Monday, September 26, 2016

Mongo's Back in Town (1971)

Directed by Marvin Chomsky
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, CBS/Create Space)

Joe Don Baker is a hit man hired by his brother to kill a rival gang member. He gets involved with runaway teen Sally Field, hoping to make it big in LA but finding herself abused instead. Telly Savalas is a police detective hot on his trail, looking and acting very much like his Kojak character which was still 2 years away. Moodily photographed, very often in driving (if faked) rain, accompanied by a downbeat, synthesizer soundtrack; an effective combination especially considering this was made for TV. Joe Don Baker alone would be enough to give it a look, but also features Martin Sheen and Anne Francis in supporting roles!

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