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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 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 was adapted from an Italian film "The White Sheik" [The White Sheik (1952)]. Gene Wilder would later adapt a French film Pardon Mon Affaire (1976) as The Woman in Red (1984). 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

[while viewing the audition reels on a projector]
Adolph Zitz: When's the final audition?
Yes Man #1: Friday, Mr Zitz.
Adolph Zitz: How many 'rotten's have we got?
Yes Man #1: 2300.
Adolph Zitz: How many 'fairly rotten's?
Yes Man #1: 'Fairly rotten's? 14. Yeah, 14.
Adolph Zitz: Have we got a 'doesn't stink'?
Yes Man #1: No, sir.
Adolph Zitz: We don't have one 'doesn't stink'?
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't It Kinda Wonderful
Written by Gene Wilder
Sung by Harry Nilsson
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Far more silly than funny
11 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think you have to be big fan of Gene Wilder to care for this film. I found it so silly and repetitive I turned the last 30 min. of it off. (it was being shown on cable TV.) Gene Wilder's idea of acting is for him and everyone else in the film to constantly bug their eyes out and behave in an immature and hysterical manner.

The idea in regards to this story should have been funny but the execution fell short. The idea revolved around Rainbow Studios wanting to find their own Rudolph Valentino - so they offer a screen test to any man who will show up.

Gene Wilder's character, who is called Rudy Valentine, decides to go to Hollywood, taking his wife, played by Carol Kane,(who unknown to him, is in-love with Rudolph Valentino) along with him. this results in totally unbelievable shenanigans, that unfortunately were not particularly humorous.


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