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Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? (1971)

A prostitute is murdered on the streets of a tough, low-income neighborhood. A diabetic retired boxer who knew her is appalled by the lack of interest shown in the case by the police or ... See full summary »

Director:

Ernest Pintoff (as Ernie Pintoff)

Writer:

John O'Toole
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Red Buttons ... Mickey Isador
Sylvia Miles ... Christine
Alice Playten ... Della Isador
Conrad Bain ... Val Rooney
Dick Anthony Williams ... Malthus (as Dick Williams)
Sam Waterston ... Alex Monte
David Doyle ... Roger Boulting
Gilbert Lewis ... Solomon the Cop
Earl Hindman ... Whitey
Ron Carey ... Larry the Bartender
Norman Rose Norman Rose ... Doctor Barkunian
Ellen Gurin Ellen Gurin ... Angela
Leila Martin Leila Martin ... Mary
Tony Page ... Joe (as Anthony Page)
Donald Marye Donald Marye ... Leo
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A prostitute is murdered on the streets of a tough, low-income neighborhood. A diabetic retired boxer who knew her is appalled by the lack of interest shown in the case by the police or anybody else in the neighborhood, and decides to investigate the case himself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Making love is easy...making it through the night is another story! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Killed Mary Whats'er Name? See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Mickey Isador was the inspiration for the 1969 Simon & Garfunkel hit song, 'The Boxer.' See more »

Connections

References El Topo (1970) See more »

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Worth Seeking Out
10 July 2015 | by prs62See all my reviews

Viewed this one for the first time in the summer of 2015.

Discovering it on an ancient ' Prism ' video cassette.

A treat for more than one reason.

If you're of a certain age or just an enthusiast of old films and television, you're in for at least a half dozen surprises concerning the cast. Characters pop up on a regular basis from the 60's and 70's, who, you may not immediately connect the face with a name, but you know you know them.

You have Red Buttons unlike I've never seen him. Don't want to call him a ' tough guy ' but he doesn't take any bull and he knows how to use his fists. Yes, that Red Buttons. Amazingly, it's not at all awkward and he plays it very, very well.

If, like me, you miss his name in the opening credits, you will eventually realize who the amateur film maker was who recorded ' Mary ' in the last moments of her life.

Late 60's , early 70's bleakness, to be sure. Throw - a - way citizens and how large parts of New York, and most other large, American cities, were allowed to deteriorate to the point that they did.

Worth looking for.


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