The Lonely Profession (1969)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A superb throwback to the "films noir" of old, The Lonely Profession puts icing on the cake with a strong dose of 1960s realism--within reasonable TV-movie limits. Harry Guardino plays a businesslike private eye assigned to trail the mistress (Ina Balin) of a Hughes-like reclusive millionaire. When he catches up with her, the two spend an evening in a motel. Guardino wakes up; the woman does not. Now facing a murder rap, Guardino must get to the bottom of the killing and determine why he's been set up as the fall guy. To do this, he opens his own probe of the dead woman's past. Lonely Profession was a special favorite of its director Douglas Heyes, who is best known to TV buffs for his work on Maverick and Twilight Zone.

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private-detective, frame-up, millionaire, mistress, motel, tracking [following], murder