Great Casts Ill Served

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JFK
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Great Casts Ill Served

Unread post by JFK » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:56 am

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Eight cast members (and the director) are/were Oscar nominees-
Alan Arkin as Yossarian
Martin Balsam as Cathcart
Richard Benjamin as Danby
Art Garfunkel as Nately
Jack Gilford as "Doc" Daneeka
Buck Henry as Lt. Colonel Korn
Bob Newhart as Major Major
Anthony Perkins as Tappman
Paula Prentiss as Nurse Duckett
Martin Sheen as Dobbs
Jon Voight as Milo Minderbinder
Orson Welles as Brigadier General Dreedle
Bob Balaban as Captain Orr
Susanne Benton as Dreedle's WAC
Norman Fell as Towser
Charles Grodin as "Aarfy Aardvark"

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Nine of the thirteen cast members are/were Oscar nominees-
eleven of them were comedy experts- but the script was weak
and the score underlined its deficiencies...
Eileen Brennan ... Tess Skeffington
Truman Capote ... Lionel Twain
James Coco ... Milo Perrier
Peter Falk ... Sam Diamond
Alec Guinness ... Bensonmum
Elsa Lanchester ... Jessica Marbles
David Niven ... Dick Charleston
Peter Sellers ... Sidney Wang
Maggie Smith ... Dora Charleston
Nancy Walker ... Maid
Estelle Winwood ... Nurse
James Cromwell ... Marcel
Richard Narita ... Willie Wang
Myron ... Myron the Dog
Fay Wray ... Screaming Door Bell (archive sound)
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Paul Penna
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Re: Great Casts Ill Served

Unread post by Paul Penna » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:43 am

I always thought it was amusing, except for Capote.

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Rob Farr
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Re: Great Casts Ill Served

Unread post by Rob Farr » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:34 am

Not to mention a script by Neil Simon, no slouch at comedy himself. But I agree that while Murder by Death is no deathless classic, it provided a fine showcase for many wonderful comedy and character actors.
Rob Farr
"If it's not comedy, I fall asleep." - Harpo Marx

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