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In Cold Blood
Director: Richard Brooks (Dir)
Release Date:   14 Dec 1967
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 14 Dec 1967
Duration (in mins):   134
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Cast:   Robert Blake (Perry Smith)  
    Scott Wilson (Dick Hickock)  
    John Forsythe (Alvin Dewey)  
    Paul Stewart (Reporter)  
    Gerald S. O'Loughlin (Harold Nye)  
    Jeff Corey (Dick's father)  
    John Gallaudet (Roy Church)  
    James Flavin (Clarence Duntz)  
    Charles McGraw (Perry's father)  
    Jim Lantz (Officer Rohleder)  
    Will Geer (Prosecuting attorney)  
    John McLiam (Herbert Clutter)  
    Ruth Storey (Bonnie Clutter)  
    Brenda C. Currin (Nancy Clutter)  
    Paul Hough (Kenyon Clutter)  
    Vaughn Taylor ("Good Samaritan")  
    Duke Hobbie (Young reporter)  
    Sheldon Allman (Reverend Post)  
    Sammy Thurman (Mrs. Smith)  
    Sadie Truitt    
    Myrtle Clare (Themselves)  
    Teddy Eccles (Young hitchhiker)  
    Raymond Hatton (Elderly hitchhiker)  
    Mary-Linda Rapelye (Susan Kidwell)  
    Ronda Fultz (Nancy Clutter's friend)  
    Al Christy (Sheriff)  
    Don Sollars (Store salesman)  
    Harriet Levitt (Mrs. Hartman)  
    Stan Levitt (Insurance man)  

Summary: At 2:00 a.m. on November 15, 1959, in the farming town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Herbert Clutter family are roused from their sleep, bound and gagged, and then brutally murdered by two assailants. The killers, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, had first met in a state prison where the arrogant Dick picked out the quick-tempered Perry, aspirin-addicted as a result of the lingering pain of leg injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, as the "born killer" he needed for a partner. The robbery had been planned by Dick when a former inmate told him that Mr. Clutter kept $10,000 in a safe in his home. There was no safe, however, and the killers left with only $43. As the police, led by Alvin Dewey of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, attempt to solve the murders, the two fugitives cash a series of bad checks and make their way to Mexico, where Perry dreams of becoming a gold prospector. But the plan, like most of Perry's fantasies, comes to naught, and Dick insists that they return to the States. Confident that they have left no clues, they cash additional bad checks. Dick's prison friend has already turned informer, however, and a police dragnet has been set up. In time the two killers are apprehended in Las Vegas and subjected to intensive questioning, during which their alibis are broken by keeping them separated while they tell conflicting stories. Finally, the soles of their shoes match footprints through Mr. Clutter's blood. Swiftly brought to trial and convicted, they are sentenced to be hanged at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing; following appeals and stays of execution, they go to the gallows on April 14, 1965. 

Production Company: Pax Enterprises  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures  
Director: Richard Brooks (Dir)
  Tom Shaw (Asst dir)
  Carl Beringer (Asst dir)
  John Anderson Jr. (Asst dir)
Producer: Richard Brooks (Prod)
Writer: Richard Brooks (Scr)
Photography: Conrad Hall (Dir of photog)
  Jordan Cronenweth (Cam op)
  Bob Thomas (Asst cam)
  Emile Sauer (Asst cam)
Art Direction: Robert Boyle (Art dir)
Film Editor: Peter Zinner (Film ed)
  Earle Herdan (Asst film ed)
Set Decoration: Jack Ahern (Set dec)
Costumes: Jack Martell (Ward)
Music: Quincy Jones (Mus)
  Leo Shuken (Orch)
  Jack Hayes (Orch)
Sound: William Randall Jr. (Sd)
  Arthur Piantadosi (Sd)
  Dick Tyler (Sd)
  Jack Haynes (Sd)
  John Newman (Sd eff)
  Joe Henrie (Sd eff)
Special Effects: Geza Gaspar (Spec eff)
  Pacific Title (Opt eff)
Make Up: Gary Morris (Makeup)
Production Misc: John Franco (Scr supv)
  Joseph Satten (Coöp)
  The Menninger Foundation (Coöp)
  Harry Sundby (Ch elec)
  Joe La Bella (Prop master)
  Robert Eaton (Prop master)
  Art Brooker (Grip)
  Eugene Barragy (Grip)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text: Based on the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (New York, 1966).
Authors: Truman Capote

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Pax Enterprises 1/2/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LP35901

Physical Properties: b&w: print by Technicolor
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Crime
Subjects (Major): Capital punishment
  Clutter Family
  Alvin Dewey
  Forgers and forgery
  Richard Eugene Hickock
  Holcomb (KS)
  Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  Kansas State Penitentiary
  Las Vegas (NV)
  Peter Edward Smith

Note: Filmed in Holcomb, Kansas, and on location in Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, and Mexico. Publicity material gives the following credit: "Filmed with the cooperation of the People and Law Enforcement Agencies of Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, and Mexico." 

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