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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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Ben Clark
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Mrs. Doris Green, Al's Daughter
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Odessa, Willy's nurse (as Rosetta Le Noire)
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Mr. Walsh, Commerical Director
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Helen Clark
Fritz Feld ...
Mr. Gilbert, Man at Audition
Jack Bernardi ...
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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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Alan Arkin directed Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" on the Broadway stage. Arkin starred in Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972) onscreen. 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: [arguing over changing a line in their sketch] What's wrong with saying "enter" instead of "come in?"
Al Lewis: Because it's different. Do you know why we did this sketch for 43 years, Willy? Because it's good.
Willy Clark: And do you know why we're not doing it anymore? Because we've been doing it for 43 years.
Al Lewis: If we're not doing it anymore, why are we changing it?
Willy Clark: You know what's wrong with you, Lewis? You've been sitting on a New Jersey porch for too long. You're out of touch. From my window here
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Willy Clark: I...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) See more »

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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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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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