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They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)

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California small town police chief investigates a suspicious death involving the victim's own dog that presumably killed its owner.

Director:

James Goldstone

Writer:

Lane Slate
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Abel Marsh
Katharine Ross ... Kate Bingham
Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Warren G. Watkins
Harry Guardino ... Capt. Daniel Streeter
June Allyson ... Mrs. Watkins
Christopher Connelly ... John
Tom Ewell ... Walter
Peter Lawford ... Lee Campbell
Edmond O'Brien ... George
Arthur O'Connell ... Ernie
Ann Rutherford ... Gloria
Art Metrano ... Malcolm
Harry Basch ... Mayor Wendell
Jenifer Shaw ... Diana
Jason Wingreen ... Mallory
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Storyline

An enigmatic young woman has been murdered in a small California coast town. The investigation by the local sheriff uncovers a complex web of relationships centering on the victim; the scattered trail of evidence ranges from a mysterious photograph to the victim's own dog. During the investigation, the sheriff meets and becomes romantically involved with a woman whose connection to the murder is ambiguous. Written by Elisabeth Pruitt <foosi@global.california.com>

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Was the murderer a man... or man's best friend?


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The word 'neat' is said 14 times in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Abel Marsh says he voted for Harry Truman, but he also says he is 40-years-old. Assuming that the movie takes place in 1972 when it was released, he would have been 16 years old in 1948 when Truman was elected, too young to vote in any state of the Union. See more »

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Abel Marsh: [Dumping two shot glasses of bourbon into his beer] I, uh, once read where Harry Truman used to drink triple-bourbons for lunch. When I read that... I voted for him.
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Worth watching if you like Dobermans
2 August 1999 | by TC-4See all my reviews

This is a cute little movie that is of"B" quality but better than most and certainly better than most TV Movies. In the story there is a beautiful Doberman named Murphy who is believed killed someone. I won't disclose the ending. There is a chemistry among all the actors that keep the movie together. I read lately that this was the last movie that this particular movie company made before the backlot was bulldozed for another use. I had a Doberman after this movie and I called him Murphy in memory of him. Absolutely worth watching at least once. Not to be confused with the other James Garner movie called "Murphy's Romance".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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