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The Drowning Pool (1975)

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

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Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
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Mavis Kilbourne
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Schuyler Devreaux
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Gretchen
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Franks
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Candy
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Glo
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Pat Reavis (as Andy Robinson)
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Olivia Devereaux
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James Devereaux
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Elaine Reavis
Leigh French ...
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Harper is brought to Louisiana bayou country to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him. 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 Alfred Jingle

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After Harper (1966), this is the second and final "Lew Harper" film. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when Mavis (Gail Strickland) and Harper (Paul Newman) are turning on the water to try to flood the hydrotherapy room, Mavis is first shown in close-up and there is no sign of the over-the-shoulder straps of her bra. But once the room is shown in a wide shot, and for the rest of the scenes in that room, she is wearing a bra with straps that should have been visible in the close-up. See more »

Quotes

J.H. Kilbourne: Mavis maybe you should go for a walk.
Candy: How long a walk J. Hugh?
J.H. Kilbourne: Average, just average.
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Follows Harper (1966) See more »

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Killing Me Softly With His Song
By Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Scored and conducted by Charles Fox
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Intriguing, carefully paced mystery.
17 October 2002 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Ten years after Newman's success in "Harper" as the title private investigator, he reappeared in this follow-up. While the caliber of the cast can't hold a candle to the stellar first film, the acting and mystery elements are excellent. Woodward plays a wealthy Louisiana woman who once had a brief fling with Newman. She hires him to find out who's blackmailing her about her extramarital dalliances. Once he lands in the bayou, he is immersed in several confusing and complicated situations involving sex, real estate war and murder. Newman is utterly appealing as the hard knock investigator, Woodward is cool and refined, Franciosa puts his method acting to good use and Hamilton puts an enjoyably quirky spin on a villainous role. Griffith effectively plays Woodward's sexually ripe daughter and Browne adds great authority in her brief appearance as Woodward's domineering mother-in-law. The plot is extremely convoluted and risks losing all sense at times, but it all comes about in the end. The actors succeed in making the audience want to see more of what they are all about. The title refers to a climactic scene in which Newman and an exasperatingly upset cohort are trapped in an enclosed hydrotherapy room which is filled to the brim with water. This affords a rare opportunity to see the relatively modest Newman trotting around in damp boxer shorts. The film utilizes (perhaps overutilizes?) the song "Killing Me Softly" throughout. The film is like a reunion of sorts for Newman. Aside form his frequent collaborations with his wife Woodward, she and Franciosa had starred with him in "The Long Hot Summer", Hamilton had appeared in "The Hustler" and Jaeckel co-starred with him in "Sometimes a Great Notion". Director Rosenberg has also directed Newman in "WUSA", "Cool Hand Luke" and "Pocket Money". Years later, Griffith would appear with Newman in "Nobody's Fool".


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