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Harper (1966)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 9 April 1966 (Italy)
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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Storyline

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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This is a different kind of cat named Harper... and excitement clings to him like a dame! See more »


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9 April 1966 (Italy)  »

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Ein Fall für Harper  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Allmovie, "Screenwriter William Goldman has claimed that Paul Newman agreed to do Harper (1966), the film that established the grateful writer's career, only because he was working unhappily on _Lady L_ (1965) in Europe, and was looking for something as unlike that film as possible". See more »

Goofs

When Allen Taggert tosses out the ransom money from Albert Graves' car, the rear projection screen is a city street with other cars on the street. When Harper watches Eddie Rossiter and Betty Fraley drive in and/or out of the money pickup area, it is a dirt road between some oil derricks. See more »

Quotes

Miranda Sampson: Don't you think I'm attractive?
Lew Harper: You're young, rich and beautiful, and my wife is divorcing me. What do you *think* I think?
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Connections

Referenced in Confessions of a Psycho Cat (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Livin' Alone
Words by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
Sung by Julie Harris (uncredited)
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All the 1960's cliches on one piece of film!
4 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's a "good" thing. From the go-go music and dancing, to the fearless overacting, to the multiple cameos (that Shelley Winters as an over-eating amorous drunk - wow!) by a who's who of famous actors, this film has everything but snappy editing. Enjoyable mainly for its unpredictability and seeing actors given free reign with their characters (Robert Wagner doing a bad James Cagney out of the blue!).

Enjoyable. If I had reviewed this in the 60's I'd have given it a "5". In 2002, I give it an "8".


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