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Based in fact on a pair of real vaudevillians who barely spoke to each other offstage, Simon has found another bickering Odd Couple with which to mine great humor. Willy Clark (Matthau) is an irascible old coot that can't give up showbiz and has his poor harassed nephew (Richard Benjamin) flogging up commercials etc. which he invariably messes up. He has not spoken to the other half of the team Al Lewis (Burns) in years, still angry at percieved onstage slights and the fact that Lewis retired. The nephew gets the idea to reunite them to do one of their classic routines on TV and that's when the insults begin to fly.
I cannot disagree more with the reviewer that disparaged Matthau's performance. He is absolutely wonderful. The old age makeup is subtle and it is his brilliant acting that convinces us he is the same age and era as his wonderful counterpart George Burns, even though Matthau was probably 20-30 years younger. The various voice modulations Matthau uses for different effects is especially noteworthy.
George Burns was called out of near-retirement to replace Jack Benny (when Benny died) in this role, and it created a new career for this marvelous old trooper. He and Matthau are superb together, and they have these old poops down to a T.
There is much fun made of these old boy's lapses due to their age. Probably politically incorrect, it is gentle and affectionate humor to my mind. Simon loves these old guys, and his ear for dialogue and eye for observation of behavior is as good here as anything he's done.Read more ›
As Willie, Walter Matthau has the kvetchy old man routine down to a fine art. Although occasionally Matthau's body movements betray that he is not really as old as he is made up to be (he was 56 and Willie is supposed to be in his 70's), in terms of voice and characterization he is perfect. While Jack Benny and George Burns would have been the ideal coupling (as they were both former vaudeville comedians, just like Willie and Al), I find it hard to imagine Benny in this role. Matthau has a grating obnoxiousness and a maniacal rage which I could not imagine in the genteel Benny. George Burns plays the quiet, reasoned side of the team.Read more ›
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This movie came out when I was 17 and I never saw it until now. I have to say that it was a bit of a disappointment. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AnonymousRM
A classic. I can't just watch it, I quote every line before it happens!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
My Great favorittes did'nt dissapoint med this time etter, i hade a wonderful time whatching these two gentlemen!Published 11 months ago by Merete Nielsen
Never saw a Walter Mathieu movie I didn't love. George Burns was an excellent pairing.Published 13 months ago by Just my opinion