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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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Leo Joseph Smooth
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Sally Inwood
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Melanie Smooth
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Cowboy Schaeffer
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James Millhollin ...
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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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Jerry Paris:  Police Photographer 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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Even if you can go back again, should you?
22 April 2001 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

After several years of phenomenal TV success counterbalanced with a movie career that ranged from good ("Bye Bye Birdie" "Mary Poppins") to so-so ("Fitzwilly") to Gawd-awful ("Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N."), Dick Van Dyke went back to Disney for the third time on four years for "Never a Dull Moment," with results that could best be described as mixed.

Now, whenever Hollywood decides to use this all-purpose title, as it had at least four times before, beware, as the film is generally duller that usual. "Never a Dull Moment," lives up to its title, thanks primarily to Van Dyke and a solid supporting cast. Edward G. Robinson, Dorothy Provine (just before her simultaneous retirement and marriage), Henry Silva, Tony Bill, Jack Elam, and Slim Pickens all do as well in their roles as the script permits.

And there's the rub. A.J. Crothers, although the Disney people used him several times, was never one of the more inspired writers of comedy, and his films with Disney suffer for it. The cast and director Jerry Paris, a Van Dyke Show veteran on both sides of the camera, give it their best, but a limp script keeps undoing all their efforts.

In short, you, and Van Dyke, could worse than "Never a Dull Moment," but you could do a whole lot better, too.


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