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14 July 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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:
Hans ... Murphy (uncredited)
Edgar Justice ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tammy Shaw ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
James Goldstone 
Writing credits
Lane Slate (written by)

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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The word 'neat' is said 14 times in the movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Abel Marsh is leaving the dog at the Vet's Dog & Cat Hospital, he climbs in his car and drives in a circle in the parking lot, pausing to look at the lonely Doberman, "Murphy", waiting in his pen for another command. As he brings the car to a stop, the bright gold reflection of sunlight suddenly illuminates his face inside the car. The crew had a hard time training the reflector on his moving face as the car swung around and only managed to pick him up once the car had stopped moving.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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Awkward Attempt from a Studio on Life Support, 30 May 2014
Author: LeonLouisRicci from United States

A Glaring Example of the Generation Gap in Full Flower is this Awkward Attempt by MGM to be Hip. It Sprinkles this Sweet Pile of Sugar with some Sour Dialog that Reeks of "Newness" in the Popular Culture Renaissance.

James Garner is the Least Embarrassing Item On Screen as He Manages, Mostly, to be the Congenial Tour Guide through this Clunky Attempt at a Rubbernecking Peek at the New Aesthetic, that here is Straight and Uncensored Talk about the Gay Lifestyle. For the Squares there is also some Attempt made at Hetrosexual Relationships, Albeit with a Swinger's Philosophy.

The String of Character Actors and Other Old Fogies that show up do Nothing More than Widen the Gen-Gap and the Movie is Wholly Witless. Just One More Nail in the Studio Coffin that had No Clue how to Approach the Cultural Revolution because it was so Steeped in Conservatism and for the Most Part there would be Little Mourning. Their Day was Long Past and the Struggle for Survival was Nothing Short of Painful.

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