Cinema: Second-Class Male

The Tiger Makes Out. On the dark streets of Manhattan, a neurotic off-duty postman (Eli Wallach) goes on the prowl. Tired of being a second-class male, he decides to turn himself into a parcel of sexual energy. Mumbling to pretty girls as they pass, he ends every sentence with a proposition—and remains ignored. In manic desperation, he zeroes in on a likely target, claps a raincoat over her head, and spirits her away to his apartment.

The mugged girl turns out to be a bugged housewife (Anne Jackson) with even more identity crises than he. She is surrounded by mink coats,...

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