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The Last Polka (1985)

A mockumentary that depicts the final concert of Yosh and Stan Shmenge aka the Happy Wanderers.

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John Blanchard
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Candy ... Yosh Shmenge / Pa Shmenge
Eugene Levy ... Stan Shmenge / Ma Shmenge
Rick Moranis ... Linsk Minyk
Catherine O'Hara ... Sylvie Lemon
Robin Duke ... Max Lemon
Mary Margaret O'Hara Mary Margaret O'Hara ... Gerta Lemon
John McAndrew John McAndrew ... Val Babbyit
Patricia Hamilton ... Mrs. Vicki Mahoney-Cohen
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Phil King
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ... Moe Koffler
Don Dickinson Don Dickinson ... Michael Colbert
Len Doncheff ... Milt Chissik
Gord Martineau Gord Martineau ... Gord Markle
Ted Woloshyn Ted Woloshyn ... Ted Wellington
Dave Thomas ... Narrator / Caller #2 (voice)
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A mockumentary that depicts the final concert of Yosh and Stan Shmenge aka the Happy Wanderers.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada See more »

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May be the funniest comedy you will ever see !!!
21 January 2004 | by genjo1975See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie since its debut on HBO TV and it is not available to order to add to one's collection of VHS movies. Definitely without doubt one of the funniest comedies you will ever see in your lifetime. I could not stop laughing throughout the entirety of the movie, a laugh with every breath. A classic by Levy and Candy, and an impossible to obtain movie physically. Since it was made for TV, it was never printed for resale, which makes it one of the cult classics and one of the most sought after comedies of all time. Many of the jokes and set ups used to direct this movie appear in latter years in other comedies. It seems The Last Polka and the Shmenge Bros. set a precedent no one can keep up to. If you ever get a chance to see it do so, you probably will never get a second chance to see it. I saw it in 1984, and have been looking for any copy of it since, or notification it will be broadcast on TV and in 20 years it has not been rerun on TV. I have a feeling this one is tied up somewhere in a vault in John Candy's estate collection. Perhaps, MUST SEE. The best are impossible to find.


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