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The film reflects Einsteins politics and slap stick sense of humor. Nixon asked to see it, It was also used as a fun raiser at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills for the democratic party. The songs were much more controversial than Einstein wanted. But he was away and the mice did play.
I first became aware of this movie back in 1971 when Rich Little plugged it on Dick Cavett's show. A clip showed 3 minutes worth of Nixon & Agnew doing Laurel & Hardy's dance steps from "Way Out West." Not only that, Rich Little as Nixon and Herb Voland as Agnew were dead-ringers. The uncanny part is the President and Vice-President spoke and even moved like Stan & Ollie. Sounds like a riot right? Well...if playing golf with Hitler, and getting duped into eating Alice B. Toklas brownies where they go into a "Blotto" laughing fit and hallucinate seeing white robed Ku Kluk Klan members playing hardball in slow motion, doesn't discount you, then this may be your movie of all time for political incorrectness. You won't find it in the credits but Steve Martin makes his feature film debut as a long haired hippie. Steve was writing for the Smothers Brothers back them. In short, the L&H stuff is fun. The padding, i.e. Secret Service (Bob Einsein) is painful. They'll never release this, but I hope they do.
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I was fortunate enough to see a "world premiere" of this most exciting
and unique political satire in a small theater in Boston, somewhere in
the fall of 1972.
It should have been a cult-film hit, but instead it vanished from the face of the earth. It's got a great premise: Rich Little and Herb Voland as President Nixon and V.P. Agnew, but played like Laurel and Hardy. Now THAT'S "high concept"!
Although some of the bits were hilarious, it's better in concept than in execution, a good example of a movie running out of steam.
Still, its sheer audacity and originality was breathtaking, and there's enough good stuff to make it a bona-fide cult legend.
Best bit: Nixon and Agnew smoking reefer, and then doing an impromptu parody of the "Commence to Dancin'" soft-shoe routine from Laurel & Hardy's WAY OUT WEST, to the tuneful (and wholly subversive) "There's No-One Higher Than the President." (If this was Bob Emenegger's work, he's a GENIUS!)
I saw this cursed flick hyped by comedy genius Bob Einstein on ABC's Dick Cavett show in the late summer of '72. I read about the world premiere when I got to college Boston, but I couldn't even get my friend to come see it with me. There were about five people in the audience. Nobody but me laughed. And then it went away...
Long-time Roger Corman crony Jonathan Haze was a producer on the film, and he has a cameo as a chauffeur with a "natural gas" problem. Haze co-produced the film with Tommy Smothers. According to Haze, who I cornered at a Chiller convention in 2001: "by the time of the film's intended release, Agnew was already out of office, and Nixon was on his way out. The timing was just bad. There's maybe 100 prints in existence, in Smother's basement, most likely. He just decided to write off the whole project. My memory of the whole thing is pretty dim; that was a really unpleasant period in my life."
Sadly, Haze has even blocked out memory of his small role in the film. Too bad, because this is a political satire GEM that SCREAMS to be rediscovered. Mr. Smothers, PLEASE release this! We need you NOW!
I'm glad this film finally has been listed! I thought that it was
locked away in a vault, unseen, and was lost forever.
The only thing I ever knew about this film was that, sometime around 1972, Rich Little appeared on the Tonight Show and told Johnny Carson a little bit about the making of the film. He also told how, as a gag, he, in full makeup, was in the back seat of a limo that pulled into a gas station for refueling. Mimicking Nixon's voice, Little then threw a mock temper tantrum much to the amazement of the gas station attendant.
I never, ever heard of Another Nice Mess having any release whatsoever. I remember, also, that I'd swear Little referred to the film's title as Another FINE Mess. Maybe there was a last-minute title change?
Anyway, I'm hoping for an eventual DVD release.
I thought I dreamed this movie! Growing up in North Hollywood I saw this "GEM" at the Lankershim Theater with my brothers (who confirmed that it existed). We thought it was hysterical as Rich Little imitates Oliver Hardy /Nixon and Herb Voland plays Stan Laurel /Spiro Agnew. Why? I don't know,but it was funny.They go golfing and Nixon swings back and hits Spiro in the crotch with his golf club (which at 8 years old is a big laugh)....maybe it's bad, but as a kid I thought it was the funniest film ever made. I ranked it right up there with George C. Scott in "Bank Shot" and Dick Van Dyke in "Cold Turkey"! ...so when's the DVD release?
Ever have the feeling that you are the only one in the world who saw something? And everywhere you look to verify what you saw, there's nothing? So it was for years with "Another Nice Mess". If I didn't already have plenty of other reasons to doubt my own sanity, trying to find anything on this little film would have been a BIG reason. Rich Little and Herb Voland (probably best remebered today as General Clayton in the early run of M*A*S*H) do Nixon and Agnew as Laurel and Hardy. Need we say a lot more? Probably not. But give it a look if you ever run across it. This one truly belongs in the "What were they thinking" Hall of Fame.
I saw this film the first week it was released. I'm glad I did, because
it was also the only week it was released! It opened and closed in Los
Angeles within five days. Then, it disappeared forever.
It was silly, politically incorrect, and, for me, very enjoyable. I don't believe that Nixon, if he saw it, was amused. At 60 minutes, it moved right along, much like the Laurel and Hardy features it emulated. Rich Little did a perfect Nixon as Oliver Hardy impression, and if you are a Laurel and Hardy fan, you would probably get a kick out of it.
I would buy it, if it came out on DVD, but I have a feeling that it will never see the light of day again.
Ignore my rating...it's been 37 years since I saw the film in LA. I
thought it was bladder-bursting funny at the time, and have finally
tracked down and ordered the DVD. Even if it's awful, I'll still be
happy to have it in my collection for both the slapstick humour and the
historical value. Normal mail from the 'States takes about a week, so
patience is required!
I remember rumours at the time that it was withdrawn from circulation by CREEP, but judging by the comments on this page and others, it was just a lack of audience. Shame, for I remember sitting in the cinema and laughing myself sick.
You can get it for $3.99+postage on EBay, or you can go direct to atlasdvds-dot-com/cad where it's a fiver.
One of the only times I've been in a theater laughing so hard as to almost loose bladder control. This film came and went in the blink of an eye and I've been trying to find it for 30 years. Saw in September of 1972 it at the Esquire Theater in Pasadena, CA, which no longer exists (theater not the town), and remember it as an incredibly politically incorrect (beforethe term was invented) farce that's main strength is its premise; Nixon and Agnew done as Oliver Hardy and Stanley Laurel. I remember the pace as frenetic and this film really is a one trick pony, but it does that trick very well. Silly, sophomoric, crude and just plain funny. There was a rumor going around that this film got buried by CREEP (Committee To Re-elect the President) as party of their dirty tricks being waged prior to the 1972 elections; guess we'll have to check Nion's tapes to be sure! If this ever comes out on DVD it's worth getting as an historical oddity if nothing else.
I was one of the 10 people who saw this film when it was first released. It is an awesome film. I wish I could find it on DVD. I agree with the previous posting. For years I've been periodically searching for this movie, almost coming to the conclusion that I must have imagined it. It was paired with another short that I wish I could remember the name of. It was about a grocery store at night - kinda like Car Wash, only at a grocery store. I don't remember who was in that, but I do remember enjoying it almost as much as Another Nice Mess. I did see the grocery store one once on late night, but missed the credits and opening. Oh well. Another Nice Mess was timely and poignant in poking at the Nixon administration, while being extremely funny.
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