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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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A curiously innocent Mulligan stew of bawdy humor and music. See more (27 total) »

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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Australia:PG (TV rating) | Sweden:Btl | USA:PG-13 | USA:M (original rating)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: Stock footage shown in reverse. Shot from raised track after Rachel is first seen looking out train window in opening sequence shows old, B/W footage of people walking on street below. As train "approaches" the street corner below, a man can be seen walking backwards.See more »
Quotes:
Jacob Schpitendavel:I need your help, Louis Minsky. My daughter will not be welcome in my home if she stays the night to dance upon your son's stage. There is a train in 51 minutes. You must tell your son to see she is on it.
Louis Minsky:You see this chair? Tell it to dance. See if it listens. That's how much my Billy listens to me.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A curiously innocent Mulligan stew of bawdy humor and music., 4 April 2000
Author: armoscot from New Jersey

This can be a wonderful guilty pleasure, as it mixes a little (and I mean a little) skin, music hall numbers, traditional burlesque routines, a slightly salacious backstage story, and film-style slapstick.

Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom are a very convincing comedy team, although Robards is a bit dark. Give the actor and the filmmakers credit for maintaining the character as a ruthless SOB and not trying to make this guy cute and lovable.

You'll also see Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion) in his last film performance, which had to be truncated as he died during production (his role would have been more important and added a touch of surrealism). Also on hand is Elliott Gould, in pre-"Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" days as a sweet schnook (and the title character), as well as Forrest Tucker as a gangster, Jack Burns as a candy butcher (that's the guy who sells the crummy boxes of candy that MIGHT have a watch in them--and if you believe that...,) Denholm Elliott (Indiana Jones' friend) as the guy who conducts the raid, as well as some real burlesque dancers and comics from the old days.

Adams and Strouse, who wrote BYE BYE BIRDIE contribute a small group of peppy songs, including "From Head To Toe You're A Gentleman" a duet for Robards and Wisdom (the latter a beloved variety star in Britain) and the immortal production number, "Take Ten Terrific Girls But Only Nine Costumes And You're Cooking Up Something Grand."

Britt Ekland inadvertently invents the striptease (it's complicated, read the plot synopsis), but reliable rumor and legend is that the breasts on display belong to a double. Incidentally, the nudity here is about as extensive as in Titanic, so if your kids have already seen that, this will not corrupt them.

The fact is the whole thing is a curiously innocent Mulligan stew of comedy and music, given its subject matter.

Norman Lear wrote and produced in his pre-ALL IN THE FAMILY DAYS, and William Friedkin directed in his pre-FRENCH CONNECTION days. According to the book "WHEN THE SHOOTING'S DONE THE CUTTING BEGINS" by Ralph Rosenblum, the film's editor, Friedkin shot the film indifferently and left immediately. Rosenblum spent the best part of a year recutting the film with the blessing of United Artists production chief David Picker. Rosenblum uses a technique of editing in hokey old silent footage to indicate to the audience that no one is taking the story too seriously, which lifts the curse over some purple writing and acting. Also Rosenblum seems to have invented a trick of mixing authentic B&W archive footage with new footage printed in black and white, which suddenly switches to color. This is an exciting and startling effect the first couple of times, but it is a bit overplayed.

Anyway, this film is better than you probably think it is, and better than it needs to be. Give it a look, it couldn't hurt.

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