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5 November 1970 (Australia) See more »
Tale of the Cock - a love story as real as now! See more »
Alcoholic ex-GI goes to work collecting debts for gangsters and committing various other crimes, then has a religious conversion and helps other alcoholics. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Don Murray ... Tom Harris

Linda Evans ... Pat Jennings

David Brian ... Jennings

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Angelique
Don Joslyn ... Kelly
Gypsy Boots ... Gypsy
Rod Lauren ... Rod
Leroy Jenkins ... Preacher

Logan Ramsey ... Mr. Simmons
Erik Holland ... First Fighter
Jack Griffin ... Jack

William Kerwin ... Mr. Sullivan
Brooke Valerie ... Girl
Gene LeBell ... Peanut Man
Ed Bennett ... Carousel Man
Seamon Glass ... Ex-Fighter
George Atkinson ... Last Fighter
Peter Tenen ... Gene

Claire Kelly ... Sharon

Gary Clarke ... Dr. Brown

Directed by
John Derek 
David Nelson 
Writing credits
Don Murray (written by)

Produced by
Tom Harris .... associate producer
Don Murray .... producer
Jeffrey M. Sneller .... producer
Maurice Wright .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joe Greene 
Cinematography by
John Derek 
Film Editing by
Martin Dreffke 
Maurice Wright 
Makeup Department
Marc Snegoff .... makeup artist (as Mark Snegoff)
Production Management
Jonathan Haze .... production manager
Art Department
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Sound Department
Rod Sutton .... sound mixer
Music Department
Don Perry .... music producer

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Also Known As:
"Confessions of Tom Harris" - Philippines (English title), USA (reissue title)
"Tale of the Cock" - Australia (imdb display title), USA (working title)
"Suggested by the Life of Tom Harris" - International (English title) (complete title)
"El cuento del gallo" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Oi matomenes grothies tou Rocky" - Greece (reissue title)
"San tin grothia tou Rocky" - Greece (reissue title)
"Skorpise gyro tou ton thanato" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"The Turning Point" - Norway (video title)
"Tunnustus" - Finland (video box title)
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98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Norway:18 (video rating) | USA:Not Rated

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Filmed in 1966, but not released until 1969.See more »
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One of the finer films I have ever seen., 28 March 2007
Author: victormin from United States

'Childish Things' is one of the tightest written, best presented movies I have ever seen come out of Hollywood. In this listing, the film is shown as released in 1969, but I saw it in 1967 as 'Tale of the Cock' when I was stationed with the Army at Fort Myer, VA. The latter title, I believe, is more representative of the story, and the double (triple?) entendre of the title lends to the wonderfully complex nature of the "Tale" as the symbolic plot of the story unfolds. I imagine that courageous efforts went forth in the production of this movie as some viewers might take offense at any message (Biblical) while others may scoff at its simplicity, but the "Tale" runs deeper than would be seen at the surface. The writer and directors are to be lauded for their reserve, the filming and editing are superb, and the performances of the entire cast are at the top of the actors' craft. Outstanding job, Don Murray! And John Derek gently coaxed a fine performance from Linda Evans. I may be the only person who ever saw this film.

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