Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

108 mins | Comedy | 1966

Director:

Bernard Girard

Writer:

Bernard Girard

Producer:

Carter DeHaven III

Cinematographer:

Lionel Lindon

Editor:

William Lyon

Production Designer:

Walter M. Simonds

Production Company:

Crescent Productions
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Boston and Los Angeles. Working titles: Eli Kotch and The Big Noise . Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round marked the motion picture debut of actor Harrison Ford ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Boston and Los Angeles. Working titles: Eli Kotch and The Big Noise . Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round marked the motion picture debut of actor Harrison Ford (1942--). More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Carter De Haven III-Bernard Girard Production
A Carter, III DeHaven-Bernard Girard Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Eli Kotch
The Big Noise
Release Date:
1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 October 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Crescent Productions
Copyright Date:
1 October 1966
Copyright Number:
LP34216
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color, print by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
108
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Confidence man Eli Kotch charms a comely prison psychologist into arranging for his parole from a California prison and picks up, for a $5,000 down payment, the blueprints for a bank at Los Angeles International Airport. Needing a balance of $45,000 in 90 days, he travels to Denver, poses as a Swiss shoeclerk, seduces a German housemaid, and robs her wealthy employer. Moving on to Boston, he hires an electronics expert for the planned bank robbery and, while posing as a termite exterminator and would-be writer, gains entry into the home of prominent Mrs. Galbrace. Eli quickly woos and weds the lady's beautiful secretary, Inger, and sends her to Los Angeles to set up their home, explaining he will follow by truck. Instead, he robs still another rich woman, Margaret Kirby, and then gets a flight to Los Angeles on a chartered plane by posing as a delegate to a Knights of Columbus convention. After paying for the bank blueprints with the proceeds from his robberies, Eli enlists two men, Eddie Hart and Paul Feng, to aid him in the heist. Even the unknowing Inger assists by taking pictures of the bank for a magazine article she believes Eli is writing. The robbery is timed to coincide with the arrival of the Russian premier, and Eli goes to the airport dressed as an Australian police inspector taking a handcuffed extradited prisoner (Eddie Hart) out of the country. Eli even gets the police to help him and his prisoner board a plane bound for Mexico. As he makes a successful getaway with the bank money and contemplates his next identity, he is totally unaware that Inger has been frantically trying ... +


Confidence man Eli Kotch charms a comely prison psychologist into arranging for his parole from a California prison and picks up, for a $5,000 down payment, the blueprints for a bank at Los Angeles International Airport. Needing a balance of $45,000 in 90 days, he travels to Denver, poses as a Swiss shoeclerk, seduces a German housemaid, and robs her wealthy employer. Moving on to Boston, he hires an electronics expert for the planned bank robbery and, while posing as a termite exterminator and would-be writer, gains entry into the home of prominent Mrs. Galbrace. Eli quickly woos and weds the lady's beautiful secretary, Inger, and sends her to Los Angeles to set up their home, explaining he will follow by truck. Instead, he robs still another rich woman, Margaret Kirby, and then gets a flight to Los Angeles on a chartered plane by posing as a delegate to a Knights of Columbus convention. After paying for the bank blueprints with the proceeds from his robberies, Eli enlists two men, Eddie Hart and Paul Feng, to aid him in the heist. Even the unknowing Inger assists by taking pictures of the bank for a magazine article she believes Eli is writing. The robbery is timed to coincide with the arrival of the Russian premier, and Eli goes to the airport dressed as an Australian police inspector taking a handcuffed extradited prisoner (Eddie Hart) out of the country. Eli even gets the police to help him and his prisoner board a plane bound for Mexico. As he makes a successful getaway with the bank money and contemplates his next identity, he is totally unaware that Inger has been frantically trying to find him--she has inherited $7 million from her former employer, Mrs. Galbrace. +

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