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Movie Movie (1978)

Three movie genres of the 1930s, boxing films, World War I aviation dramas, and backstage Broadway musicals, are satirized using the same cast.

Director:

Stanley Donen
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Gloves Malloy (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Spats Baxter (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Trish Van Devere ... Betsy McGuire (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Isobel Stuart (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Red Buttons ... Peanuts (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Jinks Murphy (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Eli Wallach ... Vince Marlowe (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Pop (Segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Harry Hamlin ... Joey Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Ann Reinking ... Troubles Moran (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Jocelyn Brando ... Mama Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Mrs. Updike (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Michael Kidd ... 'Pop' Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Kathleen Beller ... Angie Popchik (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Barry Bostwick ... Johnny Danko (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Dick Cummings (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Art Carney ... Dr. Blaine (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Dr. Bowers (segment Baxter's Beauties of 1933")
Clay Hodges Clay Hodges ... Sailor Lawson (segment "Dynamite Hands")
George P. Wilbur ... Tony Norton (segment "Dynamite Hands")
Peter Stader Peter Stader ... Barney Keegle (segment "Dynamite Hands") (as Peter T. Stader)
Jimmy Lennon Sr. Jimmy Lennon Sr. ... The Announcer (segment "Dynamite Hands") (as James Lennon)
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Three movie genres of the 1930s are satirized in this spoof of the traditional double feature. In "Dynamite Hands", a delivery boy turns prizefighter in order to raise enough money for his kid sister's eye operation. Later, however, he turns his back on his father-figure manager and librarian girlfriend when he is distracted by a flashy gangster and sexy night club diva. Intermission has a coming-attractions trailer for "Zero Hour", a World War I aviation drama. In the second feature, "Baxter's Beauties of 1933" a Broadway impresario hears he has only a month to live and is determined to mount one more hit on the boards. When his drunken diva of a star cannot go on opening night, he finds that the ingénue he chooses to replace her is his long-estranged daughter, whom he has not seen since she was a girl. All three stories feature the same cast in repertoire. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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It's the swellest. It's the cream of the silver screen. It's got buckets of tears and a million laughs. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

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Trivia

Ann Reinking's movie debut. See more »

Goofs

Assuming Baxter's Beauties of 1933 had actually been shot in 1933, it would have used two-strip Technicolor, also known as Red Technicolor because it is particularly good at photographing the red spectrum. This is shot in the three-strip process, or Blue Technicolor, which would not be introduced until 1935. Additionally, most musicals would not be shot completely in color until the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Gloves Malloy: Why don'rt we go in?
Joey Popchik: Age before beauty.
Gloves Malloy: After you.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list in the closing credits is divided into two sections with headings Dynamite Hands and Baxter's Beauties of 1933. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical and pay-tv release, the first half of "Movie, Movie" is in black and white, while both halves are often shown in color in commercial TV. See more »

Connections

References 42nd Street (1933) See more »

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Wonderful Wonderful
16 November 2008 | by Scott_MercerSee all my reviews

Just wrote a review of the far, far, far, far, inferior "National Lampoon's Movie Madness," which also parodies films, though contemporary ones. I brought up "Movie Movie" as an example of the same concept which is as excellent as the National Lampoon movie is awful.

This is a delightful trip back to the movies of the 1930's. Somehow I saw this movie when it first came out. I guess I sought it out as (having been an eager consumer of Mad Magazine as a little squirt) I am a fan of parodies and mockumentaries of this sort. I remember watching it in a tiny closet-sized movie theater in a shopping mall in New Jersey. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the only movie theater in the state of New Jersey that played it. I was only 12 years old at the time, and obviously not around during the 1930's, but I had been exposed to enough old movies on television during my young life that I enjoyed the whole thing fully.

I remember noticing that both movies start off with the same stock footage of a busy Manhattan street, the first one in black and white of course, and the second one in color, both backed by a similar jaunty tune meant to evoke the bustle of Manhattan in the 1930's. Sure to provoke a big laugh even before we meet the characters or hear the first line of dialog.

Who know George C. Scott had such a facility for comedy? It's worth finding out. If you are in any way, shape or form a fan of crusty old movies, you should seek this out. A lovable way to spend 100 minutes.


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Language:

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Release Date:

4 January 1979 (Argentina) See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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ITC Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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