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  • This is a typical Sunday night movie that would have been shown back in the early 70's to top off your weekend before you went back to work on Monday. Basically a routine crime drama featuring then-current character actors, and a look at what Robert Pine was doing before he landed his big role on Chips, and a look at what William Shatner was doing after Star Trek and before the Emmy award winning TJ Hooker series.

    Plot involves two law school grads (David Canary of 'All My Children' and Robert Pine) who take on their first big cases as prosecutors for the federal government. David Canary's case involves convincing a marked mobster to blow the whistle on local politicians on the take from organized crime. Robert Pine's case is about whether or not to prosecute a seemingly clean cut family man of being the bag man in a drug deal.

    Nothing extraordinary about this piece, but decent TV quality fare, especially if you're a collector of all things William Shatner, Robert Pine or David Canary. Good period piece of 1973 depicting life in the big city at the time complete with rotary telephones, phone booths where you you could call for a dime (remember those?) 16mm news cameras before the age of mobile color video recorders and giant cars back in the days when everything on the road was made by GM, Ford and Chrysler.

    I was particularly interested in the limousine owned by the bad guy, appeared to be a rare 1970 Imperial Lebaron sedan limousine.
  • 1973's Incident On a Dark Street has probably not aged well in the 32 years since it's airing on, I'm guessing, NBC. Unlike myself, a child of the 70's, younger viewers might not enjoy the common reference points of wide lapels, land barges, and over-coiffed hair. The cast is chock full of familiar television faces with everyone doing a professional job, but the young un's might cringe at all the young farts who are now old or dead farts.

    Yet, there are enough twists and turns in the plotting, adequate to very good performances (check out Kathleen Lloyd's face as she quietly, with dignity lets an assistant US attorney know what's in her future), and avoidance of relentless shoot-em-ups to make you take this old, failed pilot for a series seriously (although the attack on one character by an assassin in a street-sweeper is ludicrous and the bombing of the same guy later on is pretty nauseating, considering you see a shower of blood and gunk go kersplash!).

    So, plunk down your buck the next time you're in the check out aisle at Wal-Mart. You might just figure you got a rebate
  • Well I watched "Incident on a Dark Street" and I see why it was a failed TV pilot...

    The Good,, The Bad,, and The Ugly,,,,

    The BAD The three leads James Olson (Never have liked him much although he was quite good in "The Andromeda Strain" due more to Robert's Wise's wonderful direction and a great script), David Canary ( He was quickly back in soap operas again after this) and Robert Pine ( He was in the TV show "Chips" after this gig) ,anyways the three leads are all milquetoast in this made for TV movie...

    The Good But this guilty pleasure does have a few things going for it...1st of all its Shatner playing the a total slime ball ( I can not recall him playing such a lowlife in any other role, but your the expert in that dept)... No one emotes despair quite like Bill in his ridiculous mustache, lamb chop sideburns and bad oily hairpiece. Be sure to check out the sexy 70s outfit Bill's goodtime girl is sporting...

    The Ugly,,,, And there's Richard Castellano, you know him from the "Godfather"...there has never been a more miserable character who exudes uncomfort and misery as Richard here, the Mob lowlife turned snitch...Smoking cigs down to the filter,,, sweating and panting after taking 3 steps,,,He almost busts his ass a few times when he has to do some physical things on film... I think this is more of a Richard really being this character than acting... He garners so much screen time in this , so you might as well enjoy his performance,,, kinda like watching Curly Howard in a wool suit two sizes too small.. Be sure to check out his life and death chase scene from a Street Sweeper!!!

    and lots of familiar faces in lesser roles adding to the 70s feel of this flick..John Kerr,Gilbert Rowland,Wesley Lau...There's pre "Charlies Angels" David Doyle ( who once again proves he couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag)..Murray Hamilton (playing a lowlife so well as he had to all of his acting life,,,Did Murray do a guest shot on every TV show in the 60s???, it sure seemed like it)....Kathy Lloyd (who fares OK in a small role),,, and last but not least there is Jennifer Kulik as Ann , which proves Director Buzz Kulik was not above casting his own daughter in the film...

    For Shatner's and Castellano's performances,,, this is worth a look...
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    What does an actor do when his TV show gets cancelled? Well, if you are William Shatner you slap on a ridiculous moustache and lambchop sideburns combo and audition as a heavy in a Pilot about the day-to-day action-packed life of the District Attorney office of Los Angeles County. What does a cast-off of a TV Western do? Well if you are David Canary you follow in the successful footsteps of your former Bonanza co-star Pernell Roberts and star in a Pilot about another public service organization in a major California city (no wait "San Francisco International" (1970) failed as a Pilot) With talent like this where can "An Incident On A Dark Street" round out the cast – hey how about second banana "The Godfather" Italian Stereotypes? Please tell me what was up with Richard S. Castellano?? (formerly "That fat Clemenza") As a second-generation Sicilian-American – on both sides of my family – I am not offended that he portrays a Sicilian as a mobster as much as he portrays a Sicilian as a monosyllabic mush-mouthed idiot who takes pets to bed with him in an apartment furnished in early-rathole. After his incredible emoting during his first meeting with David Canary's character I was wishing it was him who was killed instead of his brother, portrayed by Tony Giorgio – (formerly Bruno Tataglia). And Frank, paisan, when you stick your hand down a culvert expecting to touch a leather satchel of incriminating evidence against the Leopold Organized Crime Family (Leopold is Sicilian?!, must be that offshoot of that hell-raising Franco-Sicilian Mob my grandfather told me about on Palermo's lower east side…) and instead feel something metal – you don't pull on it – MINGIA! With guys like this in the Mob there is not much more work that DA James Olson will have to do before he retires and allows himself to get beamed back to the alien planet that spawned him. I mean c'mon is there anybody weirder looking that James Olson? Bob on Soap comes off less wooden than this guy! But thank god that we can round out the DA staff with the likes of Robert Pine and David Doyle. Robert Pine? Did this guy do anything after his weekly witty repartee at morning Roll Call with Ponch and John on CHiPs? And David Doyle? I don't know what it is about this guy but in this movie he just exudes oiliness. After watching him I get this unsettling feeling he may have rode around with the undercover cops on that pederasty case a LITTLE too long. (What's a pederast Walter? Shut the F*** Up, Donnie) But don't sell Mr. Doyle short; the one star I give this movie is attributed to his performance as the Bad Cop in the Bad Cop-Good Cop interrogation worked on our favorite morbidly obese goombah – priceless! I would have given this movie two stars but it lacked enough 70's pilot stalwarts. Give me Max Gail, Clu Gulagher, OK even Stuart Margolin and then maybe two stars. And how about more scenes with Shatner and his blond honey in the babydoll lingerie? The fact this outfit even made it to TV was interesting So if you are looking for that cheesy smell that went out with the '70s, "An Incident on a Dark Street" will allow you to reminisce with plenty of unintentional comedy
  • (Some Spoilers) Made for TV movie about corruption in high places in the city government. With a totally out-of-the-blue sub-plot that has nothing at all to do with whats going on in the film.

    Vinnie Romero, Tony Glorgio, is murdered by the Leopold Mob and dumped off a Pier with an ice pick stuck in his head. Vinnie was going to the DA's office to blow the whistle on Leapold and his connections with the city's head of the Utilities Authorthy Devaver G. Wallace, William Shatner, in rigging building contracts. Knowing he's a marked man Vinnie gave the evidence that he had on Leopold to his brother Frank, Richard Casellano,for safe-keeping.

    With Vinnie now in the city morgue Frank feels he'll join him very soon and goes to the DA for protection.Not wanting to be a stool pigeon, like Vinnie, Frank is let out on the street where the Leopold Mob is out to get him. Frank ends up almost getting flattened by a steamroller before he accepts help from the DA's office. In return for his testimony and documents he has on the Leopold Mob.

    Taking the police and members of the DA's office to the place where he hid the evidence on Leopold Frank is blown apart and killed by a bomb planted there by the mob who took the incriminating documents before hand. Back at Wallace's office panic is setting in with him and his assistant and partner Ed Shilling, Murray Hamilton, on the verge of bankruptcy in a failed stock venture. Shilling needs cash to stave that off with Wallace wanting more of the kick-back from the deal he has going with Leopold something called "The Portland Project".

    Wallace to his dismay finds that "The Portland Projet" fell through, which earlier lead to his partner in crime Shiller committing suicide after he got the bad news from Leopold himself. It also comes to light to the shocked Wallace that the bank that he owes the money for his stock market adventure is owned by non-other then Leopold's nephew! So he's in no position to ask Leopold for any kick-backs at all.

    Getting smacked around by Leopold's boys for not being able to pay him back his money Wallace later agrees, or is forced, to talk and at the end of the film we see him and Leopold being brought before the court to face justice. The sub-plot in the movie has to do with young Arthur Trenier, James Davidson, on trial for drug possession as well as drug trafficking that can put him away for as much as fifteen years.

    With all hope gone to keep Arthur out of the clink his wife Louise, Kathleen Llyod, reveals to the stunned prosecuting attorney Paul Hamilton Jr, Robert Pine,that she has this fatal disease and hasn't long to live, this dying from an unknown illness was a big thing back then in Hollywood. The DA Joe Dubbs, James Olson, who was very determined to put poor Arthur away agrees with the much more sympathetic DA's attorney Hamilton to give him probation.

    Run of the mill crime/court story that has a much better cast then the material that their given makes it both interesting and watchable.
  • Lots and lots of hair. The only enjoyment in watching this film is the nostalgic kind. That early 70's TV look, that cast, and those hairdos. Shatner is startling to look upon at first, with his oily hair and lamb-chop sideburns (not to mention his outfits). Then there is Richard Castellano, who is never less than repugnant to view, with a terrorist-torn-out-of-bed hairstyle that is a work of grunge art. His character is not much better.

    As for the content of this TV movie, there's little to say. It was a pilot for a proposed 1973 NBC series called 'The Prosecutors.' It never got past this film. Familiar cast, familiar story, plodding execution. With almost iconic types like David Doyle and Murray Hamilton popping up, along with the camp master himself Shatner, it's hard to pay much attention to the story: you spend more time thinking "I remember that actor!" Unfortunately, the star of the film is the colorless James Olson. Now, if Shatner had been put in place of Olson this might have been far more entertaining. Oh, and Susan Stafford has a small role. Very pretty, but showed far more brains and talent when she got OUT of showbiz later.
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    I found the DVD of this movie lying around my house and decided to watch it. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The movie played out like a Law & Order episode, but this was definitely more suspenseful.

    The basic premise of the movie is exposing the mob in the town and one man dies of it. Director Buzz Kulik puts in a Twilight Zone like approach to the movie as he directed several TZ episodes. It played out well despite only being a movie made for TV. They could had showed some of the trial at the end of the movie, however, it wasn't necessary.

    The stars in this movie was top notch, the cast gets a 10 out of 10 as everyone executed their character masterfully. William Shatner, who recently came off playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek and the first film, plays a villain in one of the darkest roles in his career. I enjoyed the appearance of David Canary, Adam Chandler of All My Children. He does a fine job as a lawyer and one of the few non-western roles he did at the time. Seeing Richard Castellano only a year after The Godfather was an unexpected treat, I always enjoyed his work. He dies quite unexpectedly in the movie. Murray Hamilton also puts in a superb performance as Shatner's lackey so to speak. Actually, I could go on for hours talking about the actors, I'll just say the quality is not of TV movie quality, but that of a good movie showing in theaters.

    If you have not seen this movie, I strongly recommend giving this movie a shot, a solid suspense story combined with a first-rate cast and you have arguably the best TV movie of the 70's.
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    A team of lawyers lead by austere no-nonsense district attorney Joe Dubbs (well played by James Olson) try to get the goods on smooth mobster Dominic Leopold (a nicely suavely portrayal by Gilbert Roland). The lawyers need to get antsy informant Frank Romeo (a fine performance by Robert S. Castellano of "The Godfather" fame) to testify against Leopold in court. Director Buzz Kulik, working from a tight and engrossing script by E. Jack Neunan, relates the absorbing story at a steady pace and maintains a properly serious tone throughout. The excellent cast of familiar faces helps a lot: a pleasingly restrained William Shatner as crooked businessman Deaver G. Wallace, future "C.H.i.P.S." TV series regular Robert Pine as eager assistant D.A. Paul Hamilton, Jr., David Canary as friendly, dedicated lawyer Peter Gallagher, Murray Hamilton as Wallace's worrywart business partner Edmund Schilling, David Doyle (Bosley on "Charlie's Angels") as ramrod lawyer Luke Burgess, James Davidson as hot-tempered suspected drug runner Arthur Lloyd Trenier, Kathleen Lloyd as Trenier's concerned wife Louise, and Marlene Clark as Dubbs' doting secretary Rose. Castellano clearly cops the top thespic honors with his impressive turn as Romeo; he brings an appealing vulnerability to this scared little man who gets in way over his head. A scene with Romeo being chased in a back alley by a street cleaner rates as a definite exciting highlight. This film earns extra points for its realistic and unsentimental depiction of being a lawyer as a hard and thankless job. Moreover, there's a little welcome humor ("Don't call me sir") tossed in to keep things from becoming too heavy-going. Elmer Bernstein provides a lively and rousing score. The gritty urban street locations add authenticity to the plot. Well worth watching.
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    Bought Incident on a Dark Street the other day at the DVD store for about three dollars. I had not seen the movie since it first showed in 1973. After Star Trek William Shatner was in just about every T.V. movie and show. He would play the good guy or slime-ball however he always added a lot to the program like he does now on Boston Legal. You got to give Bill credit for being a survivor. Does anyone out there know whatever happened to Owen Orr ( the square built man ) who slapped Bill around at the end? Murray Hamilton did a good acting job with Gilbert Roland during the restaurant scene. He was another actor who was in everything from The Hustler to Jaws. The girl who played Bill's mistress was hot. They should do a remake of this with the surviving actors making cameos. I would rather watch this then reality T.V.
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    Not a very good film dealing with corruption in the mayor's office regarding the bidding of contracts.

    Whoever did the make-up on the late Richard Castellano? He looked absolutely awful. With his sunken cheeks, he looked like he was a punching bag, far from 3 years back when he was wonderful in the memorable "Love and Other Strangers" with Bea Arthur.

    This entire story could have been told in about 20 minutes. It is rather dull despite a good cast of players.

    There is a peripheral story about an executive caught up in drug trafficking with the added by-line that his young wife is dying. You don't even have time to shed a tear.
  • "When a small town (sic) hood is murdered, two fresh-out-of-law-school-grads set out to find out the culprit and link the incident to organized crime. David Canary and Robert Pine star as the law grads, whose task gets more complicated (and more dangerous) when their efforts connect a narcotics operation to City Hall and corrupt city politicians. James Olsen stars as their attorney boss, and Elmer Bernstein contributes a moody, suspenseful score. William Shatner appears as 'Deaver Wallace'."

    This "NBC Saturday Night Movie" was the pilot for E. Jack Neuman's lawyer series "The Prosecutors".

    The DVD sleeve description probably meant "small time hood" as "Incident on a Dark Street" is clearly shot in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Also, the synopsis (quoted above) is slightly inaccurate. Mr. Pine (as Paul Hamilton Jr.) is the lone rookie, handling a subplot instead of the film's major story. The main plot is handled by Mr. Canary (as Peter "Pete" Gallagher). Canary, who made strong impressions with stints on "Peyton Place" and "Bonanza", must have been a leading candidate for his own nighttime series. His twin characterizations on the daytime series "All My Children" are uncommonly strong.

    The likewise hard-working Pine and an accomplished Mr. Olson ("Don't call me sir!") round out the cast. The three are fine individual actors, but don't "click" as a team. Wearing thick hair and moustache, Mr. Shatner obviously takes charge of the guest cast list. Silent film veteran Gilbert Roland (as Dominic Leopold), Richard S. Castellano (as Frank Romeo), and Murray Hamilton (Edmund "Ed" Schilling) lend their support. Director Buzz Kulik was best known for "Brian's Song".

    **** Incident on a Dark Street (1/13/73) Buzz Kulik ~ David Canary, Robert Pine, James Olson, William Shatner
  • InzyWimzy11 July 2004
    This is why made for TV movies suck.

    This YAWN law drama centers on some dude trying to beat a heroin rap and a mob hit which leads to....more boring stuff. You know this is bad when you can't even tell the characters' names and the acting is stressed to make the law terms seem more dramatic when it really bored me like lectures up at Binghamton. I only recall Leopold since it was said about 100 times and Wallace played by Ham Shatner. I gave an extra point just for the funny mustache Shat was sporting. There's also some lady dying of some disease but that's quickly forgotten and a cool mob hit featuring a giant street sweeper.

    Dog turd is more exciting than this crappy Dark Street borer.
  • Solid, well-acted pilot for TV series that wasn't picked up. Here William Shatner uncharacteristically plays a villain. I loved that '70s feel and the director's subdued, quiet approach to the material. Worth a watch also to see Christopher Pine's father at work (and the family resemblance). (viewed 11/16)
  • The movie has one great cast - pretty much an all star cast. The story is only mildly interesting to me. It's watchable, worth watching if you get it in a film pack as I did (Midnight Movie Madness) but it's not nearly as good as I was hoping it would be - especially with this cast - but it's got it's moments of being really good. The last 15 minutes gets intense.

    Crime in the mayor's office, The Portland Project, the mob, suicide, the DA's office, murder, actors most of us that remembers from the 1970s and William Shatner (the biggest attraction in the film with a 1970s thick mustache and sideburns).

    It's not the best 1970s TV Movie - but it's not the worst - most definitely a watchable film.

    4/10