Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” revisited

Today we take another gander at Flo, that enigmatic mix of bonhomie and brute force from John CassavetesThe Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). Here he reminds Cosmo Vittelli (Ben Gazzara) of his obligations, as fellow gangster Phil (Robert Phillips) listens.

As I believe I’ve mentioned before, my fellow MST3K pals will recognize Phillips as Chief Pallin, the put-upon superior of Mitchell (1975). “You’re gonna get me mad, Mitchell, and when that happens I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes. Now get out.” Phillips is an interesting character himself, having been a pro football player, bodyguard for Adlai Stevenson, and worked undercover for the Los Angeles Police Department, among other exploits. He is also the author of Sixty-One Ways to End an Argument.

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