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Where's Poppa? (1970)

When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he'd ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Callan
Colonel Hendricks
Coach Williams
Gladys Hocheiser
Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'
William LeMassena ...
Judge (as William Le Massena)
Army Lawyer
Joe Keyes Jr. ...
Gang Leader
Israel Lang ...
Arnold Williams ...


When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he'd always take care of her. He fears that his batty mom's eccentricities will shortly lead to Louise's departure. Written by alfiehitchie

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I wish momma would stop saying that! Yeah. See more »




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Release Date:

17 January 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Going Ape  »

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Trish Van Devere. See more »


Gordon Hocheiser: Please sit down. My name is Mr. Hocheiser.
Second Job Applicant: Uh Oh! Not a chance. I'm not going back there.
Gordon Hocheiser: Back where?
Second Job Applicant: To that crazy mother of yours.
Gordon Hocheiser: She's no trouble now.
Second Job Applicant: Is she dead?
Gordon Hocheiser: No
Second Job Applicant: Then forget it.
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Crazy Credits

Bill Adams and Vic Ramos are listed in the opening credits, which had no character names, but are not in the end credits, which listed the character names. On the other hand, Fuddles was not in the opening credits but listed last in the end credits. See more »


Referenced in Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema (2001) See more »


Pleasure Palace
Music by Jack Elliott
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Bright Cheerstrad
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A True Comic Classic!
6 June 2002 | by (London, England, UK) – See all my reviews

The brothers Hocheiser make a solemn promise to their dying father that they will "never put their mother (Ruth Gordon) in a home." But brother Gordon (George Siegel) gets stuck with the old dingbat and she is wrecking his life. His law practice is falling apart, his sex life nonexistent, and he can't even hire a nurse to take care of the wacko. Then, suddenly, a nurse-- the girl of his dreams comes along, but mother has other ideas. This wonderful, creative, hilarious 1970 classic comedy directed by Carl Reiner with its gallows humor could not be made today. We have lost much of our artistic freedom to political correctness, commercial timidity and lack of creative talent. But don't take my word for it, ask Mel Brooks who has remarked that some of his movies could not be made today either. Fortunately we can get the video. The movie does require a somewhat offbeat taste to appreciate. Everything and everyone is in a kind of reality warp, the Hocheiser family, the Central Park muggers, the police, the nurse Louise (Patricia Van Devere). The movie is also comment on life in America in 1970, and on how family members manipulate each other with guilt. Finally, I like the ending the movie was released with, it really does work better artistically.


1970 87 minutes Rated:R CC.

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