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Writers (WGA):
Neil Simon (play)
Neil Simon (teleplay)
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Release Date:
26 May 2001 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Nathan Lane ... Max Prince

Mark Linn-Baker ... Val Skotsky

Saul Rubinek ... Ira Stone

Dan Castellaneta ... Milt Fields

Richard Portnow ... Harry Prince

Kristi Angus ... Darlene Drew
Ardon Bess ... Cecil

Colin Fox ... Cal Weebs

Sherry Miller ... Faye
Frank Proctor ... Walter Winchell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mackenzie Astin ... Lucus Brickman

Marcia Bennett ... Cal's Secretary
Robert Bidaman ... Brad

Ian D. Clark ... Doctor

Philip Craig ... Dennis

Roger Dunn ... Bartender

Karyn Dwyer ... Toga Girl
Craig Eldridge ... Observer

Samantha Espie ... Helen
Alex Fallis ... Waiter

Neil Foster ... Stage Manager

Victor Garber ... Kenny Franks
Johnny Gardhouse ... Dresser

Peri Gilpin ... Carol Wyman
Jake Goldsbie ... Pauly
David Gow ... Dave

Zach Grenier ... Brian Doyle

Michael Hanrahan ... Policeman #1
Brian Heighton ... Friend of Walter's

Tamara Hickey ... Waitress
Jack Jessop ... Cemetery Keeper
Keith Knight ... Brutus
Irene Lopez Kuchilan ... Carla
Jeffrey Lampert ... Policeman #2
Roy Lewis ... Alfred

Kelsey Matheson ... Girl in Elevator
Steven Morel ... Reporter / Cassius
Heather Paine ... Elly
Gerry Quigley ... Aaron
Shannon Rowe ... Gail

Shaun Smyth ... Warren

Victor A. Young ... Harley

Directed by
Richard Benjamin 
Writing credits
Neil Simon (play)

Neil Simon (teleplay)

Produced by
Emanuel Azenberg .... executive producer
Jeffrey Lampert .... producer
Neil Simon .... executive producer
Mike Spadone .... associate producer (as Mike 'Spud' Spadone)
Original Music by
Joseph Vitarelli 
Cinematography by
Danny Nowak 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Cambas 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Production Design by
Franco De Cotiis 
Art Direction by
Cheryl Toy 
Set Decoration by
Megan Less 
Costume Design by
Tamara Winston 
Makeup Department
Katarina Chovanec .... key hair stylist
Ava Stone .... key makeup artist
Frederick London .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Karen Hawes .... assistant production manager
Armand Leo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Chalmers .... third assistant director (as Robert Chalmers)
Rocco Gismondi .... second assistant director
Siegfried Kopp .... third assistant director
Elizabeth Scherberger .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter
Robin E. Eecloo .... assistant property master (as Robin Eeclo)
Christopher Jenkins .... property master
Arlene Lott .... first assistant art director
Matthew G. Wright .... set dresser
Sound Department
Brian Avery .... sound
Gavin Coford .... boom operator
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Roberta Doheny .... re-recording mixer
Mark Friedgen .... supervising sound editor
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Peter Reale .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Russell Frazier .... digital compositor/animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Alexander .... focus puller
Jason Capstick .... best boy grip
John Davidson .... camera operator
Roger Finlay .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer
Danny Santa Ana .... camera trainee
Joe Strazzeri .... key grip
Harold D. Stroud .... chief lighting technician (as Harry Stroud)
Greg Whiteside .... 24 frame video operator
Casting Department
Ross Clydesdale .... casting
Kim Everett .... casting associate
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting associate
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Krisztina M. Neglia .... extras casting (as Krisztina Meuring)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Buck .... key set costumer
Ann Steel .... assistant costume designer
Adam Urquhart .... daily dresser
Editorial Department
Benjamin P. Schwartz .... assistant editor (as Benjamin Schwartz)
Location Management
Jen Leonard .... assistant location manager
Anne Richardson .... location manager
Music Department
Jorge Del Barrio .... orchestrator
Paul Frederick .... composer: Jump Blues&cues
Georgiana Ramsland .... music editor
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Don Chan .... transportation captain
Darrell Gibson .... driver
Al MacNeil .... transportation coordinator
Rick Selmanovic .... driver: cast
Other crew
Alex Brennan .... production assistant
Janice Fowlie .... production accountant
Tara Hungerford .... assistant to director
Kimberly Jensen .... craft service
Sandy Kaplansky .... production coordinator
Michael Klastorin .... publicist
Julietta McGovern .... assistant to producer
Anthony Pangalos .... production assistant
Andrea Stewart .... assistant production coordinator
Jane Walker .... script supervisor
Ralph Berge .... production executive (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Most Original Comedy" - Switzerland (English title)
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Rated R for language
102 min | Germany:98 min
Black and White | Color (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Both this tele-movie and Broadway Bound (1992) (TV) and their respective source Neil Simon plays are considered companion pieces as they reflect Simon's early writing career.See more »
Continuity: Ira's last name is Chuvney in the film, Stone in the credits.See more »
Max:I don't know who I hate most: McCarthy or Lawrence Welk.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)See more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
What happened to the play? Elevator did not reach floor 23..., 3 April 2002
Author: mercutio-8 from United States

Neil Simon's play "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" centered on the relationship between a 1950s television comic (based on Sid Caesar and his staff of writers, who worked out of the 23rd floor of a midtown building in Manhattan. This group would talk, confide, fight, and go for each others' throats if the situation - however absurd - warranted it. Underneath the zaniness, hostility or any dilemna, however, was a shared love and talent for creating sketch comedy. And it was this talent that bonded writers and comic together and, when all smoke cleared, made them realize that they did in fact care for what they did, and for each other. Max Prince (the Sid Caesar model), and his writers. The writers and Max Prince. He needed them, they needed him. Together they needed comedy. This play was indeed a fine ensemble. Every character is defined. None are short-changed in depth. Would have been a novel approach for the film. Understandably, a film version of a stage script needs some change and adaptation so as to not be a confined, filmed play. When this transition goes so far afield, however, changing the intention and focus of the original piece, there seems to be no point in adapting it to film at all. The film "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" plays like a sequel to an original that was never made (like maybe the play?) The film focuses on Max Prince's relationships with virtually everyone (including his dead parents in a cemetary scene), EXCEPT the writers. Characters who were not even in the play become the main supporting cast, while the writers are left as incidental characters. Considering those who are playing the writers - Victor Garber, Mark Linn-Baker, Saul Rubinek, Dan Castellaneta, among others - a fine pool of talent is genuinely squandered, with nothing to do except occassionally react to and comment on the changing state of The Max Prince show. As a result, when Max makes the heartfelt statement that his writers mean everything to him, the point is lost, because there has been little interaction with them A more fitting title for this film would be "The Travels and Travails of Max Prince". Why this instead of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor"? Because Max hardly spends any TIME on the 23rd floor!

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