Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he's not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny helps him. This problem is Lou's mistress Tina. Lou wants Tina to be at his concerts, otherwise he can't perform, but he's married, so Danny has to take her along as if she was his girlfriend. Danny however gets more than he has bargained for when two mobsters come looking for the guy who has hurt their brother by stealing the heart of Tina, the girl he loves.Written by
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When Danny arrives to pick up Tina, he tells her he is double-parked. When she then storms across the street with Danny following her, we see the car, and it is not double-parked; but shortly thereafter, when Danny makes a pay-phone call, the car can be seen double-parked in the background. See more »
Don't forget to do "My Funny Valentine" with the special lyrics about the moon landing.
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This is one of Woody Allen's best films. It's very funny and has a poignant ending. It also offers terrific performances by Allen and Mia Farrow as Tina.
Bookended by a group of comics telling showbiz stories, Sandy Baron tells the tale of Danny Rose (Allen), a famously unsuccessful comic and theatrical talent manager. He manages a one-time pop singer (Nick Apollo Forte) who's making a comeback because of a nostalgia craze. He's also having an affair with Tina Vitale (Farrow), a no-talent interior decorator connected to the mob. The singer asks Allen to act as a "beard" and bring her to a big show he's doing as a nitery.
But of course everything goes wrong. Allen and Farrow end up at a party in New Jersey where a dopey suitor is scorned by Farrow. The family thinks Allen is the new boyfriend and sets out to avenge his honor, with the old mother (Gina DeAngeles) screaming "Vendetta!" from a balcony.
What ensues is a comedy romp with Allen and Farrow trying to outrun the two brothers with baseball bats. In the meantime, Forte's singer is finding new success and also a new manager.
This is a near-perfect film. Woody Allen and Mia Farrow (almost unrecognizable) are great. Nick Apollo Forte is happily oily (and wrote two of the film's big songs). Milton Berle has no lines but shows up in a few scenes. Then there is the collection of hilariously bad acts Allen managers, from the blind xylophone player to the one-legged tap dancer.
The ending is poignant and simple, set on a rainy day in New York City. Wonderful film.
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