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Release Date:
22 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Sometimes being a nice girl is too much to BARE! See more »
A naive Amish young woman runs away from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City where she hopes to act in religious stage plays but ends up performing in Burlesque theatre. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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
Dolly Sharp ... Minsky Girl (as Helen Wood)

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
Frank Frazetta .... poster and promotional art (uncredited)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief nudity
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (TV rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | USA:PG-13 | USA:M (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Jacob Schpitendavel: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
Jacob Schpitendavel:did, raise the finger of righteousness
[raises index finger]
Jacob Schpitendavel:to call down the wrath of heaven.
Vance Fowler:My father, an Episcopal vestryman, used this
[raises pinkie finger]
Vance Fowler:as the finger of righteousness.
Louis Minsky:Bah! And again, Bah! There is no finger of righteousness. This
[raises pinkie and turns it in his ear]
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Why Don't You All Love This Film?, 6 May 2007
Author: Tom Murray ( from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Why doesn't everybody just love this movie? It is one of most delightful comedies that I have ever seen. I saw it when it first came out in the cinema and watched it three times that first week and at least four times since.

It is a very stylized movie, with an introductory narration right out of the 1920's. The style carries right through the film, with wonderful vaudeville routines. The "girls" are not particularly beautiful and are, by current standards a little overweight. Also they seem to be going through the motions with a variety of personalities. They do not have beautiful singing voices and they do not dance in perfect synchronization but nobody, especially them, seems to care. Burlesque is, after all, light entertainment. The comedy skits are very simple and unintelligent but they are performed with great panache. Sir Norman Wisdom (born 1915), the great British stage and screen clown of the Charlie Chaplin ilk, and Jason Robards Jr., the dapper Oscar-winning, American actor of the classic stage are the two central male characters and are both attracted to the beautiful Amish girl who has left home to dance stories from the Bible on stage. Wisdom is a master clown and can move in ways that are magically humorous. Burlesque has two meanings, with two spellings: - a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humour, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus. (Burlesk) - an artistic composition, especially literary or dramatic, that, for the sake of laughter, vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity. (Burlesque) The movie is a burlesque about burlesk. It also makes fun of religion, stage performances, censorship, prudery, friendship, business, fraud, crime, police, audience intelligence, class distinction, love, seduction, hypocrisy, etc. The mood is intense from start to finish, with several collages of scenes from the past and the movie's present. When I was not laughing out loud, I was laughing inside. The comedy on the stage is very elementary but the comedy in the story is often quite subtle and intelligent. Back to the initial question — I think that the movie may be too stylized for many people to enjoy, especially since the style has long been almost extinct. But if one accepts the style and allows oneself to become immersed in it and flow with it, the movie can be great.

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