Ross Macdonald’s Cool Cat detective — originally Lew Archer — comes alive in Jack Smight’s smart SoCal kidnapping mystery, thanks to a charismatic Paul Newman and a hot cast of bright, smart actors. It’s the first screenplay sale for the celebrated William Goldman, and the crisp cinematography by ace cameraman Conrad Hall doesn’t hurt either.



Warner Archive Collection

1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date February 27, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters, Harold Gould, Roy Jenson, Strother Martin, Martin West, Jacqueline deWit.

Cinematography Conrad Hall

Art Direction Alfred Sweeney

Film Editor Stefan Arnsten

Original Music Johnny Mandel

Written by William Goldman from The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald

Produced by Jerry Gershwin, Elliott Kastner

Directed by Jack Smight

Gumshoe detective movies (as opposed to police movies about detectives) suffered a dip in the 1960s,
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