[John Davis Chandler (as Vincent Coll) and Steve Buscemi.]
Mad Dog Coll (dir. Burt Balaban, 1961) is a magnificently lurid crime story. Abusive father: check. Sexual inadequacy: check. Phallic weaponry: check. (Mad Dog carries a machine gun as you or I might carry a wallet.) Unattainable woman with some class: check. (She plays the violin.) Available woman with less class: check. (She’s a, uh, dancer.) Increasingly bold and dangerous criminal schemes: check, and checkmate. With Brooke Hayward, Jerry Orbach, Telly Savalas, and Vincent Gardenia as Dutch Schultz.
A special treat: seeing James Greene (Davey McQuinn of The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Councilman Milton of Parks and Recreation) as a hit man. Good call, Elaine.
Nicholson Baker and Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Ted Berrigan and C. Everett Koop
Ray Collins and Mississippi John Hurt
Broderick Crawford and Vladimir Nabokov
Elaine Hansen (of Davey and Goliath) and Blanche Lincoln
Ton Koopman and Oliver Sacks
Friday, February 1, 2013
By Michael Leddy at 10:16 AM