Loretta Dalrymple, a homely young country girl comes to New York City and gets a job as a chambermaid in a large hotel. She meets Ed Olson, a photographer out of work, and Dan Riley, a ... See full summary »
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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
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The tune being whistled in the scene when Judy crosses the street into the hotel is the chorus of "Funiculi, Funicula". See more »
When the sign worker falls off the ladder and swings down to break the pane of glass, his support wire is clearly visible. See more »
Now, tell me how you are going to introduce yourself.
What? Oh, well, I'll probably say something like "Hello there, Mr Larrabee. I'm Howard."
You are not.
I am not Howard.
You are not going to say "Hi, my name's Howard." Anyone could say that! Anyone.
Anyone named Howard.
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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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