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The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  13 February 1978 (Denmark)
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A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree!

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rudy Hickman
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Annie Hickman
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Adolph Zitz
Fritz Feld ...
Tomaso Abalone
Mark Silberman ...
Cousin Buddy
Robert Ball ...
Bald Man (as Robert E. Ball)
Randolph Dobbs ...
Yes Man #1
Sandy Rovetta ...
Woman Dancer
Hannah Dean ...
Maid
Rita Conde ...
Whore #1
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Whore #2
Teda Bracci ...
Whore #3
Elaine Everett ...
Whore #4
Gustaf Unger ...
Producer
Harry Gold ...
Freddie the Runner
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In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the "World's Greatest Lover" and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood. Both Annie's Hollywood mission and Valentino himself will affect what happens to Rudy in ... Written by Huggo

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The name of Adolph Zitz, the studio mogul played by Dom DeLuise, is a spoof of silent era producer presenter Adolph Zukor. In real life, Zukor moved from exhibition into production, and eventually consolidated several smaller companies into creating Paramount Pictures, retiring from Paramount in 1959 where he stayed on as Emeritus CEO until 1976. Ironically, in the film, Zitz is the head of Rainbow Studios who are a rival to Paramount Pictures. See more »

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The "audition" record that Rudy listens to is obviously an LP running at 33 1/3 rpm. LPs would not be invented until the late 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Rudy Valentine: I don't wanna be Rudy Hickman! I'm selling the furniture, I'm selling the car, I'm changing my name and we're going to Hollywood.
Annie Hickman: Hollywood?
Rudy Valentine: Yes. I'm gonna try out for that movie contest.
Annie Hickman: But, Rudy...
Rudy Valentine: My Uncle Harry knows people out there. He can help us.
Annie Hickman: Rudy, there'll be thousands of men.
Rudy Valentine: I can win it.
Annie Hickman: They'll be coming from all over America.
Rudy Valentine: I can win it.
Annie Hickman: Rudy, they'll be professionals.
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There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more »

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Referenced in Role Model: Gene Wilder (2008) See more »

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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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Written by Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Sung by the movie extras on the bus
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Image and message of a great man
19 August 2011 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Strange movie because every word, sentence or definition about Rudy Valentine is ambiguous. In same time, a brave attempt to define a genius "sine ira et studio". Fruit of noble intention, the film presents a wonderful Valentino interpreted by Gene Wilder splendid and subtle. Dom DeLuise offers to his Wild power, gentle innocence and soft attitude, the role of victim like result of sympathy and love.

Is it important the truth of this portrait? The real gestures and attitude of great Irish? Is it the gay statute his emblematic mark? I don't know but I saw this movie like a poised exercise to discover a man for who the life was the beauty's exploration.

Valentino was not a freak or a important actor. He is not an ordinary rich dandy or a homosexual icon. He is messenger of some values, very attractive, very deep in brilliant essence.

In fact, the prestige of a work who moves the time consist not in obscure sin, but in generosity of message ( the first moments of film- his visit in America- are a great pledge).


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