A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Corky Withers / Fats (voice)
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Peggy Ann Snow
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Ben Greene
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Duke
E.J. André ...
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Cab Driver
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Todson
Lillian Randolph ...
Sadie
Joe Lowry ...
Club M.C.
Robert Hackman ...
Father (as Bob Hackman)
Mary Munday ...
Mother
Brad Beesley ...
Scott Garrett ...
Corky's Brother
Beverly Sanders ...
Laughing Lady
I.W. Klein ...
Maitre d'hotel
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Magician's assistant Corky performs disastrously at his first solo appearance. He is given a ventriloquist dummy called Fats to improve his act and within a few years Corky is at the height of fame. However, Fats has developed a mind of his own and wants to control his master. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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8 November 1978 (USA)  »

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Burgess Meredith replaced Laurence Olivier. Olivier was set to play Ben Greene, but had to drop out due to illness. See more »

Goofs

Members of the crew are reflected in the cabin window when Corky gets his jacket before going out in the boat with Duke. See more »

Quotes

Fats: Stop the Postman!
Corky: How? How? With what?
Fats: Me! Me! Me! Me! Meeee!
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Credits: Fats Anthony Hopkins See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Portion sung by Anthony Hopkins
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Sour Smell of Success

Sir Richard Attenbourough does a fine job directing this film about a magician that has little charm, personality, or self-confidence who must take a dummy into his act to let himself become famous. The only trouble is that the fine line that exists between the dummy and the ventriloquist becomes much too fine. Anthony Hopkins is really good as this shy, awkward man slowly descending into a world of madness as great success looms over the horizon. Hopkins also does the voice of the dummy, Fats, and lends his unique voice talents to create a very disturbing, eerie screen presence. The dummy is in many ways larger than life, and he steals almost every scene he is in. No supernatural puppet coming to life here, yet the character of Corky(Hopkins) gives his life to this dummy in a very unique way. The film is suitably creepy with some very atmospheric shots. As one reviewer noted, the scene where Hopkins is to not speak through the dummy for five minutes is easily the best. Each moment of that scene passed with incredible tension. It is downright chilling in fact. The other actors do very well. Burgess Meredith is made out to be much older that he was at the time, and I think he did a fantastic job. What can I say about Ann-Margaret. Stunning. She does a credible job acting, and let's face it, she looks like a million bucks(she even shows us more than expected as well). A spooky film, and a great screen performance by a much younger Anthony Hopkins.


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