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Bernard Girard (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1966 (Brazil) See more »
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The slickest swingin'est con man who ever took the world for a ride!
Plot:
A paroled conman co-ordinates the robbery of an L. A. Airport bank with the arrival of the Russians Premier. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. See more »
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Cast

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James Coburn ... Eli Kotch

Camilla Sparv ... Inger Knudson

Aldo Ray ... Eddie Hart
Nina Wayne ... Frieda Schmid

Robert Webber ... Milo Stewart

Rose Marie ... Margaret Kirby
Todd Armstrong ... Alfred Morgan

Marian McCargo ... Dr. Marion Hague (as Marian Moses)

Michael Strong ... Paul Feng
Severn Darden ... Miles Fisher
James Westerfield ... Jack Balter
Phillip Pine ... George Logan (as Phillip E. Pine)
Simon Scott ... William Anderson
Ben Astar ... General Mailenkoff
Michael St. Angel ... Captain William Yates
Larry D. Mann ... Officer Howard (as Lawrence Mann)
Alex Rodine ... Translator
Al Nalbandian ... Willie Manus (as Albert Nalbandian)
Tyler McVey ... Lyman Mann
Roy Glenn ... Sergeant Elmer K. Coxe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfe Barzell ... Red Thompson (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Bill Simpson (uncredited)
Pepe Callahan ... Aztec Airlines Dispatcher (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Joe (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Aztec Airlines Attendant (uncredited)

Harrison Ford ... Bellhop Pager (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Stephanie Hill ... Janice Brown (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... Warden (uncredited)
Rex Holman ... First Inmate Being Counselled (uncredited)
Tanya Lemani ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)

Steve London ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Undertaker (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Kleiner (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Cop at Airport (uncredited)
Sabrina Scharf ... Girl in Bed with Eli (uncredited)
Justin Smith ... Mr. Robin (uncredited)

Vic Tayback ... Denver Police Detective Merchant (uncredited)
Lorna Thayer ... Passenger on Mexico Flight (uncredited)
Vincent Van Lynn ... Detective (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Mrs. Galbrace (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bernard Girard 
 
Writing credits
Bernard Girard (written by)

Produced by
Carter DeHaven .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stu Phillips 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Simonds 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... unit production manager (as M. Frankovich Jr.)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
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USA:104 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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The name tag on Harrison Ford's bellhop jacket reads "Thornton Wild"See more »
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Eli Kotch:I was driving all over L.A. today, trying to find "the city." But there's no city here. It's just a... a giant village.See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Making It Work For You, 13 March 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

This film is all in the how. Dead Heat On A Merry Go Round casts James Coburn as one ruthless and amoral ex-convict who has no plans to go straight by any means. In fact he's got a score lined up on the outside that some like James Westerfield thinks he's absolutely nuts to even try. Coburn's so anxious to get out he successfully uses and seduces his prison psychiatrist Marian McCargo to get an early release.

In earlier times the lead in a film like Dead Heat On A Merry Go Round would have been played by a charming rogue type like Tyrone Power, Robert Montgomery, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., even Errol Flynn whose real life persona as a seducer would have worked in the lead. One of the elements I found interesting was that James Coburn who has played some really deadly killers on the big and small screen only broke hearts in this film. But he's just as deadly with them as with heads.

Coburn's scheme is to rob the bank at Los Angeles International Airport while the Russian premier was arriving for a state visit. I believe the premier would have been Alexei Kosygin at the time of Dead Heat On A Merry Go Round. Of course that's going to bring law enforcement on all levels out in force at the airport. But that's the whole idea, Coburn's going to make all the extra security precautions work for him.

The whole last half of the film is the caper itself and it's one intricately plotted affair. Here's one big hint as far as the film goes. Remember some of James Coburn's early roles. As part of the plan he has to adopt the accent of a foreigner, a nationality he had played successfully on the screen before. He pulls it off beautifully.

I would also note the performance of Carmilla Sparv, the beautiful woman he actually marries and who he uses unwittingly to help case the airport before robbing it and of Robert Webber the very nervous State Department official who is truly relieved that its only a robbery taking place and not some incident involving a visiting head of a foreign government.

If you like intricately plotted caper films you will absolutely adore Dead Heat On A Merry Go Round.

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