Buddy hops a freight to Florida. In an empty boxcar, he meets Norman Klute. Norman listens to Buddy's problems, and comes up with an idea: if Mr. D. thought Buddy was dead, he could stop running. They devise a plan: The Death of Buddy Overstreet. And so, Norman goes to Devere Enterprises in New York. Norman goes to Mr. D'.s office, where he is met by Mr. D., Junior, Wendell and Harry. When Norman says he knows where Buddy Overstreet is, Mr. D. has him relax in an upholstered chair; but then clamps snap over his wrists, a light comes down to his head to give him the 3rd degree, and Wendell and Harry hold guns to his head. After they question him, Mr. D. turns him loose. Norman will kill Buddy, (he says). Mr. D. gives his word to pay him $3,000 C.O.D. -- Cash On Demise. Norman Klute meets with Buddy in Florida. They make a film of Buddy's death, and Norman takes Buddy's wristwatch as proof. Then Norman goes back to New York, to meet with Mr. D. and his associates. In Mr. D.'s private office, Norman shows the film of him chasing and killing Buddy; the film is shot from various angles. (see: goofs and nitpicks) It seems Norman is carrying a machine-gun in a violin case, and Mr. D. quips, "a violin case? That cornball stuff went out with bathtub gin." (funny, considering that's how his boys used to do it in "The Untouchables.") But ultimately, Norman takes out a 6-shooter and shoots Buddy. (9 bullets!) Then he dumps Buddy's body into the ocean. Mr. D. is so pleased he pays him the $3,000 and gives him a $1,000 bonus. Everything was going fine-- until the technician who developed the film calls the cops. Norman Klute is arrested for the murder of Buddy Overstreet. Mr. D. wants to make sure the Syndicate isn't implicated; he tells Norman that he hired the greatest defense attorney in the country: Charles Druten. Norman nervously says, "Yeah, but even Perry Mason blew one once in a while." (laugh track) When Buddy reads the headlines that Norman is being tried for murder, he rushes to the courthouse; he gets there just as the jury is getting ready to deliberate. Since they showed the incriminating film of Buddy's death, it's an open-and-shut case-- the jury walks out a door and immediately walks back in. Buddy tells the guard that he must talk to the judge, it's a matter of life and death. The guard makes Buddy sit down in the courtroom-- right behind Mr. D. and his associates. When Buddy continues to talk to the guard, Mr. D. says, "Shh! Have you no respect for the law?" (laugh track) When the jury announces a guilty verdict, Buddy protests to the guard. Mr. D. turns around and says, "Overstreet, will you pipe down?" Mr. D. does a double-take. "Overstreet?!" Buddy approaches the bench and tells the judge he is still alive. The judge declares a mistrial. Buddy is on the run again; he runs out of the courthouse and into the street, with Mr. D., Junior, Wendell and Harry chasing him. (synopsis by: kdh) [veteran actor Jack Albertson is one of only 3 actors to have won the triple crown: Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards.] [trivia: Norman Alden appeared in over 60 movies and had over 100 TV appearances. Most notably, Norman played "Horrible" Hank Hopkins opposite Raquel Welch in the Roller Games "classic" movie "Kansas City Bomber" (1972); and Norman portrayed Cameraman Bill in the cult favorite "Ed Wood" (1994).]moreless
Norman said he got one cameraman to film the rub-out. But the chase scene is filmed from various angles: we see Buddy and Norman running at us, there are overhead shots, there are close-ups. It was obviously filmed by 3-4 cameramen. But then, this is an intentional goof. As if to show they know one person couldn't film all this, Junior even comments how "Hitchcockian" the film looks.
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