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Writer (WGA):
Doran William Cannon (written by)
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Release Date:
19 December 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It takes two to skidoo.
Plot:
Ex-gangster Tony Banks is called out of retirement by mob kingpin God to carry out a hit on fellow mobster "Blue Chips" Packard... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Jackie Gleason on Acid See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jackie Gleason ... Tony Banks

Carol Channing ... Flo

Frankie Avalon ... Angie

Fred Clark ... A Tower Guard

Michael Constantine ... Leech

Frank Gorshin ... The Man

John Phillip Law ... Stash

Peter Lawford ... The Senator

Burgess Meredith ... The Warden

George Raft ... The Skipper

Cesar Romero ... Hechy

Mickey Rooney ... 'Blue Chips' Packard

Groucho Marx ... 'God'

Arnold Stang ... Harry
Doro Merande ... The Mayor
Phil Arnold ... Her Husband

Slim Pickens ... The Switchboard Operator

Robert Donner ... Another Switchboard Operator

Richard Kiel ... Beany
Thomas Law ... Geronimo (as Tom Law)
Jaik Rosenstein ... 'Eggs' Benedict
Stacy King ... The Amazon
Renny Roker ... A Prison Guard

Roman Gabriel ... A Prison Guard

Harry Nilsson ... A Tower Guard (as Nilsson)
Stone Country ... Themselves
Orange County Ramblers ... The Green Bay Packers (as The Orange County Ramblers)

Austin Pendleton ... Fred (The Professor)
Alexandra Hay ... Darlene

Donyale Luna ... 'God's' Mistress (as Luna)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William D. Cannon ... Convict (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Charlie - Crime Committee Witness (uncredited)
Michael L. Davis ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Don Devendorf ... Alcatraz Guard (uncredited)

Kirk Douglas ... Commander Paul Eddington (clip from "In Harm's Way") (uncredited) (archive footage)
Charles Evans ... Whitey Farrell - Crime Committee Witness (uncredited)
Dawn Frame ... Girl Answering Phone (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Prison Chef (uncredited)

Otto Preminger ... Voice introducing the credits (voice) (uncredited)
Joe Pyne ... Himself (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Senator on Crime Committee (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Captain Rockwell Torrey (clip from "In Harm's Way") (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Doran William Cannon (written by)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Nilsson  (as Nilsson)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs 
 
Casting by
Erik Lee Preminger  (as Erik Kirkland)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert E. Smith)
 
Set Decoration by
Fred Price 
 
Costume Design by
Rudi Gernreich 
 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup artist
Vivian Thompson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... production manager
Howard Joslin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wally Jones .... assistant director
Al Murphy .... assistant director
Steven North .... assistant director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director
Al Murphy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... painter
Monty Elliott .... assistant art director (as J. Monte Elliot)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... property master (as Kenneth Westcott)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound (as Glenn Anderson)
Lloyd Hanks .... sound
Don Higgins .... sound effects editor
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Charles Spurgeon .... special effects
 
Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
John Indrisano .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Paul .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Saxe .... stunts (uncredited)
Guy Way .... stunt double: Jackie Gleason (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Hall .... chief electrician
Leo McCreary .... key grip
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator
Dewey Wrigley Jr. .... camera operator (as Dewey Wrigley)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hope Bryce .... costume coordinator
Phyllis Garr .... wardrobe
Theodore R. Parvin .... wardrobe (as Ted Parvin)
John S. Perry .... wardrobe (as John Perry)
George Thompson .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Dean Ball .... assistant editor (as Dean O. Ball)
Connie Roese .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Harry Nilsson .... lyrics (as Nilsson)
Fred Prior .... music editor
George Aliceson Tipton .... conductor (as George Tipton)
George Aliceson Tipton .... music arranger (as George Tipton)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Coleman .... transportation
 
Other crew
Herman Darstein .... accountant
Sandy Dvore .... titles
Sandy Dvore .... visual consultant
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor
Tom Hansen .... choreographer
Joyce Lilley .... secretary
Nat Purdick .... executive assistant to producer
Max Slater .... dialogue coach
John Urie .... commercials
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for some nudity and drug content
Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:(Banned) | Sweden:11 | UK:AA | USA:R (certificate #21887) | USA:M (certificate #21887) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Faye Dunaway, under contract to Otto Preminger at the time, refused to appear in the film after her unexpected success in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and was promptly sued by Preminger. The matter was settled out of court.See more »
Quotes:
'God':[smoking marijuana] Mmm, pumpkin!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Ten Little IndiansSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Jackie Gleason on Acid, 12 July 2008
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

The one film for which "Jackie Gleason on Acid" serves as both a literal and figurative description...

Director Otto Preminger's tasteless, insulting, offensive, embarrassing, and (most significantly) humorless exercise in 1960s psychedelic, "Skidoo" is even more notable for its tireless waste of resources. Mr. Preminger's direction aside, star Jackie Gleason (as "Tough" Tony Banks) appears as if he needs a drink. Obviously, Mr. Gleason's knack for comedy ("The Honeymooners") and drama ("The Hustler") doesn't translate into satire...

The film is a colossally misdirected Acid Bomb...

Despite delivering a colorless performance, Gleason is in possession of the film's highlight: it's the "acid trip" he has while in jail; in isolation, it accidentally succeeds. The later Fred Clark and Harry Nilsson "acid trip" is a runner-up; and, Mr. Nilsson's musical interludes are pleasant. Stoned-looking Groucho Marx and Frank Gorshin are painful to watch. Michael Constantine matches Gleason's level of wit. Troupers Carol Channing and Mickey Rooney give it their best shot, at least...

Frankie Avalon (as Angie) should be proud, as his characterization stands out amongst such disappointing mediocrity. A star for Mr. Avalon, and a star for Nilsson. Everyone should receive light to heavy paddling, with a well-worn copy of Tom Wolfe's "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test".

** Skidoo (1968) Otto Preminger ~ Jackie Gleason, Frankie Avalon, Carol Channing

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