Never a Dull Moment (1968)

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Complete credited cast:
Jack Albany
Leo Joseph Smooth
Sally Inwood
Frank Boley
Melanie Smooth
Cowboy Schaeffer
Ace Williams
Rinzy Tobreski
Richard Bakalyan ...
Bobby Macoon
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Philip Coolidge ...
Fingers Felton
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 <>

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I'ts L-L-Loaded With a small-time actor joins a big-time mob on a fun-time caper! See more »


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Release Date:

26 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

...og så blev der ballade  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Albany is being taken to meet the Boss, the car he's in passes several movie houses. On the marquees you can see the names of several cast members, such as Henry Silva, starring in gangster pictures. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Getting Wasted (1980) See more »

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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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