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P.J. (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 7 October 1968 (UK)
A down-on-his-luck New York private eye takes a bodyguard job for the death-threatened mistress of a shady millionaire and gets involved in conspiracy and murder.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Philip H. Reisman Jr. (screenplay) (as Philip Reisman Jr.), Philip H. Reisman Jr. (story) (as Philip Reisman Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... P.J. Detweiler
Raymond Burr ... William Orbison
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Maureen Preble
Brock Peters ... Waterpark
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Billings-Browne
Jason Evers ... Jason Grenoble
Coleen Gray ... Betty Orbison
Susan Saint James ... Linette Orbison
Severn Darden ... Shelton Quell
Jane Van Duser Jane Van Duser ... Elinor Silene (as H. Jane Van Duser)
George Furth ... Sonny Silene
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Lita
Herb Edelman ... Charlie (as Herbert Edelman)
John Qualen ... Poppa Gonowski
Bert Freed ... Police Lieutenant
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Storyline

Private eye P.J. is reluctant when he gets a new job: he shall protect Maureen Preble, mistress of millionaire Orbeson, mainly from attacks by his wife and her greedy family. In truth Orbeson plans a deadly intrigue in which P.J. is to play a central part. Meanwhile P.J. falls in love with Maureen and Orbeson's money. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Gun in one hand... Woman in the other! See more »

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Action | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Criss Cross 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Susan Saint James' movie debut. See more »

Goofs

In the film's original opening credit sequence, when Thorson (Ken Lynch) and his two henchmen approach a hotel room from the outside, the doorknob is on the left side. In a close-up shot when the door is being smashed down, the doorknob on the right side. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Otley (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Welcome to St. Crispin
Music by Percy Faith
Lyrics by Philip H. Reisman Jr. (as Philip Reisman Jr.)
Sung by King Charles MacNiles
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Needs to be seen in its original form
18 July 2003 | by c532cSee all my reviews

PJ was originally released in the late 60s when movies were rated either "G" or "M"; anything with any questionable content was rated "M" and Studio execs, with the wisdom of their breed, realized they might as well put in as much as they could get away with. The result was some delightfully tasteless sex and violence in films like NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY, DEADLIER THAN THE MALE, GUNN, TONY ROME... and PJ. Unfortunately, when these were released to TV, the studio execs, with the wisdom of their breed, cut out all the best parts and substituted banal "made for tv" scenes. As originally made, PJ contains some really gritty moments that really capture the sleazey aspects of the PI genre. Hopefully, someone will make this available on Video soon.


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