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Mad Dog Coll (1961)

Story of Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, a notorious gangland killer in the 1930s.


Burt Balaban




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Davis Chandler ... Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll (as John Chandler)
Kay Doubleday Kay Doubleday ... Clio
Brooke Hayward ... Elizabeth
Neil Burstyn Neil Burstyn ... Rocco (as Neil Nephew)
Jerry Orbach ... Joe Clegg
Vincent Gardenia ... Dutch Schultz
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Darro
Glenn Cannon Glenn Cannon ... Harry
T.J. Castronovo T.J. Castronovo ... Ralphie (as Tom Castronova)
Leonardo Cimino ... Wickles - Bar Owner
Joe Costa Joe Costa
Ronald Dawson Ronald Dawson
P. Barney Goodman P. Barney Goodman
James Greene
Joy Harmon ... Caroline


Young neighborhood hoodlum Viccent Coll is attracted to music student Elizabeth. Their paths cross several times as the tries to climb to the top of the reckets on the bodies of his murder victims. Because of the pleasure he takes in killing, everybody but his mob and his moll, ex-stripper Clio, calls him "Mad Dog." He is hunted by both the police and gang leader Dutch Schultz on whom he has declared war. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Blistering Exposé Of The Roaring Twenties! See more »


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Release Date:

26 October 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tollwütige See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Thalia Productions Inc. See more »
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"Coll" is pronounced "Cole". See more »


In the film, Coll accidentally shoots children as he's trying to escape an attack. In reality, Coll unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap Joey Rao, a Schultz underling. The resulting shootout left a five-year-old child, Michael Vengali, dead and several children wounded. See more »


Mad Dog Coll
Written by Stu Phillips and Eddie D. Trush
Sung by Hal Waters
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The Untouchables It Ain't
4 September 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

My favorite scene is where the old man tells Coll (Chandler) to go threaten somebody else because the old man doesn't even look at "girls in summer dresses" any longer. Good line-- so, take that, tough guy! Too bad the rest of the movie looks like it was filmed in somebody's garage. It's a "Thalia" production and not surprisingly plays like a quickie meant to cash in on TV's top-rated Untouchables. This was the early 1960's, and the public was fascinated with 20's style careening cars and Tommy gun splatters. So why not a "Mad Dog" Coll, to go along with Capone, Nitti, and the rest of the gangland icons. Thalia may have been a cheap outfit, but they knew where the bucks were.

Chandler sure tries—he's seen all the old Warner Bros. classics. Then too, with his over- sized teeth and heavy-lidded eyes, no one would confuse him with Cary Grant. More importantly, he hits all the right poses and sprays the chopper with appropriate bloodlust delight. The trouble is he's also got zero charisma. So, unlike a Cagney or Bogart, his Mad Dog comes across as little more than a dislikable tough guy that nobody cries for in the end. No wonder Chandler's future lay in character acting. But what's up with Broadway actor Jerry Orbach (Joe) who performs like he wandered onto the wrong set. He looks confused throughout. Maybe he's waiting for clues from director Balaban. If so, he never gets them, resulting in several near-painful scenes. Anyway, the movie amounts to a C-grade version of the gangland craze, but with one key distinction. It may be the only film on record where just about all the supporting cast is now better known than the lead.

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