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The Ritz (1976)

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On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gaetano Proclo
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Googie Gomez
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Carmine Vespucci
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Vivian Proclo
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Chris
Paul B. Price ...
Claude
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Michael Brick
John Everson ...
Tiger (as John Everson) (as John Mark Everson)
Christopher J. Brown ...
Duff
Dave King ...
Abe
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Maurine
Tony De Santis ...
Balloon Man
Ben Aris ...
Patron With Bicycle
Peter Butterworth ...
Patron In Chaps
Ronnie Brody ...
Small Patron
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Storyline

On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci's father tells him to "get Proclo". With "the hit" on, Gaetano tells a cab driver to take him where Carmine can't find him. He arrives at the Ritz, a gay bathhouse where he is pursued amorously by "chubby chaser" Paul B. Price and by entertainer Googie Gomez who believes him to be a broadway producer. His guides through the Ritz are gatekeeper Abe, habitue Chris, and bellhop/go-go-boys Tiger and Duff. Squeaky-voiced detective Michael Brick and his employer Carmine do locate Gateano at the Ritz, as does his wife Vivian. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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26 December 1976 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Sauna das Loucas  »

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Trivia

F. Murray Abraham, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Jack Weston and Paul B. Price play the roles they created in the original Broadway production. Treat Williams replaced Stephen Collins as Brick. See more »

Goofs

After Chris tells Carmine that Proclo is in Claude's room, he runs away without looking where he is going and accidentally slams the side of his head into the narrow door jamb. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Margaret Dumont! I thought you were dead!
Muscle Bound Patron: There's a reason people like me don't ride the subway. I'm looking right at him.
Chris: Is that supposed to mean me? Screw you, honey. You can die with your secret, piss-elegant fairy! If there's anything I can't stand, it's a queen without a sense of humor.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
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Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
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"Noises Off" in a Gay Bathhouse
8 February 2003 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

A well crafted, door-slamming comedy ala 'Noises Off' with a wonderful cast. Rita Moreno playing a no-talent bathhouse singer gives the performance of her lifetime (we all know how talented she really is, so seeing her 'off' is a lot of fun). Treat Williams is delicious as the soprano detective. Jack Weston, Paul B. Price, F. Murray Abraham, Kay Ballard and Jerry Stiller add their spices to this wonderful ensemble. It makes you wish that the days of the Continental Baths would come back - at least the wonderfully tacky shows at poolside!


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