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 by||John Guillermin|
|Produced by||Edward J. Montagne|
|Screenplay by||Philip Reisman Jr.|
|Music by||Neal Hefti|
|Edited by||Sam E. Waxman|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
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.
- George Peppard as P.J. Detweiler
- Raymond Burr as William Orbison
- Gayle Hunnicutt as Maureen Preble
- Brock Peters as Waterpark
- Wilfrid Hyde-White as Billings-Browne
- Jason Evers as Jason Grenoble
- Coleen Gray as Betty Orbison
- Susan Saint James as Linette Orbison
- Severn Darden as Shelton Quell
- John Qualen as Poppa Gonowski
- Herb Edelman as Charlie
- "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
- Film Has Actor as Lensman By Doug Anderson. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 11 Apr 1967: D14.