What's Up, Doc? (1972)

G  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  10 March 1972 (USA)
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The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid over-night bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Smith
Philip Roth ...
Mr. Jones (as Phil Roth)
Mrs. Van Hoskins
Liam Dunn ...
Hotel Manager
George Morfogen ...
Professor Hosquith


Two researchers have come to San Francisco to compete for a research grant in Music. One seems a bit distracted, and that was before he meets her. A strange woman seems to have devoted her life to confusing and embarassing him. At the same time a woman has her jewels stolen and a government whistle blower arrives with his stolen top secret papers. All, of course have the same style and color overnight bag. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A screwball comedy. Remember them?


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10 March 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Glimpse of Tiger  »

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SEK 11,598,000 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


When Howard Bannister ends up at the rooftop cocktail lounge, which was under construction, it was not a set, but actually the "Starlight Roof" of the Hilton, which was being remodeled at the time. The view of San Francisco is the actual view from the room. A piano was brought up and placed in the room for the shot. Barbra Streisand sang the song live, not to a recording, because director Peter Bogdanovich wanted her singing to sound natural as she stepped down from the top of the piano. See more »


When the cars chase the three wheeled bike, they drive from a hill with a STOP-sign. On the right we can see some parked cars (Chevrolet Corvair, Ford, Pinto and a Rover). In the next shot, when the Cadillac limo passes, the three cars are disappeared and changed in a 1971 Chevrolet Vega coupe, Chevrolet Caprice coupe, Triumph GT-6. See more »


Fritz: [beaming] Mrs. Van Hoskins! It's so nice to have you back with us.
Mrs. Van Hoskins: Hello, Hans.
Fritz: Fritz.
Mrs. Van Hoskins: What happened to Hans?
Fritz: There is no Hans. Only me, Fritz.
Mrs. Van Hoskins: Oh, what a shame.
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That's a person named Eunice?
21 January 2001 | by (Bellingham, WA) – See all my reviews

What's Up Doc is one of six movies I use to offset ANY bad mood. I have seen it countless times and still can't keep the suitcases straight.

This film is full of visual humor and one liners; Madeline Kahn screaming and taking on all comers while dragging the doorkeeper across the ballroom floor; the hotel crook using his "charm" to drop Mrs. Van Hoskins in her tracks; Eunice hiding in the bathroom because snakes "live in deathly fear of tile"; the promise of Howard conducting an avalanche in A Flat.

My only regret about this movie is that it began endless failed efforts by television and movie makers to replicate the chase through San Francisco. No one has. That sequence is the best example of humor, timing, backdrop, and action, of the chase genre. It has never been equalled by either serious or comedic directors.

Little mentioned in these reviews are Kenneth Mars and Austin Pendelton, two fantastic character actors who are the emeralds surrounding the diamonds of Streisand and O'Neal in the glorious setting of this jewel.

Thank goodness no one in What's Up Doc knows the meaning of the word "propriety!".

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