Directed by Irvin Kershner, written by Andrew J. Fenady and Irvin Kershner, Tom McGrath, and
Irwin Schwartz. The great cinematography was by Haskell Wexler (In the Heat of the Night (1967), Matewan (1987), Mulholland Falls (1996)), The jazzy/beat score was by Richard Markowitz.
The film stars Yale Wexler as Jim Bowers, Jonathan Haze, as Julian 'Ves' Vespucci, Steven Marlo as Nick Raymond, Abby Dalton as Kathy, Allen Kramer as Danny, Herman Rudin as Mitch Swardurski, Frank Harding as Capt. Richard R. Allen, and Herschel Bernardi as gangster Mr. Fennel.
A Tail Fin Noir, Stakeout On Dope Street is like Dobie Gillis Breaks Bad man, you dig?
You may not remember the film The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), but it's spin off TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959–1963) was in rerun rotation for years, even as recently as this year it's been on cable. The series was about a sensitive, cerebral, teenager, Dobie, and his beatnik buddy Maynard, and his horny pursuit of all things female. Dobie lived above the Mom & Pop grocery store that his folks owned. But I've been digressing.
|Lt. to rt. the leather satchel, Nick (Marlo), Ves (Haze), Jim (Wexler)|
|Kathy (Dalton) Jim (Wexler)|
|A mule collar|
Daytime. Ves has route. Drives a 1951 Plymouth Concord Suburban. Groceries. He spots satchel. Grabs it. Finishes route and heads back to the ranch. Jim and Nick are in the back, hanging out. Ves comes in drops satchel. Starts bullshitin'. Time wasting. They finally check out the satchel. It's locked, It's heavy. They force the lock. It's woman's stuff. They check it out. Split it up. They toss a two pound can marked face powder around. Juggle it. Toss it back and forth. They make a basket in the trashcan. Score! Satchel may be worth something. Head for the swap shop. Score a few bucks. They split for the lanes. They bowl, play pinball, Jim gives Kathy some perfume, all is well, life goes on.
Both mob and police are looking for the dope. The HEAT is on. Cops on prowl. Cops shakedown EVERYONE. The mob has muscle. The word is out. The mob leans on EVERYONE.
|the LADP lt. Capt. Richard R. Allen (Harding)|
|The Hoods, Mitch (Rudin) Lenny (Mansour) Mr. Fennel (Bernardi)|
The story slips out. It's headline news. Jim spots the story. Jim runs to store. Shows Ves and Nick. SHIT! We're RICH! Where's the dope? Ves dumped it in the TRASH. Check the trash. It's GONE.
The boys SCRAMBLE. Jump in the Concord. Mad DASH to the DUMP. Garbage trucks VOMIT. Rubbish in piles. The boys are diving through the loads. The landfill dozer is chugging. Against all odds they FIND it.
|Danny partners with the boys|