The Laughing Policeman (film)
|The Laughing Policeman|
|Directed by||Stuart Rosenberg|
|Produced by||Stuart Rosenberg|
|Screenplay by||Thomas Rickman|
|Based on||The Laughing Policeman
by Sjöwall and Wahlöö
Louis Gossett, Jr.
|Music by||Charles Fox|
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Editing by||Bob Wyman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||112 minutes|
|Box office||$1,750,000 (US/ Canada)|
The Laughing Policeman (1973) is an American police procedural film loosely based on the novel The Laughing Policeman by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. The setting of the story is transplanted from Stockholm to San Francisco. It was directed by Stuart Rosenberg and features Walter Matthau as Detective Jake Martin (the literary Martin Beck).
Plot summary 
A busload of passengers, including off-duty police detective Dave Evans, is gunned down and killed. Evans, on his own time, has been following a man named Gus Niles in search of information linking businessman Henry Camarero to the murder of his wife, Teresa, two years earlier.
Evans was the partner of Detective Sergeant Jake Martin, a veteran but cynical member of the Homicide Detail working the bus massacre investigation. Jake originally investigated the Teresa Camarero case and been obsessed with his failure to "make" Camarero for the murder. Jake returns to it after many dead-end leads in the bus investigation. Niles was killed on the bus as well, and it was Niles who provided the alibi that enabled Camarero to cover up his wife's murder.
The sullen Jake and enthusiastic but impulsive Inspector Leo Larsen are paired to interview suspects. Jake shuts out Larsen from his deductions, while Larsen, despite a loose-on-the-rules and brutal side, tries to understand and gain the confidence of his new partner. Defying the orders of their police superior Lt. Steiner, they seek, find and then smoke out Camarero, leading to a chase through the streets of San Francisco and a confrontation aboard another bus.
- Walter Matthau as Sgt. Jake Martin
- Bruce Dern as Insp. Leo Larsen
- Louis Gossett, Jr. as Insp. James Larrimore
- Anthony Zerbe as Lt. Nat Steiner
- Albert Paulsen as Henry Camerero
- Val Avery as Insp. John Pappas
- Paul Koslo as Duane Haygood
- Cathy Lee Crosby as Kay Butler
- Joanna Cassidy as Monica
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p257
- Solomon p 232. Please note figures are rentals not total gross.
- The Laughing Policeman at the Internet Movie Database
- The Laughing Policeman at the Swedish Film Database
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