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Lenny Bruce Without Tears -- The outrageous, groundbreaking comic whose iconoclastic material in a conservative era got him into tragic trouble is here profiled by a close friend who prefers to remember the laughs Lenny Bruce's memory evokes.


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Documentary on the life and death of Lenny Bruce. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fred Baker, 1933 - 2011
 (From MUBI. 12 June 2011, 12:59 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Lenny Bruce ... Himself / Various (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen ... Himself / DJ (archive footage)
Fred Baker ... Narrator
Martin Garbus ... Himself (archive footage)
William Glenesk ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rev. William Glenesk)
Nat Hentoff ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Hogan ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Krassner ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm Muggeridge ... Himself (archive footage)

Mort Sahl ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Shepherd ... Himself (archive footage) (as Jean Shepard)
Kenneth Tynan ... Himself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Baker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Barbara Baker 
Fred Baker 
John Parson  narration (as John Parsons)

Produced by
Barbara Baker .... producer
Fred Baker .... producer
Film Editing by
Edward Deitch  (as Edward Deutsch)
Other crew
Barbara Baker .... associate director
Barbara Baker .... researcher
Fred Baker .... researcher
John Parson .... narration writer (as John Parsons)
Steve Allen .... acknowledgment
Martin Garbus .... acknowledgment (as Martin Garbus Esq.)
William Glenesk .... acknowledgment (as Rev. William Glenesk)
Nat Hentoff .... acknowledgment
Paul Krassner .... acknowledgment
John Magnuson .... acknowledgment
Malcolm Muggeridge .... acknowledgment
Mort Sahl .... acknowledgment
Jean Shepherd .... acknowledgment (as Jean Shepard)
Kenneth Tynan .... acknowledgment

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85 min
Sound Mix:
UK:X | UK:15 (video) (2006)

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Essential viewing for all stand-up fans., 12 December 2006
Author: JJsDeadMan from United Kingdom

As a documentary, this is absolutely awful. It provides little or no insight into the great man's life above that which you can read easily of wikipedia, it is slow moving, badly presented and generally worthless. BUT, and this is a big but, it contains LOADS of original footage of Lenny Bruce performing, and I mean loads. Probably 80% of it is performance footage which cant be seen anywhere else and, unlike most documentaries which cut to a comment every 30 second routine, this shows whole television appearances in their entirety and large sections from his shows, there are several solid 5-10 minute blocks of Lenny performing that you just cant see anywhere else. If you want to learn about Lenny, do some internet research, if you want to see a few prime examples of why he was so great, watch this doc.

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