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The Manipulator (1971)

An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

Director:

Yabo Yablonsky

Writers:

John Durren (idea), Yabo Yablonsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... B.J. Lang
Luana Anders ... Carlotta
Keenan Wynn ... Old Charlie
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An insane Hollywood makeup man kidnaps a woman, keeps her prisoner in his warehouse full of props.

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The maniac's house of horror! See more »

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Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.J. Presents See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)
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Goofs

Charlie dies with his hands to his sides and this is how he's always shown, except in one shot where his fingers are interlocked across his chest. See more »

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After the closing credits Mickey Rooney is shown in fast forward acting around on stage. See more »

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Referenced in Remote Control (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mickey Rooney
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Mickey Rooney gives a tour de force performance in a weird little horror film that is difficult to watch because he's so out there
19 April 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Mickey Rooney lets loose in a strange little film. Rooney plays a deranged makeup man who kidnaps a young woman and then holds her in an old warehouse full of props, forcing her to act in his movie while he drifts in and out of reality.

To say that this two person film is strange is an understatement. Its clear why Rooney agreed to do the film since it lets him do things that he never got to do with Judy Garland or as Andy Hardy. Whats not so clear is why we'd want to watch it since its 90 minutes trapped with a psycho. This isn't to knock Rooney's performance, rather its to praise it since this clearly isn't a guy we want to have over for dinner.

I'm on the fence about this film. I can't really recommend it for any reason other than being able to see Mickey Rooney let go. However if you want to see what else Rooney could do beyond the typical see this movie. Everyone else stay away.


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