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Writers:
Whit Masterson (novel)
Mann Rubin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 January 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Gun, Gun, Who's Got the Gun? Is It Here? Is It Here? Is It Here? See more »
Plot:
A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But the dead suspect is a respected... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Janssen ... Sgt. Tom Valens

Ed Begley ... Capt. Roy Klodin

Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Ed Musso

Sam Wanamaker ... Frank Sanderman

Lillian Gish ... Alice Willows

Stefanie Powers ... Liz Thayer

Eleanor Parker ... Mrs. Doris Ruston
George Grizzard ... Walt Cody

George Sanders ... Calvin York

Steve Allen ... Perry Knowland

Carroll O'Connor ... Paul Jerez

Joan Collins ... Joanie Valens

Walter Pidgeon ... Orville Ames

Vito Scotti ... Designer
David Garfield ... Police Surgeon (as John Garfield Jr.)
Robert Williams ... Judge Gerald Lucas
Jerry Dunphy ... Himself - TV newscaster
Romo Vincent ... Ira Garvin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Man in Photograph (uncredited)
Jean Carson ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Gardener (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Dr. James B. Ruston (uncredited)
Brian Dunne ... Philip 'Rusty' Ruston (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ... Custodian (uncredited)
Don Mitchell ... Black Protester (uncredited)
John Mitchum ... Reporter at Apartment (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Reporter (uncredited)
Claude Stroud ... Photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Inquest Spectator (uncredited)
Jason Wingreen ... Reporter Outside Courtroom (uncredited)

Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
 
Writing credits
Whit Masterson (novel "711--Officer Needs Help")

Mann Rubin (screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Banner .... producer
Buzz Kulik .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
 

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100 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Initially movie was developed as a TV movie but was considered too violent and subject matter to mature for TV consumption and was released theatrically.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Doris Ruston:We're two of a kind, Mr. Valens, remember, two losers. And according to an old Chinese proverb, when you rub two losers together, sometimes you get surprises... sometimes even fire.
Sgt. Tom Valens:I'm a sore loser, Mrs. Ruston... a sore loser.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A shot in the Dark, 21 December 2005
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

***SPOILERS*** Practically unknown and forgotten little gem staring David Janssen as LA policeman Sgt. Tom Valens a cop who's been trying to get his nerve back since he came back on duty from an almost fatal gunshot wound.

Staking out the Seacape Apartment Complex one foggy evening for an on the loose serial murder Tom and his partner Sgt. Ed Mussco, Keenan Wynn,see this man sneaking along the complex swimming pool. Valens confronting the man and telling him to halt has him pulls a gun out of his jacket and is shot dead by the the undercover policeman.

Checking out his wallet the dead man turned out to be the respected Dr. James Ruston, Donald Curtis,a pillar of the community a philanthropist and champion of the poor and downtrodden in the L.A Mexican community and former Man of the Year of San Roserio to who's people he's considered to be a saint. Not finding Dr. Ruston's gun that Tom says he pulled on him has Sgt. Tom Valens suspended from the police force and set to be tried for manslaughter in Dr. Ruston's death.

The movie goes through a number of side stories about Dr. Ruston and the people who knew him including Mrs. Alice Willows, Lillian Gish, who Dr.Ruston was seeing the evening that he was shot and killed. Tom trying to get to the bottom of Dr. Ruston's strange actions that night comes across in number of contradicting facts about about Dr. Ruston that has to do mostly with his trips to Baja Mexico to help the poor there every Wendsday and then his seeing Mrs. Willows, making weekly night house calls to her, the next evening on a Thusrday?

Mrs Willows seems to have a advanced case of Alzheimer's and can't help Tom in his trying to find the reasons for Dr. Ruston's visits to her besides her diabetic condition, which didn't need his immediate attention. There's also the fact that Dr. Ruston was the person who got the old and senile Mrs. Willows the apartment at the Seacape Complex; was the man that much of a saint or were there far more cynical reasons behind his actions?

With his incitement imminent Sgt. Valens needs to find evidence to prove his innocence, by first finding Dr.Ruston's missing gun, before he's locked up behind bars. It dawns on Sgt. Valens that there's a connection to Dr. Ruston's trips to Baja that lead to his strange actions of him getting shot and killed but what exactly is it? There's also the fact that Dr. Ruston almost broke and bankrupt three years ago is now independently wealthy with no evidence of him having falling into any large inheritance so just where did Dr, Ruston's money come from? his many philanthropic ventures to and from Baja Mexico?

Things get even worse for Sgt, Valens when after seeing Dr. Ruston's secretary Liz Thayler, Stepanie Powers, she's later found murdered and he's the prime, and only, suspect in her death. There's also an attempt to murder Valens at his home by spiking his bottle of butter milk, medication for is ulcers because of him getting shot,and then turning on the gas range while he was out cold.

With Sgt. Valens and Mrs Willows next door neighbor, and his friend and licensed pilot, Walt Cody, George Grizzaed, planing to fly down to Baja to uncover Dr. Ruston's secret activities Valens suddenly changes his mind after Liz's murder realizing that the evidence to clear himself is not in Baja Mexico but right here in L.A County.

That night with an all out city and state police search for him, in both Dr. Ruston & Liz Thayers deaths, Sgt. Tom Valens goes to the spooky and deserted L.A's "Eternal Rest" Pet Cemetery to dig up the evidence that not only will clear his name, form pending manslaughter and murder charges, but his consciences as well.

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