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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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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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In his autobiography, Carl Reiner said he intended this as a vehicle for Dick Van Dyke who had, on the set of their TV show, often expressed the wish that he had been working at the same time as comedy legends such as his hero Stan Laurel. See more »

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Reiner and Van Dyke at their non-TV best
3 March 2002 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Brilliantly realized tragicomedy in a Citizen Kane framework, obviously based on Buster Keaton. A tour de force for Dick Van Dyke, whose film work was inconsistent at best. But he nails Billy Bright from word one, and Carl Reiner's concise script gives him room to run. Reiner's no slouch, either; check the restaurant meeting for some biting wit on the Let's Do Lunch mentality. A boxoffice flop in '69-'70, tossed away on the lower half of double bills, or sent directly to subrun houses, this is a semi-classic that should be seen by all who love, or study, films.


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