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Writers:
Herb Gardner (screenplay)
Herb Gardner (based on his original play)
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Release Date:
9 September 1966 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...IT'S LAUGHTER FOR EVERYONE!! See more »
Plot:
A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of those rare gems you could see over and over again See more (58 total) »

Cast

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Jason Robards ... Murray

Barbara Harris ... Sandra

Martin Balsam ... Arnold
Gene Saks ... Leo

William Daniels ... Albert
Philip Bruns ... The Man in The Restaurant (as Phil Bruns)

John McMartin ... The Man in the Office (as John Macmartin)

Barry Gordon ... Nick Burns / Wilbur Malcome Burns / Theodore Burns / Raphael Sabatini / Dr. Morris Fishbein / Woodrow Burns / Chevrolet Burns / Big Sam Burns / Lefty Burns
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Directed by
Fred Coe 
 
Writing credits
Herb Gardner (screenplay)

Herb Gardner (based on his original play)

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Herb Gardner .... associate producer
Ralph Rosenblum .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Don Walker (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum (edited by)
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. (uncredited)
Herbert F. Mulligan (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup
Charles Fialla .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Henry Spitz .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Belletier .... second assistant director
Dan Eriksen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Willie Lucan .... scenic artist
Burr Smidt .... sets designed by
 
Sound Department
Hugh A. Robertson .... sound editor (as Hugh A. Robertson Jr.)
Jim Shields .... sound mixer (as James Shields)
Dick Vorisek .... sound recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Coffey .... associate photographer
Albert Taffet .... camera operator
Willie Meyerhoff .... grip (uncredited)
Willie Meyerhoff .... lighting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Matthews .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sheila Bakerman .... assistant editor
Edward Beyer .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Gerald B. Greenberg .... music editor (as Gerry Greenberg)
Harold Hastings .... conducted by
 
Other crew
Mel Howard .... production assistant
Betty Todd .... script supervisor
Ted Trinkaus .... titles
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Mono (RCA)
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The original Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns" by Herb Gardner opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in New York on April 5, 1962, ran for 428 performances and was nominated for the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. Jason Robards, Gene Saks, William Daniels and Barry Gordon recreated their stage roles in the filmed production. Gordon was nominated for the 1963 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Sandy Dennis who did not recreate her stage role, won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Leo leaves the apartment, two different cardboard cutouts of him are used, with different facial appearances.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Murray Burns:[shouts at rows of houses] Neighbors, I have an announcement for you. I have never seen such a collection of dirty windows. Now I want to see all of you out there on the fire escape with your Mr. Clean bottles, and let's snap it up!
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One of those rare gems you could see over and over again, 1 August 1999
Author: Bonnie (writer@btigate.com) from Midwest

Jason Robards, Jr. plays the lead role of the unique, quirky, firmly unemployed Murray Burns and effortlessly masters the clever dialogue the way it was meant to be performed. Writer, Herb Gardner, created a delightful character like those you yourself rarely meet who have an uncommon outlook on life.

This movie caught my attention and prompted me to check out the screenplay from the library so I could experience the dialogue again and again.

There are so many one-liners and passages to admire, and you'll enjoy the charming performance on ukuleles of "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" by Robards and Barry Gordon which is played against the background of Murray and Sandra exploring New York.

The sad thing about discovering a gem like this play for the first time is knowing that you won't experience that same pique of excitement and discovery again the second time through it again. But you do continue to marvel at the mind that can create such a fresh screenplay.

Unfortunately, I could not find much more information about the author, Herb Gardner, than what was on the cover jacket of the screenplay: He was born in Brooklyn and worked as a teen-ager selling orange-juice and checking coats at the Cort and National Theatres. "He saw some plays as many as 140 times and reports that that's an excellent way to learn the craft of the dramatist." He was also married to actress Rita Gardner.

Some favorite quotes:

"If most things aren't funny, Arn, then they're only exactly what they are; then it's one long dental appointment interrupted occasionally by something exciting, like waiting or falling asleep. What's the point if I leave everything exactly the way I find it? Then I'm just adding to the noise, then I'm just taking up some more room on the subway."

". . . it could have been any day, Arnie. . . sitting in the train going through any day. . . in the dark through any year. ... Arnie, it scared the hell out of me. You got to know what day it is. You got to know what's the name of the game and what the rules are with nobody else telling you. You have to own your days and name them, each one of them, every one of them, or else the years go right by and none of them belong to you. . . And that aint' just for weekends, kiddo. . . ."

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