They Only Kill Their Masters (1972)





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A small-town California sheriff attempts to uncover facts behind the killing of a pregnant woman by her Doberman pinscher. James Garner stars in this mystery with performances by June Allyson and Ann Rutherford among others.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Home Video

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James Garner
as Chief Abel Marsh
Katharine Ross
as Kate Bingham
Hal Holbrook
as Dr. Warren Watkins, DVM
Harry Guardino
as Captain Daniel Streeter
June Allyson
as Mrs. Watkins
Tom Ewell
as Walter
Peter Lawford
as Lee Campbell
Art Metrano
as Malcolm
Harry Basch
as Mayor
Jason Wingreen
as Mallory
Norma Connolly
as Mrs. DeCamp
David Westberg
as State Trooper
Lee Pulford
as Jenny Campbell
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Critic Reviews for They Only Kill Their Masters

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Neat atmospheric low-key whodunit.

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Audience Reviews for They Only Kill Their Masters

A "whodunit" with an interesting premise - did a Doberman actually kill his master or is there something more sinister behind it all? Unfortunately, this narrative hook is handled in a very straight-forward and obvious manner that is more adequate for an episode of, say, "The Rockford Files" (which, or course, features Garner as well). The direction is rather workman-like (again, TV quality) but the performances are strong enough to maintain interest (especially Garner). Sadly, this is nothing more than a good episode of a some detective show and not the quality of a feature film. If it's on television, give it a watch, but don't go out of your way to see it.

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

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