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A Lovely Way to Die (1968)

A cop quits the force after too much disappointment in the system. He becomes a bodyguard of a rich recent widow. She is on trial for her husband's murder. He decides to help her clear her name... and get over her husband.

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David Lowell Rich

Writer:

A.J. Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Jim Schuyler
Sylva Koscina ... Rena Westabrook
Eli Wallach ... Tennessee Fredericks
Kenneth Haigh ... Jonathan Fleming
Martyn Green Martyn Green ... Finchley
Sharon Farrell ... Carol
Ruth White ... Biddy, Cook
Philip Bosco ... Fuller
Ralph Waite ... Sean Magruder
Meg Myles ... Mrs. Magruder
William Roerick William Roerick ... Loren Westabrook
Dana Elcar ... Layton
Dolph Sweet ... Captain Haver
Dee Victor Dee Victor ... Mrs. Gordon
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Daley
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Storyline

A womanizing policeman with a tendency for violent arrests quits the department rather than face an inquiry. He is recruited by a defense lawyer to assist with the murder trial of a young beautiful foreign widow whose older rich husband was killed. The wife and her playboy boyfriend are the defendants and the ex-cop is assigned to check out their alibi including a dubious witness. There is a larger criminal conspiracy underway and the relationship of the suspect and her husband and his murder get swept up in the cover up of the real crime. Written by prairiekid

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He uses his badge like a bludgeon...She uses her body like a lure! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lovely Way to Go See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ali MacGraw's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Kirk decides to break into the rich man's estate and mansion and goes wearing a sports jacket, shirt and tie and dress shoes and proceeds to climb fences, walls, and trellises to climb through a second floor window. He doesn't even check for an open door or window on the ground floor. By going through the upstairs window he finds the dead body of the rich man which he can then compare to the picture he has, pull the plot together, and then goes right back downstairs. See more »

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Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

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Skewers his objectivity
23 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For some reason this film which used to be shown frequently on TV in the 70s and early 80s has not been available for years until just recently. I saw it in theater and innumerable times on television, but only once again just now.

Kirk Douglas stars in this drama/mystery in which he recycles his tough cop from Detective Story. Unlike his character there whose penchant for violence was thoroughly explored, his cop in this film is just as violent without the issues. After beating some out of town hoods who probably deserved it, Douglas quits the force after complaints of police brutality. Even Dirty Harry Callahan didn't do that. But in terms of violence this film was only a hint of what was to come.

Eli Wallach playing a mush mouth deep south criminal defense attorney who is defending lovers Sylvia Koscina and Kenneth Haigh on a murder charge, they supposedly killed Koscina's husband. One of the things I did remember distinctly from previous viewings was Wallach in his role. Eli really looks like he's enjoying himself here.

As for Kirk his job is to guard Koscina and of course he starts thinking with his male member and getting warm for her form. She maintains she really is innocent and Douglas would like to believe her and pin the whole thing on Haigh. It's his determination to nail the boyfriend that totally skewers his objectivity. Once he gets over thinking like a rival he solves the murder.

This part was no great strain on Kirk Douglas's talents, his character while a tough cop is a pale shadow of what he did in Detective Story. It's a good made for TV movie and probably should have been sent there and not even had a big screen run.

It was run a lot on TV for years.


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