A Lovely Way To Die (1968)

103 mins | Melodrama | 1968

Director:

David Lowell Rich

Writer:

A. J. Russell

Producer:

Richard Lewis

Cinematographer:

Morris Hartzband

Production Designers:

Alexander Golitzen, Willard Levitas

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in New York and New Jersey. Sources conflict in crediting actors playing the roles of James Lawrence and The Real ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in New York and New Jersey. Sources conflict in crediting actors playing the roles of James Lawrence and The Real Finchley. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Rec prod by
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Scr supv
Prod asst
Dial coach
Gaffer
Prop master
Main titles
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Lovely Way To Live," words and music by Kenyon Hopkins and Judy Spencer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1968
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 July 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
19 October 1968
Copyright Number:
LP37189
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
103
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Faced with a police department investigation of his brutal methods, detective Jim Schuyler resigns and accepts a job from court lawyer Tennessee Fredericks. Schuyler's assignment is to guard Rena Westabrook, who is on trial for murdering her wealthy husband with the assistance of her lover, playboy Jonathan Fleming. Rena claims, however, that on the night of the murder, she and Jonathan attended the theater and were later seen at a bar by Sean Magruder. After fighting off an assailant and finding Magruder's dead body in his car, Schuyler forces Jonathan to confess that he had planned to blackmail Mr. Westabrook because of his tainted sexual activities but had been dissuaded by Rena. Now convinced of Rena's innocence, Schuyler sets out to find the real culprit while the trial is in progress. Schuyler discovers that the murderers are part of a gang that had disposed of Finchley, a wealthy Englishman, and substituted an imposter in a plot to steal the Finchley fortune. When Westabrook accidentally learned their secret, he was killed, and Magruder was slain because he was Rena's alibi. Once Rena is acquitted, the gang attempts to kill her as she returns home; but Schuyler commandeers a helicopter, alerts the police, and shoots down a rifleman as he is about to fire at ... +


Faced with a police department investigation of his brutal methods, detective Jim Schuyler resigns and accepts a job from court lawyer Tennessee Fredericks. Schuyler's assignment is to guard Rena Westabrook, who is on trial for murdering her wealthy husband with the assistance of her lover, playboy Jonathan Fleming. Rena claims, however, that on the night of the murder, she and Jonathan attended the theater and were later seen at a bar by Sean Magruder. After fighting off an assailant and finding Magruder's dead body in his car, Schuyler forces Jonathan to confess that he had planned to blackmail Mr. Westabrook because of his tainted sexual activities but had been dissuaded by Rena. Now convinced of Rena's innocence, Schuyler sets out to find the real culprit while the trial is in progress. Schuyler discovers that the murderers are part of a gang that had disposed of Finchley, a wealthy Englishman, and substituted an imposter in a plot to steal the Finchley fortune. When Westabrook accidentally learned their secret, he was killed, and Magruder was slain because he was Rena's alibi. Once Rena is acquitted, the gang attempts to kill her as she returns home; but Schuyler commandeers a helicopter, alerts the police, and shoots down a rifleman as he is about to fire at Rena. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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