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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gordon
Charles Van Cleve
Donna Travers
Martin Bannister
Ina Balin ...
Karen Menardos
Beatrice Savarona
Freddie Farber
Julian Thatcher
Stephen McNally ...
Lt. Joseph Webber
Dominic Savarona
Kermit Murdock ...
Hal Hopper ...
Savarona's Chauffer
Vince Williams
Duane Grey
John S. Ragin ...
Mr. Sutton - FBI


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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

21 October 1969 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The theme music used for the film was a version of the hit pop song "San Francisco" recorded by costar Barbara McNair. See more »

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A middle-aged private detective searches for the murderer of a beautiful woman with whom he had a one-night stand.
16 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw "The Lonely Profession" as a teenager in 1969, when it aired as a movie of the week on NBC. It cannot on any level be classified as a great movie, but I responded viscerally to its main character, Leo Gordon, brilliantly portrayed by the underrated Harry Guardino.

Especially affective is the opening, with Leo walking in a mass of people down a San Francisco street, the camera slowly closing in on him and his tired, lonely face as those in the background fade into a blur. On the soundtrack as the opening credits roll we hear the beautiful and magnificent Barbara McNair singing the sixties pop hit" (If You're Going to) San Francisco."

I've tried unsuccessfully for years to locate a copy of the movie and a recording of McNair's rendition. Perhaps it's just as well. Both live fondly in my memory and the revisit may be disappointing.

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