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The Comic (19-Nov-1969)

Director: Carl Reiner

Writers: Carl Reiner; Aaron Ruben

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Steve Allen
Talk Show Host
26-Dec-1921 30-Oct-2000 The Tonight Show
Jerome Cowan
6-Oct-1897 24-Jan-1972 Miracle on 34th Street
Fritz Feld
15-Oct-1900 18-Nov-1993 Bringing Up Baby
Michele Lee
24-Jun-1942   Knots Landing
Gavin MacLeod
28-Feb-1931   Capt. Stubing on Love Boat
Jay Novello
22-Aug-1904 2-Sep-1982 The Lost World
Carl Reiner
20-Mar-1922   Your Show of Shows
Mickey Rooney
23-Sep-1920 6-Apr-2014 Actor in Andy Hardy comedies, musicals
Isabel Sanford
29-Aug-1917 9-Jul-2004 Louise Jefferson on The Jeffersons
Dick Van Dyke
13-Dec-1925   The Dick Van Dyke Show
Cornel Wilde
13-Oct-1915 16-Oct-1989 A Song to Remember


Review by Frejoy (posted on 16-Jun-2005)

The Comic is a tribute to the funny men of the silent film. Although the film was about a ficticious actor, he resembled Harry Landon (the many wives), Chaplin (the fooling around with the actresses), and Stan Laurel (the closing scene, supposedly Laurel died in a $80 a month apartment in Santa Monica). The production was on the low budget TV-movies style, but the stars, particularly Mickey Rooney, Cornel Wilde, and Dick Van Dyke were fun to see. I am sure it was no more than a "money-grab" for all involved, but it fondly depicted a time in film that I wasn't around to see, but have read most extensively about. So, if you are a fan of silent films then sit back and enjoy this "tounge-in-cheek" bio of an era that only lasted for a brief moment.

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