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Chafed Elbows (1966)

| Comedy | 1966 (USA)
A welfare recipient marries his mother.

Director:

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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All Women's Roles: My mother says that kissing a boy only leads to trouble and danger and skepticism.
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The opening credits state: "Special Hindrance: N.Y.C. Police Dept." See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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So Fine
6 October 2012 | by solszew-1See all my reviews

I guess that it's not really a mystery why Robert Downey Sr.'s films get some weirdly bad reviews. Though his films are smart and hip, Downey goes after straight culture with an unmatched, gleeful, subversive eye, and generally hits what he aims at. Chafed Elbows epitomises this style, going after everything, including the making of movies itself. In Chafed Elbows, like Chris Marker, he uses still photographs to great effect, but more in the vein of National Lampoon magazine than F-Stop. This film plays like jazz, riffing from one theme to another, one scene to another, one character to another, eschewing plot for wit and speed and surreal wordplay. It's a wonder that this, and Downey's other movies, were ever made, they are so wonderfully offensive. His audience is, perhaps intentionally, small. The rewards, however, for those who do love his films, are great indeed. Viva Downey!


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