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Tracy Fleming
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Captain Gus Maryk
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Earl Stokey
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Liz Fowler
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Nora
Noam Pitlik ...
Solomon
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Eddie Nugent
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Gianni Ruggeri
Brioni Farrell ...
Denise (as Xenia Gratsos)
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Mickey
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Newsdealer
Mitzi Hoag ...
Nancy
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2nd Victim (as Wendy Wagner)
Jim Malinda ...
Bearded Suspect on bus (as James Malinda)
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Mr. Olsen
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A rapist/killer is terrorizing the women of Los Angeles. The main connection that all the women have is that they work in the same area. Policewoman Tracey Flemming is chosen to act as bait to catch the rapist and put him behind bars. Can the police catch the rapist before he strikes again? And will Tracey become his next victim? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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An interesting idea but it just didn't work....
6 November 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Bait" is an interesting idea for a film and back in 1973 it was very modern and innovative. After all, rape was hardly ever talked about and it's one of the earlier made for TV films that addresses it. Unfortunately, the script has a few holes and the star, Donna Mills, while a lovely actress was just out of her element here playing a tough cop!

When the film begins, Tracy Fleming (Mills) is an undercover cop on duty on buses. It seems that some pervs have been annoying women and she is busting these jerks. However, while these crimes might seem petty, this rookie cop soon will deal with a seriously deranged rapist--one who not only molests his victims but kills them! I was shocked when a character played by Arlene Golonka was attacked and killed by him, as she always played the sweet girl next door type. And now, Tracy is out to rid the world of this baddie.

The biggest problem I had was watching Tracy busting criminals came off as kind of cute. The thin, not at all muscular Mills just was impossible for me to believe as a tough cop. Additionally, late in the film her character seemed really dumb and ineffectual when confronted by the killer--something very inconsistent. Overall, a film that tried but just didn't quite hit the mark.


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