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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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Carl Reiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... William Simon aka Billy Bright
Michele Lee ... Mary Gibson
Mickey Rooney ... Martin 'Cockeye' Van Buren
Cornel Wilde ... Frank Powers
Nina Wayne Nina Wayne ... Sybil Atlas
Pert Kelton ... Mama Bell
Steve Allen ... Steve Allen
Barbara Heller ... Ginger
Ed Peck ... Edwin G. Englehardt
Jeannine Riley ... Lorraine Margaret Bell
Gavin MacLeod ... 1st Director
Jay Novello ... Miguel
Craig Huebing Craig Huebing ... Doctor
Paulene Myers ... Phoebe
Fritz Feld ... 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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All Talking! All Laughing! All You Can Ask For in a Motion Picture! See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1970 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Bright See more »

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Acre Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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There's a scene that hard to forget
15 May 2001 | by ivanharisSee all my reviews

I watched "The Comic" on TV when I was teen. Sure, it was not the very best movie I ever watched. But somehow it was unforgettable. Until today, I still can recall a scene when drunk Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) smashing neighbor's house thinking that it was his. Sad, funny, and bitterness mixed. After "The Comic", for me, Dick Van Dyke had never been funnier then.


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