The Hollywood vet director Vincent Sherman asked for Baretta
What a surprise to see that Vincent Sherman directed this episode. I remind you he was, like Irving Rapper, a vet director from Hollywood, from the good old Warner Bros studios era, during the forties and fifties period, during which he made features starring Betty Davis and Joan Crawford and, above all, he was not a crime films specialist. And now I see his name on a Baretta opening credits !!! I don't believe it. Well, don't expect nothing of his touch in this episode, so far you could find any touch when he worked thirty years earlier. He was a fancy yes man, a good artisan, the perfect craftsman, but nothing more, he never had a personal way of filming.
Here, Baretta has to let an armed robber go, because of a procedural vice which he can't do anything against and a missing money case which he is involved with. And he is also in front of a kidnapping case. And we find again the Italian mob leader, the same we saw in the other episodes. In the final family sequence, where Baretta is among his folks, I appreciated the tribute to Warner Bros where, I repeat, Vincent Sherman grew up, when Baretta talks of John Garfield and Boggie...
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