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The Bait (1973)

An undercover policewomen risks her life to trap a homicidal rapist.

Director:

Leonard J. Horn (as Leonard Horn)

Writers:

Gordon Cotler (teleplay), Don Mankiewicz (teleplay) (as Don M. Mankiewicz) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Mills ... Tracy Fleming
Michael Constantine ... Captain Gus Maryk
William Devane ... Earl Stokey
Arlene Golonka ... Liz Fowler
June Lockhart ... Nora
Noam Pitlik ... Solomon
Thalmus Rasulala ... Eddie Nugent
Gianni Russo ... Gianni Ruggeri
Brioni Farrell ... Denise (as Xenia Gratsos)
Brad Savage ... Mickey
Don Keefer ... Newsdealer
Mitzi Hoag ... Nancy
Wende Wagner ... 2nd Victim (as Wendy Wagner)
Jim Malinda Jim Malinda ... Bearded Suspect on bus (as James Malinda)
John Dennis ... Mr. Olsen
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A rapist/killer is terrorizing the women of Los Angeles. The main connection that all the women have is that they work in the same area. Policewoman Tracey Flemming is chosen to act as bait to catch the rapist and put him behind bars. Can the police catch the rapist before he strikes again? And will Tracey become his next victim? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csalétek See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pre-dates Police Woman
24 September 2008 | by dan-lewisSee all my reviews

Contrary to what was posted in a previous comment, The Bait was first broadcast on March 13, 1973, more than a year and a half before Police Woman debuted in September 1974. It was actually based on a 1968 novel by former policewoman Dorothy Uhnak. Sure, it seems cheesy today -- just like all those other made-for-TV thrillers from the early 70's -- but The Bait was exciting and, with a young and super hot Donna Mills in the lead role, it definitely held your attention. I thought Donna gave a strong performance. She was effective and appealing. I'm not sure if it was in reference to this particular film, but I remember a reviewer stating that nobody does wide-eyed looks of terror as well as Donna Mills! Looking back, it's funny to see what was considered provocative at that time. The short skirts and outfits that Mills' character wore to catch the attention of the rapist-killer are pretty tame by today's standards.


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