A lawyer, then a writer, then a film director, is the career path of the bashful Leo Harrigan. But Leo has problems as well, such as being hopelessly smitten with his leading lady, who ... See full summary »
Two researchers have come to San Francisco to compete for a research grant in Music. One seems a bit distracted, and that was before he meets her. A strange woman seems to have devoted her life to confusing and embarassing him. At the same time a woman has her jewels stolen and a government whistle blower arrives with his stolen top secret papers. All, of course have the same style and color overnight bag.Written by
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The name of the curvy street that the car chase moves down is Lombard Street, called "the crookedest street in the world". It has eight hairpin turns. See more »
When Eunice is arguing with the badge lady over her identity. See more »
[Mrs. Van Hoskins approaches]
Here she comes now, did you get the jewels out of the hotel?
Nah, I stashed 'em in 1714, I didn't have time...
1714? What kind of house detective are you? Cannot commit a simple burglary.
Nevermind. I will return the case to her room, while you detain her.
How do I do that?
Use your charm!
Charm... use your charm.
[as Mrs. Van Hoskins walks by, Harry trips her and she falls]
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This film really does make the equivalent Carry On movies extremely juvenile. Very rarely, if at all does this film delve into lavatorial/innuendo humour. All of its humour is based on slapstick and a terrific script full of one-liners that you never tire of viewing. They could have made a sequel, but then the humour would have soured in the same way that the Naked Gun or Airplane films did. All the characterisations are spot on, everyone except Striesand is portrayed as being bumbling unsubtle fools including the CIA and Russian spys. It's basically a change to see the Americans not taking themselves seriously for once. Kenneth Mars is very amusing as O'Neal's opponent for the music grant. Of particular note is the car chase in San Francisco in an exaggerated Bullitt style. Granted, it is very dated - it's 1972 and chequered flares and velvet is much in evidence, but this adds to the film's charm. It is one of the few films that I was sad to see ending...
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