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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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Carol Kane is the sole survivor. 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:
Though Gene Wilder's character real name is Rudy Hickman who parades as Rudy Valentino, the character is billed as only Rudy Valentino in the closing credits with no mention of Rudy Hickman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Interior of tour bus has sky lights that don't appear in exterior shots of vehicle.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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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Carol Kane is the sole survivor., 10 September 2006
Author: (martinc43@hotmail.com) from United States

I just saw this recently on DVD. I hadn't seen it since it was first released and couldn't remember it that well. Well, I've reacquainted myself with it and, although I'm genuinely not the one to exploit yiddishisms, my first thought was "Oy!" Somebody tell Gene Wilder to stop screaming! He did some funny shrieks in his previous films, including the Mel Brooks romps, but he kept it at the proper minimum. Here he screams in every scene like he's having his leg amputated with a steak knife and anesthetic was unavailable. Other times he mugs like a bad burlesque comic. The film itself is just as subtle, filled with loud music, heavy handed gags, and cartoon sound effects. The "Modern Times" parody is a major embarrassment. This film isn't even good bad. It's just sad bad. Even Wilder, in his DVD commentary said "They don't make movies like this today, and maybe that's a good thing." And then there's Carol Kane, who is absolutely adorable. In time, she too would become self conscious about her comic abilities (especially after "Taxi"), but here she gives a tender, endearing performance with occasional touches of genuine comedic spark which would be even better if only the material would give her more. The Sex-By-The-Numbers segment is the one truly funny bit in the movie.

Those two look like they were made for each other. I'm really surprised they didn't become an item after the movie. Maybe she just couldn't handle the screaming.

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