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Who Killed Mary What's 'er Name? Details


Death of a Hooker was the spell-it-out alternate title for Ernest Pintoff's unorthodox murder mystery [[Feature~V148526~Who Killed Mary Whats'ername~whokilledwho]]. At first, Red Buttons seems an illogical choice for a hero, especially since he plays a diabetic ex-boxer who isn't all that quick on the uptake. But Buttons gradually grows on the audience as he investigates the murder of a Greenwich Village prostitute whom he barely knew. With the help of his daughter Alice Playten, Buttons unearths a great many clues that we either overlooked or ignored by the cops. The film ends abruptly and somewhat tragically, which may have resulted in poor word of mouth when it was first released. Only after it became a Late Late Show perennial did [[Feature~V148526~Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?~whokilledwho]] finally find its audience. The largely New York-based cast includes Sylvia Miles, Sam Waterston, Conrad Bain and, in an uncharacteristically repulsive "heavy" role, David Doyle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Red Buttons
as Mickey
Ellen Gurin
as Angela
Sylvia Miles
as Christine
Ellen Faison
as 2nd Hooker
Sam Waterston
as Alex
Donald Marye
as Leo
Stella Longo
as 1st Hooker
Dee Timberlake
as Hospital Nurse
Sally Birkhead
as Snug Harbor Nurse
Conrad Bain
as Val
Ron Carey
as Bartender
Earl Hindman
as Whitey
Norman Rose
as Dr. Barkunian
David F. Doyle
as Boulting
Gilbert Lewis
as Officer Solomon
Antony Page
as Joe
Dick Anthony Williams
as Malthus
Alice Playten
as Della


George Manasse
Gregory Sandor
Gary McFarland
Composer (Music Score)
Angelo Ross