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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman
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Annie Hickman
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Adolph Zitz
Fritz Feld ...
Tomaso Abalone, Hotel Manager
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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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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13 February 1978 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A világ legnagyobb hősszerelmese  »

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Trivia

The film's closing credits boldly declare "A loving thank you from Gene Wilder to his friend Federico Fellini for encouragement at just the right time". See more »

Goofs

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

Annie Hickman: Rudy, I'm frightened.
Rudy Valentine: You're the one who said you wanted me to try out for this contest!
Annie Hickman: Well, I do. I do. I just don't want you to get your heart set on winning.
Rudy Valentine: Do you think I wanna come in 13th?
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Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

You Oughta Be in Pictures
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Music by Dana Suesse
Played when Rudy walks on the set for his audition
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Gene Wilder's tragi-slapstick masterpiece
28 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie studies a handful of themes, among them: romantic problems, issues of the individual versus conformity, and beauty versus mediocrity. It is set during the Hollywood silent movie days, when Rudolph Valentino was the rage. Wilder plays the lead role, the husband of a Valentino fan, who has to muster up the sexy man in himself in order to save the day. The sets are lush, Carol Kane is gorgeous, Wilder gives one of his most heartbreaking performances, and Harry Nilsson devotes his song "Ain't it kind of wonderful" to the soundtrack. Very ambitious, especially considering that Wilder wrote, directed and produced it.

Yes, it's true some of the gags are dated or overdone, but there are other things to enjoy. It's in the same league as Woody Allen's early slapstick comedies, like "Sleeper" and "Play it again, Sam", as well as the Mel Brooks' oeuvre.


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