The Lonely Profession

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The Lonely Profession
Directed byDouglas Heyes
Produced byJo Swerling Jr.
Written byDouglas Heyes
Based onThe Twelfth of Never by Douglas Heyes
StarringHarry Guardino
Music byPete Rugolo
CinematographyRalph Woolsey
Edited byRobert Watts
Distributed byNational Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Release date
  • 21 October 1969 (1969-10-21)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Lonely Profession, also known as The Savarona Syndrome, is a 1969 American crime drama television film directed and written by Douglas Heyes, based on his 1963 novel The Twelfth of Never. It stars Harry Guardino as Leo Gordon, a private investigator who seeks the killer of a tycoon's mistress and becomes a suspect.[1]


Private investigator Leo Gordon is hired to trail Karen Mendaros, the mistress of a reclusive billionaire. When they meet, Gordon and Mendaros hit it off and check in at a motel. Gordon wakes up the next morning and discovers that Mendaros had been murdered during the night. Gordon opens his own investigation of Mendaros' past in an attempt to determine who killed Mendaros and why he's been set up as the fall guy.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Harry Guardino Lee Gordon
Dean Jagger Charles Van Cleve
Barbara McNair Donna Travers
Fernando Lamas Dominic Savarona
Joseph Cotten Martin Bannister
Jack Carter Freddie Farber
Ina Balin Karen Menardos
Dina Merrill Beatrice Savarona
Troy Donahue Julian Thatcher


  1. ^ "The Lonely Profession (1969)". Moviefone. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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