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Harper (1966)

Approved  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  23 February 1966 (USA)
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Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

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Mrs. Kronberg (as Jacqueline de Wit)
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Lew Harper is a Los Angeles based private investigator whose marriage to Susan Harper, who he still loves, is ending in imminent divorce since she can't stand being second fiddle to his work, which is always taking him away at the most inopportune of times. His latest client is tough talking and physically disabled Elaine Sampson, who wants him to find her wealthy husband, Ralph Sampson, missing now for twenty-four hours, ever since he disappeared at Van Nuys Airport after having just arrived from Vegas. No one seems to like Ralph, Elaine included. She believes he is cavorting with some woman, which to her would be more a fact than a problem. Harper got the case on the recommendation of the Sampsons' lawyer and Harper's personal friend, milquetoast Albert Graves, who is unrequitedly in love with Sampson's seductive daughter, Miranda Sampson. Miranda, who Harper later states throws herself at anything "pretty in pants", also has a decidedly cold relationship with her stepmother, Elaine... Written by Huggo

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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The film was made and released about seventeen years after its source novel "The Moving Target" by Ross Macdonald had been first published in 1949. See more »

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Poorly meshed backgrounds whenever we see a front view of the characters driving their cars. See more »

Quotes

Fay Estabrook: Wait a minute, when's your birthday?
Lew Harper: June 2
Fay Estabrook: [obviously worried by what Harper has just told her] June 2! June 2! Gemini! Oh, Geminis are supposed to be cold hearted! You're not cold hearted are you, dumpling
Lew Harper: [Leering at Fay's ample chest] Hell no! Why big dawgs is always licking my hands!
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Livin' Alone
Words by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn (as Andre Previn)
Sung by Julie Harris (uncredited)
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How do I love Harper?
20 September 1999 | by (St. Joseph, MN) – See all my reviews

This movie is so great. It is very funny and intriguing at the same time. It liked it so much that I made my boss at the video store sell it to me. Harper is a down on his luck P.I. who is going through a divorce and lives in his office. The story has a lot of plot twists and is an excellent who-done-it. Also, what can I say about Mr. Newman but simply...yum.


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