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Was the murderer a man... or man's best friend?
California small town police chief investigates a suspicious death involving the victim's own dog that presumably killed its owner. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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James Garner ... Abel Marsh

Katharine Ross ... Kate Bingham

Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Warren G. Watkins

Harry Guardino ... Capt. Daniel Streeter

June Allyson ... Mrs. Watkins

Christopher Connelly ... John

Tom Ewell ... Walter

Peter Lawford ... Lee Campbell

Edmond O'Brien ... George

Arthur O'Connell ... Ernie

Ann Rutherford ... Gloria

Art Metrano ... Malcolm

Harry Basch ... Mayor Wendell
Jenifer Shaw ... Diana

Jason Wingreen ... Mallory
Robert Nichols ... Doctor Peterson
Norma Connolly ... Mrs. DeCamp

David Westberg ... State Trooper
Lee Pulford ... Jenny Campbell

Royce D. Applegate ... Harry (as Roy Applegate)

Alma Beltran ... Rosa (as Alma Lenore Beltran)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Davey ... Head Removalist (uncredited)
Hans ... Murphy (uncredited)
Edgar Justice ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tammy Shaw ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
James Goldstone 
Writing credits
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Produced by
William Belasco .... producer
Barry Mendelson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Perry Botkin Jr. 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward A. Biery 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Philip Abramson)
Makeup Department
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
Charles H. Schram .... makeup artist (as Charles Schram)
Production Management
Thomas J. Schmidt .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott U. Adam .... second assistant director (as Scott Adam)
Wes McAfee .... assistant director
Art Department
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master
Sound Department
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arnie Lipin .... wardrobe (as Arnold M. Lipin)
Editorial Department
Gary Bell .... associate editor
Music Department
William Saracino .... music editor
Other crew
Karl Lewis Miller .... dog trainer (as Karl Miller)
Lou Schumacher .... dog supplier
Glenn Shahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Norway:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG

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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[repeated line]
Abel Marsh:Neat!
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Who killed Mr. Campbell (Peter Lawford) ?? Dr. Watkins, his wife?? The fire, but who set it in the first place!? Mrs. Watkins or her husband trying to cover for her!??
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Doberman vs. James Garner, 10 August 2008
Author: whpratt1 from United States

The film opens up with a view of the ocean and their is a woman floating in the water and a Doberman is biting her and trying to pull her on shore. Abel Marsh, (James Garner) is the Chief of Police and at first accepts the fact that this dog did the killing, until the CSI staff determine she was drowned in a bathtub and then placed in the ocean because she had fresh water in her lungs. There are cameo appearances by some veteran actors like: June Allyson, (Mrs. Watkins), Tom Ewell, (Cop), Peter Lawford, (Mr. Campbell). and Edmond O'Brien, (Liquor Store Owner) Abel Marsh and Kate Bingham, (Katherine Ross) meet and they both burn up the screen with some torrid love making. If you like James Garner, you will enjoy his great acting in this film. Enjoy

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