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The Sunshine Boys (I) (1975)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  30 January 1976 (Denmark)
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A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

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The Sunshine Boys (TV Movie 1977)
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Willy Clark reluctantly agrees to share his apartment with former vaudeville partner Al Lewis so his old friend won't have to move into a retirement home.

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Lewis and Clark were famous comedians during the vaudeville era; off-stage, though, they couldn't stand each other and haven't spoken in over 20 years. Ben, Willy Clark's nephew, is the producer of a variety show that wants to feature a reunion of the classic duo. How will Ben convince the crotchety old comedians to put aside their differences before the big show? Written by Mike Konczewski

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30 January 1976 (Denmark)  »

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Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys  »

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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were touted to play the lead roles but writer Neil Simon disagreed and maintained that the leads should be played by Jewish comedians. A number of actors were considered for the leads in the movie including Phil Silvers and Groucho Marx. The picture was actually cast with real-life Vaudeville veterans Jack Benny and Red Skelton, bizarrely, both had to be replaced. The film was finally cast with George Burns and Walter Matthau. See more »

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Walter Matthau takes a teabag from his cup and places it into the cup of George Burns. A moment later George Burns reaches for the teabag to remove it but the string has changed direction and is hanging down from the other side of the cup. See more »

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Willy Clark: Oh, you a funny man, Al, a pain in the ass but a funny man.
Al Lewis: You know what your trouble is, Willy? You always took the jokes too seriously. It was just jokes. We did comedy on the stage for 43 years. I don't think you enjoyed it once.
Willy Clark: If I was there to enjoy it, I would buy a ticket.
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Make 'Em Laugh
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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Super Works from Matthau and Burns...
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

in one of Neil Simon's best plays. Creaky, cranky ex-Vaudeville stars played by Walter Matthau and George Burns are teaming up for a TV comedy special. The problem is they haven't even SEEN each other in over a decade. Full of zippy one liners and inside showbiz jokes, this story flies along with a steady stream of humor. Good work also by Richard Benjamin as the harried nephew, Rosetta LeNoire as the nurse, and Howard Hesseman as the TV commercial director. Steve Allen and Phyllis Diller appear as themselves. Trivia note: The opening montage contains footage from Hollywood Revue of 1929 and shows Marie Dressler, Bessie Love, Polly Moran, Cliff Edwards, Charles King, Gus Edwards, and the singing Brox Sisters.


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