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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.

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

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Cast

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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Taglines:

It's the swellest. It's the cream of the silver screen. It's got buckets of tears and a million laughs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ITC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ann Reinking's movie debut. See more »

Quotes

Joey Popchik: Funny, isn't it? How many times your guts can get a slap in the face.
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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

Spoofs Golden Boy (1939) See more »

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Great! Great!
28 July 1999 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

This is a film-fan's film, filled with industry insight and in-jokes. (The two back-to-back stories, separated by a preview trailer, display the way the fictional (real?) studio's contract players would crank out product at a dizzying rate.) I wouldn't apply the words "parody" and "satire" in their strictest sense here, though....I'd rather say the sounds and images serve more to emphasize our real-or-imagined memories of the moviegoing experience in the mid-to-late Thirties. And the producers had the good sense to hire the great Ralph Burns and Buster Davis to write the terrific period songs and soundtracks (which deserve current re-release!). See it if only to catch the multi-talented Barry Bostwick, who gets a chance to shine in a singing-dancing role. And Charles Lane is always a treat to see. Everything's a treat in "Movie Movie"!


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