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Mad Dog Coll (1961)

Story of Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll, a notorious gangland killer in the 1930s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Davis Chandler ... Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll (as John Chandler)
Kay Doubleday Kay Doubleday ... Clio
Brooke Hayward ... Elizabeth
Neil Burstyn Neil Burstyn ... Rocco (as Neil Nephew)
Jerry Orbach ... Joe Clegg
Vincent Gardenia ... Dutch Schultz
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Darro
Glenn Cannon Glenn Cannon ... Harry
T.J. Castronovo T.J. Castronovo ... Ralphie (as Tom Castronova)
Leonardo Cimino ... Wickles - Bar Owner
Joe Costa Joe Costa
Ronald Dawson Ronald Dawson
P. Barney Goodman P. Barney Goodman
James Greene
Joy Harmon ... Caroline


Young neighborhood hoodlum Viccent Coll is attracted to music student Elizabeth. Their paths cross several times as the tries to climb to the top of the reckets on the bodies of his murder victims. Because of the pleasure he takes in killing, everybody but his mob and his moll, ex-stripper Clio, calls him "Mad Dog." He is hunted by both the police and gang leader Dutch Schultz on whom he has declared war. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

26 October 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tollwütige See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Gene Hackman. See more »


When Vincent Coll was killed, he was using a phone booth in the London Chemists drug store at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street. He was reportedly talking to Owney Madden, who kept Coll on the line while the call could be traced. Soon enough, a limousine pulled up outside. While Bo Weinberg waited behind the wheel, Leonard Scarnici and Anthony Fabrizzo stepped out. One of them waited outside and the other walked inside. After telling the cashier to "Keep cool, now", the killer withdrew a Thompson submachine gun from under his overcoat and went back to the phone booth where Coll was. The gunman opened fire, raking up one side of the glass booth and down the other. A total of fifteen bullets were dug out of Vincent Coll's body at the morgue; even more may have passed clean through him. The killers were chased unsuccessfully up Eighth Avenue by a detective squad that had pulled up just after Coll was killed. (For some reason, the film instead shows the police trapping and killing Coll in the phone booth after he fires at them with a Tommy Gun.) See more »


Mad Dog Coll
Written by Stu Phillips and Eddie D. Trush
Sung by Hal Waters
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Mad Dog Coll? Where?
11 July 2003 | by mercury4See all my reviews

This movie is very low budget and very inaccurate. Whoever wrote this had no idea who Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll was. The movie begins by showing some young hood in a cemetery visiting a grave marked Anthony Coll. He says, "Hello, Pop." Then he shoots the tombstone with his machine gun. Then when he laughs you see these teeth that desperately need braces. The guy looks like a horse. However the movie does accurately show how Vincent's father was cruel to him. Instead of going out and playing with the other kids he stayed in the house with his mother. His father calls him a mama's boy. Can you blame the kid for loving his mother so much when he's got a lousy bum for a father? The kids pick on Vin too. He comes home one day all beat up. After that he started carrying around a wrench in his pocket. As the girl narrating says, "They never picked on Vinny again."

The actor who plays Mad Dog Coll looks nothing like him. The guy looks ridiculous. He's the last actor I'd ever pick to play a gangster, let alone, Mad Dog Coll. The movie tells how Coll wants to take on Dutch Schultz. The movie also tells about how he gets the nickname Mad Dog. But again, it's inaccurate. It shows him trying to get away from guys that are chasing him and he accidentally shoots kids before he leaves. Wrong. First of all there is no proof that it definitely was Coll and second of all those kids were accidentally shot in a drive by shooting. The movie also shows Mad Dog Coll about to rape a girl. Never happened. The movie shows Coll kill one of the Dutchman's men in a kidnapping because he looks like his father. Never happened. Coll towards the end just turns into a psycho. The movie never shows Coll's brother Peter who in reality got rubbed out by Schultz. Jerry Orbach plays Coll's only friend left. Orbach knows that Coll has to be put down so he tips off the cops. The cops shoot Coll in a phone booth. He walks out and falls on the sidewalk dead. This is probably the dumbest part of the movie. Yes, there is talk that Mad Dog Coll's bodyguard betrayed him. But no, the cops didn't kill Coll. Rival gangsters killed him in a drugstore phone booth. His body also never left the booth. When he's killed he's wearing a wig and glasses. In real life Coll didn't wear a wig. He dyed his blonde hair black to disguise himself from the cops. The writers of this movie just had no idea what they were talking about. I guess the movie is all right if you're not planning on seeing a movie about Mad Dog Coll.

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