Harper Movie Review Summary

Actors: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Shelley Winters

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This movie, based on Ross Macdonald's "The Moving Target" and directed by Jack Smight in 1965, earned the 1967 Edgar Allan Poe award.
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Lawyer Albert Graves asks Private Lew Harper to see his wealthy client Elaine Sampson. Mrs. Sampson wants Harper to find her husband who disappeared two days before. She's sure that he had a crush on a young girl and is now spending a lot of money for her. Harper starts to question Mr. Sampson daughter, Miranda, who should marry Graves but is actually flirting with Allan Taggert, Sampson's Pilot. The next day, Mrs. Sampson receives a letter from her husband : she must sell obligations up to $500,000 and waits for the kidnappers's call.

Harper finds, in Mr. Sampson's room at the Bel-Air hotel in L.A., a photography of Fay Estabrook, a former starlet, and decides to meet her. Fay is now an alcoholic and fat woman who's decorated Mr. Sampson's room at the Bel-Air. She tells Harper that she used to meet Mr. Sampson's at the Piano Bar, a bar of ill fame. The detective meets there the singer Betty Fraley, a former drug addict, and is thrown out of the bar a few minutes later. Now, Mrs. Sampson and the police have decided to follow the instructions of the kidnappers and they leave the money in a deserted industrial spot. Harper is waiting for the kidnappers but can't prevent there the murder of Eddie Frailey who's murdered by his sister Betty who leaves with the money.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   criminal kidnappers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Is this movie based on a    -   book

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