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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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Jeanne Abel ...
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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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Very entertaining, if slightly thin documentary
20 April 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining, if somewhat amateurish and thin documentary about Alan Abel, a sort of Sasha Baron Cohen of the 60s and 70s who played politically inspired hoaxes on the press.

While the film itself isn't amazing on a technique level, Abel as a character, and his bits are so funny that it makes this worthwhile. And there's something innately touching about a documentary 'tribute' to a father made by his daughter.

Plus, the DVD extras, with all sorts of footage of Abel doing his bits are even more fun than the film itself, and help raise it to this rating.

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