American actor David Janssen, best known for portraying Richard Kimble in the TV show The Fugitive (1963-1967), starred in several other series, one of which was Harry O, a detective show that aired on the ABC from 1974 to 1976. Executive produced by Jerry Thorpe and created by Howard Rodman, Harry O centered around the titular private detective who was supposed to be a TV version of Dirty Harry. But in order for the show to be greenlit in the first place, two pilot films were made: Such Dust as Dreams are Made On (1973) and Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974).

Initially entitled See Roy Take a Picture, the latter follows PI Harry Orwell as he tries to protect his friend’s daughter Jennifer English (Andrea Marcovicci) who managed to become the object of a stalker’s affection. Played by Zalman King, the sociopath takes it upon himself to murder the men Jenny might be romantically linked with. Apart from being the film that enabled Harry O to get on the air, Smile Jenny, You’re Dead also features a young Jodie Foster in the role of a street kid who the detective becomes friends with and whose mom is behind bars for shoplifting.