Bloodhounds of Broadway

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Produced for theatrical released by PBS' American Playhouse, Bloodhounds of Broadway is not exactly a remake of the 1952 film of the same name, though both pictures use the same Damon Runyon stories as inspiration. The scene is Broadway: the time is New Year's Eve, 1928. Madonna plays small town girl-turned-hoofer Hortense Hathaway, who loves gambler Feet Samuels (Randy Quaid) more than somewhat. Since it is known far and wide that Feet has not a penny to his name, he must find some way to pay off his debts in a hurry. So he offers to sell his huge feet to a demented-an operation which will, alas, cost Feet the use of his life. Upon waking up to the fact that Hortense loves him, Feet decides that he prefers breathing to pushing up daisies. Meanwhile, a society doll named Harriet MacKyle (Julie Hagerty) turns on the spigots when her pet parrot is laid low by a clumsy gunman. And while all this is transpiring, high-roller Regret (Matt Dillon) has to beat a murder rap. Even while Regret is sweating it out, "The Brain" (Rutger Hauer), who is bleeding profusely after confronting the business end of a shiv, searches high and low for someone willing to donate blood to save his life. If you can, keep an eye out for author William Burroughs as a butler. Bloodhounds of Broadway was the first non-documentary effort of filmmaker Howard Brookner-and the last, since he died before the film was released. To gloss over the film's plot holes, the distributors added a Winchell-like narrator to the proceedings, courtesy of actor Joseph Sommer.

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as Hortense Hathaway
Randy Quaid
as Feet Samuels
Jennifer Grey
as Lovey Lou
Julie Hagerty
as Harriet MacKyle
Esai Morales
as Handsome Jack Maddigan
Ethan Phillips
as Basil Valentine
Josef Sommer
as Waldo Winchester
Anita Morris
as Missouri Martin
Rutger Hauer
as The Brain
Tony Azito
as Waiter
Tony Longo
as Crunch Sweeney
Alan Ruck
as John Wangle
Dinah Manoff
as Maud Milligan
Fisher Stevens
as Hotfoot Harry
Richard Edson
as Johnny Crackow
Howard Brookner
as Daffy Jack
John Rothman
as Marvin Clay
Mark Nelson
as Sam the Skate
Madeleine Potter
as Widow Mary
Nicole Burdette
as Woman on Corner
Gerry Bamman
as Inspector McNamara
Jane Brucker
as Charlotte
Googy Gress
as McGinty
Robert Donley
as Doc Bodeeker
Grant Forsberg
as Cab Driver
Shelly Abend
as Long George
Helmar Augustus Cooper
as Brother Divine
George Ede
as Judge Witherspoon
Michael Wincott
as Soupy Mike
Herschel Sparber
as Big Shelley
Black-Eyed Susan
as Minnie the Shrimp
Steve Buscemi
as Whining Willie
Patrick Garner
as Rodent Ralph
Tobin Wheeler
as Fleming Meeks
Tamara Tunie
as Cynthia Harris
Katherine Monick
as Bobby Baker
William Murray Weiss
as Joey the Toothpick
Leonard Termo
as Goodtime Nate Fishkin
Graham Brown
as Doc Frischer
Ed Zang
as Hymie Weisberger
Lorien House
as Showgirl
Dana Pinchera
as Showgirl
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I think the film had too many characters to really get in depth with any of them - that was my biggest complaint about it. I got the movie for my Madonna collection, and other than the singing, it was kind of a different character than what she normally plays - so it was definately enjoyable to see that.

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