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Director:
Writers:
Carl Reiner (writer)
Aaron Ruben (writer)
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Release Date:
2 October 1970 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A funny new motion picture that tells Hollywood like it was!
Plot:
Story of a brilliant silent-film comic whose talent is overshadowed by his ego. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
There's a scene that hard to forget See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dick Van Dyke ... William Simon aka Billy Bright

Michele Lee ... Mary Gibson

Mickey Rooney ... Martin 'Cockeye' Van Buren

Cornel Wilde ... Frank Powers
Nina Wayne ... Sybil Atlas

Pert Kelton ... Mama Bell

Steve Allen ... Steve Allen
Barbara Heller ... Ginger

Ed Peck ... Edwin G. Englehardt

Jeannine Riley ... Lorraine Margaret Bell

Gavin MacLeod ... 1st Director
Jay Novello ... Miguel
Craig Huebing ... Doctor
Paulene Myers ... Phoebe
Fritz Feld ... Armand
Jerome Cowan ... Lawrence

Isabel Sanford ... Woman in Detergent Commercial (as Isabell Sanford)
Jeff Donnell ... Nurse

Carl Reiner ... Al Schilling
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Adamo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lillian Adams ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Priscilla Ann ... Consuela (uncredited)
Robert Ball ... Mike Fields (uncredited)
Rex Benson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mel Berger ... Fatso / Dental Patient (uncredited)
Jack Berle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Biro ... Fred - Director (uncredited)
William Boyce ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Minister (uncredited)
Linda Burton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Patrick Campbell ... Funeral Director (uncredited)
Calvin Coolidge ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Suzanne Covington ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Billy Curtis ... Lifeguard in Film (uncredited)
Maurice Dallimore ... Lord Faversham (uncredited)
Howard Dayton ... Ketchup Man (uncredited)
Luis Delgado ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... Screening Room Executive (uncredited)
Joyce Easton ... French Maid (uncredited)
Geoff Edwards ... Late Night Movie Host (uncredited)
Lynn Fields ... Mailbox Gag (uncredited)
Harry Fleer ... Cop (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Newsreel Narrator / Commercial Announcer / Man in Restaurant (voice) (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Mexican Barfly (uncredited)
Dee Gardner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clive Halliday ... Butler (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Carter Harbaugh ... Tommy (uncredited)
Andre Hemmers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Brick Huston ... Still Photographer (uncredited)
Scott James ... Billy Jr. (uncredited)
Stardedt Kaava ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lou Kane ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Suzie Kaye ... Amanda Lou Phipps (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Theatre Doorman (uncredited)
Walter Kightly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
The Great John L. ... Burly Man (uncredited)
Marilyn Malloy ... Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Mathias ... Hearse Driver (uncredited)
Kres Mersky ... Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Celeste Michaels ... Girl in Mini-Skirt (uncredited)
Mantan Moreland ... Passerby at Billy's Funeral (uncredited)

Howard Morris ... Pedestrian Gag Man in Love Honor and Oh Boy (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Angel Pine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ward Ramsey ... Officer (uncredited)
Bob Rhodes ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Christopher Ross ... Musician (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Pall Bearer at Funeral (uncredited)
Joe Sawyers ... Driver (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Pall Bearer at Funeral (uncredited)

Johnny Silver ... Little Man (uncredited)
Ralph Smiley ... Hot Dog Man (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Billy's Mother in Forget Me Not (uncredited)
Viki Vigen ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Johnny Weissmuller ... Jungle Jim in film clip (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jean Willes ... Denise in film clip (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Organist (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... Prison Warden in Film (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Reiner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carl Reiner  writer
Aaron Ruben  writer

Produced by
Carl Reiner .... producer
Aaron Ruben .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Elliott 
 
Cinematography by
W. Wallace Kelley 
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
 
Production Design by
Walter M. Simonds 
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
 
Costume Design by
Guy C. Verhille 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rusty Meek .... assistant director
John M. Poer .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
 
Stunts
Walt Davis .... stunt double (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunt double: Dick Van Dyke (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald C. Glouner .... photographer: second unit
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This marked Michele Lee's final appearance in a feature film for 35 years.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Fireman (1916)See more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
There's a scene that hard to forget, 15 May 2001
Author: Ivan Haris (ivanharis@hotmail.com) from Indonesia

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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