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A Lovely Way to Die (1968)

A cop quits the force after too much disappointment in the system. He becomes a bodyguard of a rich recent widow. She is on trial for her husband's murder. He decides to help her clear her name... and get over her husband.

Director:

David Lowell Rich

Writer:

A.J. Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Jim Schuyler
Sylva Koscina ... Rena Westabrook
Eli Wallach ... Tennessee Fredericks
Kenneth Haigh ... Jonathan Fleming
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... Finchley
Sharon Farrell ... Carol
Ruth White ... Biddy, Cook
Philip Bosco ... Fuller
Ralph Waite ... Sean Magruder
Meg Myles ... Mrs. Magruder
William Roerick William Roerick ... Loren Westabrook
Dana Elcar ... Layton
Dolph Sweet ... Captain Haver
Dee Victor Dee Victor ... Mrs. Gordon
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Daley
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A cop quits the force after too much disappointment in the system. He becomes a bodyguard of a rich recent widow. She is on trial for her husband's murder. He decides to help her clear her name... and get over her husband.

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He uses his badge like a bludgeon...She uses her body like a lure! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lovely Way to Go See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ali MacGraw's film debut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

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Kirk's Smirk Still Works
29 December 2018 | by SweetWilliam63See all my reviews

Fans of Kirk Douglas will love this kitschy detective mystery. Douglas is in his early fifties and his best films (Spartacus in 1960 and Seven Days In May in 1964) are behind him. He still has the chops to be believeable as a lothario law and order cop in the style of 'Dirty Harry'. (Although 'Dirty Harry' won't be released for another three years.) The problem is Douglas' character doesn't know if he's Matt Helm (Dean Martin) or Lew Harper (Paul Newman). The result is an unoriginal, contrived and disjointed story with little character development. Douglas swaggers through a myopic and distorted Hollywood version of the "Summer of Love" in a desperate attempt to appear relevant, cool and of the times. Kenyan Hopkins generic musical score of jazz idioms doesn't help matters. The bed hopping, free wheeling playboy with the cool car (1968 Ford Mustang) is just sad and dated up against more realistic and dour character studies like Steve McQueen's character in 'Bullitt' released in the same year. Sylva Koscina is enchanting as the supposed femme fatale and Eli Wallach is semi-ridiculous as a "southern" defense attorney. The "mystery" is tricky enough to keep your attention but just barely.


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