew waited for cloudy daytime weather to add atmosphere to the big finale. This was just fine with star Ann-Margret. She had been introduced for the second time to future-husband Roger Smith, who was performing in a Frisco nightclub, and she wasn't looking forward to leaving him. See more »

Goofs

Although set in one of the least parking-friendly cities in the country, everyone in movie always manages to find a parking spot directly in front of wherever they are going in San Francisco. See more »

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Featured in The Background Beat (1965) See more »

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The Right To Love (Reflections)
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Gene Lees
Performed by Irene Reid
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Boring but with interesting parts
28 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A down on his luck guy just out of prison can't hold down a job to support his wife (Ann-Margret, playing sort of a good girl this time, but overacting hysterically as usual) and kid. He isn't helped by the fact that a cop he shot years ago (Heflin) is out to get him and his brother's (Palance) cronies are trying to frame him for a murder. After he accepts a job with them out of desperation, his brother is killed and his daughter kidnapped by the 2 thugs, he turns to Van Heflin's character to help get her back.

Palance is quite good at adding some characterization to a standard role. Heflin also does well with a role the audience can identify with.


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