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The Comic (1969)

M  -  Drama | Comedy  -  2 October 1970 (Mexico)
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Story of a brilliant silent-film comic whose talent is overshadowed by his ego.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Simon aka Billy Bright
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Mary Gibson
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Martin 'Cockeye' Van Buren
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Frank Powers
Nina Wayne ...
Sybil Atlas
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Mama Bell
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Steve Allen
Barbara Heller ...
Ginger
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Edwin G. Englehardt
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Lorraine Margaret Bell
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Jay Novello ...
Miguel
Craig Huebing ...
Doctor
Paulene Myers ...
Phoebe
Fritz Feld ...
Armand
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A fictionalized account of the rise and fall of a silent film comic, Billy Bright. The movie begins with his funeral, as he speaks from beyond the grave in a bitter tone about his fate, and takes us through his fame, as he ruins it with womanizing and drink, and his fall, as a lonely, bitter old man unable to reconcile his life's disappointments. The movie is based loosely on the life of Buster Keaton. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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A funny new motion picture that tells Hollywood like it was!

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While starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), Van Dyke called up Stan Laurel to ask for permission to do a Laurel & Hardy bit in an episode. Laurel told him that neither he nor Hardy's heirs owned the rights to the characters. Van Dyke and Reiner were horrified that Laurel didn't even own the rights to his own face, and this picture is the result. See more »

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There's a scene that hard to forget
15 May 2001 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

I watched "The Comic" on TV when I was teen. Sure, it was not the very best movie I ever watched. But somehow it was unforgettable. Until today, I still can recall a scene when drunk Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) smashing neighbor's house thinking that it was his. Sad, funny, and bitterness mixed. After "The Comic", for me, Dick Van Dyke had never been funnier then.


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