The Double McGuffin
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The Double McGuffin is a 1979 American mystery film written and directed by Joe Camp. The film starred Ernest Borgnine and George Kennedy, alongside a group of young actors, some of whom later became well-known names in the U.S., including Lisa Whelchel, who would go on to star in the sitcom The Facts of Life.
|The Double McGuffin|
|Directed by||Joe Camp|
|Produced by||Joe Camp|
|Written by||Joe Camp (screenplay, story)|
Richard Baker (story)
|Music by||Euel Box|
|Edited by||Steve R. Moore|
Mulberry Square Productions
|Distributed by||Mulberry Square Releasing|
American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Best Film & Video Corp.
|Budget||more than $3 million|
Elke Sommer and NFL stars Ed 'Too Tall' Jones and Lyle Alzado also appear in smaller roles. The film also included a young Vincent Spano as well as Dion Pride (son of country singer Charley Pride). An opening narration is provided by Orson Welles. The cast included Chicago native Michael Gerard, and Dallas area child actors Greg Hodges and Jeff Nicholson.
A group of boarding school students discover, in succession, a suitcase full of money, a dead body, and a dismembered hand. They are unable to convince the local police to take them seriously, because they have not secured any evidence and because the police chief (played by Kennedy) is suspicious of them due to their past misbehavior. They follow the evidence themselves and realize that a political assassination is planned at a school event. They foil the plot themselves.
- Dion Pride as Specks
- Greg Hodges as Homer Rutledge
- Jeff Nicholson as Billy Ray Dober
- Vincent Spano as Foster Amaway
- Lisa Whelchel as Jody
- Michael Gerard as Arthur Honneycutt
- Elke Sommer as Madame Kura
- Lori Lively as Michelle Carter
- George Kennedy as Chief Arnold Talasek
- Ernest Borgnine as Mr. Firat
- Garvin Edwards as Football Player
- Anne Reilly as Cocktail Waitress
- Rod Browning as Moras
- Ed "Too Tall" Jones as Assassin 1
- Lyle Alzado as Assassin 2
- Mike Davis as Newlywed 1
- Peggy Davis as Newlywed 2
- Kit Lyons as Computer Programmer
- George Bailey as Night Watchman
- Ben Mayo as Taxi Driver
- Cyrus Newitt as Police Officer
- Daniel G. Albright as Policeman at Nightdesk
- Joe Camp as Newsstand Operator
- Don Reddy as Newsstand Customer
- Jeffrey Johnson as Hotel Desk Clerk
- Nanci Newman as Reporter
- Verne Lundquist as Radio Announcer
- Orson Welles as Narrator
- Frank Inn as Himself
- Benjean as Benji
Joe Camp had a huge financial success with the film Benji, which made over $30 million on a budget of $545,000. In 1975 he announced he wanted to make The Double MacGuffin as his second feature. The following year he said he would make it after Hawmps! (1976) and For the Love of Benji (1977). Camp called it a "combination of Hitchcock, The Sting and Mission Impossible set in a boarding school."
The film was shot in Charleston in January 1978.
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