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They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Anha fagat mikoshand  »

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This was the last movie to be filmed on the famed MGM back lot; the property was sold as the film was being completed. See more »

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Abel Marsh says he voted for Harry Truman, but he also says he is 40 years old. Assuming that the movie takes place in 1972 when it was released, he would have been 16 years old in 1948 when Truman was elected, too young to vote in any state of the Union. See more »

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Abel Marsh: [Dumping two shot glasses of bourbon into his beer] I, uh, once read where Harry Truman used to drink triple-bourbons for lunch. When I read that... I voted for him.
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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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