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Pendulum (1969)

When police captain Frank Matthews is accused of murdering his adulterous wife and her lover he avoids arrest and sets out to find the killer.


George Schaefer


Stanley Niss
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Capt. Frank Matthews
Jean Seberg ... Adele Matthews
Richard Kiley ... Woodrow Wilson King
Charles McGraw ... Deputy Chief John P. Hildebrand
Madeleine Sherwood ... Mrs. Eileen Sanderson
Robert F. Lyons ... Paul Martin Sanderson
Frank Marth ... Lt. Smithson
Marj Dusay ... Liz Tennant
Paul McGrath ... Senator Augustus Cole
Stewart Moss ... Richard D'Angelo
Isabel Sanford ... Effie
Dana Elcar ... Det. J.J. 'Red' Thornton
Harry Lewis ... Brooks Elliot
Mildred Trares Mildred Trares ... Mary Schumacher
Robin Raymond ... Myra


On the evening of his decoration for bringing a murderer to justice, Washington DC Police Captain Frank Matthews' wife, and her lover are murdered in bed. Jailed as the prime suspect, with the aforementioned murderer released on a technicality Matthews escapes in search of the man he believes to be the real killer. Written by David Fowler

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A motion picture with the hard edge of today! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacht ohne Zeugen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pendulum Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the production companies is called Pendulum Productions. See more »


In the opening sequence, under the main titles, the taxicab starts out as a 1964 Plymouth. Upon arrival at its destination, the car has changed to a 1968 Plymouth. See more »


Adele Matthews: There's no reason to be jealous.
Capt. Frank Matthews: I'm not jealous.
Adele Matthews: Then what do you call it?
Capt. Frank Matthews: I won't have you making a damn monkey out of me.
Adele Matthews: So, it's your vanity.
Capt. Frank Matthews: If you call objecting to my wife having relations with her ex-lovers, God
[she slaps his face; he slaps her back]
Capt. Frank Matthews: knows how many, vanity, then it's my vanity.
Adele Matthews: [embracing him] I love you. I love you. Really, I do.
[they fall on the bed]
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Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Letterman
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George Peppard getting into more trouble than even his worst enemies bargained for
22 August 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This film is more impressing the further into it you get. At first you find George Peppard's character rather revolting, as most of his later characters usually are, but gradually you get into his sense of reality, and the closer you get to know this very austere and cold-blooded police officer advocating death penalty, the more you must tend to give him the right.

The major subject of the film is the discussion and issue of the death penalty. A sexual murderer is released on insufficient evidence although everybody knows more than well what crimes he has committed and will be able to continue to commit, but no one can deny him the very natural and basic human right of a lawyer. Even the lawyer has problems with him, but since he is the best of lawyers he gets him out, and he is free to start all over again as he pleases, if he pleases.

Of course his highest wish is to take out his revenge on his number one enemy, the police officer who remained relentless in his case insisting on capital punishment, but he never dreamed of putting George Peppard into such a jam as he eventually finds himself into without anyone intending it.

Jean Seberg can make any film priceless for her presence, and so she does here as the wife, and the only thing you regret about this film is that you were not allowed to see more of her.

It's an ace of thrillers, one of the best in the 60s, and only a top rate is possible.

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