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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 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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Wish They Had Made a Full Length, Silent Feature Instead.
16 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is one film that I wish was on DVD. As a fan of silent comedy, this film has long been one of my favorites. More of a biography of Buster Keaton then the film The Buster Keaton Story. While the actual film has flaws, the best parts for me are the recreations of silent comedies. They're hilarious!! It makes me wish that Reiner and Van Dyke had chosen instead to make a full length, silent comedy. It would have been a classic today! As it is, the film was probably made at the wrong time for it to have made an impact. It probably seemed very out of date in the year of Easy Rider and Woodstock. However, anyone who's a fan of Keaton and Chaplin or silent movies should really make an effort to find this film, it's obviously made with a love of the subject matter.


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