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Mad Dog Coll

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1961
  • Burt Balaban
  • 87 mins
  • X

Summary

Story of Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, a notorious gangland killer in the 1930s.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Initially rejected by the British censor, this violent biopic of the eponymous gangster marked the film debut of Gene Hackman, in a small role as a policeman. It's unlikely that the critics or the paying public would have foreseen that the 30-year-old Hackman would go on to inherit the mantle of Spencer Tracy as the screen's most accomplished character actor and star. The eagle-eyed will also spot early screen appearances by a hirsute Telly Savalas and a youthful Vincent Gardenia. The movie was one of a handful directed by Burt Balaban, an ex-marine and combat cameraman, who made the impressive Murder, Inc (1960). Four years later he died, aged just 43.

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Credits

Cast

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Vincent CollJohn Davis Chandler
ClioKay Doubleday
ElizabethBrooke Hayward
RoccoNeil Nephew
JoeJerry Orbach
Lieutenant DarrellTelly Savalas
CarolineJoy Harmon
Big LarryRonald Weyand
Mother CollPeggy Furey
Dutch SchultzVincent Gardenia
CopGene Hackman

Crew

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DirectorBurt Balaban

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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