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What's Up, Doc? (1972)

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

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Mr. Smith
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Mr. Jones (as Phil Roth)
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Mrs. Van Hoskins
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Professor Hosquith
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Storyline

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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10 March 1972 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue read: "Once upon a time there was a plaid overnight case . . . ". See more »

Goofs

While Eunice decides to take Howard's rocks back to his room, she hurriedly puts her wig on and it teeters on her head messily. When she opens her door and walks down the hall, her wig is neat and fitting perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Howard: See? Now the phone is ringing.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy (1994) See more »

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As Time Goes By
(uncredited)
Words and Music by Herman Hupfeld
Performed by Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal
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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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