|year: 1974 cast: Morgan Paull, June Fairchild, Tara Strohmeier, Art Metrano, Kitty Carl, Katie Saylor rating: ***1/2|
Title character Dirty O’Neil lives up to his name – and not because his uniform’s unwashed. Whether he’s arresting hitchhikers, going undercover as a nurse to bust perverts, coaching a girl’s basketball team, or following up on random complaints from citizens, sly cat Jimmy O’Neil, played by the late Morgan Paull, always winds up with another (and yet another and another) beautiful lady.
|Officer Dirty O'Neil on the beat in a bar with a babe|
Paull, in an interview with me last year, and who played the Tyrell agent Harrison Ford replaces in BLADE RUNNER, noted: “So that’s the chance of the business. Harrison Ford was up for several movies, including DIRTY O’NEIL. He got the hit, I got the bomb… What can I say?”
|Art Metrano with Morgan Paull in DIRTY O'NEIL|
Because no matter what happens, there’s always another pretty face around each and every curvaceous corner...
|TAKEN FROM A PHONE INTERVIEW WITH MORGAN PAULL|
MORGAN PAULL: Well let me tell you, I was happily married at the time so it was the greatest waste of talent in my life...
My wife checked every night… She called the set to say, “Have they rapped yet, have they rapped yet?” She wanted to know everything, so those girls – we had our scenes and that was the end of it.
|Morgan Paull as the sexually-motivated police officer DIRTY O'NEIL|
MORGN PAULL: It’s the lowest budget movie in history, believe me… I mean our lunch was whatever they could find at a local hotdog stand...
But it was a lead role and it was supposed to be funny, a takeoff on all the cop movies that were going on… And it had potential of being funny...
Art Metrano was funny and I was trying to be somewhat funny… And the premise was funny. But you know – it was what it was.
|On the late Morgan Paull: "He was a very gentle, easy-going guy." Tara Strohmeier|
|Tara Strohmeier daydreams about coach O'Neil|
|Kitty Carl and Tara Strohmeier|
|Protecting the piece|
|Taking a break|
|Another O'Neil beauty|
|June Fairchild as the sexy hitchhiker|
|June Fairchild and Morgan Paull|
|Hitchhiker June Fairchild getting Dirty with O'Neil|
|Listen to the podcast interview with Morgan Paull...|
|CLICK TO STREAM DIRTY O'NEIL ON NETFLIX|
|REST IN PEACE MORGAN PAULL 1944-2012|