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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! | 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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Beautiful Love Story, Gene Wilder Stylized Perfection See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Wilder ... Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman

Carol Kane ... Annie Hickman

Dom DeLuise ... 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

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
Federico 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 ... Drag Queen
Matt Collins ... Rudolph Valentino

Lou Cutell ... Mr. Kipper, Bakery Manager

Danny DeVito ... Assistant Director
Richard Dimitri ... Tony Lassiter, Finalist #2
Josip Elic ... Headwaiter
Melissa Fellen ... Cousin Corrine
Ricky Fellen ... Cousin Max

James Gleason ... Room Clerk
Ronny Graham ... Director Dorsey

James Hong ... Sven, 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
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Wilder 

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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Trivia:
The movie cost about twice as much as Gene Wilder's previous film The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975) but took at the box-office about the same as that film.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
You Oughta Be in PicturesSee more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Love Story, Gene Wilder Stylized Perfection, 5 March 2006
Author: CarelessMoonDruid from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.

This production was built around the search for the next Rudolph Valentino. While this work has become dated, it was filmed as a pseudo-retrospective at the time, so it was already "dated" the day it was filmed.

This is a total Gene Wilder vehicle. He wrote the screenplay, directed the movie, and was the movie's sole credited producer. He is also THE star of the movie. He does share the limelight with Carol Kane (a pure delight, as usual), but this was one of Wilder's brightest moments. By this time, the world realized they had a comedic genius on their hands and after this work Wilder pretty much had the Midas Touch for a while.

Kane plays Annie Hickman, the world's greatest Valentino fan. Wilder portrays a Milwaukean baker who is at the end of his rope. His idiosyncrasies are so severe, he finds it impossible to maintain employment. Upon learning of a contest held by Rainbow Studios (NOT the #1 studio) to find the next Rudolph Valentino, Rudy Hickman just "knows" this is his ticket to a better life. His wife leaves him to go find Mr. Valentino. But once Hickman is in the middle of it all, he realizes his wife is what is most important to him and he sets the works in motion to woo her away from Rudolph Valentino. The formula makes for some of the best heart-warming entertainment that's hit the big screen. It's endearing and funny in its bittersweet malaise.

It also goes a long way towards showing what CAN be done with no effects and no locations beyond the Studio Backlot and a few, cheap but decent sets.

While it is frayed about the edges, this classic favorite is one ripe for a DVD restoration...perhaps even a 2-disk director's cut for those of us fans who have BEEN fans since the beginning.

It rates an 8.8/10 from...

the Fiend :.

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