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Izzy & Moe (1985)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | TV Movie 23 September 1985
The adventures of two retired vaudeville performers, who become two of the best prohibition Agents in the 1920s.

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Jackie Cooper

Writer:

Robert Boris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Gleason ... Izzy Einstein
Art Carney ... Moe Smith
Cynthia Harris ... Dallas Carter
Zohra Lampert ... Esther Einstein
Dick Latessa ... Lt. Murphy
Drew Snyder ... Agent McCoy
Jesse Doran Jesse Doran ... Dutch
Thelma Lee Thelma Lee ... Mrs. Perlman
Tom Wiggin Tom Wiggin ... Agent Norman Harris
Rick Washburn ... Jake
Roy Brocksmith ... Sheriff Bledsoe
Sully Boyar Sully Boyar ... Fat Harry
William Hickey ... Desk Clerk
Tracy Sallows Tracy Sallows ... Paula
Mary Tanner Bailey Mary Tanner Bailey ... Lilly (as Mary Tanner)
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Storyline

This is the film based on the true adventures of Izzy and Moe. They were two retired vaudeville performers who, being unemployed, decided to become Prohibition Enforcement Agents. They are initially treated with scorn from fellow Agents as old men pretending to be cops. That abuse soon stops when the pair refuse to use the standard but futile methods of the agency, and instead employ their theatrical experience to use an amazing variety of disguises and tricks to become two of the most effective agents on the force. Eventually, their outstanding string of successful raids and arrests starts drawing the attention of the mob and their bought cops, who desperately plan to stop this pair. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos bribones contra el hampa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was Jackie Gleason's final collaboration with longtime friend and "The Honeymooners" co-star Art Carney. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Murphy: [Izzy is applying for a job as a Prohibition enforcement agent] Look, old timer, now this is gonna' be one tough occupation. So do you mind if I'm brutally honest? Why the hell do you want the job?
Izzy Einstein: This is America, Lieutenant. And I'm proud to be an American. I came to this country when I was ten years old. I left behind cruelty and injustice, and arrived here on the shores of freedom, and liberty. I've had a good life. I owe this country a debt I can never repay. But now, I'm going to TRY to ...
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Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »

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Great Swan Song For Gleason And Carney
22 February 2013 | by bigverybadtomSee all my reviews

Not until I came here did I know that the "Izzy And Moe" story was based on real people. Of course at the time I viewed this, I assumed the story was just fiction, and as fiction it worked out great. As history, it probably was no good-but the entertainment industry rarely depicts history accurately anyway.

The story is about two vaudevillians in the 1920's whose entertainment careers are done for, and one (Carney) has a bar, but thanks to Prohibition, he doesn't do well in that. The other (Gleason) convinces his former showbiz partner to become a Prohibition agent with him, and despite the partner's initial hostility, he agrees. At first, the police don't take them seriously, until their acting abilities turn out to make their alcohol raids far more successful. Of course, one mobster known as "Dutch" finds these new agents make him too uncomfortable, and the story's light tone turns darker as Dutch fights back violently.

The movie may not be good history, but as a story it's entertaining, and Gleason and Carney shine to the end.


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