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Abel Raises Cain (2005)

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Filmmaker Jenny Abel explores the life and career of her father Alan Abel, known to many as "the world's greatest hoaxer."


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Credited cast:
Alan Abel ...
Jeanne Abel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenny Abel ...
Narrator (voice)
Richard M. Dixon ...
Himself (as Richard Nixon) (archive footage)
Phil Donohue ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (as G. Clifford Prout) (archive footage)
Paul Hiatt ...
Herself (archive footage)
Tom Snyder ...
Himself (archive footage)


Filmmaker Jenny Abel explores the life and career of her father Alan Abel, known to many as "the world's greatest hoaxer."

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26 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Super inspiring documentary about Alan Abel, a fairly well known "media hoaxer". He did things like hired a bunch of people in the Donahue studio audience to pretend they fainted (a "faint" in) and campaigned for the nutritional benefits of eating nothing but hair. It goes deeper too, with some unbelievable stuff I'll let you find out yourself... It was also made by the guys daughter so it's tender and special. Just like you. While you're at it you might want to check out Alan's movie he made in the seventies called "Is There Sex After Death?" and "The Faking of the President". All really funny. He's a wicked good drummer too.

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