Today’s pic takes another look at Matty Trifon, the glove-wearing, chicken-loving mobster of “He’ll Never See Daylight,” the inaugural episode of Baretta that first aired on January 17, 1975. Matty is in a somber mood as takes a phone call from his boss Frank Cassell (Joseph Mascolo) to discuss that pest Baretta (Robert Blake).
Television legend Bernard L. Kowalski directed this episode. He also directed Timothy in the Rawhide episode “The Book” (1.8.1965), the Gunsmoke episode “Quaker Girl” (12.10.1966), the Columbo episode “Fade In to Murder” (10.10.1976), and the TV movie Nightside (1980). I’m guessing he had a few tales to tell about working with Tim! I wish I could have had a chance to talk to him before he passed away in 2007.
Today’s pic is another one from the Baretta pilot episode, “He’ll Never See Daylight,” first broadcast on January 17, 1975. Gangster Matty and his boss Frank Cassell (Joseph Mascolo) are enjoying an evening at a Middle Eastern restaurant with their girlfriends.
Baretta himself (Robert Blake) is in disguise as one of the fez-topped waiters in the background. The belly dancer is not credited – who is she?? Mascolo has been a hard-working television actor for over 50 years, especially on the soap operas The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives.