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Gene Wilder (written by)
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Release Date:
13 February 1978 (Denmark) See more »
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Go ahead - laugh!
Plot:
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! Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Carl Ballantine dies at 92
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 4 November 2009, 8:06 AM, PST)

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Gene Wilder's tragi-slapstick masterpiece See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Wilder ... Rudy Hickman

Carol Kane ... Annie Hickman

Dom DeLuise ... 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

Lupe Ontiveros ... Whore #2
Teda Bracci ... Whore #3
Elaine Everett ... Whore #4
Gustaf Unger ... Producer
Harry Gold ... Freddie the Runner
Poncie Ponce ... Pineapple
Frank O'Brien ... Yes Man #4

Mews Small ... Slave Girl #2 (as Marya Small)
Harriet Gibson ... Pastry Customer
Richard A. Roth ... Chico (as Richard Roth)
Norbert Schiller ... Captain
Peter Elbling ... Robert Drake
Freddie Roberto ... Priest
Charles Knapp ... Bakery Foreman
George Memmoli ... Truck Driver
Pat Ast ... Bakery / Wardrobe Lady
Tracey Cohn ... Little Girl on Train
John Ponyman ... Singer with Megaphone
Patrick Regan ... Assistant Director
Skip E. Lowe ... First Wardrobe Man
Nora Boland ... Woman

Elya Baskin ... Actor with Bad Breath

David Levy ... Elevator Operator
Bunny Summers ... Mother on Train
Carson King ... Guard at Rainbow Studio
Pavla Ustinov ... Leading Lady

Alvin Hammer ... Second Wardrobe Man
Vincent Edward Vaccaro ... Legionnaire
Zooey Hall ... Gary, Finalist #1 (as David Z. Hall)
Susanna Van Haaren ... Greta Ga-Ga
Lydia Goya ... Singer in Jail
Speedy Zapata ... Mexican Sidekick
Gino Gottarelli ... Make-up Man
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Arab Wrangler

Kay Dingle ... Young Woman on Train

Nick Dimitri ... Boyfriend on Train

Carol Arthur ... Woman in Record Store

Candice Azzara ... Anne Calassandro (as Candy Azzara)

Carl Ballantine ... Uncle Harry
Stanley Brock ... Yes Man #2
Warren Burton ... Ludwig
Matt Collins ... Rudolph Valentino

Lou Cutell ... Mr. Kipper

Danny DeVito ... Assistant Director
Richard Dimitri ... Tony Lassiter
Josip Elic ... Headwaiter
Melissa Fellen ... Cousin Corrine
Ricky Fellen ... Cousin Max
James Gleason ... Room Clerk
Ronny Graham ... Director Dorsey

James Hong ... Yes Man #3
Michael Huddleston ... Barber

David Huddleston ... Bakery Owner
Richard Karron ... Bodyguard
Michael McManus ... Yes Man #5 (as Mike McManus)
Art Mendelli ... Jailor
Sidney Miller ... Man at the Table
Jorge Moreno ... Mexican Gangster

Jack Riley ... Projectionist

Billy Sands ... Guard
Rolfe Sedan ... Conductor
Florence Sundstrom ... Aunt Tillie

Sal Viscuso ... Assistant Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur M. Braham ... Jail Guard (uncredited)

Debra De Liso ... Dancer (uncredited)

Ric Drasin ... Supporting (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Gene Wilder (written by)

Produced by
Frank Baur .... associate producer
Christopher Greenbury .... co-producer (as Chris Greenbury)
Terence Marsh .... co-producer
Gene Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld 
 
Film Editing by
Anthony A. Pellegrino 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
 
Art Direction by
Steven P. Sardanis  (as Steve Sardanis)
 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist (as Bob Tuttle)
 
Production Management
Frank Baur .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director
Jack Frost Sanders .... second assistant director (as Jack Sanders)
 
Art Department
William S. Maxwell III .... leadman
John Rozman .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound effects editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Solomon .... sound production mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects
Terry D. Frazee .... special effects (as Terry Frazee)
 
Stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Foster .... lamp operator
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Owen Marsh .... camera operator
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Christopher Greenbury .... supervising editor (as Chris Greenbury)
 
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Nordberg .... driver: makeup/hair
 
Other crew
Alan Johnson .... choreographer
Julia Tucker .... script supervisor
 

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USA:89 min
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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:
Continuity: Interior of tour bus has sky lights that don't appear in exterior shots of vehicle.See more »
Quotes:
Annie Hickman:Rudy, you do stick out your tongue when you get nervous, or sometimes you get laryngitis just for a second. But it won't last. These are just little nervous habits because you're so high-strung. They mean nothing. Even the third thing.
Rudy Valentine:What?
Annie Hickman:Rudy... it's nothing. It's not even worth talking about.
Rudy Valentine:What third thing?
Annie Hickman:Rudy...
Rudy Valentine:I just wanna know. What third thing?
Annie Hickman:Well, sometimes - when you get excited - you twist your words around so they don't make sense.
Rudy Valentine:I do not twist my words around.
Annie Hickman:Rudy, I wouldn't make up a thing like that.
Rudy Valentine:I do not do that!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Something to Scream About (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
FascinationSee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Gene Wilder's tragi-slapstick masterpiece, 28 May 2010
Author: Felonious-Punk from United States

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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