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Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

A paroled conman co-ordinates the robbery of an L. A. Airport bank with the arrival of the Soviet premier.

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Bernard Girard

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Bernard Girard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Eli Kotch
Camilla Sparv ... Inger Knudson
Aldo Ray ... Eddie Hart
Nina Wayne Nina Wayne ... Frieda Schmid
Robert Webber ... Milo Stewart
Rose Marie ... Margaret Kirby
Todd Armstrong ... Alfred Morgan
Marian McCargo ... Dr. Marion Hague (as Marian Moses)
Michael Strong ... Paul Feng
Severn Darden ... Miles Fisher
James Westerfield ... Jack Balter
Phillip Pine ... George Logan (as Phillip E. Pine)
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... William Anderson
Ben Astar ... General Mailenkoff
Michael St. Angel ... Captain William Yates
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Storyline

Involved crime drama about an intricate plan to rob an airport bank. Watch for the surprise ending and look quickly for a barely-recognizable Harrison Ford in his film debut, playing a bellhop. Written by Brett England

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airport | robbery | bank | heist | prison | See All (64) »

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The slickest swingin'est con man who ever took the world for a ride!

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Crime | Comedy | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 December 1966 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Eli Kotch See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name tag on Harrison Ford's bellhop jacket reads "Thornton Wild" See more »

Quotes

Frieda Schmid: You have to admit that since we disagree on everything, we have a lot in common.
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One can do a lot with an obscure movie.
28 May 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round" is probably mostly of interest to us nowadays due to Harrison Ford's bit part as a bellhop. Apparently, after the movie bombed, a producer told Ford: "Kid, you ain't got it." Of course, Ford went on to star in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" trilogies, so he clearly had lots of "it".

Anyway, the movie casts James Coburn as ex-con Eli Kotch, plotting a heist in LAX while the Russian prime minister is visiting. Coburn seems to be mirroring his Derek Flint character, right down to being surrounded by hot babes (specifically Camilla Sparv and Nina Wayne). The good ol' Cold War, when the US and USSR could play all sorts of tricks on each other, and there were plenty of beauties to go around.

Overall, "DHOAMGR" isn't a great movie, but it's worth seeing. You may notice that playing Mrs. Kirby is Rose Marie, better known as Sally on "The Dick Van Dyke Show".

Nina Wayne. Hubba hubba...


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