Smile Jenny You're Dead (1974/TV )

Retired from the force, Harry Orwell moonlights as a private sleuth. Fighting off daily back pain and typically traveling by public bus, he's on the trail of the lowlife who murdered his pal's son-in-law.


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Genre:   Telefilms
Director:   Jerry Thorpe
Writers:   Howard Rodman
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Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV)
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Talented cast (15)
  • Emotionally engaging (10)
  • Engaging characters (10)
  • Original story (10)
  • Broad appeal (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (8)
  • Adult viewers (5)
  • Perfect gift (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (8), Avid moviegoer (5)

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5.0

Wonderful To be able to watch this again

By ftolar59

from Andover, MA

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Pros

  • Original Story

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

    Great Quality1

     
    5.0

    The Best PI Show of the 1970s

    By Film Fan

    from New York City

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    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Emotionally Engaging
    • Engaging Characters
    • Excellent Suspense
    • Great Detective
    • Original Story
    • Talented Cast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Classic Tv Fans
      • Private Eye Fans

      Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

      HARRY O was one of the best shows of the 1970s for two reasons: It had great scripts and guest stars, and it had David Janssen. He played a rumpled, old-fashioned former cop, now a PI, with a bad back (old gunshot wound) and lots of grumpy attitude. But he could be fiercely loyal and protective when people were in trouble, especially friends. In this pilot movie for the series, an old cop friend (Howard da Silva) asks him to help his daughter, Jenny (Andrea Marcovicci), a gorgeous fashion model who's being stalked by a creepy psycho played by Zalman King. Yes, THAT Zalman King--the young actor who later became a producer of naughty shows for cable TV (RED SHOE DIARIES, etc.). Along the way, Harry finds time to help out a precocious runaway child (12-year-old Jodie Foster!!!) and her hooker mother. This may sound sleazy, but it isn't. It's actually very touching.

      Warner Archive is doing us a great service by making these wonderful old TV shows and movies available in DVD-R print-on-demand. SMILE, JENNY looks and sounds excellent, and it has David Janssen in his second-best role (after Richard Kimble in THE FUGITIVE). I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the very best of 1970s TV.

       
      5.0

      Harry Orwell Forever, David Janssen Back

      By Cadillac Joe

      from Franklinton, NC

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      Pros

      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Engaging Characters
      • Talented Cast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home

        Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

        We were lucky to have David Janssen as an actor who tragically died to young at 48. Everything this guy did was engaging and exciting to the viewer. He was a pro at his craft and their probably will never be an actor like him again. He was underated and if Harry O were to be released today, it would blow modern TV away. I hope Warner Brothers has the commitment to release Harry O Season 2 very soon, so that die hard fans like me can relish in good storys with a great unforgotten actor. David Janssen was surely one of a kind.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I want more Harry O

        By Ricko

        from Faribault, MN

        About Me Casual Viewer

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        Pros

        • Original Story
        • Talented Cast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • To remember a great actor

          Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

          Wish there were more of the two seasons of Harry O
          David Janssen was a great actor.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Series

          By Chris

          from Seattle, WA

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          Pros

          • Emotionally Engaging
          • Engaging Characters
          • Original Story
          • Talented Cast

          Cons

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              Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

              My favorite detective series.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Please release complete series now!

              By Rhino

              from Athens,Greece

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              Pros

              • Emotionally Engaging
              • Engaging Characters
              • Great Cinematography
              • Original Story
              • Talented Cast

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

                  This pilot is a proof that they just don`t make tv shows like that anymore.
                  I just can`t wait for the complete series to be released on DVD!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Can't Wait for Complete Series

                  By Steve

                  from Mason, OH

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                  Pros

                  • Emotionally Engaging
                  • Original Story
                  • Talented Cast

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

                      Watched twice within one week of receiving. Can't wait for the complete Harry O series!

                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Second Pilot to the classic Series

                      By Lee

                      from Los Angeles, CA

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                      Pros

                      • Emotionally Engaging
                      • Original Story
                      • Talented Cast

                      Cons

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                          Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

                          The second HARRY O pilot, while not the best plotted mystery you'll ever see, is memorable for David Janssen's terrific performance and Howard Rodman's brilliant writing, which captured the feel of reading a hardboiled detective novel. HARRY O was one of the four best private eye series of all time (the others being THE ROCKFORD FILES, SPENSER FOR HIRE and THE OUTSIDER). It's a crime that the series hasn't been released on DVD yet...while far less acclaimed, flop series, like YELLOW ROSE and MAN FROM ATLANTIS, have been. I wish WB would finally release HARRY O...and SPENSER FOR HIRE, too, while they are at it.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Harry O at last

                          By Erodlr

                          from NJ

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                          Pros

                          • Talented Cast

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

                              David Janssen is superb as Harry O, retired cop turned PI. This film derives from the sorely missed TV series that had humor and depth as well as action.
                              We can only hope WB will provide the series for us as well. A truly wonderful show.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              TV Movie from Harry O

                              By rwd11954

                              from Jacksonville, Florida

                              About Me Avid Moviegoer

                              Comments about Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974/TV):

                              Great old TV movie from the HarryO TV series. Wish the entire series would come out of DVD as I would line up to buy it.

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