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Another side of "Mike Brady"
lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile
14 August 2011
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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