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Chafed Elbows (1966)

A welfare recipient marries his mother.

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Robert Downey Sr.
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Morgan George Morgan ... Walter Dinsmore
Elsie Downey Elsie Downey ... All Women's Roles
Lawrence Wolf Lawrence Wolf
Tom O'Horgan Tom O'Horgan
Elmer Kline Elmer Kline
Ben Bagley Ben Bagley
Ralph Blasi Ralph Blasi
Michael Brown Michael Brown
Ronald Nealy Ronald Nealy
Stanley Warnow Stanley Warnow
Lafayette Malatsun Lafayette Malatsun
Jack Jobson Jack Jobson
Jack Harvey Jack Harvey
Dan List Dan List
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Berg Richard Berg ... Saxophonist / Walter & His Vaccums
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A welfare recipient marries his mother.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1966 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Goosedown Production,Vulcan See more »
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Mono
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Art Film Director: I'm listed in the Yellow Pages under Truth.
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The opening credits state: "Special Hindrance: N.Y.C. Police Dept." See more »

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Referenced in The Godson (1971) See more »

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feels like the cinematic equivalent of a Kurt Vonnegut novel
31 December 2016 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

This is among the strangest and most plot less comedies I have ever seen. After thinking about the film, I've realized that it the protagonist manages to be insane and incestuous murderer. The film sort of follows him around over the course of two "mental breakdowns" in which he encounters a "sock sniffer", marries his own mother, visits Heaven, and much more. The film is wonderfully satirical, and it makes fun of almost everything, much like the very best of Kurt Vonnegut's novels.

It's a highly creative work from a highly creative director, the underground filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr. At this point, I'm beginning to really adore Downey Sr.'s sense of humor. It's always very satirical, dark, and offensive, and his filmmaking style is highly experimental, surrealistic, and absurd. All of these elements of humor and filmmaking are right up my alley and it seems that I'm really going to enjoy the rest of the films on the "Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr." eclipse set from the Criterion Collection. I'm seriously looking forward to "Putney Swope"!


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