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Never a Dull Moment (1968)

Actor Jack Albany, who plays gangsters on TV, is mistaken for notorious hit-man Ace, and is hired by mob boss Leo Smooth to pull a heist, but Jack must find a way out of it.

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

John Godey (book), AJ Carothers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Jack Albany
Edward G. Robinson ... Leo Joseph Smooth
Dorothy Provine ... Sally Inwood
Henry Silva ... Frank Boley
Joanna Moore ... Melanie Smooth
Tony Bill ... Florian
Slim Pickens ... Cowboy Schaeffer
Jack Elam ... Ace Williams
Ned Glass ... Rinzy Tobreski
Richard Bakalyan ... Bobby Macoon
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Francis
Philip Coolidge ... Fingers Felton
James Millhollin ... Museum Director
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Storyline

When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job for him. Fearing for his life, Jack plays his role, but always searching for a way out of the well-guarded house. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

I'ts L-L-Loaded With Laughs...as a small-time actor joins a big-time mob on a fun-time caper! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...og så blev der ballade See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,150,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Leo Joseph Smooth (Edward G. Robinson) was shown to be an artist, as well as an art collector and aficionado. In real-life, Robinson actually was a passionate artist and collector. See more »

Goofs

When Sally is giving Smooth his art lesson, he says he will put more red on the canvas, but uses blue paint instead. See more »

Quotes

Frank Boley: So this is the big killer man from Frisco.
Florian: Yeah. Frank Boley, this is Ace Williams.
Frank Boley: You don't look so dangerous to me.
Jack Albany: [Acting as Ace, turns to Florian] Some of you boys here in the East a little short on manners, punk?
Frank Boley: [Leans over to Florian] Maybe your friend would like to teach me some.
Jack Albany: [Again, to Florian] Ask him when he wants me to tear him apart. Before I meet the boss or after?
Frank Boley: [Again, leans over to Florian] Tell him it's no difference to me.
Florian: Look, after, huh. We're late and Joe's sore.
Jack Albany: [...]
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Alternate Versions

Original VHS by Disney is 90 minutes, whereas the film's initial release and dvd release run 99 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Getting Wasted (1980) See more »

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Read the Book
1 April 2005 | by john1953See all my reviews

Although the movie is saved by Dick Van Dyke and Edward G. Robinson, it is not nearly as entertaining as "A Thrill a Minute With Jack Albany" (original book title). The movie brought on smiles whereas the book had me laughing out loud. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book, watch the movie first. The hilarity will quadruple from the screen to the page. {Best that way instead of the reverse) If you plan on enjoying only one, then take the book over the film. An excellent job of converting what was written to the cinema. Dick Van Dyke was Jack Albany. No one else could come to mind when picturing the character. But I'm a sucker for most of Van Dyke's stuff. He's best playing some form of Rob Petrie, from Bye Bye Birdie to Some Kind of Nut.


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