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Melvin and Howard ()


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The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 9 nominations.
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Howard Hughes
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Melvin Dummar
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Darcy Dummar
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Lynda Dummar
Chip Taylor ...
Clark Taylor
Melvin E. Dummar ...
Bus Depot Counterman
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Little Red
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Lucy
Gene Borkan ...
Go-Go Club Owner #1
Lesley Margret Burton ...
Go-Go Dancer
Wendy Lee Couch ...
Go-Go Dancer
Marguerite Baierski ...
Go-Go Dancer
Janice King ...
Go-Go Dancer
Deborah Ann Klein ...
Go-Go Dancer
Theodora Thomas ...
Go-Go Dancer
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Mrs. Sisk
Elise Hudson ...
Rocky - Easy Street Singer
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Wally 'Mr. Love' Williams
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Chapel Owner
Robert Wentz ...
Justice of the Peace
Hal Marshall ...
Hal
Naida Reynolds ...
Woman Witness
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Man Witness
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Ventura
Jack Kehoe ...
Jim Delgado
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Bonnie Dummar
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Milkman George (as Sonny Davis)
Brendan Kelly ...
Milkman Ralph
Danny Tucker ...
Milkman Pete
Shirley Washington ...
Patient Debbie
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Patient Ronnie
Jason Ball ...
The Bait Brothers
Darrell Devlin ...
The Bait Brothers
Danny Dark ...
Easy Street Announcer
Linda Cardoso ...
Easy Street Model
Melissa Prophet ...
Easy Street Model
Garrie Kelly ...
Easy Street Model
John Thundercloud ...
Chief Thundercloud
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Realty Agent (as Martine Beswicke)
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Mrs. Worth
Melissa Williams ...
Sherry Dummar
Antony Alda ...
Terry
James Lyle Strong ...
Gas Station Customer
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Lawyer
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Melvin's Cousin Fred
John Levin ...
Reporter (as John M. Levin)
Kathleen Sullivan ...
Reporter
Jack Verbois ...
Holdup Man
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Lynda's Husband (as Robert Reece)
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Maxwell - Attorney #1
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Freese - Attorney #2
Joseph Walker Jr. ...
Attorney #3
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Judge Keith Hayes
Charles Horden ...
Bailiff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert S. Holman ...
Bus Station Traveler (uncredited)
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Go-Go Club Owner #2 (uncredited)
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Kissing Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jonathan Demme

Written by (WGA)

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Bo Goldman ... (written by)

Produced by

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Art Linson ... producer
Terence Nelson ... associate producer
Don Phillips ... producer

Music by

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Bruce Langhorne

Cinematography by

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Tak Fujimoto

Film Editing by

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Craig McKay

Editorial Department

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Nancy Kanter ... associate film editor
Karen I. Stern ... assistant film editor (as Karen Stern)

Casting By

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Michael Chinich

Production Design by

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Toby Carr Rafelson ... (as Toby Rafelson)

Art Direction by

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Richard Sawyer

Set Decoration by

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Robert Gould ... (as Bob Gould)

Makeup Department

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Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist (as Dorothy Pearl)
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair stylist (as Toni Walker)

Production Management

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Terence Nelson ... unit production manager (as Terry Nelson)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Donald Heitzer ... first assistant director (as Don Heitzer)
Evelyn Purcell ... second unit director
Carol Smetana ... second assistant director (as Carol Jean Smetana)
Wally Wallace ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Gary Fettis ... property master
Walt Hadfield ... construction coordinator (as Walton Hatfield)
Donald Krafft ... lead man (as Don Krafft)
Douglas E. Madison ... property master (as Doug Madison)
Bert Rotter ... painter
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joan Cameron ... assistant sound editor
Louis Cerborino ... supervising sound editor (as Lou Cerborino)
Angelo Corrao ... sound editor
Tom Fleischman ... sound re-recordist (as Thomas Fleischman)
Peter C. Frank ... sound editor
Cindy Kaplan Rooney ... sound (as Cindy Kaplan)
David M. Ronne ... sound (as David Ronne)
William S. Scharf ... assistant sound editor (as Bill Scharf)
Maurice Schell ... sound editor
John B. Schuyler ... boom operator (as John Schuyler)
Marc S. Shaw ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Karl G. Miller ... special effects (as Karl Miller)

Stunts

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Richard E. Butler ... stunts
Jeannie Epper ... stunts
Donna Garrett ... stunts
Bob Herron ... stunts (as Robert Herron)
Alex Plasschaert ... stunts
Walter Robles ... stunts
Bob Terhune ... stunts
Chuck Waters ... stunts
Henry Wills ... stunts (as Henry N. Wills)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eugene Earle ... assistant camera
Tony Grillo ... electrician
Dustin A. Huber ... electrician (as Dusty Huber)
Gary B. Kibbe ... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
Tom Lamont ... grip
Elliott Marks ... still photographer (as Elliot Marks)
Melton Maxwell ... gaffer (as Mel Maxwell)
David Morton ... best boy (as Dave Morton)
Keith Pallant ... electrician
Anthony R. Palmieri ... assistant camera (as Tony Palmieri)
Tom Ramsey ... key grip
Dwayne Redlin ... second grip
George R. Schrader ... dolly grip (as George Schrader)
Dick Sullivan ... grip
Pat Thompson ... electrician
Howard Block ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Simpson ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Renee Humphrey ... casting coordinator
Loril McKeehan ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eddie Marks ... costume supervisor
Nancy McArdle ... costume supervisor
Chuck Velasco ... costumer: men (as Charles Velasco)

Location Management

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Charles Howe ... location projectionist

Music Department

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Rich Harrison ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Vince del Castillo ... transportation captain
Tom Garris ... transportation captain
Chris Haynes ... driver
Don Newton ... transportation captain
Roger Wooge ... driver: cast (uncredited)

Other crew

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Kay Hoff ... production assistant
Sandy McLeod ... production associate
Steve Meyers ... production assistant
Dorothy Morey ... secretary to producer (as Dottie Morey)
Susan Pile ... unit publicist
Jesse W. Quiroz ... craft service (as Jesse Quiroz)
Patti Roberts-Nelson ... secretary to producer (as Patti Roberts)
Sherry Seeling ... researcher
Paul Tinsley ... script supervisor

Thanks

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Calvin Aberle ... special thanks
Ron Bayless ... special thanks
Louis Bertini ... special thanks
Morgan Cavett ... special thanks
Roger Dutson ... special thanks
Jan Gregson ... special thanks
Keith Hayes ... special thanks (as Judge Keith Hayes)
Chuck House ... special thanks (as Charles House)
Bessie Jackson ... special thanks
J.J. Johnson ... special thanks
Richard D. Keefe ... special thanks
Dan Keyes ... special thanks
Annemarie Korzeniowski ... special thanks
Geraldine Roberts ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

This movie tells the possibly true story of Melvin E. Dummar. Melvin is a nice guy, but he is a total loser: unlucky, impractical and can't keep a job. One night, however, he helps an old man who has had a motorcycle accident in the desert. Melvin laughs when the old man says he is Howard Hughes, the eccentric multimillionaire. But when Howard Hughes dies, Melvin is mailed a will leaving him part of the estate! Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines Poor Melvin. All he wanted was to be Milkman of the Month. Instead, he lost his job, his truck, and his wife. Then Howard Hughes left him $156,000,000. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Melvin Dummar Story (United States)
  • Melvin (and Howard) (United States)
  • Melvin y Howard (Spain)
  • Melvin og Howard (Denmark)
  • Melvin i Howard (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Jason Robards was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for playing Howard Hughes in this movie. It was the third time in five years that Robards had been nominated in this category at the Academy Awards. The first two times, in 1977 and 1978, Robards had achieved the extraordinary feat of winning back-to-back Oscars. The films Robards won consecutive Academy Awards for were Julia (1977) and All the President's Men (1976). See more »
Goofs While the men are in the truck talking, a sandwich being eaten has the bite area alternately changing from one side of the bread between shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Amazing Grace Used to be Her Favorite Song See more »
Quotes Lynda Dummar: C'est la vie.
Melvin Dummar: What's that?
Lynda Dummar: French, Melvin. I used to dream of becoming a French interpreter.
Melvin Dummar: You don't speak French.
Lynda Dummar: I told you it was only a dream.
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