Tod talks with a murderer in a train station, as Tod & Buz await a maid of honor for a wedding. The convict is back here in his hometown, being transferred to a distant prison, and pleads ...
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Tod talks with a murderer in a train station, as Tod & Buz await a maid of honor for a wedding. The convict is back here in his hometown, being transferred to a distant prison, and pleads with Tod to bring his brother to the terminal, because no one in his family will visit him. Tod is touched by the bereft man, so he cabs to the brother's home, while Buz heads to the wedding. Written by
It's a Steiger showcase. He's given a lot of introspective dialogue and solo screen time, while Tod looks on stoically. Seems Lezama's (Steiger) an affectless killer who's now trying to escape from custody (Asner) in the middle of Cleveland, using Tod as a hostage. There's a subplot, for some reason, about the boys getting the maid-of-honor to church on time. Needless, to say the two don't blend well, suggesting some kind of backstory to the production. Rather surprisingly, Steiger low-keys the chance to do big time emoting. Looks like he's reaching for tragedy instead of menace, but the extended ruminations do slow things down. Then too, fans of Maharis may be disappointed since he hardly appears, and has few lines. To me the best part is in the train station and the banter between Tod and the pretty blonde girl. It's done with verve and style. Anyhow, the 60-minutes is mainly for fans of a different brand of Steiger. I'm just glad they managed to work in some good shots of downtown Cleveland.
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