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The Laughing Policeman (1973)

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In San Francisco, one victim in a mass murder is a police detective. His partner and a new partner investigate in the city's seamy side.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD
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Insp. James Larrimore SFPD (as Lou Gossett)
Albert Paulsen ...
Henry Camerero
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Lt. Nat Styner (Steiner on End Credits) SFPD
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Insp. John Pappas SFPD
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Kay Butler
Mario Gallo ...
Bobby Mow, Snitch
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Nurse Monica, Beth's Roomate
Shirley Ballard ...
Grace Martin
William Hansen ...
Mr. Schwermer, Bus Vicitm
Don Borisenko ...
Det. Mike Collins (as Jonas Wolfe)
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Duane Haygood, Drug Pusher
Louis Guss ...
Gus Niles / Andrew Medford - Bus Victim
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Prostitute (as Lee McCain)
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Storyline

A policeman is among the victims when the passengers of a late-night bus are machine-gunned. With only one semi- conscious survivor and no other witnesses, the detectives try to learn from the identities of the dead why this happened and who the killer could be. Climax includes excellent chase. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Eight people know who the killer is - and they're all dead! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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23 January 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

An Investigation of a Murder  »

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Trivia

The novel the film is based on is set in Stockholm, Sweden. See more »

Goofs

When Larsen follows Henry Camerero into the back door of a gay bar, the sign outside it says "The Ramrod". However, when Camerero exits the bar through the front door a few minutes later, the sign above the door says "The Frolic Room". See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD: I want you to help me follow Henry Camarero for a few days, that's all.
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: Why?
Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD: Well he knows me from the original Teresa investigation...
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: [cutting off Jake] No, I mean why do you suddenly need me for anything? You've been doing this all by yourself all along. I've seen you. You never even bothered to show me the picture you showed the man upstairs just now.
Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD: Evans was following Gus Niles, right? Well I think Niles wanted Evans to follow him.
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: You mean you think he was setting the kid up?
Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD: That's ...
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Connections

Referenced in A Hard Day for Archie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio in the car
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Worth seeing
7 July 2001 | by (California, US) – See all my reviews

Not as bad as the other comments would suggest, "The Laughing Policeman" is a police procedural mystery that lacks the spark of great thriller genre films. What this does have is some very good acting, especially from the lead players, and a decent script with interesting characters. The plot does get a little convoluted near the end and the action is inspired by better films, but it is worth a watch. I'd give it a mild recomendation.


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