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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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Wish They Had Made a Full Length, Silent Feature Instead.
16 January 2005 | by filmmekkerSee all my reviews

This is one film that I wish was on DVD. As a fan of silent comedy, this film has long been one of my favorites. More of a biography of Buster Keaton then the film The Buster Keaton Story. While the actual film has flaws, the best parts for me are the recreations of silent comedies. They're hilarious!! It makes me wish that Reiner and Van Dyke had chosen instead to make a full length, silent comedy. It would have been a classic today! As it is, the film was probably made at the wrong time for it to have made an impact. It probably seemed very out of date in the year of Easy Rider and Woodstock. However, anyone who's a fan of Keaton and Chaplin or silent movies should really make an effort to find this film, it's obviously made with a love of the subject matter.


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