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Medical Center: U.M.C. (1969)
Richard Bradford was an incredible actor and he deserved a much more prolific career than the one he ended up with. His TV series 'Man in a Suitcase' continues to collect new fans every time it gets a repeat airing, or from those who are buying the DVDS for the first time. If he had continued to play the lead in the 'UMC' TV series it would have been shown over here in the UK as he had, and continues to have, a loyal fan base this side of the pond. He was definite heart-throb material and its our loss that his role in this movie was the only 'leading man' one he had after 'Suitcase'. That said, this is a pretty good film for one of its genre. Solid support from co-stars and a nice music score just for good measure!
Man in a Suitcase (1967)
Richard Bradford/McGill - top man, top hero!
It never ceases to amaze me how a quality series like this has been neglected in favour of lesser and more dated ITC shows of that genre. Getting Texan Richard Bradford in the title role was a master stroke! His interpretation of the hero of the piece was spot on, making McGill 'human'. He wasn't ruthless, but he was tough, he had integrity and was loyal to past associates - even if they didn't always mirror the same courtesy to him. When he occasionally let down his guard and gave us an insight into why he was the way he was, the characterisation became even more intriguing, and to use Richard Bradford's terminology, 'made him real'. I love this series and I'm forever grateful to Mr Bradford for making such an effort to get his performance just right. I think its a fine tribute to his dedication for his craft that the work he did on this production continues to excite people all these years later - can't think of a greater legacy for any actor!
A very underrated thriller.
'Payroll' is astonishingly good and deserves a DVD release asap! Even though this movie is over forty years old there are still some super tension mounting scenes which had me on the edge of my seat! The ever reliable Michael Craig was particularly convincing, and well supported by the equally impressive Billie Whitelaw. William Lucas over-acted like mad in the scene where he breaks down, but other than that he was in fine form. The b/w film complimented the tale and made the seedier elements even more gripping and believable. I've seen this movie on auction sites a few times and it always attracts a number of bidders. In my opinion its a British gem!