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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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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.

Director: Robert Moore
Stars: Red Buttons, Lionel Stander, Bella Bruck


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Clark
Nurse in Sketch (Miss McIntosh)
Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter
Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)
Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
James Cranna ...
Mr. Schaeffer, TV Director
T.V. Floor Manager
Helen Clark
Fritz Feld ...
Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi ...
Man at Audition
Garn Stephens ...
Eddie, the Stage Manager
Santos Morales ...
Desk Clerk


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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Release Date:

30 January 1976 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys  »

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First feature film for George Burns for thirty-six years. Burns had not appeared in a movie since 1939 where he had starred in Honolulu (1939). The picture was considered Burns comeback movie, the comeback being considered one of the most significant ever in Hollywood film history. See more »


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 »


Ben Clark: Crazy freakin' old man!
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Make 'Em Laugh
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
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Vintage Simon; Burns & Matthau make an indelible comic duo
22 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE SUNSHINE BOYS (1975) ***1/2 Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin. (Cameos: Steve Allen and Phyllis Diller). Extremely funny and warm-hearted adaptation of Neil Simon's play about two stubborn vaudevillians teaming up one last time for a tv special despite the fact they haven't spoken to one another in years. Matthau is a riot ("Ehnntaaaahhh!") but Burns, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, resurrected his career and became an icon in entertainment. Incidentally, Burns took this role when his best friend, Jack Benny (who was initially cast), died. Look for small roles by Howard Hesseman and F.

Murray Abraham.

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