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3 February 1978 (USA) See more »
She had to marry him. She was too embarrassed to have him as a date.
1951: Andy Schmidt is in his last year of college. Taking life easy and always a saucy joke on his lips... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Winkler ... Andy Schmidt

Kim Darby ... Mary Crawford

Gene Saks ... Sidney Seltzer

William Daniels ... Mr. Crawford

Harold Gould ... Hector Moses

Polly Holliday ... Mrs. Crawford

Hervé Villechaize ... Milton Miller

Bill Baldwin ... Announcer in Des Moines
Anthony Battaglia ... Little Andy

Ed Begley Jr. ... Arnold - The King

Peter Brocco ... Autograph Hound

Brandon Cruz ... Sherman

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Agatha Franklen

Charles Frank ... Paul Harris

Chavo Guerrero Sr. ... Indian Joe (as Chavo Guerrero)

H.B. Haggerty ... Captain Nemo

Dennis James ... Himself
Jean Le Bouvier ... Wrestling Fanatic

Ralph Manza ... Bellman

Ken Olfson ... Mr. Arnold
Jack Scalici ... Waiter
Will Seltzer ... Eddie
Amzie Strickland ... House Mother

Mary Woronov ... Arlene
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Karron ... The Elephant

Audrey Campbell ... Woman (uncredited)

Vincent Di Paolo ... Angry Spectator (uncredited)
Larry Gilman ... Man in library (uncredited)

Richard Lane ... (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... Reigning World Wrestling Champion (uncredited)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... Ring Announcer in New York (uncredited)
Robert Nichols II ... Spectator (uncredited)

Roddy Piper ... Leatherneck Joe Brady (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Reiner 
Writing credits
Steve Gordon (written by)

Produced by
Steve Gordon .... producer
David V. Picker .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty (uncredited)
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno 
Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
Leonard Drake .... hair stylist
Production Management
Richard McWhorter .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Wally Samson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Birnbaum .... assistant director
David Nicksay .... second assistant director
Kalai Strode .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard Evans .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jim Kelley .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
James Neville .... leadman (uncredited)
Bill Wainess .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound mixer
George Watters II .... sound effects editor
Frank White .... sound effects editor (as Frank R. White)
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (uncredited)
Vincent Garcia .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunt coordinator
Gene LeBell .... stunt technical advisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Robert Marta .... first assistant camera
Roger Shearman .... camera operator
Chris Squires .... assistant camera
Gary Van Auken .... key grip
Rhio Haessig .... second electrician (uncredited)
Doug Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
Patrick Marshall .... second electrician (uncredited)
James M. Pursell .... electrician (uncredited)
Tom Sawyer .... second grip (uncredited)
Lonnie Stewart .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Thomas D. Wazney .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fincher .... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
Mickey Sherrard .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Edna Taylor .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Music Department
Kacey Cisyk .... singer
Bob Kruger .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mike Grover .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Michael Humphries .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Robert Hoffman .... dialogue coach
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Louis Demarco .... craft service (uncredited)
Marilyn Massey .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Freeman Packard .... production (uncredited)
Peter J. Silbermann .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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97 min
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Part of a cycle of ring fighter movies, mostly boxing, some wrestling, initiated by the box-office and critical success of the Academy Award Best Picture winning boxing movie Rocky (1976). The films include Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Tough Enough (1983), Title Shot (1979), _Raging Bull_, The Champ (1979), Matilda (1978), The Main Event (1979), The Prize Fighter (1979), The Greatest (1977), Body and Soul (1981), Paradise Alley (1978), ...All the Marbles (1981) (aka "The California Dolls"), The One and Only (1978), Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Any Which Way You Can (1980).See more »
Sidney Seltzer:If his legs were as big as his schlong, he'd be playing basketball.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Your Show of Shows" (1950)See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Caustic comedy with leering, mean-spirited asides..., 17 December 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Two years before he wrote and directed "Arthur", Steve Gordon had a minor hit with his screenplay for this crackpot comedic vehicle for Henry Winkler, then-star of TV's "Happy Days" as the Fonz. A 1950s college thespian (and all-around jerk) woos a co-ed and gets married without any employment prospects on the horizon; to make ends meet, he turns to the flamboyant world of wrestling, eventually becoming a "Gorgeous George"-like celebrity. Turning likable Winkler into an obnoxious goof-off probably sounded like an interesting idea at the time (and a sure way to separate him from his television alter-ego), but the jokes and situations are often wrong-headed and mean, staged rather sloppily by director Carl Reiner. Particularly crude is a wincing bit involving Hervé Villechaize (of "Fantasy Island") putting the moves on Polly Holliday (Flo from "Alice"). As Henry's beloved, Kim Darby looks a little out of her element--particularly when surrounded by all these TV hams--rendering the romance aspect of the script inconsequential. *1/2 from ****

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