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Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

A paroled conman co-ordinates the robbery of an L. A. Airport bank with the arrival of the Soviet premier.

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Bernard Girard

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Eli Kotch
Camilla Sparv ... Inger Knudson
Aldo Ray ... Eddie Hart
Nina Wayne Nina Wayne ... Frieda Schmid
Robert Webber ... Milo Stewart
Rose Marie ... Margaret Kirby
Todd Armstrong ... Alfred Morgan
Marian McCargo ... Dr. Marion Hague (as Marian Moses)
Michael Strong ... Paul Feng
Severn Darden ... Miles Fisher
James Westerfield ... Jack Balter
Phillip Pine ... George Logan (as Phillip E. Pine)
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... William Anderson
Ben Astar ... General Mailenkoff
Michael St. Angel ... Captain William Yates
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Involved crime drama about an intricate plan to rob an airport bank. Watch for the surprise ending and look quickly for a barely-recognizable Harrison Ford in his film debut, playing a bellhop. Written by Brett England

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airport | robbery | bank | heist | prison | See All (64) »

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The slickest swingin'est con man who ever took the world for a ride!

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Crime | Comedy | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 December 1966 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Eli Kotch See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final sequence of the film was cut from the film by the studio. It was a scene of the gang preparing for another heist 5 years later. See more »

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Miles Fisher: [vanishing inside the bank vault] Moneeeey!
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Film from the swinging '60s
14 May 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round" is a fun film, especially if you remember the '60s. It looks just like a movie from the '60s too - beautiful women, casual sex, calling the cops "the fuzz," and as everyone else has mentioned, Harrison Ford as a messenger. Blink and you miss him.

James Coburn plays a man of many names and professions who needs to raise $90,000 to buy building plans of a bank next to the airport so that he can commit a robbery. He gets it by seducing women, making copies of their keys, and then robbing them. Once he has the plans, he and his cronies decide to rob the bank the day the Soviet premier is due at the airport.

This film really held my interest, and it had some very tense moments toward the end of the film. James Coburn does a wonderful job in the lead, and there's nice acting in a supporting role by Robert Webber as the self-important head of the security force at the airport. Camilla Sparv, as one of Coburn's women, received some big publicity in the '60s, but her U.S. career never went anywhere.

Great twist ending. Baby boomers will get a kick out of this one.


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