Smile, Jenny, You're Dead (1974)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This pilot film for the TV series Harry-O was originally telecast under the title Smile, Jenny, You're Dead. David Janssen plays Harry Orwell, a seedy private eye investigating the murder of his friend's son-in-law. The principal suspect is the victim's wife Jenny (Andrea Marcovicci), a photographer's model. Since this is less a mystery than a suspense story, it isn't unfair to reveal that the real killer is a looney photographer (Zalman King, later a prolific producer of film erotica!), who is in love with Jenny and insanely jealous of anyone who gets in his way. The climax takes place on the roof of a high-rise. Guess what happens. The Harry-O series proper debuted in the fall of 1974, lasting two seasons.

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daughter, detective, investigation, killing, murder, obsession, protection, romance, suspect

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