Poster for the film
|Directed by||Edward Bernds|
|Produced by||Ben Schwalb|
|Written by||Edward Bernds|
|Music by||Marlin Skiles|
|Edited by||William Austin|
Calling Homicide is a 1956 American police drama film directed by Edward Bernds, which stars Bill Elliott, Don Haggerty, and Kathleen Case. The picture was the third of five films in the "Lt. Andy Doyle" series, all starring Elliott.
When one of their own is murdered by a car bomb Lt. Andy Doyle is given the case to investigate. In the young cop's notes is the name of a woman, Francine Norman, who is murdered shortly thereafter, strangled and mutilated. Doyle figures out there is a connection between the two deaths. Norman was a former actress who owned a modelling agency, which is now being run by Darlene Adams.
While investigating, Doyle comes to understand that there is no dearth of suspects, as Norman was universally hated. Doyle uncovers that the agency was being used as a front for a blackmailing racket, which evidence points to being run by Norman's love interest, Jim Haddix, the owner of a local construction company. However, all the evidence of the blackmail ring is destroyed when the modeling school is destroyed by fire, with the janitor as the main suspect.
- Bill Elliott as Lt. Andy Doyle
- Don Haggerty as Sgt. Mike Duncan
- Kathleen Case as Donna Graham
- Myron Healey as Jim Haddix
- Jeanne Cooper as Darlene Adams
- Thomas B. Henry as Alan Gilmore
- Lyle Talbot as Tony Fuller
- Almira Sessions as Ida Dunstetter
- Herb Vigran as Ray Engel
- James Best as Arnie Arnholf
- John Dennis as Benny Bendowski
- Robert Bice as Phipps
- John Close as Deputy Warren
- Mel Wells as Valensi
- Dee Carroll as Rita
- Stanley Adams as Peter Van Elda
- Mary Treen as Flo Burton
- Jack Mulhall as Pierson
- William Meigs as Ted Allen
- Harry Strang as Deputy Wall
The working title of this film was House on Lookout Mountain. Production began in the first week of April, 1956, and was completed before the end of the month. In July, it was announced that the release date would be September 30, 1956. The National Legion of Decency gave the film an "A" rating, "Section II" - indicating it was orally unobjectionable for adults. In December it was announced that Calling Homicide would be part of a two-film deal, along with Friendly Persuasion, booking first-run films directly into "second-run" theaters. It was the first such deal in the nation.
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