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Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Michele Lee, Mickey Rooney, Cornel Wilde

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Carl Reiner, one of the great writers of comedy and Mel Brooks's straight man through all the "2,000-Year-Old Man" routines, co-wrote and directed this interestingly bleak and humorous 1969 tale of a silent-film star whose ego outpaces his considerable talent. Related somewhat Citizen Kane style, the story opens at the funeral of Billy Bright, who narrates his story from the grave: superstardom, a loss of rhythm with the coming of sound film, drinking, womanizing, and a long, awful descent to the end of his life as a bitter, lonely old man. Very loosely based on the life of Buster Keaton (and it should not be equated with him in any great way), the movie flopped at the box office (van Dyke fans who probably expected a Mary Poppins chimney sweep were undoubtedly appalled), but is a minor, unknown classic, with excellent acting by the principals -- sort of Beckett in Hollywood. Steve Allen appears as himself, and Reiner has a "let's do lunch" cameo.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   comedian Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only

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