A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

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Tim Culley
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Mavis
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Dick Benson
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Herb Maskowitz
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Gary Murdock
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Felix Farmer
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Dr. Irving Finegarten
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Willard
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Polly Reed
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David Blackman
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Ben Coogan
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Eva Brown
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Lila
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Babs
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Felix Farmer is an extremely successful Hollywood producer, whose movies for Capitol Pictures have never lost money,... until now, with his latest, most expensive film to date, Night Wind, ending up being a major flop. The film, starring his popular Academy Award winning actress wife, Sally Miles, who has a G-rated screen image, almost bankrupts the studio. As such, the studio execs turn on Felix, who want to take over creative control of the movie and re-edit it to lessen the damage. It also turns Felix suicidal, his mental state which in turn leads to Sally leaving him and taking their two children with her. As Felix tries and tries again unsuccessfully to kill himself, he finally stumbles upon an idea which gets him out of his depression. He plans to use his and Sally's money to purchase the movie back from the studio, and re-imagine it by adding a few new scenes, to drastically altar it from the G-rated fantasy film it is, to an R-rated sex romp, complete with Sally baring her ... Written by Huggo

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The man who painted the panther pink, and taught you how to count to "10" now gives you Hollywood bull... at it's funniest and sexiest. See more »

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First of two movies that Robert Preston made with director Blake Edwards. The second was Victor Victoria (1982). See more »

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When Felix Farmer re-encounters Harrigan, now working as a security guard at a film lab, he tells Harrigan he's "late for a very important date," to which Harrigan replies, "Oh, like 'Alice in Wonderland' ... the March Hare!" Actually, it was the White Rabbit (specifically, in Disney's movie version) that was "late for a very important date," not the March Hare. See more »

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[after placing Felix's corpse in the back seat of a convertible]
Dr. Irving Finegarten: He'd be less conspicuous if he had his eyes open.
Ben Coogan: He'd be less conspicuous if he was back in his box!
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A Near-perfect Satire
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I "discovered" this movie on cable in the mid-late 80's and immediately fell in love with it. It's witty, scathingly funny and some of it is so rapid-fire that it requires viewing multiple times to catch all that is being said. I heard some Hollywood type espousing once that "stereotypes are only stereotypes because they're true." We've all seen the stereotypical, ego-centric Hollywood agents and other sycophants portrayed in various movies/shows/etc. but rarely have they all been assembled in one hysterical place and portrayed by such a star-studded rogues gallery! Robert Preston is my favorite as the perpetually drunk/stoned quack doctor, and William Holden's last performance as the aged, burned-out director is particularly poignant when he gives a brief speech of "encouragement" to Felix (Richard Mulligan) about consciously trying to kill himself with drugs, booze and sexual excesses for the past 40 years. So some of the "moments of truth" are not just realizations about the business itself, but about the actors playing the roles. An all-around great movie.


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