They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Romance, Thriller  |  14 July 1973 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abel Marsh
Kate Bingham
Dr. Warren G. Watkins
Capt. Daniel Streeter
Mrs. Watkins
Christopher Connelly ...
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Mayor Wendell
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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 <>

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


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14 July 1973 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Anha fagat mikoshand  »

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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 »


After Abel breaks up the fight the bar tender gives him a half a pitcher of beer and bottle o liquor. When he turns and goes to the table it's become a full pitcher. See more »


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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James Garner at his best!
16 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was ten-years-old with my cousin Johnny. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but I remember liking it. It seems that Dobermans were capturing the imaginations of Americans from Los Angeles to New York, and this film reflects that craze. Does anyone remember that crazy movie about a group of Dobermans that were trained to commit crime. It's odd how certain dogs become really popular, then aren't very popular at all. That said, I decided to watch this film again...and you know what, it's a really good movie filled with veteran actors who know how to act. Not fast-paced, but a darn good whodunit that will leave you guessing until it is all revealed. A must for James Garner fans. Quite possibly his best, if you don't include the "Great Escape" or "Support Your Local Gunfighter."

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