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An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend. Written by
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Well, happy Sunday morning to you.
[referring to Queenie]
Why is she doing this to me? I don't understand.
Had to happen. She's young. You ain't. That's just how it goes.
I don't understand.
There were lots of guys before you. There'll be lots of guys after you. Come on. Dale probably ain't the first.
Don't say that. I don't want- I don't want you to say that!
Come on, be a realist! You guys think you got some kind of patent on foolin' around? A woman's got needs too, you know.
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(Very) loosely based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal from circa 1921, this film is set in 1929, and based on a poem from that era, which I have not read, a few lines of which are voiced over in the film. James Coco's character was very annoying. This is not really criticism, because that was obviously intentional. Perry King played his part as melodramatically as a scene from the times. Royal Dano was excellent as befits his long and distinguished career as a character actor.
It has been a long time since I have seen a film with Raquel Welch. She was long mocked back in the day (before silicone) as just a big pair of boobs, but I found her performance compelling, and the best part of this movie.
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