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Movie Movie (1978)

Three movie genres of the 1930s, boxing films, World War I aviation dramas, and backstage Broadway musicals, are satirized using the same cast.

Director:

Stanley Donen
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Gloves Malloy (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Spats Baxter (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Trish Van Devere ... Betsy McGuire (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Isobel Stuart (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Red Buttons ... Peanuts (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Jinks Murphy (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Eli Wallach ... Vince Marlowe (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Pop (Segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Harry Hamlin ... Joey Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Ann Reinking ... Troubles Moran (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Jocelyn Brando ... Mama Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Mrs. Updike (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Michael Kidd ... 'Pop' Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Kathleen Beller ... Angie Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Barry Bostwick ... Johnny Danko (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Dick Cummings (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Art Carney ... Dr. Blaine (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Dr. Bowers (segment Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Clay Hodges Clay Hodges ... Sailor Lawson (segment "Dynamite Hands")
George P. Wilbur ... Tony Norton (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Peter Stader Peter Stader ... Barney Keegle (segment "Dynamite Hands") (as Peter T. Stader)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... The Announcer (segment "Dynamite Hands") (as James Lennon)
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Storyline

Three movie genres of the 1930s are satirized in this spoof of the traditional double feature. In "Dynamite Hands", a delivery boy turns prizefighter in order to raise enough money for his kid sister's eye operation. Later, however, he turns his back on his father-figure manager and librarian girlfriend when he is distracted by a flashy gangster and sexy night club diva. Intermission has a coming-attractions trailer for "Zero Hour", a World War I aviation drama. In the second feature, "Baxter's Beauties of 1933" a Broadway impresario hears he has only a month to live and is determined to mount one more hit on the boards. When his drunken diva of a star cannot go on opening night, he finds that the ingénue he chooses to replace her is his long-estranged daughter, whom he has not seen since she was a girl. All three stories feature the same cast in repertoire. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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It's Two Two, New New Movies In One. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

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Trivia

Ann Reinking's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

Assuming Baxter's Beauties of 1933 had actually been shot in 1933, it would have used two-strip Technicolor, also known as Red Technicolor because it is particularly good at photographing the red spectrum. This is shot in the three-strip process, or Blue Technicolor, which would not be introduced until 1935. Additionally, most musicals would not be shot completely in color until the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Joey Popchik: Gentlemen of the jury, the state cries out that the murder of Gloves Malloy be avenged. It cries so loud that I finished law school as fast as I could so that poetic justice could be served and so that I personally could prosecute the man responsible, Vince Marlowe.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list in the closing credits is divided into two sections with headings Dynamite Hands and Baxter's Beauties of 1933. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical and pay-tv release, the first half of "Movie, Movie" is in black and white, while both halves are often shown in color in commercial TV. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Private Screenings: Stanley Donen (2006) See more »

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A Special Treat for Film Buffs
26 January 2006 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

MOVIE, MOVIE is a forgotten gem from the late 70's which is an affectionate spoof of a 1930's double feature (there's even a preview of coming attractions)that is divided into two separate films that run about 50 minutes a piece. The first film, "Dynamite Hands" is a black and white "Golden Boy"-type spoof with Harry Hamlin as a young boxer rising to the top with George C. Scott as his manager, Red Buttons as his trainer, Kathleen Beller as his hometown girlfriend and Ann Reinking as a nightclub singer named Troubles Moran. The second film is called "Baxter's Beauties of 1933" and is a colorful spoof of films like 42nd STREET with George C. Scott featured again as the egomaniacal director, Barry Bostwick as the idealistic young songwriter, Rebecca York (who years later would practically steal the Broadway show VICTOR/VICTORIA from Julie Andrews) as the young Ruby Keeler type and Trish VanDevere as the bitchy diva who York eventually replaces. True movie buffs and fans of these kinds of movies will be in cinema heaven here...a loving tribute to a bygone era that works thanks to spirited direction by Stanley Donen and an energetic cast.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1979 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Feature See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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ITC Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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