Two police officers are shot and killed. A little boy is an eyewitness. He's black and his mother is someone who was helped by Ricco. He helped her make positive changes in her life. In their scenes, you see Mr. Ricco's respect and affection for the black community. It seems that Frankie Steele, the black militant that Ricco defended, killed those uniformed cops. But why after he was just cleared of murder? There's tension between Steele and the police and there's some tension between the police and Ricco for being Steele's lawyer. There's a sniper on the loose. Is it Steele?
In the cast, you will see familiar faces. An actress who plays a police precinct secretary is recognizable as the housekeeper for the band of villains in Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Mr. Ricco's legal secretary is played by Cindy Williams before she started years of TV stardom as half of LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, the hit ABC sitcom pair. One jailbird who has a tie to the black militants is played by Philip Michael Thomas before he started years of TV stardom as a cop on NBC's MIAMI VICE. The jailbird's sister works in one of San Francisco's most prestigious art galleries.
Find MR. RICCO starring Dean Martin. It's a crime this movie is as overlooked as it is. It's quite good and Dean Martin ended his impressive film career with a solid performance. Thanks for very much for airing it, TCM.