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What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  2 November 1966 (USA)
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In comic Woody Allen's film debut, he took the Japanese action film "International Secret Police: Key of Keys" and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.

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Cast overview:
The Lovin' Spoonful ...
Frank Buxton ...
Vocal Assist (voice)
Len Maxwell ...
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Mickey Rose ...
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Julie Bennett ...
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Bryna Wilson ...
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Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Phil Moscowitz (archive footage)
Teri Yaki (archive footage)
Himself / Dub Voice / Projectionist
Akiko Wakabayashi ...
Suki Yaki (archive footage) (as Kiko Wakabayashi)


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2 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lily la tigresse  »

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Wing Fat: Don't tell me what I can do, or I'll have my mustache eat your beard.
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Crazy Credits

Woody Allen is laying on a couch eating an apple while a woman stripper is taking her black dress and undergarments off in front of him. Meanwhile the end credits scroll up on the right side of the screen. The credits say: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. And if you have been reading this instead of looking at the girl, then see your psychiatrist, or go to a good eye doctor (the credits now scroll faster and give and eye test): E 1 FP 2 TOZ 3 LPED 4 PECFD 5 EDFCZP 6 FELOPZD 7 DEFPOTEC 8 LEFODPCT 9 FSFPTFED 10 ????????? 11 By this time, the stripper is about to remove her underwear. Woody stops her and says, "I promised I'd put her in the film somewhere." (only his voice is dubbed) THE END (appears in the lower left) See more »


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11 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have noticed several posts here about how people had seen this movie years ago and thought it was hysterical, but then have recently seen it on TV and wondered why they thought so back then. The answer is that you are probably watching a different version.

Although I am sure someone more in tune with the background of this movie can explain it in more precise and detailed terms, the version being shown on networks like TCM has been re-written, re-dubbed and is a lot less funny than the original. I have a copy from a 1982 video tape and that original version is great. I saw the TCM broadcast version and couldn't believe how badly the jokes were changed and how unfunny this film now is, most likely in the name of political correctness. I can certainly understand anyone being dissatisfied with the film as it is now. However, if you can, find an old video of this classic and watch it the way it was meant to be seen.

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