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The Comic (1969)

Story of a brilliant silent-film comic whose talent is overshadowed by his ego.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... William Simon aka Billy Bright
... Mary Gibson
... Martin 'Cockeye' Van Buren
... Frank Powers
Nina Wayne ... Sybil Atlas
... Mama Bell
... Steve Allen
... Ginger
... Edwin G. Englehardt
... Lorraine Margaret Bell
... 1st Director
... Miguel
Craig Huebing ... Doctor
... Phoebe
... Armand
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A fictionalized account of the rise and fall of a silent film comic, Billy Bright. The movie begins with his funeral, as he speaks from beyond the grave in a bitter tone about his fate, and takes us through his fame, as he ruins it with womanizing and drink, and his fall, as a lonely, bitter old man unable to reconcile his life's disappointments. The movie is based loosely on the life of Buster Keaton. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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2 October 1970 (Mexico)  »

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While starring in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), Van Dyke called up Stan Laurel to ask for permission to do a Laurel & Hardy bit in an episode. Laurel told him that neither he nor Hardy's heirs owned the rights to the characters. Van Dyke and Reiner were horrified that Laurel didn't even own the rights to his own face, and this picture is the result. See more »

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One of the better "little known" films
26 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have just seen this movie for the first time in over 25 years. I still remember the last time I saw it. It was not a great movie by any means but I am a big film fan and this movie was memorable for me. The last scene of Van Dyke's character getting up in early morning hours just to watch one of his old films with his ex-wife always stuck with me. It is a really sad scene. Van Dyke is great in this, he would have made a great silent comedian. While the character is obviously based an awful lot on Buster Keaton, Van Dyke to me actually resembles Stan Laurel at times. The brief clips of the silent films his character does make you want to see the entire films. I also enjoyed Mickey Rooney's performance, too. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a silent movie fan or a Dick Van Dyke fan.


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