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The Secret Night Caller (1975)

A man who is the pillar of his community has a secret - he has a compulsion to make obscene telephone calls.

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Another side of "Mike Brady"
14 August 2011 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I don't want to claim this 70's made-for-TV movie is good or especially entertaining, but it is a rare chance to see Robert "Mr. Brady" Reed in the role of a respectable family man with a dark, secret life (rather ironic given the actor's real-life story that emerged years later when he died of AIDS). Reed plays a seemingly respectable IRS supervisor with a devoted wife and daughter, who nevertheless likes to secretly make anonymous obscene phone calls to women, including a secretary in his own office. Unfortunately since this is TV movie, we never get to actually HEAR "Mike Brady" doing his mouth-breathing pervert thing, but he must pretty good at it because he causes one woman to run out of her house and get in a near-fatal car accident!

Hope Lange plays Reed's oblivious wife. Michael Constantine plays the shrink who discovers his secret and manages to cure him in a typical trite TV movie fashion. 70's TV regular Elaine Giftos plays a stripper (who does only as much stripping as one can do in a TV movie) who blackmails Reed's character. Robin Mattson plays his teenage daughter. (Mattson is perhaps most familiar from sexy drive-in fare like "Bonnie's Kids" and "Candy Stripe Nurses", but she also appeared in a lot 70's and early 80's TV--perhaps not surprisingly, she wears a skimpy bikini in one of her few scenes here). Also, in the cast is Karen Lynn Gorney who couldn't really act her way out of a paper sack, but later became semi-famous playing John Travolta's love interest in "Saturday Night Fever".

The best, of course, though is Reed who, even in this short and pretty trite movie-of-the-week, displays a tragic character depth rarely scene in his other TV work. It's obvious he had the talent to go beyond his iconic but very limited role of clean-cut family man "Mike Brady".


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