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Man on a Swing -- A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only to the police, he suspects that the man may be more involved in the case than he lets on.


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5 February 1975 (France) See more »
Clairvoyant. Occultist. Murderer. Which?
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Great "B" picture, moody and suspenseful. See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cliff Robertson ... Lee Tucker

Joel Grey ... Franklin Wills

Dorothy Tristan ... Janet Tucker

Elizabeth Wilson ... Dr. Anna Willson

George Voskovec ... Dr. Nicholas Holnar
Ron Weyand ... Dr. Philip Fusco

Peter Masterson ... Willie Younger

Lane Smith ... Ted Ronan
Joe Ponazecki ... Dan Lloyd

Christopher Allport ... Richie Tom Keating
Patricia Hawkins ... Diana Spenser
Richard Venture ... Man in Motel

Dianne Hull ... Maggie Dawson

Gil Gerard ... Donald Forbes
Robert Dryden ... Mr. Dawson

Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Dawson
Richard McKenzie ... Sam Gallagher
Brendan Fay ... Father Connally
Clarice Blackburn ... Mrs. Brennan

Nicholas Pryor ... Paul Kearney

Josef Sommer ... Pete Russell
Shawn Campbell ... Steve Barron
Ben Slack ... Ronnie (as Benjamin Slack)

Clarence Felder ... Coach

Penelope Milford ... Evelyn Moore

Bruce French ... Check-Out Man
Loretta Fury ... Mrs. Segretta
Roy Mason ... Plant Manager
James Galvin ... Man in Plant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carson Grant ... The Swimmer (uncredited)
David Hopsecker ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Perry 
Writing credits
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)

William Arthur Clark  book "The Girl on the Volkswagen Floor" (uncredited)

Produced by
Howard B. Jaffe .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Katz 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Set Decoration by
Hubert J. Oates  (as Hubert Oates)
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Robert Laden .... makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Production Management
Tony LaMarca .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eustace .... second assistant director (as Bill Eustace)
Louis A. Stroller .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist (as Stan Cappiello)
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Sound Department
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer (as Jack Jacobsen)
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Dolan .... gaffer (as Bobby Dolan)
Edward Knott .... key grip (as Eddie Knott)
Muky .... still photographer
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jim Hagerman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Virginia Katz .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Other crew
Tom Folino .... executive assistant
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Gerald S. Paonessa .... assistant to producer
Noni Rock .... production office coordinator
Susan Shonnard .... executive assistant
Charles Repole .... stand-in: Joel Grey (uncredited)

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West Germany:105 min (TV movie) | USA:110 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Based on the book "The Girl on the Volkswagen Floor" by William Arthur Clark (1971) about the murder of young local schoolteacher Barbara Ann Butler in Kettering, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton).See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Great "B" picture, moody and suspenseful., 17 October 1998
Author: Glen Fleetwood ( from Los Angeles

Cliff Robertson plays the local sheriff who investigates the murder of Maggie Dawson, an attractive young woman. He is offered assistance by Joel Grey, a local psychic. As the plot develops, it becomes clear that either Grey, playing Franklin Wells, has psychic powers, or is involved in the murder. This is undeniably a "B" movie, but the acting, except for the always awful Elizabeth Wilson, is good-great. The writing is very good, with a scene when Robertson receives a Christmas card that shows how a good screenwriter can take an ordinary event and make it near terrifying. The way the sign of the motel scrawls across Robertson's police car window is very clever. Highly recommended.

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