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The Wheeler Dealers (1963)

A bg-time Texas wheeler-dealer (who's actually Ivy league-educated, but plays dumb) runs out of money, and goes to New York City to raise $1.5 million.

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Arthur Hiller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Henry Tyroon
Lee Remick ... Molly Thatcher
Phil Harris ... Ray Jay Fox
Chill Wills ... Jay Ray Spinelby
Jim Backus ... Bullard Bear
Louis Nye ... Stanislas
John Astin ... Hector Vanson
Elliott Reid ... Leonard
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Buddy Zack
Joey Forman ... Buster Yarrow
Pat Crowley ... Eloise Cott (as Patricia Crowley)
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... J.R. Martin
Howard McNear ... Mr. Wilson
Marcel Hillaire ... Giuseppe - Maitre d'
Donald Briggs ... Len Flink (as Don Briggs)
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Storyline

Henry J. Tyroone leaves Texas where his oil wells are drying up and arrives in New York with a lot of oil money to play with in the stock market. He meets stock analyst Molly Thatcher, who he falls in love with. Molly tries to ignore the attention he lavishes on, and keep the relationship strictly professional.

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He really wasn't out to make $1,000,000. He already had that!

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Film debut of Alan Sues. See more »

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At the beginning (5:25) when the old lady steals the cab from James Garner, when she closes the door a cameraman, camera, tripod and microphone are all reflected clearly. See more »

Quotes

Whitby: Great Eastern Offshore Oil, cost 14 dollars a share... six-cent bid.
Bullard Bear: [slightly incredulous] You mean we haven't unloaded *that* yet?
Whitby: Well, it takes a while to unload the real dogs, Bullard.
Bullard Bear: My boy, somewhere in that vast, verdant ever-growing nation of ours must be people stupid enough to buy Great Eastern Offshore Oil. Find them.
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Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 7 October 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

THE WHEELER DEALERS
By Randy Sparks
Sung by The New Christy Minstrels
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one of my favorite 60's movies
11 February 2000 | by hbsSee all my reviews

I think that "Send Me No Flowers" is the best of these "Technicolor marvel" comedies from the 60's, but this is one of my favorites. (By "Technicolor marvel" I mean those films that were shot in primary colors even more intense than something like "The Adventures of Robin Hood", with unnaturally uniform lighting and sets and locations, but mostly sets, that are DisneyLand-clean-and-orderly. Doris Day seemed to be in about half of those movies, at least in my recollection.)

The movie is about James Garner as an oil-man having a run of bad luck, so he goes to New York to make some quick money. He finds big bucks and romance, and it makes me laugh. The fact that Louis Nye plays a parody of Jackson Pollock, and that Phil Harris, Chill Wills, and Charles Watts act as a sort of Greek chorus to Garner will give you some idea of how inconsequentially silly this movie is. There's even a securities trial at the end (the judge makes a comment at the beginning that is just thrown away -- I missed it the first time I saw the movie -- which I laugh about every time I think of it).


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Release Date:

14 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Camas separadas See more »

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Filmways Pictures See more »
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