July 10, 1970 in US cinemas: They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!

“The last time Virgil Tibbs had a day like this was ‘In The Heat Of The Night'”

They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! is the second installment in a trilogy, the release was preceded by In the Heat of the Night (1967) and followed by The Organization (1971). The movie title was taken from a line in the first film.

Sidney Poitier reprised his role of police detective Virgil Tibbs, though in this sequel, Tibbs is working for the San Francisco Police rather than the Philadelphia Police (as in the original film) or the Pasadena Police (as in the novels).

Detective Virgil Tibbs, now a lieutenant with the San Francisco police, is assigned to investigate the murder of a prostitute. A prime suspect is Rev. Logan Sharpe (Martin Landau), a liberal street preacher and political organizer, who insists to Tibbs that he was merely visiting the hooker in a professional capacity, advising her spiritually.

Tibbs questions a janitor from the victim’s building, Mealie, as well as another man, Woody Garfield (Edward Asner), who might have been the woman’s pimp. Suspicion falls on a man named Rice Weedon (Anthony Zerbe), who takes umbrage and is shot by Tibbs in self-defense.

Tibbs concludes that Sharpe really must be the culprit. Sharpe confesses but requests Tibbs give him some time to complete his work on one last political issue. Told this wouldn’t be possible, Sharpe takes his own life. [Wikipedia]

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