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

Today we need to take another look at the handsome mug of Flo, the garrulous torpedo of John CassavetesThe Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976). Here he reminds an off-screen Cosmo (Ben Gazzara) that $23,000 is a lot of money.

The Killing of a Chinese BookieTaking up the foreground on the right side of the pic is Robert Phillips, who my MSTie pals will recognize as the exasperated police chief 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.”

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.

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.”