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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Frank Powers
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Sybil Atlas
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Mama Bell
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Steve Allen
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Ginger
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Edwin G. Englehardt
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Lorraine Margaret Bell
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Miguel
Craig Huebing ...
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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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Great movie
15 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must admit to being a Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney fan and also Carl Reiner fan before this comment. Nevertheless you're not going to find more people in Hollywood who are more genuine and professional than these three. Find this movie and watch it. It's as current today than the day it was shot. Rooney plays a sidekick who I find is true blue to his friend, "The Comic". He plays an old agent that sticks with his client through retirement. Its one of his finest works, and Van Dyke plays his role as an old washed up theatrical comic very well. Its humorous as well as melancholy. The first time I saw it on TV was in 1971 when I was 11 and it plays the same as if I were to watch it today.


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