The Laughing Policeman (1973)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  23 January 1974 (Sweden)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD
Insp. James Larrimore SFPD (as Lou Gossett)
Albert Paulsen ...
Henry Camerero
Lt. Nat Styner (Steiner on End Credits) SFPD
Insp. John Pappas SFPD
Kay Butler
Bobby Mow, Snitch
Nurse Monica, Beth's Roomate
Shirley Ballard ...
Grace Martin
William Hansen ...
Mr. Schwermer, Bus Vicitm
Don Borisenko ...
Det. Mike Collins (as Jonas Wolfe)
Duane Haygood, Drug Pusher
Louis Guss ...
Gus Niles / Andrew Medford - Bus Victim
Prostitute (as Lee McCain)


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 <>

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The laughing policeman is never amused. See more »


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Release Date:

23 January 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

An Investigation of a Murder  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The SF Municipal "Mission 14" bus line route did not and does not run north of Market street to traverse down Clay street from Nob Hill through Chinatown. See more »


[repeated line]
Insp. Leo Larsen SFPD: Know what I mean?
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Referenced in Mikey and Nicky (1976) See more »


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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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