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Thanks Miles. I like Susan St. James so much, not just a good actress but she seems to be a really fine human being.

 

This made for TV movies leads, are 2 well known contemporary stars. He is an Oscar nominated actor and co-wrote this nifty film. Most of the film takes place in the south, but begins in Detroit.The actresses character has a scheme to get out of a lot of trouble. Film and the 2 leads ??

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*The Con* - William Macy and Rebecca DeMornay is correct. Macy co-write the script to this very good TV movie. I highly recommend this one, although not shown that often anymore. She's a con artist in trouble with the mob in Detroit and finds out that Macy is going to inherit 2 million.He's a lonely, homely garage mechanic. She phonies up a southern accent and gets phony credentials to teach and starts dating him.It's got a very clever ending. Excellent little film, and excellent work flash. Your thread.

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Thanks, lavender. Next up:

Early '80s TVM. Human interest drama about a solitary middle-aged man who meets a young single mother and her daughter in Central Park, ends up inviting them to move in with him in his apartment. This is not a love matchup, but it does bring friendship and interest into his life, and stability to the mother and child. There is muted reference to a deceased longtime companion in his past, and there seems to have been stress between the man and his deceased mother.

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Uh, let's call that close enough for gov'ment work. You've actually named the one-season series that followed the TVM, *Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend*, by about a year, Most of the support cast were changed for the series, but Randall was still the star. Something of a landmark production, in that a gay man was a main character, and not used for comic purposes (cf "Jodie" in *Soap*). I recall one passage: The host rises early, goes out to a bakery and returns with the makings of breakfast. The young woman, "Uh, these donuts are stale." -- her introduction to bagels. Low-key humor, but not a comedy.

 

FranklinPangborn's thread.

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Any guesses?

 

The actress who's the wife starred in a famous "cult" movie of the 1970s, and the actor who plays the mentalist/husband is famous for portraying people in our American history in film, on stage, and on tv and has won Tonys, doing so. (Perhaps the one actor with the most presidential performances in one's career.)

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The undercover who's career was the basis of this story played a support role in the TVM. In this 90s story retelling 1970s events, the ex-cop, now nearing 50, portrayed the Detective Lieutenant who recruited him. There were some Hollywood vs History points that turned out less interesting than the origional story.

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Per Hollywood, the new recruit was a Vietnam Vet, solid background as a combat photographer. Seen snapping photos on the street back home in New York, he is recruited by a police Lieutenant from his old neighborhood. "You're cut out for this. "You like to see how close you can get to the edge without going over." He is sworn in by a high-up PD official during a limo ride; gets a look at his badge, which then goes into storage.

 

Per History, he was an aspiring young actor, supporting himself mostly by other means, while he got some exposure working in training programs and sometimes getting TV work. A police Lieutenant from his old neighborhood saw him play a strung-out addict in a stage production, and recruited him to make witnessed drug buys on the street and help put away some front-line drug pushers. (4,824)

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Per Hollywood, the new undercover cautiously makes the acquaintance of a young member of the Gambino crime family. He get a photo gig at the christening party of a newborn Gambino relative. Strict instructions to snap only women and children. That part of the job done, he casually walks through the crowd, his hand-held camera swinging at just below hip level, pointed up, and only the audience hearing the zzit, zzit, zzit as he continues to snap pictures. At his next meeting with his bosses, he finds them ecstatic: "Look, here's Senator _____!" And that's Judge _____." "Well we knew about him," "And look! That's Captain ______, precinct boss from the Bronx!" And then they sternly warn him not to take that kind of risk again.

 

Per History, the new undercover worked with three-man teams. Usually he made drug buys, and his two partners would observe the transactions, and they would appear in court to testify. For part of this time he had an occasional role on one of the daytime soap operas that filmed in NYC, and the peddlers got a kick out of having a celebrity customer. He occasionally met, drank with and dined with some low-level wiseguys, but, per History, this operative never partied in a Don's home.

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Per Hollywood, the undercover is smitten with one of the young women he photographed holding the new baby. He meets her on the street and starts trying to chat her up. They slowly grow close to each other, while he is being introduced into collecting for the Family from "protection" clients.

 

Per History, the undercover racked up a record of bringing about an astonishing number of drug-related arrests. As a result, he became the youngest detective ("gold shield") in the department's history.

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Per Hollywood, the undercover comes to learn that the girl he is romancing is the goddaughter of the Don that he is (remotely) working for. The Don cautiously approves when they meet. The girl has some second thoughts, and through a series of confrontations, they arrive at an agreement; -- They both want out of the Family if they marry. They agree on this. // Other surveillance on the Family higher-ups spots a new, unknown face and the cops want to know who this guy is. Only his handler within the Dept. knows him. At their next conference, the undercover has some 'splainin' to do.

 

The Family Don in this TVM is an Italian-American actor with a long background that includes both Lawman and Criminal roles, including a 2-season series as an Italian-American FBI Agent. He is also adept at roles that ignore his background altogether.

 

This TVM grafts this story onto some real mid-century events.

 

Per History, uh, no parallels to this plot tangent.

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The undercover gains favor with his higher-ups, but he maintains a healthy paranoia. He has a tense moment when a boss he's been driving for approaches him with a revolver. Then the boss hands him the pistol and informs him that he will have a key role in an upcoming hit. A high profile figure in another Family is irritating all the Families by getting in to the news with complaints about anti -Italian bias. It's time for this man to go.

 

It goes down as grim comedy. The operative has told his Dept. contacts what little he knew as to what to expect. Driver of a car with two passengers, waiting where they were told, he feigns a need to take a leak, and finds a phone booth. Calls in, using his code ID; he's trying to find his backup. They told him they'd be there . The operator taking the call can't find his superior, but if he'll leave a number she'll try to have the Lt. call back. He just barely gets out of the phone booth and into an alley when the gunmen come looking for him.

 

Back in the car, they watch it go down. Bigshot and bodyguard emerge from a restaurant and they get shot down by men in a car that drives up at just the right moment. The three watching were the backup team They would have been the ones to whack Crazy Joey Gallo if the first team had failed.

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Per Hollywood: In the rukus following the Crazy Joey killing the undercover dropped out of sight after taking his team members back home. Went into hiding, neither the Gambinos nor the Police Department able to find him. He arranges a secret meeting with his sweetheart, but she is disturbed by the belief that he may have actually been involved in the killing. They leave things suspended. The Department personnel are frantically searching for him, fearing he may have been exposed and killed. Finally, he uses his code ID and contacts his superior in the Division and arranges a meeting. Brought in, and under protection, he is briefed for upcoming Grand Jury hearings abour the Gallo killing. They simply will not respond to questions about what happened when he was calling for rescue/backup.

 

Giving testimony, he is offered opportunities to say that Carlo Gambino had personally given him orders concering the Gallo hit. Actually, the minimalist orders he had been given had been from his direct underboss. His only contacts with the Don had been social, and mostly concerned with his girlfriend. He will not purjure himself, and the attorney cuts off his attempts to discuss the backup that wasn't there. In the courthouse hallway afterward, he is confronted by Carlo Gambino himself (played by Robert Loggia) who looks at the badge that the undercover (played by Grand Show) is now wearing, and asks, "Can I help you, Officer?"

 

Messages in the closing credits announce that the undercover, Steve Allie Collura, had resigned from the department, and left New York, and never saw the girl again.

 

Per History: Undercover Detective Steve Allie Collura advanced to the point of working with a Gambino underboss in a matter concerning contraband coming in via the Brooklyn Docks. This operation did not come off, but it did blow his cover, He had the option to stay in the Department and go on an overt status, but he did not want that. He resigned and moved to the West Coast.

 

Collura found some success, at least some steady work, mostly in TV and TVMovies. Credits included guest roles in *Wonder Woman, Serpico, Baretta,* and the TV Movie *Trackdown, The Search for the Goodbar Killer.* He also had a support role in the 1-season series *True Blue* (1989-90) . Meanwhile he helped a biographer put out a book about his own background, Collura, Actor With a Gun. (Steve Allie Collura has an IMDb site, like most other actors.}

 

He then helped with setting up this TVM, serving as producer and playing the role of the Detective Lieutenant who recruited the former combat photographer. The title: *Between Love And Honor.*

 

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Edited by: flashback42 on Nov 4, 2011 10:20 AM

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