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Director:
Writers:
Arnold Schulman (screenplay) &
Sidney Michaels (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
22 December 1968 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »
Plot:
Rachel arrives in New York from her Amish community intent on becoming a dancer. Unfortunately Billy... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Robards ... Raymond Paine

Britt Ekland ... Rachel Schpitendavel

Norman Wisdom ... Chick Williams

Forrest Tucker ... Trim Houlihan

Harry Andrews ... Jacob Schpitendavel

Joseph Wiseman ... Louis Minsky

Denholm Elliott ... Vance Fowler

Elliott Gould ... Billy Minsky
Jack Burns ... Candy Butcher

Bert Lahr ... Professor Spats
Gloria LeRoy ... Mae Harris
Eddie Lawrence ... Scratch
Dexter Maitland ... Duffy
Lillian Hayman ... Singer in Speakeasy

Richard Libertini ... Pockets (as Dick Libertini)
Judith Lowry ... Mother Annie (as Judith Lowery)
Will B. Able ... Clyde
Mike Elias ... Immigration Officer 1
Frank Shaw ... Immigration Officer 2
Chanin Hale ... Valerie
Ernestine Barrett ... Minsky Girl
Kelsey Collins ... Minsky Girl
Marilyn D'Honau ... Minsky Girl
Kathryn Doby ... Minsky Girl
Joanna Rush ... Minsky Girl (as JoAnn Lehmann)
Dorothea MacFarland ... Minsky Girl
Billie Mahoney ... Minsky Girl
Carolyn Morris ... Minsky Girl
June Eve Story ... Minsky Girl
Helen Wood ... Minsky Girl

Rudy Vallee ... Opening Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Boylan ... Laughing Lady in the Audience (uncredited)
Henry Calvert ... (uncredited)
Herbie Faye ... Waiter (uncredited)
Stephen Fitzstephens ... Ice Cream Kisser (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Minsky Customer (uncredited)
Lester Mack ... (uncredited)
Joe E. Marks ... Mr. Flegelman (uncredited)
Remo Pisani ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Ellen Stretton ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Fat Thomas ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (screenplay) &
Sidney Michaels (screenplay) &
Norman Lear (screenplay)

Rowland Barber (book)

Produced by
George Justin .... associate producer
Norman Lear .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Strouse 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
Pablo Ferro (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Jean Eckart 
William Eckart 
 
Art Direction by
John Robert Lloyd 
 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hairdresser (as Robert Grimaldi)
 
Production Management
Jim Di Gangi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pablo Ferro .... second unit director
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... second assistant director (as J. Alan Hopkins)
 
Art Department
Richard Adee .... set dresser
Edward Garzero .... chief scenic artist
Donald Holtzman .... property master
Edward Swanson .... set construction
Walter Way .... set construction
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Dennis Maitland .... production sound mixer (as Dennis L. Maitland)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
Richard P. Cirincione .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Pablo Ferro .... visual consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera (as Vincent Gerardo)
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator (as Richard Kratina)
Michael Mahony .... key grip
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer (as William Meyerhoff)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Bernie Styles .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe (as Florence Transfield)
 
Editorial Department
Michael Breddan .... assistant editor
Ron Kalish .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip J. Lang .... conductor
Philip J. Lang .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Danny Daniels .... choreographer
Dick DeBenedictis .... choreographer (as Richard DeBenedictis)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
William Giorgio .... assistant to producer
Marguerite James .... script supervisor (as Marguerite James Powell)
Shirley Marcus .... production secretary
Morton Minsky .... technical advisor
Anne Wallace .... assistant choreographer
Jane Hoyt Thompson .... assistant: Norman Lear (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity
Runtime:
99 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG (TV rating) | Sweden:Btl | USA:PG-13 | USA:M (original rating)

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Trivia:
Tony Curtis was offered the role of Raymond Paine but declined due to disagreements over the script and was replaced at a month's notice by Jason Robards. The role of Billy Minsky was offered to a young Alan Alda but he was unavailable due to his commitment to "The Apple Tree" on Broadway.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the closeup of Rachele's breasts, her hair lies over her left shoulder. When the camera shows her face and upper torso in the next shot, her hair is not over her shoulder.See more »
Quotes:
Jacob Schpitendavel:[raising his index finger] Louis Minsky, if you do not now go at once to prevent thy son from bringing my daughter to such ignominy, I shall, as Agnon did, raise the finger of righteousness to call down the wrath of heaven.
Vance Fowler:[raising his pinky finger] My father, an Episcopal vestryman, used this as the finger of righteousness.
Louis Minsky:[to Fowler, then to Schpitendavel] Bah! And again, Bah! There is no finger of righteousness.
Louis Minsky:[raising his pinky finger and turning it in his ear] This is the finger of cleanliness.
Louis Minsky:[pointing to his ring finger] This is the finger of marital bliss.
[...]
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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Lost Classic, 3 July 2004
Author: doctor-49

And I mean that most sincerely, this is one of the great films of the 1960s, charting the last days of the burlesque music-hall theatricals in America. The plot of the film is something of a mish-mash, mixing up Britt Ekland as an Amish runaway who finds herself onstage, with Denholm Elliot as a moralistic do-gooder trying to close down Minsky's theatre, but in truth, as with a large number of films of the period (see also The Pink Panther films), the plot is merely a convenience, a washing line upon which to hang a large number of characters, theatrical set-pieces and little illustrations of life in and around the theatrical world. A host of fine actors grace the screen, with Elliot Gould making an early appearance as Minsky jr, Harry Andrews as Ekland's glowering father, Joseph Wiseman as Minsky sr and most affectingly, Bert Lahr in his final screen performance. Even Ekland is OK, and it takes a lot to say that. But at the centre of it all are Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom as the theatre's chief comedy double-act. An odd pairing that works amazingly well, with Robards an effectively sleezy straight man (his seduction of Ekland is both funny and stomach churning). But if Robards is good, Wisdsom is fantastic, his comedic skills honed in England finally being given full rein (I enjoy a lot of his British films, but few of them really allow him full use of his abilities), and the song and dance routine and when he defines burlesque to Ekland rank as his finest on-screen moments. it's a bitter shame that the failure of this film and personal circumstances forced him to leave Hollywood, because with the right material he could have gone so much further. Truth is, if you have no sympathy for this sort of material, this will not change your mind. But for an utterly unique film, packed with beautiful little minutiae of theatrical life and a great mix of dark humour and bawdy comedy, this is really something to be cherished.

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