Review: ‘The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday’

Richard Shapiro's up-and-down screenplay uses the plot about former partners in crime (here Lee Marvin and Indian sidekick Oliver Reed) going back to get revenge on the partner who cheated them and went respectable with the loot (Robert Culp).

Richard Shapiro’s up-and-down screenplay uses the plot about former partners in crime (here Lee Marvin and Indian sidekick Oliver Reed) going back to get revenge on the partner who cheated them and went respectable with the loot (Robert Culp).

In the mid-section, the May-December romance between Marvin’s aging cowpoke and Kay Lenz’ young prostie rouses some dramatic interest, coming through the general hokiness like rays of sunshine on a smoggy day. Marvin, to his credit, resists the strong temptation to mug it up, playing with an amusing attempt at dignity, and Lenz is a very appealing and spunky actress.

Reed’s role is a hammy embarrassment, Culp seems uncomfortable as a strident politico and Sylvia Miles is wasted as a madam.

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday

Production

American International. Director Don Taylor; Producer Jules Buck, David Korda; Screenplay Richard Shapiro; Camera Alex Phillips Jr; Editor Sheldon Kahn; Music John Cameron; Art Director Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Lee Marvin Oliver Reed Robert Culp Elizabeth Ashley Strother Martin Kay Lenz
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