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The Stoolie (1972)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  November 1972 (USA)
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Roger Pitman (Jackie Mason), a small-time grifter and crook, works with police-detective Alex Brogan (Dan Frazer), in trapping fellow thieves with bait money. Pitman decides to take some of... See full summary »

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Roger Pitman
Josip Elic ...
1st Hijacker
Reid Cruickshanks ...
2nd Hijacker
Dan Frazer ...
Police Sgt. Alex Brogan
Leonard Yorr ...
Maxie (as Leonard York)
Dick Carballo ...
Marco Ruiz (as Richard Carballo)
Babette New ...
Sylvia
Mary McKennedy ...
Pool Hall Girl
Sean Walsh ...
Truck Driver (as Sean Walch)
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Lattimore
Ronnie Mellen ...
Hertz Girl
Marcia Knight ...
Limousine 'Lady' (as Marcie Knight)
Jack Nagle ...
Doral Desk Clerk (as Jack Nagel)
Sonnie Sands ...
Doral Bell Hop (as Sonny Sands)
Lee Steele ...
Weehawken Police Chief
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Roger Pitman (Jackie Mason), a small-time grifter and crook, works with police-detective Alex Brogan (Dan Frazer), in trapping fellow thieves with bait money. Pitman decides to take some of the money and seek the good life in Miama Beach. Hr falls in love with secretary Shelia Morrison (Marcia Jean Kurtz), and finds that Brogan is on his trail. And, yes the film had two directors, one of which was also one of the three photographers on the film. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"THE STOOLIE" IS A TRUE STORY. John G. Avildsen, director of "Save the Tiger" and "Joe", has made a new tender-touching film about a stool pigeon - and his fight to earn respectability.

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When Things Snowball
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I remember seeing Jackie Mason standing in a hotel lobby in New York years ago. He had a show on Broadway at the time. I also remember his gaff on the Ed Sullivan show. In this he plays a small time loser who gets in over his head. It's the thing where a few dollars are blown and the person doesn't have the wherewithal to get it back and gets in deeper and deeper. Mason's character is so pathetic at every turn. There is some humor in it, but it mostly is a situational thing. His character, Roger Pitman, acts the way a desperate person would, especially when he is in unfamiliar territory. The acting is pretty good, but the story is just sort of dull and there is so little hope. If this had been a heist comedy, it may have worked better. We can all identify with the person who, having nothing, quickly gets in over his head. The world is full of cruel people and he meets them every few minutes. Even when he's with his thieving associates, they don't give him his share and he has few options. There is some interest here, but not a whole lot.


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