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They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)

California small town police chief investigates a suspicious death involving the victim's own dog that presumably killed its owner.

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Abel Marsh
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An enigmatic young woman has been murdered in a small California coast town. The investigation by the local sheriff uncovers a complex web of relationships centering on the victim; the scattered trail of evidence ranges from a mysterious photograph to the victim's own dog. During the investigation, the sheriff meets and becomes romantically involved with a woman whose connection to the murder is ambiguous. Written by Elisabeth Pruitt <foosi@global.california.com>

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Was the murderer a man... or man's best friend?


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The exotic sports car driven by Peter Lawford is a Triumph Stag, Triumph's luxury V-8 muscle car of the '70s. See more »

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In the original theatrical release, when James Garner enters the vets office for the first time, a trainer was visible above the set wall, jiggling his hands to get the dogs in the vet's office to bark. See more »

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Kate Bingham: Can you imagine coming home, and your wife says she's leaving you for someone else, and you say, "Who, Phil?" and she says, "No. Phyllis."
Abel Marsh: Well, that's the ultimate put-down... to those of us who are normal heterosexuals.
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Lackadaisical mystery set in artificial surroundings...
8 August 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The small seaside town at the heart of "They Only Kill Their Masters" keeps promising to become its own character within the film (or, at the very least, a red herring). With it's ocean-front home belonging to a kinky divorcée (whose body washed up on the beach), its neighborhood restaurants and watering holes, its veterinary office with a waiting room full of barking dogs, and a half-empty police station where chief James Garner works, the movie has the look of an old-fashioned detective yarn: charmingly phony and contrived. Garner, sheepishly resigned to his post peopled by semi-competent underlings, slowly unravels peculiar case of a dead woman who had recently kicked her husband out to be with another woman (or so she said!). There are some clever dialogue exchanges here, as well as some tasteless ones (the bit about a woman's bitten breast is a low-point). Garner shuffles about, occasionally breaking up a fight or cooking dinner for Katharine Ross, a pretty working girl who may be a suspect (her naked rear end could provide a clue!). Diverting entertainment, though not especially memorable or cunning. The plot pieces do fall together (sort of), and it's satisfying on a minor level. ** from ****


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