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Chafed Elbows (1966)

| Comedy | 1966 (USA)
A welfare recipient marries his mother.

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Robert Downey Sr.
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Credited cast:
George Morgan George Morgan ... Walter Dinsmore
Elsie Downey Elsie Downey ... All Women's Roles
Lawrence Wolf ... Dr. Oliver Sinfield
Tom O'Horgan Tom O'Horgan
Elmer Kline Elmer Kline
Ben Bagley Ben Bagley
Ralph Blasi Ralph Blasi
Michael Brown Michael Brown
Ronald Nealy Ronald Nealy
Stanley Warnow Stanley Warnow
Lafayette Malatsun Lafayette Malatsun
Jack Jobson Jack Jobson
Jack Harvey Jack Harvey
Dan List Dan List
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Richard Berg Richard Berg ... Saxophonist / Walter & His Vaccums
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A welfare recipient marries his mother.

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USA

Language:

English

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1966 (USA) See more »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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All Women's Roles: My mother says that kissing a boy only leads to trouble and danger and skepticism.
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This One Just Didn't Work for Me
6 September 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Chafed Elbows (1966)

** (out of 4)

A man is having an affair with a woman who just happens to be his mother. We see the guy leave his house and encounter several other people where he also suffers some mental breakdowns.

I'm slowly going through the work of Robert Downey, Sr. and to say his films had no plots would be an understatement but it's even more true with CHAFED ELBOWS. In fact, there's really no sort of plot here as we get a bunch of voice-over work, photo stills and every once in a while there's some moving images that often don't add up to much.

I will freely admit that the movie didn't work for me and more times than not it had a very hard time holding my attention. My attention span is usually pretty good but it certainly was all over the place with this film. The satire just didn't work for me and I honestly thought that more could have been done with the whole son-mother relationship.


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