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Harper (1966)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 9 April 1966 (Italy)
Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

William Goldman (screenplay), Ross Macdonald (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Lew Harper
Lauren Bacall ... Mrs. Sampson
Julie Harris ... Betty Fraley
Arthur Hill ... Albert Graves
Janet Leigh ... Susan Harper
Pamela Tiffin ... Miranda Sampson
Robert Wagner ... Allan Taggert
Robert Webber ... Dwight Troy
Shelley Winters ... Fay Estabrook
Harold Gould ... Sheriff
Roy Jenson ... Puddler
Strother Martin ... Claude
Martin West ... Deputy
Jacqueline deWit ... Mrs. Kronberg (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Eugene Iglesias ... Felix
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Storyline

Lew Harper is a Los Angeles based private investigator whose marriage to Susan Harper, who he still loves, is ending in imminent divorce since she can't stand being second fiddle to his work, which is always taking him away at the most inopportune of times. His latest client is tough talking and physically disabled Elaine Sampson, who wants him to find her wealthy husband, Ralph Sampson, missing now for twenty-four hours, ever since he disappeared at Van Nuys Airport after having just arrived from Vegas. No one seems to like Ralph, Elaine included. She believes he is cavorting with some woman, which to her would be more a fact than a problem. Harper got the case on the recommendation of the Sampsons' lawyer and Harper's personal friend, milquetoast Albert Graves, who is unrequitedly in love with Sampson's seductive daughter, Miranda Sampson. Miranda, who Harper later states throws herself at anything "pretty in pants", also has a decidedly cold relationship with her stepmother, Elaine... Written by Huggo

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Girls think Harper is kicky. But sometimes he makes them feel funny. See Harper make girls feel funny. See Harper. [Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Fall für Harper See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000, 31 December 1966
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ship near the end of the film is a T2-SE-A1 tanker built in 1943 by the Sun Shipbuilding Co. at Chester, Pennsylvania for use in WWII. Its original name was "Seven Pines". It was subsequently sold to a private firm in 1948 and changed hands a couple more times before becoming the "Zephyrhills" in 1959 as seen in this film. It was scrapped in Taiwan in 1969. There were 533 of these T2-type ships built between 1940 and 1945. See more »

Goofs

When Harper is first talking to Mrs. Sampson, a paralytic, she obviously moves her legs under the towel that is over her. See more »

Quotes

Miranda Sampson: Why so fast, Harper? You trying to impress me?
Lew Harper: You got a way of starting conversations that ends conversation.
Miranda Sampson: Why is your wife divorcing you?
Lew Harper: You got a way of starting conversations that ends conversation.
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Soundtracks

Livin' Alone
Words by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
Sung by Julie Harris (uncredited)
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Top-notch detective yarn
7 July 2001 | by monkeyface_siSee all my reviews

Paul Newman makes an ideal Lew Harper (Lew Archer in Mcdonald's novels). And, he is in top form. The supporting cast is amazing. This includes Julie Harris, Lauren Bacall, Pamela Tiffin, Strother Martin, Arthur Hill, Robert Webber, Janet Leigh, and Shelley Winters. Leigh , in particular, makes a bit role one of the film's most memorable moments. The mystery has plenty of good plot twists and Smight direction is tight. All in all, a terrific picture.


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