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1966 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
George Morgan ... Walter Dinsmore
Elsie Downey ... All Women's Roles
Lawrence Wolf
Tom O'Horgan
Elmer Kline
Ben Bagley
Ralph Blasi
Michael Brown
Ronald Nealy
Stanley Warnow
Lafayette Malatsun
Jack Jobson
Jack Harvey
Dan List
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Berg ... Saxophonist / Walter & His Vaccums
Glen Berwin ... Drummer / Walter & His Vacuums
Steve Harris
Cerves McNeill ... Bassist / Walter & His Vacuums

Directed by
Robert Downey Sr. 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Downey Sr. 

Produced by
Robert Downey Sr. .... producer
Original Music by
Tom O'Horgan 
Cinematography by
Stanley Warnow 
Film Editing by
Robert Soukis 
Fred von Bernewitz 
Sound Department
John Fodor .... sound
Stan Rabin .... sound
Music Department
Richard Berg .... musician: tenor saxophone/clarinet
Glen Berwin .... musician: drums/percussion
Richard Franz .... musician: guitar
Cerves McNeill .... musician: bass guitar/bass fiddle
Other crew
Robert Bushell .... production consultant
James Hayhow .... production consultant
Al Terone .... production consultant
Guy Verrichio .... production consultant
Mo Weitzman .... technical supervisor

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63 min
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant., 24 August 2005
Author: bighebeal from United States

First off, where did those preposterous ratings come from? Have any of those nincompoops actually seen the movie?

It's certainly understandable if they hadn't, as it is EXTREMELY rare. More's the pity. This movie is a whoopee, stops-out, take-no-prisoners satire of absolutely everything. Independent film-making, pop music, American mores, psychology, politics, family, education -- whatever popped into Downey's head. It's completely plot less and totally absurd, and it feels very much like a "Monty Python" episode made by New Yorkers in the '60's.

It's absolutely hilarious and I could go on for days about the performances too (why didn't Elsie Downey and Lawrence Wolf have huge careers beyond their films with Downey?), but let's just leave it at this: if you ever get the chance, SEE IT.

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