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Mad Dog Coll (1961)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Davis Chandler ...
Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll (as John Chandler)
Kay Doubleday ...
Clio
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Elizabeth
Neil Nephew ...
Rocco
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Joe Clegg
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Lt. Darro
Glenn Cannon ...
Harry
T.J. Castronovo ...
Ralphie (as Tom Castronova)
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Wickles - Bar Owner
Joe Costa
Ronald Dawson
P. Barney Goodman
James Greene
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Caroline
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Young neighborhood hoodlum Viccent Coll is attracted to music student Elizabeth. Their paths cross several times as the tries to climb to the top of the reckets on the bodies of his murder victims. Because of the pleasure he takes in killing, everybody but his mob and his moll, ex-stripper Clio, calls him "Mad Dog." He is hunted by both the police and gang leader Dutch Schultz on whom he has declared war. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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His Own Raging Story... A Maniac With A Machine Gun! See more »

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Der Tollwütige  »

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Feature film debut of Telly Savalas'. See more »

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In the film, Coll accidentally shoots children as he's trying to escape an attack. In reality, Coll unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap Joey Rao, a Schultz underling. The resulting shootout left a five-year-old child, Michael Vengali, dead and several children wounded. See more »

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Mad Dog Coll
Written by Stu Phillips and Eddie D. Trush
Sung by Hal Waters
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"Mad dogs don't have friends"
26 May 2012 | by (Tappan, New York) – See all my reviews

The opening scene before the credits run, and the outrageous title song, set the tone for this over-the-top movie. In this movie, the Prohibition-Era Gangster is transformed into a 1950's juvenile delinquent punk. Imagine "The Roaring 20s" by way of "Rebel Without A Cause". It's great to see Vincent Gardenia, Telly Savalas and Jerry Orbach early in their careers. Nevertheless it's John Davis Chandler's over-the-top performance, in his only starring role, that really dominates this movie.

Chandler is one of those character actors who's names you probably wouldn't recognize, but who's face you can never forget. He used to specialize in portraying nasty, sneering, sadistic little punks; a role which he gets to play to the hilt in this movie. Chandler's version of Coll is a paranoid-psychotic juvenile delinquent who never got over being abused by his bullying father. Armed with a machine gun and supported by only a couple of henchmen, he attempts to move in on the powerful Dutch Shultz Mob in 1920s New York. Shultz is portrayed as a vicious mobster, but also a successful organized crime boss. Coll, on the other hand, is portrayed as a vicious loose-cannon who likes hurting people because he was bullied as a kid, and he thinks that hurting others is the only way to be a man.

Those who enjoyed Al Pacino's performance in "Scarface" would love this film as an equally over-the-top crime drama. The principal difference is that the one is a big-budget film with "A-List" cast and production values, while the other is a low-budget sleeper that came and went under-the radar.


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