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Writer:
Gene Wilder (written by)
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Release Date:
13 February 1978 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Far more silly than funny 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:
Gene Wilder performed a number of duties on this picture. Wilder was director, producer, screen-writer, song-writer and lead actor. The picture was Wilder's only ever one as a producer and his second directorial effort after The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: This film is supposed to take place in the 1920s silent movie era, yet the movie extras riding in the bus to their location sing-along to "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", a Harry Warren-Al Dubin song written for the 1933 sound film "42nd Street."See more »
Quotes:
Adolph Zitz:Now listen to me very carefully: The women in this country are so sex-starved, they'll accept the first pretty face that comes along and make him a star. Well, what the hell will they do when they hear that Rainbow Studios is going to find the greatest lover in America? I'm talking about someone who will make Rudolph Valentino look like a part-time nurse!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Something to Scream About (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Far more silly than funny, 11 August 2011
Author: mauvemoonlight from United States

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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