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In order to collect the ransom offered by the family of a kidnapped industrialist, a terminally-ill man frames himself for the crime, but he accidentally uncovers the real culprit.

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Richard A. Colla

Writers:

Robert Enders (story), John T. Kelley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kennedy ... Paul R. Cameron
Anne Jackson ... Jean Cameron
Eli Wallach ... Mario Gambretti
Steve Ihnat ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Herb Gates
William Marshall ... Morris Bronson
Joe Maross ... Lt. Max Hines
Dana Elcar ... Harold Tracey
Walter Brooke ... Adam Mercer
Anita O'Day ... Sheila Mangan
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Judge Beth Weaver
Robert Sampson ... Burt Stennis
Leonard Stone ... Jim Harris
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Edgar Courtland
Charlene Holt ... Sara Raymond
Robert Donner ... Sgt. Mason Weber
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A dying man frames himself for the kidnapping and murder of an industrialist so his wife and daughter can benefit from the reward money. However, his plan goes awry when he is cured! Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Getting In Was Easy...Getting Out Was Murder! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

False Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The only acting credit for legendary jazz singer Anita O'Day (Sheila Mangan). Ms. O'Day died at the age of eighty-seven in 2006. See more »

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The bartender recognizes George Kennedy on TV, but when he sees him dressed as a marine later on at the bar, he doesn't recognize him. See more »

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Overwrought crime melodrama...initially interesting, and well-cast
8 December 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

As a Los Angeles insurance investigator with a brain tumor (but unwilling to undergo the necessary laser surgery), George Kennedy bustles through this far-fetched, hyperbolic criminal nonsense like an overage Boy Scout. He proceeds to implicate himself in a year-old unsolved murder, which would allow spouse Anne Jackson to collect on the reward money; of course, the surgery becomes imperative--thereby leaving Kennedy a healthy, innocent man convicted of first-degree murder! Despite variable camera-work, and a somewhat confusing past-and-present style, this is a well-made picture with a solid cast. Kennedy, actually, has some fine early scenes; but once the plot loops become entangled, he has nothing to rely on but his typical slow-burn. John T. Kelley's screenplay changes gears in the final third (becoming standard cops-and-robbers stuff), releasing all the pent-up hot air within this scenario. It not only leaves questions unanswered, it also makes the L.A. police force look bad and the criminal justice system appear inept (which may have been intentional). ** from ****


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