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Brock's Last Case (1973)

A New York City cop who has retired to a small Western town is drawn into the local case of an Indian who is accused of murdering a sheriff.

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Lieutenant Max Brock
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Arthur Goldencorn
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Ellen Ashley
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Jack Dawson
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Jake Hinkley
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J. Smiley Krenshaw
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Joe Cuspis
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Stretch Willis
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Alma Gamm
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Doc Walters
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Judge Robbins
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Frustrated with a flawed and lenient justice system, New York City police lieutenant Max Brock decides to quit his police job and take an early retirement.Over the years he invested in his retirement dream, a dream farm on an orange grove, where he plans to grow citrus and watch the sunsets from his front porch.Confident in his decision to retire early, even at half pension, Max Brock offends his boss by refusing to continue his work for the department and quits.However, when he arrives in the Southern town where he invested in his orange grove farm, Brock is shocked by a series of unpleasant surprises. Written by nufs68

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5 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Originally meant to serve as the pilot for star Richard Widmark's first (and only) television series, "Brock's Last Case" met with indifference at NBC, and the network instead asked Widmark to reprise "Madigan" from the 1968 Universal theatrical film that earned high ratings when telecast on the network. Widmark and Universal agreed, and the star made his TV series bow in the "Madigan" segment of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie which aired in the 1972-1973 season. "Brock's Last Case" aired as a "World Premiere Movie" on NBC during the same season. See more »

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His law enforcement training
3 July 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Richard Widmark stars as a New York City detective who is not happy with the new trends in law enforcement, things like Miranda you know. Also citizens aren't showing the same kind of respect for police as they used to. This last arrest he swears will be Brock's Last Case as he retires to an orange grove in southern California that he put money down on.

As it turns out though Widmark's professional expertise is needed because the sheriff was murdered and the man looking good for it is Henry Darrow the American Indian who has been looking after Widmark's orange grove and not too successfully I might add. The acting sheriff is young Michael Burns and he needs all the help he can get.

In this sleepy town in which folks like Will Geer and John Anderson are trying to get a real estate boom started Darrow and his tribe aren't very popular. A lot of people would see it most convenient if he was guilty. Darrow looks good because the sheriff and two more people are killed during the course of the film with his arrows.

Brock's Last Case might have been a good television series, but it was never picked up. With the cast list I wonder how it could not have been. I did like Beth Brickell who was a neighboring rancher and an attorney who has ACLU instincts. She would have been law and order cop Widmark's romantic interest and professional rival.

Widmark did do a series based on Madigan one of his best films, but the series wasn't a patch on the Don Siegel classic.

Brock's Last Case though is not in Madigan the movie's league, but still pleasant viewing.


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