The Detective (1968)

114 mins | Drama | 28 May 1968

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Abby Mann

Producer:

Aaron Rosenberg

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Editor:

Robert Simpson

Production Designers:

Jack Martin Smith, William Creber

Production Company:

Arcola--Millfield Productions
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
28 Oct 1966
p. 1.
Daily Variety
22 May 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1967
p. 1.
Daily Variety
8 Dec 1967
p. 10.
Daily Variety
11 Dec 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
4 Oct 1968
p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
24 Sep 1967
Section N. p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
3 Nov 1967
Section C, p. 26.
Los Angeles Times
6 Nov 1967
Section C, p. 28.
Los Angeles Times
23 Nov 1967
p. 3, 33.
Los Angeles Times
20 Jun 1968
Section E, p. 14.
Los Angeles Times
26 Jun 1968
Section G, p. 1.
New York Times
23 Aug 1967
p.36.
New York Times
18 Oct 1967
p. 37.
New York Times
30 Nov 1967
p. 60.
New York Times
29 May 1968
p. 20.
New York Times
17 Jul 1968
p. 88.
Variety
11May 1966
p. 74.
Variety
1 Jun 1966
p. 67.
Variety
24 May 1967
p. 4.
Variety
26 Apr 1967
p. 32.
Variety
14 Jun 1967
p. 11.
Variety
30 Aug 1967
p. 6.
Variety
18 Oct 1967
p. 22.
Variety
22 Nov 1967
p. 7.
Variety
29 Nov 1967
p. 18.
Variety
29 Nov 1967
p. 54.
Variety
1 May 1968
p. 5.
Variety
29 May 1968
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Mr. Sinatra's makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
STAND INS
Stunt double for Frank Sinatra
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Detective by Roderick Thorp (New York, 1966).
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 May 1968
Premiere Information:
New York premiere and opening: 28 May 1968
Los Angeles opening: 26 June 1968
Production Date:
16 October--11 December 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Arcola--Millfield Productions
Copyright Date:
29 May 1968
Copyright Number:
LP35830
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
114
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

New York City Detective Joe Leland is assigned to investigate the grisly murder of Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a politically influential department store owner. Aware that a quick arrest and conviction will further his chances of promotion, Leland brings in the dead man's psychopathic former roommate, Felix Tesla, and succeeds in extracting a confession from him. After witnessing Tesla's death by execution and receiving a promotion, Leland makes a futile attempt to patch up his marriage to Karen. A short time later, he receives a visit from Norma MacIver, the wealthy widow of an accountant who fell to his death from the grandstand roof of a race track. Certain that her husband was murdered, Norma explains to Leland that all her efforts to investigate the death have been thwarted. In attempting to reopen the case, Leland encounters strong police opposition, particularly from a fellow officer, Lieutenant Curran, who hints that certain people would be willing to pay a large sum of money if the case remained closed. Following an attempt on his life, Leland examines MacIver's files and discovers that the accountant was involved with several members of the Borough Planning Commission in corrupt land speculation. Suspecting that MacIver's psychiatrist neighbor, Dr. Wendell Roberts, is concealing evidence, Leland breaks into his office. When Roberts unexpectedly comes in, Leland forces him to play a tape recording of one of MacIver's visits. The recording reveals not only MacIver's bisexuality but the fact that after being picked up at a bar by Leikman, his detestation of homosexuality caused him to commit the murder and then take his own life. Realizing that as a police officer he has been instrumental in ... +


New York City Detective Joe Leland is assigned to investigate the grisly murder of Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a politically influential department store owner. Aware that a quick arrest and conviction will further his chances of promotion, Leland brings in the dead man's psychopathic former roommate, Felix Tesla, and succeeds in extracting a confession from him. After witnessing Tesla's death by execution and receiving a promotion, Leland makes a futile attempt to patch up his marriage to Karen. A short time later, he receives a visit from Norma MacIver, the wealthy widow of an accountant who fell to his death from the grandstand roof of a race track. Certain that her husband was murdered, Norma explains to Leland that all her efforts to investigate the death have been thwarted. In attempting to reopen the case, Leland encounters strong police opposition, particularly from a fellow officer, Lieutenant Curran, who hints that certain people would be willing to pay a large sum of money if the case remained closed. Following an attempt on his life, Leland examines MacIver's files and discovers that the accountant was involved with several members of the Borough Planning Commission in corrupt land speculation. Suspecting that MacIver's psychiatrist neighbor, Dr. Wendell Roberts, is concealing evidence, Leland breaks into his office. When Roberts unexpectedly comes in, Leland forces him to play a tape recording of one of MacIver's visits. The recording reveals not only MacIver's bisexuality but the fact that after being picked up at a bar by Leikman, his detestation of homosexuality caused him to commit the murder and then take his own life. Realizing that as a police officer he has been instrumental in sending an innocent man to his death, Leland removes his badge and decides to devote himself to exposing police and government corruption. +

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