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The Phynx (1970)

GP  -  Comedy | Music  -  6 May 1970 (USA)
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A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael A. Miller ...
The Phynx
Ray Chippeway ...
The Phynx
Dennis Larden ...
The Phynx
Lonny Stevens ...
The Phynx (as Lonnie Stevens)
Lou Antonio ...
Corrigan
Mike Kellin ...
Bogey
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Col. Rostinov
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Markevitch
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Ruby
Martha Raye ...
Foxy
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Philbaby
Ted Eccles ...
Wee Johnny Wilson
Ultra Violet ...
Felice
Pat McCormick ...
Father O'Hoolihan
Joseph Gazal ...
Yakov
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An athlete, a campus militant, a black model, and an American Indian are picked by a computer (shaped like a woman) to form a rock group called the Phynx and go on tour in Albania where American show biz people have been kidnapped by Communists. Some of the stars that the phony band rescues: Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan (the most famous movie Tarzan and Jane), Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall (the Bowery Boys), Ed Sullivan, James Brown, Colonel Sanders, Guy Lombardo, Andy Devine, Ruby Keeler, Edgar Bergen, Butterfly McQueen, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Rudy Vallee, Xavier Cugat, Trini Lopez, Dick Clark, Richard Pryor, Harold "Oddjob" Sakata, George Jessel, and Rhona Barrett. Warner Bros. Studios thought it was so bad that they decided at the last minute not to release it! Written by alfiehitchie

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Of all the American heroes who served their country in it's hour of need - only one had a great rock sound...

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worse than I feared
7 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finally bought a copy of this film on DVD from an online seller, and it is truly dreadful. It has a running time of 81 minutes but it felt like 4 hours. I only bought it to see the many cameo appearances of stars young and old, but some of them are so brief that you have to watch every second of the film to catch them. Richard Pryor introduces himself and then he's gone! The best part of the film is at the end when Pat O'Brien is reunited with former Dead End Kids Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall. Leo looks positively ancient, even though he was only 51 at the time. He died of liver failure shortly after shooting his scenes. His heavy drinking really took its toll. The writing on this film is horrendous, and the acting is worse than any Ed Wood film. I completely agree with Warner Brothers' decision to shelve this film and never release it, even though they probably spent a good deal of money to make it. It's an embarrassment and painful to watch. I hope to someday see Jerry Lewis' never-released "The Day the Clown Cried," another legendary bad film, so I can compare it to "The Phynx."


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