Nickelodeon (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  21 December 1976 (USA)
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This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets a motion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
H.H. Cobb
Marty Reeves
Franklin Frank
Jane Hitchcock ...
Kathleen Cooke
Jack Perkins ...
Michael Gilhooley
Sidney Armus ...
Joe Warfield ...
Defense Attorney
Tamar Cooper ...
Edna Mae Gilhooley
Alan Gibbs ...
Patents Hooligan
Mathew Anden ...
Lorenzo Music ...


This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets a motion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a writer for him - the start of a sensational career. Soon he's promoted to a director and shoots one silent movie after the other in the tiny desert village Cacamonga with a small crew of actors. But the competition is hard: the patent agency sends out Buck Greenway to sabotage them. When they visit L.A., his crew is surprised by a new species: fans! Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Love. Action. Comedy. Suspense. Excitement. See more »




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Release Date:

21 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Así empezó Hollywood  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The projectors showing The Birth of a Nation (1915) toward the end of the film are Powers model 6B. The projectors are correct for the period but the arc lamps being used are not. They are Strong Electric low intensity reflector lamps and would not be manufactured for another decade. The correct lamp would have been an older rectangular shaped condenser arc. See more »


Alice Forsyte: [at a movie premiere] I hear they're gonna change the title to "The Birth of a Nation".
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Referenced in Stealing Sinatra (2003) See more »

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NINE million bucks? In 1976?
3 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I had no idea this film cost so much. As charming and entertaining as it is, it is a million more than STAR WARS of 1977(and even THE BETSY...., sorry,) and 3 million more than Bogdanovich's previous film AT LONG LAST LOVE. At the time it was severely criticised by purists for lifting gags from his own 1972 comedy WHAT'S UP DOC? and for not really making a funny film about a topic falling all over itself with possibilities. Viewed THIRTY years later (Jeez!) NICKELODEON is an almost masterpiece of film craft and highly evocative, and I would like to say, as maligned as some other Bogdanovich films. It does stand the test of time and for a new audience, uneducated on silent films, would be a refreshing and often hilarious comedic revelation. Well, compared with Adam Sandler films and common day multiplex cine-stupidity, NICKELODEON is hilarious. It actually has production values, sight gags, engaging characters, actors and actually IS funny and endearing. It deserves re appraisal and I recommend it above CHAPLIN ....SINGIN IN THE RAIN it ain't, but PERILS OF PAULINE it is close................... NICKELODEON is well made fun.

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