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If you thought all there was to Van Dyke's physical comedy was tripping over an ottoman, you'll be able to see his full range here.
An actor mistaken for a crook, Van Dyke's character Jack Albany is taken to a gangster stronghold where a big art heist is being planned. Van Dyke is wonderful as the cowardly actor playing the part of a tough crook in order to stay alive.
Besides the great comedy of Van Dyke, we also have the added treat of Edward G. Robinson sending up his famous gangster image. An avowed art lover in real life, Robinson goes after a famous painting in the film, and even tries his hand at abstract art.
Also on hand are Slim Pickens, Henry Silva, and Jack Elam. Dorothy Provine ("That Darn Cat!") plays art instructor and love interest Sally Inwood.
On a side note, the director of the film, Jerry Paris, is probably best known as Rob and Laura Petrie's next door neighbor on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Jerry cameos at the very end.
This is great little film, but I have to knock off one star simply because Disney was too cheap to include a commentary track with surviving cast members.
Watching Dick Van Dyke playing a gangster is VERY funny. A film not to be missed!
This DVD one not to be missed. But keep boycotting the "Black Bearded" releases and reward Disney when they bow to the wishes of the consumer.
Disney Studios had high hopes for this film, starring one of their big name actors, and the film has its moments but was not a box office success. The scenes in the Art museum get a little tedious at the end but over all it is enjoyable, and there is some nice art as well. A.J. Carothers wrote the screenplay, after working on several other Disney projects such as "Miracle of the White stallions". The story is based on the book by John Godey. The Disney movie posters promoting the film had a tagline that said, "we're having such a wonderful crime...". Released theatrically on June 26, 1968. It appeared on "The Wonderful World of Disney" in 1979. It was released on video for the first time in 1985, and DVD for the first time in 2005.
An actor is picked up by a gang, thinking he is a vicious hit man. (If you can picture Van Dyke as a hit-man, you can see how funny this movie is.) Edward G. Robinson is excellent as a gangster who still comes across as a father figure to a point.
This movie is rated G. I wish Hollywood would re-investigate this film, and see a movie about gangsters can be funny without sex and violence.
By the way, this movie, one of my all-time favorite comedies, was also my introduction to pop art.
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Wow was this violent for our tastes. D.v.d must have got his wires crossed on this one. We turned it off half way through. Very disappointed. Read morePublished 5 days ago by myamazon1360
By shere serendipity I read Tim Lucas' Continental Op article immediately after watching this, which seems to be one of Disney's forays into the CO genre. Read morePublished 6 months ago by El Gomitas
I saw this movie when it originally played in the theaters.I was a big fan of E.G. Robinson and this was one of his last roles. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Byron