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If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)

The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries.

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Fred Ferguson
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John Marino
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Giuseppe
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Jack Harmon
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Freda
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Harve Blakely
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Irma Blakely
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Bo
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Womanizing Brit Charlie Cartwright is about to conduct Worldwind Tour #225, a nine country, eighteen day bus trip from London to Rome. He uses these tours in large part to catch up with his vast stable of casual girlfriends located in each of the visited cities. Within the group of disparate Americans on this tour, most who have never been to Europe, and the reason for them taking this trip are: parents who want to get their hormone driven teen-aged daughter away from her boyfriend despite the fact that the father doesn't want to leave the familiarity of home; a not-so woman's man who wants to prove to his friends that he had a beautiful woman in every country; an ethnic non-Italian speaking Italian who wants to catch up with the relatives he's never met; a WWII veteran who wants to re-experience the best times he's ever had; and a man who solely wants "free" souvenirs. But the one Charlie is most interested in is pretty Samantha Perkins, a self-confessed straight-laced woman who ... Written by Huggo

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Europe sent us Dutch Elm Disease, German Measles and Russian Roulette. We sent them World-Wind Vacation tour #225. Now we're even. See more »


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24 April 1969 (USA)  »

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Si es martes debe ser Bélgica  »

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One of the sub plots involves Fred and Edna Ferguson who take their 19 year old daughter Shelly on the tour to get her away from her boyfriend in the States. On the trip she falls for an intriguing student radical called Bo who organizes protests across Europe. Edna is played by well known actress Peggy Cass who was also a regular panelist on various TV shows in the 60's, 70's and 80's including the popular "To Tell The Truth" in its heyday. Bo is played by Luke Halpin who became famous in early/mid 60's as the star of two movies and TV series "Flipper" playing Sandy Ricks. Luke's rising fame saw him appear as a 'contestant' on TTTT in March 1964 just before he turned 17 - Peggy Cass was one of the 4 panelists who quizzed Luke (and the two other impostors) in an attempt to determine the real Luke Halpin - she was the only one of the four to make a wrong choice. See more »

Goofs

Right before the opening credits, a TWA aircraft lands and the airport PA system announces the arrival of TWA flight 700 yet one of the party is carrying a Pan Am flight bag. See more »

Quotes

Jack's co-worker: I don't understand it. How can you blow every penny you've saved for years on one lousy trip to Europe?
Jack Harmon: Because that's where I had the best time of my life: WORLD WAR TWO!
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Crazy Credits

"The End" title card initially looks like just any other title card. However, the camera zooms out and reveals that it is a picture hanging on a wall. The character played by Aubrey Morris (the kleptomaniac) enters and removes it from the wall, trying conspicuously to hide it in his coat. He walks off and the screen fades out. See more »


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Row Row Your Boat
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Performed by the cast on the bus
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This movie has to come out on DVD!
16 March 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Even though I was born a couple of decades after this movie was released, I wanted to watch it when it played on TV because it was given a perfect 5/5 rating by my local newspaper's TV listings. When I tuned in, I was even more excited when I found out that it was a David Wolper and Mel Stuart collaboration because I really loved 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' It's a shame that 'If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium' is not available on DVD. Even though it was made about 30 years ago, the misadventures of the ensemble cast are as funny as ever. The fine balance between the witty humor and acerbic banter in this movie is something that is rare in movies today. The only movies that come close are a few of Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic), but instead of being faux retro, 'If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium' really is retro. It shows all of Europe's fabled landmarks in the tongue-and-cheek manner that you can't get from any movie unless it really was made in 1969. I liked the part when the group was at a cheese market in Amsterdam and the tour guide says, "There's an auction of gouda cheeses and edam cheeses. And pretty good-a edam cheeses they are." That is like so corny it's funny. After watching this movie, I actually did want to take a European bus tour! But the best thing about this movie is its great cast, particularly the beautiful Suzanne Pleshette and the devilishly handsome Ian McShane.


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