Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gratuitous “Harper” Film Clip

I just returned from playing a bit of tennis, and the sun is shining (finally) in Seattle, and I’ve begun to think that maybe--just maybe--summer will arrive soon. Which immediately put me in mind of this clip from 1966’s Harper, a film that was adapted from Ross Macdonald’s first Lew Archer novel, The Moving Target (1949). That movie found Paul Newman playing the slightly renamed private eye Lew Harper, working an odd kidnapping case. The scene below finds Newman questioning Robert Wagner (who plays the missing man’s pilot) and a delightfully plush young Pamela Tiffin (as the kidnap victim’s daughter). Ah, the joys of summer ...

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Bruce said...

You can thank Hud, Hombre and The Hustler due to the name change, Newman did not want to ruin his movie with an H streak.

I thought Newman was the perfect choice for Lew Archer, even though The Drowning Pool was not the best.

jedidiah ayres said...

1996? Newman look damn good. Good movie though and even if Drowning Pool wasn't "the best" I liked the Harper version of Archer 'cause he was less the straight arrow and kind of a son-of-a-bitch.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Whoops! Thanks for the typo alert, Jedidiah. Of course, Harper was released in 1966, not 1996. That has now been corrected.