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The Ritz (1976)

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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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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The funny season begins when you check in for a night at The Ritz. See more »

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26 December 1976 (Denmark)  »

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A Sauna das Loucas  »

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Trivia

In the film, Claude Perkins (Paul B. Price) sings a parody of the song "Maria," from the musical "West Side Story." Rita Moreno, who plays Googie Gomez, won an Oscar for playing Anita in the film version of West Side Story (1961). 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

Gaetano Proclo: My, what unusual pants. They look like cowboy chaps.
Patron In Chaps: [fixing Gaetano with an intense stare and spoken in a rich, deep voice] They are cowboy chaps.
Gaetano Proclo: [nervously] That's what I was thinking. They look like cowboy chaps.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (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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Great Fun
14 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Why is this great comedy not available in the US? When I checked the listings, it's only on a PAL VHS tape ... I can view other region DVDs on my computer, but have no way of viewing PAL VHS. This movie which I saw several times when it was new, is one of the funniest films you'll ever see. It's based on a Broadway play but you'd never guess its source as, unlike many movies made from plays, it's not stagebound. The characters and the situation make for nonstop action and absolutely terrific one-liners. Treat Williams is indeed well named for he is a treat as the detective. You'll howl at the predicaments Jack Weston gets in. And you'll love Rita Moreno who proves to be a comedic gem. "The Ritz" is high on the list of best cinematic comedies and whoever owns the rights should release it in a wide-screen DVD version. It's sort of like a Noel Coward play updated to a "modern" bathhouse ... jokes on the screen overflow to keep the viewers happy and having a terrific time.


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