DirectorLeonard Horn Costume designNolan Miller Duration CountryUnited States
CastDonna Mills (Tracy Fleming), Michael Constantine (Captain Gus Maryk), William Devane (Earl Stokey), Arlene Golonka (Liz Fowler), June Lockhart (Nora) WriterGordon Cotler, Don Mankiewicz Release date1973 Music directorAllyn Ferguson, Jack Elliott Similar moviesRelated Leonard Horn movies
The bait 1973
The Bait is a television film about LAPD Detective Tracy Fleming, who is out to catch a serial killer preying on women in Los Angeles. Filmed in 1971 and released in 1973, it stars Donna Mills. The film was based on former police officer Dorothy Uhnak's first novel, also titled The Bait, which won the MWA's Edgar for Best First Novel. She was reportedly embarrassed over the liberties taken with her work by this film. The film itself was the pilot for an unlaunched weekly TV series.
The Ledger, a later book by Ms. Uhnak featuring the same character, NYPD Detective Christie Opara, was adapted into the TV-film Get Christie Love! It also took liberties with the source material, but was, nonetheless, successfully turned into a TV series the following season.