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The Secret Night Caller (1975)

A man who is the pillar of his community has a secret - he has a compulsion to make obscene telephone calls.

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Credited cast:
... Freddy Durant
... Pat Durant
... Jan Durant
... Dr. Mayhill
... Kitty
... Chloe
... Charlotte
... Mr. Henry
... Ruth
Robert Doyle ... District Attorney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Calomee ... Joan
Beeson Carroll ... 2nd Policeman
Danny Goldman ... Billy
... Mary
Kendall March ... Didi
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A man who is the pillar of his community has a secret - he has a compulsion to make obscene telephone calls.

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Whether you hate them or pity them, you've heard about men like him. Nameless telephone voices - their words ugly, their suggestions shocking... See more »

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18 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Chi chiama di notte?  »

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Freddy Durant: You see, Doctor, I begin to think that we all may be mad. What, for instance, are they all thinking, all those people alone in all those cars? What fantasies are being lived? What crimes are being dreamed of? Are they like mine?
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Another side of "Mike Brady"
14 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I don't want to claim this 70's made-for-TV movie is good or especially entertaining, but it is a rare chance to see Robert "Mr. Brady" Reed in the role of a respectable family man with a dark, secret life (rather ironic given the actor's real-life story that emerged years later when he died of AIDS). Reed plays a seemingly respectable IRS supervisor with a devoted wife and daughter, who nevertheless likes to secretly make anonymous obscene phone calls to women, including a secretary in his own office. Unfortunately since this is TV movie, we never get to actually HEAR "Mike Brady" doing his mouth-breathing pervert thing, but he must pretty good at it because he causes one woman to run out of her house and get in a near-fatal car accident!

Hope Lange plays Reed's oblivious wife. Michael Constantine plays the shrink who discovers his secret and manages to cure him in a typical trite TV movie fashion. 70's TV regular Elaine Giftos plays a stripper (who does only as much stripping as one can do in a TV movie) who blackmails Reed's character. Robin Mattson plays his teenage daughter. (Mattson is perhaps most familiar from sexy drive-in fare like "Bonnie's Kids" and "Candy Stripe Nurses", but she also appeared in a lot 70's and early 80's TV--perhaps not surprisingly, she wears a skimpy bikini in one of her few scenes here). Also, in the cast is Karen Lynn Gorney who couldn't really act her way out of a paper sack, but later became semi-famous playing John Travolta's love interest in "Saturday Night Fever".

The best, of course, though is Reed who, even in this short and pretty trite movie-of-the-week, displays a tragic character depth rarely scene in his other TV work. It's obvious he had the talent to go beyond his iconic but very limited role of clean-cut family man "Mike Brady".


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