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Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (1966)

| Comedy | May 1966 (USA)
A man is mistaken by foreign agents for a defecting cosmonaut and must prove his identity while evading capture.

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Complete credited cast:
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Charlie Yuckapuck
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Annie
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Mr. Travis / Police Chief
Joey Adams ...
1st Digger
Andy Albin ...
2nd Digger
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Professor Lerowski
Michael Ford ...
Jim Holliston
Jack Heller ...
Mr. Big (as Jackie Heller)
Tim Herbert ...
Seed / Samu
Peggy Mondo ...
Fat KEB agent
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Olga
January Jones ...
Magda Anders
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Maxie Rosenbloom ...
Foreign Agent (scenes deleted) (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
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Charlie Yuckapuck is mistaken by Klavashian intelligence agents for a defecting cosmonaut named Yascha Nudnik. Charlie works in a diner with his friends Annie and Magda. When Magda inherits a bookstore, Charlie and Annie go to work for her, unaware that the bookstore is crawling with spies seeking to recover secrets stolen by the missing Nudnik. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Final film of director Harmon Jones. See more »

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Annie: Hi, Charlie, how'd you sleep last night?
Charlie Yuckapuck: No good. I was up all night trying to get the window open.
Annie: But there's no window in that room.
Charlie Yuckapuck: No wonder I couldn't get it open!
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The Last Vaudeville Show
12 January 2007 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

I believe this movie represents the last gasp of vaudeville. Shot in beautifully clear black-and-white, on a set that is so obviously a set and not at all realistic, this film presents a stage on which we see the last great vaudeville act for the very last time.

It's all about slapstick physical humor where the victim is hurt only for the length of the shot. It's all about one-liners, where the straight-man responds by making an exasperated face or rolling his or her eyes.

And gimmicks stolen from other acts (e.g. Get Smart) that are familiar to the audience.

And the long pauses between action moments -- giving time for the folks in the back of the theater to realize what just happened and start laughing before the people in front have stopped laughing.

And the walk-on cameos of famous performers to keep the people interested, lest they realize that there is no plot worth caring about.

Apparently many people watched the film (based on the rash of reviews) on its single showing on TCM. Robert Osbourne did not introduce the film, which is regrettable. I really would like to have seen how he characterized this piece of work.

Fans of the The Dick Van Dyke Show (like me) may remember episode 40, "The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally" in which Morey Amsterdam's character and Rose Marie's character create and put on their own show at a club on the weekends. Well, this film is what would happen if Buddy and Sally sneaked off to make a movie on a long weekend, and Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon's character) actually produced and directed it. Vaudeville, filmed in noir, on the cheapest set money could rent.

No offense to any of the terrific veteran actors in the movie -- most of them had great roles elsewhere. But you do need a cup of strong coffee and a curious mind to enjoy what they were attempting in ... whatever its title was.


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