P.J. (film)

P.J. (UK re-release title: New Face in Hell) is a 1968 crime-drama mystery film from Universal Pictures. It stars George Peppard, Raymond Burr, and Gayle Hunnicutt and was directed by John Guillermin.

Directed byJohn Guillermin
Produced byEdward J. Montagne
Screenplay byPhilip Reisman Jr.
StarringGeorge Peppard
Raymond Burr
Gayle Hunnicutt
Music byNeal Hefti
CinematographyLoyal Griggs
Edited bySam E. Waxman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 18, 1968 (1968-01-18)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]


New York City private eye P.J. (Peter Joseph) Detweiler needs the work, so he accepts an offer to be a bodyguard to protect Maureen Preble, the mistress of shady millionaire William Orbison.

Orbison takes the family to the Bahamas, where a romantic attachment between P.J. and the married Maureen seems to be growing. Orbison's business partner, Grenoble, is shot dead and P.J. is arrested by the police. It becomes clear to P.J. that he has been set up by the Orbisons, who wanted to rid themselves of Grenoble and needed a fall guy.

P.J. is released by the authorities and makes it back to New York, where he confronts the masterminds of the plot. About all he can do is stand by as Orbison and his mistress end up doing away with one another.



The film was known during shooting as Criss Cross[2] and re-released in the UK as New Face in Hell.

Home media

This film has never been released in North America on VHS or DVD.

See also


  1. "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. Film Has Actor as Lensman By Doug Anderson. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 11 Apr 1967: D14.
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