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The Comic (1969)

Story of a brilliant silent-film comic whose talent is overshadowed by his ego.

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Carl Reiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... William Simon aka Billy Bright
Michele Lee ... Mary Gibson
Mickey Rooney ... Martin 'Cockeye' Van Buren
Cornel Wilde ... Frank Powers
Nina Wayne Nina Wayne ... Sybil Atlas
Pert Kelton ... Mama Bell
Steve Allen ... Steve Allen
Barbara Heller ... Ginger
Ed Peck ... Edwin G. Englehardt
Jeannine Riley ... Lorraine Margaret Bell
Gavin MacLeod ... 1st Director
Jay Novello ... Miguel
Craig Huebing Craig Huebing ... Doctor
Paulene Myers ... Phoebe
Fritz Feld ... Armand
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A fictionalized account of the rise and fall of a silent film comic, Billy Bright. The movie begins with his funeral, as he speaks from beyond the grave in a bitter tone about his fate, and takes us through his fame, as he ruins it with womanizing and drink, and his fall, as a lonely, bitter old man unable to reconcile his life's disappointments. The movie is based loosely on the life of Buster Keaton. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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All Talking! All Laughing! All You Can Ask For in a Motion Picture! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1970 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Bright See more »

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Acre Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the first and only film in which Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney both appeared before Night at the Museum (2006). See more »

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A great one; so underrated; so unavailable
26 October 2011 | by cometheedgeSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie only twice, and it was decades ago, but I still remember every scene. In 2003, I had to opportunity to meet Dick Van Dyke when he was in a nearby town visiting a relative. He looked approximately the same age as the character in "The Comic" during the final scenewhen the young VanDyke was 'aged' to portray Billy Bright as a lonely old man. Mr. Van Dyke and I exchanged a few pleasantries, then I said, "By the way, Mr. VanDyke, you're looking more like Billy Bright every time i see you." He did a double-take, then smiled and said, "Oh my gosh! You saw that picture?!?!" I assured him that I had and it was one of my favorites; he replied, "I think you and I are the only people who saw that one. But I'm glad you enjoyed it." Very nice man, a great,under-appreciated movie.

PLEASE release it on DVD.


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