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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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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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Brilliant commentary on the silent movie era.
28 July 2003 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

After seeing The Comic again after many years, I realize that Dick Van Dyke's character Billy Bright is actually an amalgam of at least three silent comedians: Harry Langdon (who the character resembles), Charlie Chaplin (for the womanizing) and Buster Keaton (for the drinking problem).

One tries to sympathize with Billy Bright over the years, but his ego is his downfall in Hollywood. Like Buster Keaton, Billy Bright is again thrust into the temporary limelight in his later years.

This is probably Dick Van Dyke's best role ever--he was a big fan of silent comedy films and was a good friend of Stan Laurel in the 1960s.

Also look for some great cameo appearances by Mantan Moreland and Jerome Cowan.


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