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Never a Dull Moment (1968)

 -  Family | Comedy | Crime  -  26 June 1968 (USA)
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When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job ... See full summary »

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Cowboy Schaeffer
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When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job for him. Fearing for his life, Jack plays his role, but always searching for a way out of the well-guarded house. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The character of Leo Joseph Smooth (played by Edward G. Robinson) is shown to be an artist as well as an art collector and aficionado. In real-life, Robinson actually was a passionate artist and collector. See more »

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When Sally is giving Smooth his art lesson, he says he will put more red on the canvas, but uses blue paint instead. See more »

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Referenced in Getting Wasted (1980) See more »

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Some sophisticated comedic passages, but it becomes too silly...
11 September 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Dick Van Dyke acquits himself nicely in colorful role as card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild who is mistaken for a gangster and is roped into an art-heist led by a famous mobster. Comedy from the Disney Studios, adapted from a book by John Godey, has some clever, witty writing in the earliest scenes; however, as with most of Disney's live-action output from this era, the narrative relies far too much on slapstick action to amuse the audience. Edward G. Robinson prods his own movie past with tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Joe Smooth, gangland boss and art lover; Dorothy Provine is perky as an art teacher who believes Van Dyke's outlandish story; and Joanna Moore is very funny as Robinson's show-biz crazy spouse, a former skater once featured in a production of "Scandals On Ice"! The second-half of the picture is just sight-gags and mugging and running around, while Robert Brunner's cartoony score is nearly identical to his music from 1965's "That Darn Cat!" Still, the set-up here is amusing, director Jerry Paris sets a fast pace, and the production is good despite over-lit interiors. ** from ****


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