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 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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Director Richard Attenborough directed this film, which was not an epic, between two really big epic movies, A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Gandhi (1982). See more »

Goofs

When Duke and Corky are fishing, Duke casts his rod and there is buzzing sound, as if the spool is unwinding against a clicker. The reel is a spinning reel, which the line comes off free spool during a cast. There would be no clicking sound. See more »

Quotes

Corky: "Take two, they're big." Do remember when you said that to me Ben?
Ben Greene: A pro never forgets his good lines, kid.
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References Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
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Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Portion sung by Anthony Hopkins
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creepy & funny
12 August 2005 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Strangely neglected at the time of its release, this is a creepy and sort-of black humored character study of a man who, basically, splits his personality in two halves; imagine Norman Bates with a dummy fixation instead of a Mommy fixation and you get a general idea what is in store. The scene where Burgess Meredith asks Anthony Hopkins to make the dummy stop talking for five minutes is worth the price of admission. Plus you get brief glimpses of Anne Margaret's bare breasts!

On the whole the plotting reminds me very much of a Jim Thompson novel. Not at all typical of the work of Director Richard Attenborough...unless to remember that as an actor in 1970 he portrayed real-life British Serial murderer & necrophiliac John Christie in TEN RILLINGTON PLACE (which was actually filmed in the exact house where the real-life killings took place!)


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