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The Sunshine Boys (1975)

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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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
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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Did You Know?


Al's daughter is named Doris but in the remake The Sunshine Boys (1996) she's renamed Carol which is the first name of the actress Carol Arthur who played her in this movie. 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: You're not supposed to eat pickles. It's high sodium.
Willy Clark: I spit out the sodium.
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Make 'Em Laugh
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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