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The Phynx (1970)

M/PG | | Comedy, Music | 6 May 1970 (USA)
A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by Communist enemies of the U.S.

Directors:

Lee H. Katzin, Robert McKimson (uncredited)

Writers:

Bob Booker (story), George Foster (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael A. Miller Michael A. Miller ... A. Michael Miller - The Phynx (as A. Michael Miller)
Ray Chippeway Ray Chippeway ... Ray Chippeway - The Phynx
Dennis Larden Dennis Larden ... Dennis Larden - The Phynx
Lonny Stevens Lonny Stevens ... Lonny Stevens - The Phynx
Lou Antonio ... Corrigan
Mike Kellin ... Bogey
Michael Ansara ... Col. Rostinov
George Tobias ... Markevitch
Joan Blondell ... Ruby
Larry Hankin ... Philbaby
Ted Eccles ... Wee Johnny Wilson (as Teddy Eccles)
Ultra Violet ... Ultra Violet
Pat McCormick ... Father O'Hoolihan
Joseph Gazal Joseph Gazal ... Yakov
Robert B. Williams ... Number One (as Bob Williams)
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An athlete, a campus militant, a black model, and an American Indian are picked by a computer (shaped like a woman) to form a rock group called the Phynx and go on tour in Albania where American show biz people have been kidnapped by Communists. Some of the stars that the phony band rescues: Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan (the most famous movie Tarzan and Jane), Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall (the Bowery Boys), Ed Sullivan, James Brown, Colonel Sanders, Guy Lombardo, Andy Devine, Ruby Keeler, Edgar Bergen, Butterfly McQueen, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Rudy Vallee, Xavier Cugat, Trini Lopez, Dick Clark, Richard Pryor, Harold "Oddjob" Sakata, George Jessel, and Rhona Barrett. Warner Bros. Studios thought it was so bad that they decided at the last minute not to release it! Written by alfiehitchie

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Of all the American heroes who served their country in it's hour of need - only one had a great rock sound... See more »

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Film debut of Sally Struthers. See more »

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Quotes

Bogey: It says, Get Philbaby.
Corrigan: What's a Phil baby?
Boy Scout: He's the most high, groovy of all record producers.
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References Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »

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Totally mental
15 October 1999 | by NeelyOSee all my reviews

Hoo boy -- the only thing worse than a bad comedy is a bad comedy from the Vietnam era, especially one that was clearly made by old people who distrusted and feared the youth movement.

So on the shelf with "Skidoo" and "Smashing Time," try and stock a copy of "The Phynx," a ridiculous spy spoof featuring some very forgettable Leiber/Stoller songs (the band-in-the-movie's big hit is "What Is Your Sign?") and a whole lot of over-the-hill Hollywood notables (and Colonel Sanders!).

This movie is pretty hard to find, and it's probably just as well -- the only thing interesting about it is how obscure it is.


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