Watch Now: DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND
Written and directed by Ride Out for Revenge and The Green-Eyed Blonde’s Bernard Girard, Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round is an interesting crime film carried on the shoulders of the great James Coburn. With the tagline “the slickest swingin’est con man who ever took the world for a ride”, it introduces us to a charming and charismatic con man who makes a living out of seducing and/or robbing wealthy women, with the main catalyst of the movie’s plot coming in the form of a planned bank heist at the Los Angeles International Airport. Swedish actress Camilla Sparv plays a new victim of Coburn’s romantic merry-go-round, but as the film makes sure she gets the space she needs, Sparv did such a great job that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association named her “new female star of the year”.
Built around the amoral and manipulative protagonist who’s determined to use his parole only to continue with the sort of activities that pushed him behind bars in the first place, Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round is a slick and thoroughly enjoyable crime flick well-worth a look. If you’re a fan of funny trivia, the film also features the first uncredited role of Harrison Ford, who briefly appears as a bellhop.