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Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)

An ex-cop protects his ex-partner's supermodel daughter when she becomes the target of an obsessed psychopath who kills the men intimately involved with her.

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writer:

Howard Rodman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Janssen ... Harry Orwell
Andrea Marcovicci ... Jennifer English
John Anderson ... Col. John Lockport
Jodie Foster ... Liberty Cole
Howard Da Silva ... Lt. Humphrey Kenner
Tim McIntire ... Charley English
Zalman King ... Roy St. John
Clu Gulager ... Det. Milt Bosworth
Martin Gabel ... Meade De Ruyter
Barbara Leigh ... Mildred
Victor Argo ... Sgt. Richard Marum
Ellen Weston Ellen Weston ... Julia
Harvey Jason ... Portrait Photographer
Chet Winfield Chet Winfield ... Assistant Photographer
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An ex-cop moonlighting as a private investigator looks into the murder of the son-in-law of his friend and gets involved with the victim's wife, who is his friend's daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

See Roy Take a Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In a 2006 interview, Andrea Marcovicci looks back fondly at David Janssen, saying, "I just couldn't wait to kiss him. I was 25 years old and I was so in love with him." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Liberty Cole: Hi
Harry Orwell: Who are you?
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Follows Harry O: Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On (1973) See more »

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"You can steal if you're starving...God won't hate you."
18 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

As a beach-front living private investigator with a bullet still lodged in his back, David Janssen made a terrific, hard-bitten crime-fighter of the Old School (not quite Bogie, maybe a latter-day Dana Andrews). This pilot for his very successful TV series "Harry O" is mostly memorable though for young Jodie Foster, playing a pre-teen street urchin waiting for her shoplifting mother to get out of jail (the movie opens with a beautiful shot of Foster asleep on Janssen's boat, The Answer). Foster has all the best lines in the movie, and she reads them straight--without a hint of precociousness. As a murder-mystery, the film lags a bit and as a film it certainly doesn't benefit from future-director Zalman King's unpleasant presence (he's like a second-rate Marjoe Gortner). But for Foster-philes it's a goldmine, and students of cinematography should study that amazing first shot. 'The Answer' indeed!


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