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The World's Greatest Lover (1977)

A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds, to a certain degree.

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Mark Silberman ...
Cousin Buddy
Robert Ball ...
Bald Man (as Robert E. Ball)
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Sandy Rovetta ...
Woman Dancer
Hannah Dean ...
Maid
Rita Conde ...
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Elaine Everett ...
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Freddie the Runner
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In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the "World's Greatest Lover" and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood. Both Annie's Hollywood mission and Valentino himself will affect what happens to Rudy in ... Written by Huggo

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13 February 1978 (Denmark)  »

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O Maior Amante do Mundo  »

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Gene Wilder conceived the idea for this movie during late 1975 when Wilder said to his friend, Production Designer Terence Marsh, that he would like to play Rudolph Valentino's double, with Valentino playing a silent secondary supporting role to his stand-in leading character. Marsh loved the concept, and Wilder proceeded to develop the picture. See more »

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Interior of tour bus has sky lights that don't appear in exterior shots of vehicle. See more »

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[while viewing the audition reels on a projector]
Adolph Zitz: When's the final audition?
Yes Man #1: Friday, Mr Zitz.
Adolph Zitz: How many 'rotten's have we got?
Yes Man #1: 2300.
Adolph Zitz: How many 'fairly rotten's?
Yes Man #1: 'Fairly rotten's? 14. Yeah, 14.
Adolph Zitz: Have we got a 'doesn't stink'?
Yes Man #1: No, sir.
Adolph Zitz: We don't have one 'doesn't stink'?
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit to Frederico Fellini, who was not on the picture, 'for encouragement at the right time'. See more »

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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
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Written by Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Sung by the movie extras on the bus
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27 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Wilder should have more like this one, it is his best, up there with Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy, Willy Wonka, Young Frankinstien. The only other film that rivels this one is Sherlocks Holms Smarter Brother. See this film today, it airs on the FXM: Movies From Fox. Highly recomended!


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