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Cat Murkil and the Silks (1976)

R | | Crime, Drama | July 1976 (USA)
A street-gang member kills the gang's leader and blames it on a rival gang.


John A. Bushelman (as John Bushelman)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Kyle ... Eddie 'Cat' Murkil
Kelly Yaegermann Kelly Yaegermann ... Claudine
Steve Bond ... Joey Murkil
Rhodes Reason ... Detective Harder
Doug McGrath ... Detective Lambert (as Douglas McGrath)
Meegan King ... Marble
Don Carter Don Carter ... Bumps
Derrel Maury ... Punch
Joe Renteria ... Carlos Garvanza (as Joe Reteria)
Jackie Chapman Jackie Chapman ... Miss Plimpton
Felicity Tagliabue Felicity Tagliabue ... Mrs. Plimpton
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Mrs. Murkil
Ricardo Militi Ricardo Militi ... Moss
Gary Wild Gary Wild ... Bright
Buddy Kling Buddy Kling ... Principal Leeds


A street-gang member kills the gang's leader and blames it on a rival gang.

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The Silks... the most vicious street gang of all... led by the killer they call Eddie the Cat. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

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L.A. Gangs Rising See more »

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This movie was filmed in Santa Maria, California. See more »


[the gang pulls up to the high school and hear a game going on inside]
Marble: Hey, will ya listen to that? I wonder what the score is!
Punch: Ah, who gives a shit? The only score I'm interested in is the one I might make if some foxy chicks start pilin' outta there.
Bumps: [laughs] I can dig it, bro.
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Alternate Versions

Re-release under the title "Cruisin' High" cuts some of the more violent shots, such as the bullet impacts on the characters. This causes noticeable jumps in the picture and audio. See more »


References Kojak (1973) See more »


Slow Down Baby
Sung by Hollingsworth
Words and Music by Mark Hollingsworth, Bernie Kaai Lewis, William C. Thomas
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It's fun!
14 September 2006 | by stevenfallonnycSee all my reviews

This is definitely a "so bad it's good" entry. First, the title. I saw this as "Cruisin' High," and while definitely a better title than "Cat Murkil and the Silks," hardly any of this takes place in a high school (what little is in the high school of the enemy gang) and if they mean "high while Cruisin' in cool 60's cars," well OK they do a little bit of Cruisin'.

The film is bad, but a blast. The Silks are run by Punch, who always comes down on Cat. But Cat sees a unique opportunity to become the leader of the gang, and grabs it. Tough-guy and badass Cat is, yes, a skinny blond semi-pretty boy (ok looking but nothing spectacular) who gets tough and gets in the faces of, among others, old teachers, blacks and Mexicans. He tosses the word "nigger" and "mammy" to one black drug dealer, then tries not to cry and save a little face when the dealer's "connections" confront Cat. It's a great scene! His main man can only be described as a "young Bowzer from Sha Na Na," and Cat has a brother about to be released from prison who he idolizes. Cat is also in love/lust with his brother's wife, who is indeed very, very hot.

The Silks pull things like murder and terrorize people, and actually some of the violence is pretty nasty. But sometimes you have to laugh, I mean, sure it's cruel when the newest Silk, some little kid, is racing an old lady in a wheelchair around her home, but it's done in such a hokey way you get a kick out of it, even if you feel guilty later on. (It's only a movie anyway.) The wheelchair lady definitely can't touch Grandma in "Fight For Your Life" but she's not bad. And all throughout Cruisin' High, even during nasty scenes, the goofiest music is playing, as if it were a cartoon. It's incredible to think that all this was put together so seriously.

Some of the actors are definitely recognizable, like from episodes of "Shazam" and other 70's stuff. Steve Bond and Derrel Maury, who both are pretty decent in my opinion, would soon be reunited the next year in "Massacre At Central High," a vastly superior film. And the top cop is Rhodes Reason, who most viewers will remember from the classic Toho film "King Kong Escapes!" This is by no means a "sought-after" flick, as most probably don't even know it exists, so it can be bought for cheap. It is definitely highly recommended as a fun blast from the past.

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