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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
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Balloon Man
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Patron With Bicycle
Peter Butterworth ...
Patron In Chaps
Ronnie Brody ...
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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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Hiding out from the Mafia can be an awful drag! See more »

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A Sauna das Loucas  »

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Trivia

F. Murray Abraham, Rita Moreno, Jerry Stiller, Jack Weston, Paul B. Price, Tony De Santis, Christopher J. Brown, John Everson play the roles they created in the original Broadway production. Treat Williams replaced Stephen Collins as Brick. See more »

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When the patron with bicycle is signing the register, Abe turns to unlock his locker twice. See more »

Quotes

Claude Perkins: [trying to seduce Gaetano] You'll never guess what I had for dinner tonight, so I'm just going to tell you.
Gaetano Proclo: I beg your pardon?
Claude Perkins: A nice ground-pork meatloaf with mozzarella, mashed potatoes covered with gobs of gravy, carrots floating in butter and chunks of avocado with roquefort dressing. Couldn't you just die?
Gaetano Proclo: [confused] I don't know what I could just.
Claude Perkins: And then for dessert German choclate cake with two scoops of mocha walnut ice cream.
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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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Zany.
4 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE RITZ is a zany and broadly played little farce directed by Richard Lester. It is an adaptation of a Broadway play by Terrence McNally, later acclaimed for MASTER CLASS and the hit musical THE FULL MONTY. It is set in a New York club-bath for gays. Dying gang leader George Coulouris tells his son Jerry Stiller and daughter Kaye Ballard that he wants Ballard's husband, Jack Weston, a Cleveland sanitation company owner, to be killed. That's the only plot there is. Weston tells a cabbie to take him to a place where no one will suspect he is hiding. Enter "The Ritz," a seedily elegant gay paradise with its clients that include self-mocking F.Murray Abraham, and chubby-chaser Paul B. Price. The cast is uniformly amusing, especially Rita Moreno as Google Gomez, an untalented Latin singer whom Weston mistakes for a drag queen. She frequently steals the show from everyone. Moreno got a Tony Award for her Broadway portrayal of that role. Also good is the improbably squeaky-voiced detective played by Treat Williams. Some of the resulting mayhem is very funny indeed; some stretches are more ho-hum. Nevertheless, it is a generally successful piece of entertainment regardless of one's sexual orientation.


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