Cinema: Mortuary Case

99 AND 44/100% DEAD

Directed by JOHN FRANKENHEIMER

Screenplay by ROBERT DILLON

Why quibble? Call it 100% Dead and be done with it. Indeed, the cute title, like the pop-art credits and the ironically intended voice-over narration are in effect mortuary cosmetology—attempts to give an illusion of life to a moribund turkey.

Richard Harris is a hit man brought in by Underworld Overlord Edmund O'Brien to fight his gang war for him. O'Brien's rival is Bradford Dillman; Dillman's big gun is Chuck Connors, who performs various cruelties (on Kathrine Baumann, among others) with an artificial...

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