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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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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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Mrs. Watkins: She was a bitch!
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A Serpent In The Garden of Eden's Landing
15 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

They Only Kill Their Masters is a film that for some reason the sinking studio of MGM decided was worthy of a theatrical release as opposed to a spot on television. Today it would probably be on either Court TV or the Lifetime Channel.

James Garner is the chief of police at a small California coast town of Eden's Landing and a woman's body is found on the beach, all chewed up with her Doberman standing over it. The natural assumption is the Doberman turned on its master. But Chief Garner ain't so sure and he turns out to be right.

His investigation takes him through a very colorful cast that MGM assembled to support him. Luminaries of Hollywood and MGM's days gone by like Edmond O'Brien, Arthur O'Connell, June Allyson, Tom Ewell, Ann Rutherford, Peter Lawford are all here. So are Hal Holbrook the town veterinarian and Katharine Ross his lovely assistant. And so is Harry Guardino the county sheriff with whom Garner has a less than friendly rivalry.

Of course Garner solves the case and with a few of the people listed above meeting their own demises. Garner did better episodes on his Rockford Files TV series which was soon to happen for him.

It had to happen or Mr. Garner would have come up short one career.


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