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The President's Analyst (1967)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 21 December 1967 (USA)
When the overworked and stressed-out White House presidential shrink runs away, the CEA and the FBR scramble to retrieve him before he could be abducted by various competing foreign intelligence services.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Dr. Sidney Schaefer
Godfrey Cambridge ... Don Masters
Severn Darden ... Kropotkin
Joan Delaney ... Nan Butler
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Arlington Hewes (as Pat Harrington)
Barry McGuire Barry McGuire ... Old Wrangler
Jill Banner ... Snow White
Eduard Franz ... Ethan Allan Cocket
Walter Burke ... Henry Lux
Will Geer ... Dr. Lee-Evan
William Daniels ... Wynn Quantrill
Joan Darling ... Jeff Quantrill
Sheldon Collins ... Bing Quantrill
Arte Johnson ... Sullivan
Martin Horsey Martin Horsey ... 1st Puddlian
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Storyline

At first, Dr. Sidney Schaefer feels honored and thrilled to be offered the job of the President's Analyst. But then the stress of the job and the paranoid spies that come with a sensitive government position get to him, and he runs away. Now spies from all over the world are after him, either to get him for their own side or to kill him and prevent someone else from getting him. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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English | Russian | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

T.P.A. See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Panpiper Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The secret White House elevator Sydney takes have doors that make the same noise as the doors on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) as they open. See more »

Goofs

After the dinner on the boat, Sydney leaves the dining room, followed by Kropotkin, who is not wearing his captain cap. When the two are going down a flight of stairs, we can clearly see that Kropotkin has his two hands empty. In the next shot, on the lower deck, he has the cap on his head. See more »

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Arlington Hewes: Now to look at that hand you'd never dream that you were also looking at a miracle in modern communications, would you? Well, sir., let's take a closer look. Thanks to the science of microelectronics, you are looking at a complete telephonic receiver and transmitter. We call it the cerebrum communicator, or the CC for short. This dandy little device can actually perform every function of the old-fashioned telephone, and more. And it does it without any costly maintenance. Without telephone ...
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In opening credits: "and introducing Joan Delaney as Nan" See more »

Alternate Versions

There are a couple of scenes missing from the film in its present state; one early scene at an avant-garde movie house where Dr. Schafer meets Nan; and a segment in the Dr.'s nightmare involving disembodied eyeballs (lifted from a bad 3-D film). See more »

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Referenced in Hogan's Heroes: The Sergeant's Analyst (1970) See more »

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Joy to the World
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A '60s satire
5 March 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

James Coburn is "The President's Analyst" in this 1967 dark-humored film also starring Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Eduard Franz, Will Geer and Barry McGuire. Coburn is Sidney Schaefer, a New York psychiatrist chosen to be the analyst for the President of the United States. It's a great honor and all that, but the assignment turns out to be nothing but trouble. He becomes paranoid and when he starts to believe his girlfriend is a spy, he escapes his many watchers by joining a White House tour and attaching himself to a couple, Bing and Jeff Quantrill (Wiliam Daniels and Joan Darling). Claiming that he works for the President who wants to get a handle on what Americans are thinking, they agree to take him back to the New York suburbs with them. But Sidney can't escape - everyone seems to know where he is, even later on, when he runs away with a group of hippie musicians and dons a wig. One faction of the U.S. government wants him found and returned to Washington; another one, the FBR, wants him dead. All the other countries want him to find out what he knows, or they want him dead so no one else learns anything.

There are lots of great things in this film, but the best is the segment with William Daniels and Joan Darling, who play two liberals who have more guns in their house than a gun store. "The people next door are Fascists," Bing says. "They ought to be gassed." With Sidney in Chinatown, government agents approach them to kidnap Sidney. Jeff attacks with karate while Bing shoots to kill - and Sidney takes off.

Baby boomers will especially enjoy all the '60 elements. "The President's Analyst" walks a line between satire and the real feelings of the '60s (many of which are still held) about the government. And it succeeds beautifully. James Coburn was an underrated actor who always delivered unique characterizations, and he was never without some underlying humor. You can see the analyst deteriorate - he starts off with an ego as big as New York after getting his assignment, and bit by bit he descends into nervous breakdown-land. The other performances are excellent, from Godfrey Cambridge, Eduard Franz, Will Geer and the rest. But Daniels and Darling - priceless.

Excellent film, highly recommended.


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