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Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)

An ex-cop moonlighting as a private investigator looks into the murder of the son-in-law of his friend and gets involved with the victim's wife, who is his friend's daughter.

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An ex-cop moonlighting as a private investigator looks into the murder of the son-in-law of his friend and gets involved with the victim's wife, who is his friend's daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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3 February 1974 (USA)  »

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John Anderson, Howard Da Silva, and Tim McIntire had each worked with David Janssen before on The Fugitive (1963). See more »

Quotes

Liberty Cole: You lead a funny kind of life. You don't even have a car.
Harry Orwell: I have a car.
Liberty Cole: Then why don't you use it?
Harry Orwell: It's gonna cost me about $300 to get the transmission rebuilt and I'm thinking about it.
Liberty Cole: You broke now?
Harry Orwell: [chuckles softly] That's not what I'm talking about. It's a way of life.
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Follows Harry O: Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973) See more »

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"You can steal if you're starving...God won't hate you."
18 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

As a beach-front living private investigator with a bullet still lodged in his back, David Janssen made a terrific, hard-bitten crime-fighter of the Old School (not quite Bogie, maybe a latter-day Dana Andrews). This pilot for his very successful TV series "Harry O" is mostly memorable though for young Jodie Foster, playing a pre-teen street urchin waiting for her shoplifting mother to get out of jail (the movie opens with a beautiful shot of Foster asleep on Janssen's boat, The Answer). Foster has all the best lines in the movie, and she reads them straight--without a hint of precociousness. As a murder-mystery, the film lags a bit and as a film it certainly doesn't benefit from future-director Zalman King's unpleasant presence (he's like a second-rate Marjoe Gortner). But for Foster-philes it's a goldmine, and students of cinematography should study that amazing first shot. 'The Answer' indeed!


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