***SPOILERS*** It's when this convict as well as smooth operator, with the ladies, Jame's Cooper, Peter Haskell, found out that his cell mate Calvin Todd in San Quentin prison had hidden some $220,000.00 from a bank heist that he not only murdered him faking his death, with drugs, as a massive heart but later planned to get to his old lady Betty, Patricia Smith, when he gets paroled. That in order to find out where her late husband hid the cash. Making believe that he's a kind and lovable country doctor named William Dunson Cooper romances Betty who falls madly in love with him. It's after Betty reveals where the cash was hidden by her late husband Cooper did what was natural for him, the murderous swine, and bashed her skull in making it look like she fell in the bathtub and ended up drowning!
As things were later to turn out for Dunson his act as a country doctor and grieving husband or soon to be husband fell apart when SFPD Inspector Steve Keller, Michael Douglas, check out his background and realized he was not a doctor but an ex convict who was his late so to be wife Betty Todd's late husband's, Calvin Todd, cell mate in the big house. And even more disturbing for Dunson he very probably used drugs from the prison infirmary in murdering him.
***SPOILERS*** It's Betty's ten year old daughter Julie, Kim Richards, who realized what a fake this Doctor Dunson was and with her brother Bobby, Steve Manley, made Dunson's attempt to retrieve the stolen cash a lot harder then he thought it would have been. It was Inspector Keller and his bulb nosed partner Let. Mike Stone, Karl Malden, who came to both Julie & Bobby's rescue when by then a crazed and out of control James Cooper aka Dr. William Dunson tried to murder then if they didn't revile to him when the stolen cash was. In the end Cooper/Dunson paid for his crimes, that by then included at least three murders, in more ways then on. Not only did he end up back behind bars and possibly facing the San Quentin gas chamber but his new suit of clothes was completely destroyed in him jumping in the river to keep both Julie & Bobby from escaping from his clutches by boat with the cops lead by Det. Stone & Inspector Keller not that far behind who eventually apprehended him.
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