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Harper (1966) was a Crime - Mystery Film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Elliott Kastner and Jerry Gershwin.

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The Deadly Affair and Harper

By Rick29 on Aug 7, 2023 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

James Mason as Charles Dobbs.The Deadly Affair (1967). James Mason stars as Charles Dobbs--a renamed George Smiley--in Sidney Lumet's moderately successful adaptation of John Le Carre's novel Call for the Dead. The plot is more mystery than espionage as Dobbs tries to discover whether a diplomat (re... Read full article


book: The Lost Man (2018) by Jane Harper

By John Grant on Apr 7, 2019 From Noirish

I hugely enjoyed Jane Harper’s first novel, The Dry, then enjoyed her second, Force of Nature, even more than that. I think her third, The Lost Man, somehow manages to be the best of the three. I’m awestruck by the talents of this UK/Australian author. The setting is the Australian Out... Read full article


O Ca?ador de Aventuras / Harper (1966)

By L? on Sep 16, 2018 From Critica Retro

O Ca?ador de Aventuras / Harper (1966) Um fato pouco conhecido na comunidade de cinema cl?ssico ? que eu queria ser detetive quando era crian?a. OK, esse pode n?o ser um fato relevante para a comunidade de cinema cl?ssico, mas ? importante para este artigo. Quando crian?a, minha ?nica refer?... Read full article


book: Force of Nature (2017) by Jane Harper

By John Grant on Apr 25, 2018 From Noirish

I read Jane Harper’s debut novel The Dry last year and enjoyed it very much, so when I spotted its successor I grabbed it. And quite rightly so, as I discovered: if anything I like Force of Nature the better of the two novels, which is saying something. A Melbourne company sends ten of its em... Read full article


On Blu-ray: Paul Newman is Detective Lew Harper in Harper (1966) and The Drowning Pool (1975)

By KC on Mar 28, 2018 From Classic Movies

Paul Newman took a crack at playing a gumshoe for the first time in Harper (1966), following that success years later with the sequel, The Drowning Pool (1975). This pair of films was inspired by Ross MacDonald’s novels about the detective Lew Archer, which was changed to Harper for the adapt... Read full article


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Quotes from

Miranda Sampson: Why so fast, Harper? You trying to impress me?
Lew Harper: You got a way of starting conversations that ends conversation.
Miranda Sampson: Why is your wife divorcing you?
Lew Harper: You got a way of starting conversations that ends conversation.


Fay Estabrook: Wait a minute, when's your birthday?
Lew Harper: June 2
Fay Estabrook: [obviously worried by what Harper has just told her] June 2! June 2! Gemini! Oh, Geminis are supposed to be cold hearted! You're not cold hearted are you, dumpling
Lew Harper: [Leering at Fay's ample chest] Hell no! Why big dawgs is always licking my hands!


Deputy Sheriff: Okay, put them up.
Lew Harper: Put what up?


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Facts about

Paul Newman:  [H]  The character Lew Harper is based on novelist Ross Macdonald's character Lew Archer. The name was changed for the film supposedly because Paul Newman had recently enjoyed success with Hud (one of his many successful films beginning with H) and the producers wanted the movie's title to begin with "H". Also, the Macdonald estate did not want the name "Archer" used in the movie. There may have been fear of legal complications because Macdonald got the name "Archer" in the first place from Miles Archer, Sam Spade's partner who is killed early on in Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon."
The opening credits sequence (where Harper makes himself a terrible cup of coffee, among other things) was written and shot after the first cut of the film had already been delivered to the studio.
Average Shot Length = ~8.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~7.9 seconds.
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