Director: Jack Smight
Screenplay: William Goldman based on the novel by Ross MacDonald
Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shirley Winters and Strother Martin.
The Pitch: “Hey, get Paul Newman to play Ross MacDonald’s PI Harper!”
Tagline: This is a different kind of cat named Harper… and excitement clings to him like a dame!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Private Eye, Lew Harper (Newman) is hired by the very wealthy, Mrs. Sampson (Bacall) to find her missing husband who is probably shacked up with some broad. Harper starts digging and things change from a missing persons investigation to a multiple murder case with Harper on the killer’s list.