Lieutenant Jim Brannigan (John Wayne), a tough Chicago cop, tracks fleeing criminal Ben Larkin (John Vernon) across the Atlantic to the streets of London. Here, he finds the British police resent his unconventional methods.
Richard Attenborough plays Commander Swann, the Scotland Yard police officer whose job it is to make sure the visiting American cop plays by the book.
Brannigan’s assigned liaison officer, Detective Sergeant Jennifer Thatcher (the lovely Judy Geeson) quotes her father, saying there are only three things wrong with Yanks: They are overpaid, over-sexed and over here.
Brannigan is essentially a western transported to London, with red double-deckers instead of stagecoaches and hangovers from Swinging London.
It’s also a blatant rip-off of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry (1971), which Wayne bitterly regretted turning down after seeing the film.
But the Duke’s ten-gallon charisma carries the movie and Attenborough looks fairly gobsmacked by acting with such a living legend.
“Detective Lt. Brannigan is in London . . . God Save the Queen!”
Lt James Brannigan
Jimmy the Bet
Kathryn Leigh Scott