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Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze (1979)

The true and tragic story of a very young and very talented comedian from the 70's whose sudden rise to fame had some of it's benefits, as well as some of it's burdens.


Burt Brinckerhoff


Dalene Young (teleplay), Peter S. Greenberg (based on the Playboy magazine article entitled "Good Night Sweet Prinze")


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ira Angustain Ira Angustain ... Freddie Prinze
Kevin Hooks ... Nat Blake
Randee Heller ... Carol
Julie Carmen ... Rose
Ken Sylk Ken Sylk ... David Brenner
Devon Ericson ... Kathy
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Jonas
James T. Callahan ... Producer (as James Callahan)
Mike Binder ... Alan Bursky (as Michael Binder)
Annette Charles ... Billy
Leon Charles Leon Charles ... Acting Coach
Melanie Chartoff ... Fan
Stuart Gillard ... Lawyer #1
Jim Scott Jim Scott ... Makeup Man
Larry Margo Larry Margo ... Booking Agent


The true and tragic story of a very young and very talented comedian from the 70's whose sudden rise to fame had some of it's benefits, as well as some of it's burdens.

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Star of nightclubs and television's "Chico and the Man." The fastest rising comic in America until his star burned out and he came crashing down!









Release Date:

11 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alan Bursky auditioned for the role of himself but was turned down. See more »


First scene of film opens with caption "1971" while automobile shown from the rear is a 1974 Ford Mustang II; a car that won't be in production for another two and a half years approximately. See more »


Freddie Prinze: [looks at himself in a mirror, gun in hand] My name is Freddie!
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References Chico and the Man (1974) See more »


Everybody is a Star
Sung by Stephanie Spruill of Saint and Stephanie
Written by Sly Stone (uncredited)
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Cruel law of show business
19 June 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

OK, I admit that I am French and not necessarily familiarized by every actor or artist from the USA. But I have watched US features and series since forty years now, even the most obscure ones, and I have never heard of this guy. But besides this, I agree that it's fine to speak about this meteoric star...Why should not he deserve to have a movie dedicated to him? I guess many more actors or actresses should have a movie dedicated to their memory too. And I have always craved for rise and fall schemes, and not only for gangsters, but for artists too. And in the TV movies industry, those schemes are very usual...You find many of them. many, many...I also find that the main actor looks very like the true Freddie Prinz. Yes, I appreciated this little TV movie very much. And this story is pretty much close to the true reality of how the backstage atmosphere is.

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