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Who doesn’t love Walter Matthau? No-one. He earned a worldwide reputation for being a lugubrious old curmudgeon but for a few years in the mid 70’s he made some cracking police procedural thrillers, Charley Varrick (1973), The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974) and The Laughing Policeman (1973). A superb investigative film with Louis Gossett (before he was Junior) and a joint lead with Bruce Dern (Dern states that Matthau insisted that Dern took equal billing and that helped launch his career).
A mass murder on a San Francisco bus lead detectives to an unsuspected turn of events as one of the victims is a cop. As they dig deeper the seamy side of San Francisco is uncovered.

The Laughing POliceman
Stuart Rosenberg directed this little gem, he also directed Cool Hand Luke, Brubaker and the Pope of Greenwich Village. Clifton James plays a bomb squad officer, he found fame the same year as the tobacco chewing Sheriff Pepper in Live and Let Die.
This is one of those rarely seen films that really do deserve to be added to your must watch list.

Film Poster Art have a rare Belgian Laughing Policeman poster for sale.

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