"He's been beaten up, almost run over by a car, accused of an inter-racial romance, and beaten up again... all for a client he doesn't even have."
In The Pigeon (1969), his TV-movie debut, a pre-Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr. plays LARRY MILLER, a hip, wisecracking private eye who -- naturally -- gets in way over his head. There's some vaguely coherent business about an ex-girlfriend, a young girl in danger, a missing diary the Mob wants and a frame job. Turns out Miller's the pigeon.
But it's all really just a wink-wink to His Samminess and his fading Rat Pack cool, which may be enough for some older viewers.
Some of Davis' wisecracks are quite good, and he gets to bounce them off a relatively impressive cast that includes old pros Pat Boone (as Miller's shifty partner), Dorothy Malone and veteran character actor Roy E. Glenn who plays Miller's father, a police lieutenant.
And I just love the bit in the blurb about our Sammy being accused of an "inter-racial romance."
Gee, what would Frankie say?
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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