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Man on a Swing (1974)

A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Perry

Writer:

David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Lee Tucker
Joel Grey ... Franklin Wills
Dorothy Tristan ... Janet Tucker
Elizabeth Wilson ... Dr. Anna Willson
George Voskovec ... Dr. Nicholas Holnar
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Dr. Philip Fusco
Peter Masterson ... Willie Younger
Lane Smith ... Ted Ronan
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Dan Lloyd
Christopher Allport ... Richie Tom Keating
Patricia Hawkins Patricia Hawkins ... Diana Spenser
Richard Venture ... Man in Motel
Dianne Hull ... Maggie Dawson
Gil Gerard ... Donald Forbes
Robert Dryden Robert Dryden ... Mr. Dawson
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A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only to the police, he suspects that the man may be more involved in the case than he lets on. Written by Anonymous

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Clairvoyant. Occultist. Murderer. Which?


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PG | See all certifications »
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Based on the book "The Girl on the Volkswagen Floor" by William Arthur Clark (1971) about the murder of young local schoolteacher Barbara Ann Butler in Kettering, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton). See more »

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Probably the inspiration for "The Naked Gun" opening sequence
20 June 2018 | by fred-pinkertonSee all my reviews

The completely serious film (Man on a Swing) opens with a one minute-20 second scene shot with a camera mounted on the police car roof about a foot behind the flashing light bar. While I am sure it seemed dramatic in 1974, it's impossible to view now without remembering the comedic rendition of the same viewpoint that forms the opening of "The Naked Gun". While I can't be sure this was the only "cop movie" that had a similar opening sequence, it's pretty clear to me that this film alone would have been sufficient to inspire the Naked Gun spoof scene.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Covjek na ljuljacki See more »

Filming Locations:

Milford, Connecticut, USA

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Production Co:

Jaffilms Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV movie)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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