They Only Kill Their Masters (1972) starring James Garner and Katharine Ross is a pretty silly film. It begins with a dead woman being found on the beach presumably mauled by her dog Murphy, a doberman. The woman, Jenny Campbell, has actually been murdered by drowning. So local cop Abel Marsh (James Garner) must find the killer, with Murphy’s help.

There is some talk about Jenny’s sexual orientation, perhaps the filmmakers were trying to be cool and hip by including some homosexual themes in the film. There is also one particularly silly bar fight scene where Abel shows of his talents as a tough guy and impresses his date Kate (Katharine Ross). Anyhow, this film served it’s purpose, I wanted to watch a James Garner film and that is always, always a joy. James Garner ❤

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R.I.P. James Garner

23.07.2014

I’ve been pretty upset ever since I heard the news. James Garner was an amazing actor. And by all accounts a pretty stand up guy and great person as well. Loved by all who had the honour of knowing him. TCM has a marathon celebrating James Garner but I don’t have the possibility to watch that here. I guess I have to organize my own James Garner marathon!

The Garner Files

19.01.2014

I’ve been reading James Garner’s memoars The Garner Files. A fascinating read! Garner tells in very straightforward style about his childhood, teenage years and troubled relationship with his stepmother. And about the Korean War. And Jack Warner who apparently wasn’t the easiest man to get along with. All that Hollywood history is intriguing, I can’t read enough… The only thing that the book lacks is photos. A few well selected pictures from family photo albums and behind the scenes pictures from movie sets would have improved this book. I am a bit hesitant to continue reading, I’ll finish it in no time and then what? Maybe a Rockford Files -marathon? It’s all about James Garner these days.

The Garner Files - large print edition

The Garner Files – large print edition

I can’t praise James Garner enough! He is an awesome actor and I remembered just how awesome when I watched again The Americanization of Emily (1964). Wonderful movie, wonderful star(s)! An American naval officer Charlie Madison (James Garner) is a self-proclaimed coward. He intends to navigate through World War 2 without actually seeing any combat. Unfortunately, his commander has this persistent idea that on D-day (Normandy landing) the first dead man on Omaha beach must be a sailor…  Charlie has no intention to be that particular sailor, for he has found true love in the form of a spirited and beautiful English woman called Emily (Julie Andrews). There is a real lesson to be learned in this film. And that lesson is that there is no honor in war. War is awful, despicable and just sad and no one should glorify it. James Garner is excellent as Charlie. He is dashing and charismatic. And for Charlie, well he is no coward, just sensible and realistic in his approach to the idea of war.

I first noticed James Garner in The Great Escape but that film was all about Steve McQueen for me. The Americanization of Emily is truly James Garner’s show. I also loved Garner’s more recent role on television in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. He played grandpa Jim Egan and was totally charming and funny. At the age 75+ he hadn’t lost his charisma one bit. ❤