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

March comes in like a lion with this great shot from John CassavetesThe Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). Flo, the genial muscle behind a gang of mediocre Hollywood mobsters, prepares to greet Cosmo (Ben Gazzara) outside the Crazy Horse West. He is flanked by the gang’s accountant (John Red Kullers) and Mort (Seymour Cassel). Never has a warm greeting seemed more threatening.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Finding more than the few spare details available about Kullers has proved difficult. He also worked with Cassavetes on-screen in Husbands (1970) and behind the camera for Gloria (1980). While he did bit parts in films and television in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was mostly active on the Broadway stage during this time. He passed away in 1985 at the age of 73. More information on this intriguing fellow would be much appreciated.


Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” press kit photo

Today’s pic (and you’ll be clicking for the embiggening) is from an incomplete press kit for The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) that I snagged on eBay. Tim is pictured along with co-stars Seymour Cassel, Morgan Woodward, Robert Phillips, John Red Kullers and Al Ruban (the latter the film’s producer as well).

This photo of Tim is the one that appears on his gravestone. My MSTie pals will remember Phillips as Mitchell‘s harried superior. “You’re gonna get me mad, Mitchell, and when that happens I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes. Now get out.”