Harper is brought to Louisiana bayou country to investigate an attempted blackmail scheme. He soon finds out that it involves an old flame of his and her hellion of a daughter. What is more, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the matriarch of the family and a greedy oil baron, who wants her property. Poor Harper! Things are not as straight-forward as they initially appeared. Written by
Harper days are here again...
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Did You Know?
The character Lew Harper is based on novelist Ross Macdonald
's character Lew Archer. The name was changed for the first 'Lew Harper' film Harper
(1966) supposedly because Paul Newman
had recently enjoyed success with Hud
(1963) and The Hustler
(1961) (two of his successful films beginning with the letter "H", a later one after Harper
(1966) was 1967's Hombre
(1967)) and the producers wanted the movie's title to begin with "H". Also, the Macdonald estate did not want the name "Archer" used in the movie. There may have been fear of legal complications because Macdonald got the name "Archer" in the first place from Miles Archer, Sam Spade's partner who is killed early on in Dashiell Hammett
's The Maltese Falcon
(1941)". See more
When the fire hose is used in the hydrotherapy room, Mavis is initially left propped up unconscious in the corner while Harper is hosed down and struggles to get up. Once Mavis is hosed, she becomes conscious. The hosing stops, a short conversation ensures, and then the hose is turned on Harper again. During this scene Mavis is briefly shown as she was initially, unconscious and propped in the corner. This segment was clearly the continuation of the initial segment before Mavis was hosed. See more
You know that you assaulted a police officer?
Not important. I don't think Broussard likes you anymore.
Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel
and Charles Fox
Scored and conducted by Charles Fox See more