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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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Kate Bingham
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Dr. Warren G. Watkins
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Capt. Daniel Streeter
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Mrs. Watkins
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John
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Walter
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Lee Campbell
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George
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Ernie
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Gloria
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Malcolm
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Mayor Wendell
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Diana
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Mallory
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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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14 July 1973 (Sweden)  »

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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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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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