Paul Newman
Director: Jack Smight Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
, Julie Harris
Julie Harris
Jack Smight

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Screenwriter William Goldman has claimed that Paul Newman agreed to do Harper, the film that established the grateful writer's career, only because he was working unhappily on Lady L. (1965) in Europe, and was looking for something as unlike that film as possible. He stars as Lew Harper, a hip L.A. private dick whose business has gotten so bad that he's re-using his coffee grounds. At the suggestion of his friend, attorney Albert Graves (Arthur Hill), the detective takes on the investigation of the disappearance of the wealthy husband of waspish cripple Elaine Sampson (Lauren Bacall). After finding a photograph of former actress Fay Estabrook (Shelley Winters), Harper locates the alcoholic actress in a bar, plies her with booze, and takes her home to search her apartment while she's unconscious. There he takes a call which leads him to another bar to meet Betty Fraley (Julie Harris), a singer with a heroin problem. To curtail his inquisitive behavior, some large and unpleasant gentleman beat him up outside the saloon. Hoping for sympathy from his soon to be ex-wife (Janet Leigh), who has just filed divorce papers, the weary detective is much more successful than he has any right to expect.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
UPC: 0012569816718
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 21,039

Special Features

Commentary by screenwriter William Goldman; Introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Lew Harper
Lauren Bacall Mrs. Simpson
Julie Harris Betty Fraley
Arthur Hill Albert Graves
Janet Leigh Susan Harper
Pamela Tiffin Miranda Simpson
Robert Webber Dwight Troy
Shelley Winters Fay Estabrook
Harold Gould Sheriff Spanner
Strother Martin Claude
Martin West Deputy
Jacqueline De Wit Mrs. Kronberg
Eugene Iglesias Felix
Richard Carlyle Fred Platt
Roy Jenson Puddler
Tom Steele Eddie Fraley
China Lee Dancer
Robert Wagner Alan Traggert

Technical Credits
Jack Smight Director
Stefan Arnsten Editor
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Sally Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Gershwin Producer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Elliott Kastner Producer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
André Previn Songwriter
William Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Sweeney Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harper
1. Wakeup Credits [5:00]
2. Elaine Simpson [4:50]
3. Not Loved [1:46]
4. Poolside Patter [:25]
5. Great Expectations [3:10]
6. Calling Miranda's Bluff [4:55]
7. Drinkies With Fay [3:35]
8. Ransom and Other Demands [:49]
9. Husband With a Gun [4:42]
10. You Got Cop's Eyes [3:13]
11. Truck Nonstop [3:46]
12. Only Cream and Bastards [:26]
13. Impressing Each Other [4:03]
14. Temple Tour [3:28]
15. Who's on the Inside? [3:52]
16. The Dropoff [2:53]
17. About Eddie [:19]
18. Connection and Kissoff [3:05]
19. Temple Tussle [2:38]
20. Puddler's Plunge [3:13]
21. Not Over Yet [:25]
22. Just a Law-Abiding Citizen [3:08]
23. Baitiing a Suspect [:55]
24. Target Taggart [3:08]
25. Moderately Good News [6:12]
26. Torture House [2:49]
27. Betty Sings [2:24]
28. Too Late for Sampsom [4:56]
29. Deadly Detour [1:57]
30. Fourth Man [3:08]
31. Aw, Hell [1:20]
32. Cast List [3:04]

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