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Goodnight, My Love

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Goodnight, My Love
Goodnight My Love.jpg
Written byPeter Hyams
Directed byPeter Hyams
StarringRichard Boone
Barbara Bain
Michael Dunn
Victor Buono
Gianni Russo
Theme music composerHarry Betts
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Ward Sylvester
Production location(s)The Culver Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, California
20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California
CinematographyEarl Rath
Editor(s)James Mitchell
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)ABC Circle Films
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 17, 1972

Goodnight, My Love is a 1972 American television film directed by Peter Hyams.


In 1940s Los Angeles Susan Lakely visits private detectives Francis Hogan and Arthur Boyle when her boyfriend Michael Tarlow does not call for four days. Upon visiting his apartment the detectives are attacked by an unknown assailant who flees. They press Susan for more information about her husband's associates but she claims to be unaware of the nature of his business. After questioning further people at the horse track they visit a nightclub as speak with Julius Limeway, who is also searching for Tarlow. Together the detectives must see through Susan's lies and discover the truth behind Tarlow's disappearance.



Hyams had just made T.R. Baskin, which he produced and had written the script but did not direct. He was finding it difficult to get the chance to direct a feature film so moved into television. "It was at a time when television was considered like a bath of sulfuric acid, and if you stuck your toe in it you'd pull out a stump," he says.[1]

He later recalled:

Barry Diller was head of Movies of the Week at that point over at ABC. Barry green-lit Duel for Steven Spielberg, a movie called Binary for Michael Crichton, and gave a lot of us our first breaks. I said to Barry 'I've got two ideas. The first is about the U.S. government faking a moon shot, then trying to cover it up.' He said "What's the other one?" I said, 'I'm a Raymond Chandler freak. I want to do a 1940s detective story about a private eye and his dwarf sidekick.' He said "Do that one."[2]

The film starred Richard Boone and Michael Dunn. Hyams:

Richard Boone was a terrific actor. He had one of the most amazing faces. He, uh, liked to drink a bit. (laughs) I remember the first shot he did for me; we literally had to prop him up. But when we cut it all together, it worked great ... Michael was one of the most gifted people I ever met, just a remarkable man. He also sang like an angel ... He was in terrible pain constantly. It was a real gift to have made my first movie with him. I wish we could have done more.[2]


The Los Angeles Times called the film "marvelously funny ... admirably written and directed by Peter Hyams with just the right touch."[3] The New York Times called it "delightful".[4]

Hyams later said the film was "over-praised. One of the trades called it the Citizen Kane of television movies, which, trust me, it wasn't."[5] However it did launch his career.


  1. ^ "Directors Special: Peter Hyams Film by Film", Empire Magazine accessed 30 July 2014
  2. ^ a b Peter Hyams Interview, The Hollywood Interview January 2014 accessed 27 July 2014
  3. ^ ABC to Air Satire on Private Eye Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 17 Oct 1972: d14.
  4. ^ TV: Odd 'Sandcastles' and 'Goodnight, My Love' By JOHN J. O'CONNOR. New York Times 17 Oct 1972: 83.
  5. ^ Luke Ford, Peter Hyams interview accessed 27 July 2014

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