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3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964)

Unrated | | Comedy | 29 May 1964 (USA)
An out of work Method actor is hired by a male model, an ecdysiast, and a car salesman who live together to save money. They want the actor to listen to their problems and go see a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Van Doren ... Saxie Symbol
Tommy Noonan ... Tom
Ziva Rodann ... Dr. Myra Von
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Joe Lynch
John Cronin John Cronin ... Bruce Bernard
Howard Koch Howard Koch ... Dr. Otis Salverson (as Peter Howard)
T.C. Jones T.C. Jones ... Henry
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... R.L. Katz
Alvy Moore ... Sutter T. Finley
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Berkeley-Kent
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Mr. Blyth
Patrick O'Moore Patrick O'Moore ... Edwards (as Pat O'Moore)
Jennie Lee Jennie Lee ... Miss Griswald
Jimmy Cross Jimmy Cross ... Drunk
Curt Mercer Curt Mercer ... 1st Crook


An out of work Method actor is hired by a male model, an ecdysiast, and a car salesman who live together to save money. They want the actor to listen to their problems and go see a psychiatrist so they can get counseling for cheap. The psychiatrist is intrigued by the split personalities indicated by the three separate sets of problems presented by the actor, and soon producers are climbing out of the woodwork trying to buy the rights to the film, while the actor is having trouble keeping his act together. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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29 May 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Although it's still unclear exactly what it means, Mamie Van Doren's baffling sign-off line ("It sure don't taste like tomato juice!") is a take-off on a popular TV commercial (for V-8 tomato juice) of the era. (Clarification: V-8 Juice is red and has the same consistency as tomato juice, so the line from the commercial is [It looks like tomato juice, but] "It sure doesn't taste like tomato juice.") See more »


References The Three Faces of Eve (1957) See more »


I Used To Be a Stripper Down on Main - Now I'm the Main Attraction on the Strip
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Lame and Tame
17 June 2006 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

If you've never seen Mamie Van Doran, imagine a low-rent Jayne Mansfield with even less talent. If you need proof, take a look at 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt. In this one, Van Doran plays Saxie Symbol (oh, how clever), an out of work stripper who happens to have two male roommates. As luck would have it, all three are in need of therapy, but that costs more than the trio can scrape together. So they decide to hire out-of-work method-actor Tommy Noonan (played surprisingly enough by Tommy Noonan) to learn all he can about the three roommates and act like each during a single therapy session. That way, they hope to get three diagnosis and cures for the price of one. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Noonan is diagnosed as suffering from split personalities. Unfortunately, the movie still has about another hour of runtime to go.

I can sum up my feelings toward 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt with two words - lame and tame. This is supposed to be a comedy, but you've got to look hard to find anything approaching humorous. I wasn't expecting something that would have me doubled over with laughter, but I'm not even sure I cracked a smile during the entire movie. Van Doran's acting isn't that bad in comparison with the rest of the cast, but that's not really a compliment. Something tells me that Van Doran wasn't brought on board for her abilities as a thespian anyway. But other than a "blink and you'll miss it" bathtub scene, 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt has very few of the salacious moments promised in the trailer. Noonan not only stars in this thing, but he's also has the distinction of being credited as the co-writer, co-producer, and director of this mess. Good going, Tommy!

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