Mitchell (1975)

R  |   |  Crime, Action, Drama  |  10 September 1975 (USA)
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A sleazy, incompetent detective tries to simultaneously take down heroin dealers and a socialite who murdered a burglar.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arthur Cummings
Walter Deaney
Salvatore Mistretta
Tony Gallano
Robert Phillips ...
Chief Albert Pallin
Buck Young ...
Det. Aldridge
Rayford Barnes ...
Det. Tyzack
Todd Bass ...
Desk Sergeant
Lillian McBride ...
Rich Lady (as Lilyan MacBride)
Rob Narke ...
Customs Officer (as Robin Narke)
Sidney Clute ...
Rudy Moran


Joe Don Baker is Mitchell- a hard-nosed, soft-bellied cop with an affinity for porn and Schlitz. His latest assignment has him engaging in no-speed car chases, yelling at children, shooting innocents and sloppily carousing Linda Evans. Written by <>

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10 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Byens staeste purk  »

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Final theatrical film of Merlin Olsen. See more »


The first time we see the bulldozer in the chase sequence, the smoke is going into the exhaust. See more »


Mitchell: Hey, did you ever do any of that, you know, obscene photographs and all that?
Greta: Mmm hmm. When I needed the bread.
Mitchell: Where can I buy some?
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Referenced in Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Six (2008) See more »


Written by Larry Brown, Jerry Styner & Steve Hoffman
Performed by Hoyt Axton
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I met Mitchell!
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had watched "Mitchell" many many times on MST3K and had basically memorized the entire show out of love. One day my brother and I were talking about a local diner/bowling alley in Woodland Hills, California -- "Woodlake Bowl" -- and we were remarking how much our dad liked it and how it wasn't what it once was. My brother said, "You know who I see whenever I go there? Joe Don Baker." I was thrilled to hear this but next time I went to the Woodlake Bowl for lunch with my Dad, I wasn't thinking I'd see Joe Don. It was a rainy day and as I exited my car and waited for my Dad to get out of the passenger side, an aged Datsun 240Z with cracked and fading paint pulled up in the spot next to mine. I started walking in a minute or so later and then I heard from behind me - in an unmistakable boomy Texas drawl: "YOUR HEADLIGHTS IS ON." I turned around to stare Joe Don face-to-face! I was starstruck, like I had met Brad Pitt or Marilyn Monroe or something. It was raining and Joe Don was in a long coat and droopy hat. And yes, he said "is on", not "are on"! I thanked him and he went on his way. I couldn't help but think of his face and of MST3K's description of him: "A melting bear". It was spot-on. As I walked past his rust-bucket 240Z, I couldn't help but have a peek inside. I remember the interior was just as bad as the exterior and he had a lot of softball equipment under the hatchback. I sort of imagined Joe Don as a little-league softball coach at that point and for all I know he is! But overall I was left with the feeling he was a lonely bachelor type who ate meals alone at a divey diner every day and drove a junkbox of a car -- hey, sounds like Mitchell! But seriously, I felt he is too much maligned as he seemed like a melancholy but nice guy. You go, Joe Don!

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