Re: RARA-AVIS: Night of the Juggler flick?

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 02 Jan 2003


Thanks for your observations on the movie. It sounds like the picture took liberties with the book. I thought McGivern's
"Juggler" character was an interesting study in evil. Who can forget the "mud colored" eyes?

I will check out his titles you mention for the 1950s month.

BTW, also thanks for your Top Ten 1940s List. Got serveral of those on my TBR list.

Ed Lynskey

--- JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:
> Ed,
> Re your question below:
> > Has anyone seen the movie NIGHT OF THE
> > JUGGLER? (I may have the titles wrong.
> > I don't know if the movie and book have
> > the same title.)
> I saw it some years ago. I was surprised because, to
> the best of my knowledge, it had never been in
> theatres. I saw it on a cable channel (HBO?
> Showtime?)
> Anyway, other than the basic situation of rescuing a
> young girl who's been kidnapped by a serial killer,
> there was little of the book in the film.
> James Brolin played the girl's father (who was a
> liad-off cop, not a rich guy as in the book). I think
> the cop on the case, or one of them, was played by
> Cliff Gorman. I don't recall anyone else in the cast.
> The book wasn't one of McGivern's best (but, since
> this is '50s month, allow me to recommend THE BIG HEAT
> and ROGUE COP, which were not only fine books, but
> which were made into fine movies), but it was
> certainly far better than the film that eventually
> emerged. I'd say Maltin's rating wasn't that far off.


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