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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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All Women's Roles:My mother says that kissing a boy only leads to trouble and danger and skepticism.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ridiculous., 26 June 2008
Author: ElijahCSkuggs from Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane

Okay. Chafed Elbows is without a doubt one of the most unique flicks I've ever seen.

Made in 1966 by Robert Downey Sr. (no clue Pops was a film-maker), Chafed Elbows is a satire that completely dissects and makes fun of almost every single aspect of society. From racism and the police, to incest and music.

Filmed in a very peculiar but successful way, you're shown stills from a scene with very well-done dubbing. It's remarkably effective, especially in the laughs department.

The flick follows around Walter Dinsmore, who basically goes around town interacting with whomever he crosses paths with. From a dude who wants to sell him as a painting because the weirdo painted his initial on his jacket, to his brother who wants to build a racist amusement park so he can help black people.

God this flick was weird. But, it was also good, and intelligent, and funny. Check this out if you're in the mood for good old-time satire.

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