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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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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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Girls think Harper is kicky. But sometimes he makes them feel funny. See Harper make girls feel funny. See Harper. [Theatrical] See more »


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Script-writer William Goldman was a big fan of the work of source novelist Ross Macdonald. See more »

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When Newman and Hill are in the black 1965 Lincoln, the interior shots are of a 1963 Lincoln. This is evident by the different contour of the rear seat roof area, and the 1963 Lincoln dashboard (which is 2 pods), a 1965 Lincoln dashboard is one continuous panel. See more »

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Fay Estabrook: [in a small scared voice after she briefly awakens when Harper has dumped her drunken body on the sofa] Don't try to do anything to me tonight, dumpling, everything is tilting! Some other time, any other...
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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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6 September 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Until CHINATOWN, HARPER was probably the most mature private eye movie Hollywood ever produced. Paul Newman is dynamite as the scrappy, somewhat goofy title character, hired by wealthy Lauren Bacall to find her missing husband. Newman gets more than he bargained for as he runs into one flaky character after another: Shelley Winters as a bloated former child star, Julie Harris as a junkie, Pamela Tiffen as Bacall's extremely bitchy stepdaughter, Robert Wagner as a private-eye wannabe, and, best of all, Strother Martin as nasty, new-age guru. Not much of what happens really ties together, but it's all very fun to watch. The performers are all terrific and the pseudo jazz score is another plus. Featuring Arthur Hill, Robert Webber and Janet Leigh, underutilized as Newman's frustrated ex-wife.


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