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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Anderson, Howard Da Silva, and Tim McIntire had each worked with David Janssen before on The Fugitive (1963). 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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Harry O and Zalman King in the same film... what more can one ask?
23 January 2005 | by madsagittarianSee all my reviews

Man, do I miss "Harry O". I used to love seeing this detective series with David Janssen's gravelly charm as a cynical PI who has to take public transit to solve mysteries! It is completely antithetical to the "Magnum PI" slick cars, slick everything that now permeates the standard TV detective format. This is partially why I love the 1970's era of cop shows. They portrayed the heroes as overworked, underpaid, world-weary, blue-collar joes who are always swimming upstream. There are no super heroics here. In fact, the Harry Orwell character pushed the detective archetype back a rung or two. He shows us that being a PI isn't so bloody marvelous.

It's been a long time since "Harry O" disappeared even from filling in a time slot on the late late show, and almost as long since this TV movie (the second pilot to the series, if you will) used to fill programming on lazy Saturday afternoons on my local bands.

This time Harry O is after an obsessive nut job photographer played by Zalman King. Since BLUE SUNSHINE is one of my favourite cult movies, I have a soft spot for this interesting actor, even though he isn't the greatest thespian the world has known. Before he went behind the camera to produce the soft core fantasies of TWO MOON JUNCTION or the "Red Shoes Diaries" series, he nonetheless had his share of weird roles. Case in point, this psycho goes around with this huge bow-tie- he more resembles Bozo the clown than a stalker, but King's "edgy" acting gives the character the danger beneath the sheep's clothing.

This TV-movie also features an early performance by Jodie Foster in her "tomboy" stage (think ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE) as an urchin who sets up home on Harry O's beach property.

In all, SMILE JENNY YOU'RE DEAD is a satisfying thriller with an unusual climax. It is another nice memory of TV-films of the day. Video, please?


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