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Mister Buddwing (15-Jul-1966)

Director: Delbert Mann

Writer: Dale Wasserman

From novel: Buddwing by Evan Hunter

Music by: Kenyon Hopkins

Producers: Douglas Laurence; Delbert Mann

Keywords: Drama, Amnesia

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Wesley Addy
Actor
4-Aug-1913 31-Dec-1996 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
James Garner
Actor
7-Apr-1928   Jim Rockford on Rockford Files
Jack Gilford
Actor
25-Jul-1908 2-Jun-1990 Save the Tiger
Billy Halop
Actor
11-Feb-1920 9-Nov-1976 Dead End Kid
Angela Lansbury
Actor
16-Oct-1925   Murder She Wrote
Joe Mantell
Actor
21-Dec-1915 29-Sep-2010 Angie in Marty
Nichelle Nichols
Actor
28-Dec-1932   Lt. Uhura on Star Trek
Suzanne Pleshette
Actor
31-Jan-1937 19-Jan-2008 The Birds
Katharine Ross
Actor
29-Jan-1940   Elaine Robinson in The Graduate
Jean Simmons
Actor
31-Jan-1929 22-Jan-2010 Guys and Dolls
Raymond St. Jacques
Actor
1-Mar-1930 27-Aug-1990 Cotton Comes to Harlem
Romo Vincent
Actor
23-Dec-1908 16-Jan-1989 American comic character actor
George Voskovec
Actor
19-Jun-1905 1-Jul-1981 12 Angry Men

CAST

Starring
James Garner   ...   Mister Buddwing
Jean Simmons   ...   The Blonde
Suzanne Pleshette   ...   Fiddle
Katharine Ross   ...   Janet
and
Angela Lansbury   ...   Gloria
Co-Starring
George Voskovec   ...   Shabby Old Man
Jack Gilford   ...   Mr. Schwartz
Joe Mantell   ...   1st Cab Driver
With
Raymond St. Jacques   ...   Hank
Ken Lynch   ...   Dan
Romo Vincent   ...   Dice Player
Wesley Addy   ...   Dice Player
John Dennis   ...   Dice Player
Kam Tong   ...   Dice Player
Rafael Campos   ...   Dice Player
Nichelle Nichols   ...   Dice Player
Beeson Carroll   ...   Policeman
Billy Halop   ...   2nd Cab Driver
Michael Hadge   ...   Counterman
Charles Seel   ...   Printer
John Tracy   ...   Tony
Bart Conrad   ...   Chauffeur
James O'Rear   ...   Dice Player
Pat Li   ...   Dice Player
Rikki Stevens   ...   Dice Player

REVIEWS

Review by Andrew Gerlach (posted on 11-Jul-2008)

What a wonderful example of magnificent lighting all throughout the film. A real treat to see lighting used so well to set mood. While James Garner is no doubt the star, let us not forget that New York is the co-star. For me, this film is perhaps one of the finest examples of a mood piece being excuted with lighting and old city buildings. You almost get lost in the pure black and white world of perfect lighting and forget there is a plot. While the plot is somewhat weak, the direction and lighting make up for what the writers failed to accomplish. As a long time fan of James Garner I found this film a departure from the other films he had done up until this film, and for that matter from that day forward. I feel this just might be one of his finest works, and certainly his most memorable film if you consider the unique nature of this work.This film should be included in each and every class taught on film and the art of film making. Rarely will one see such talent in the lighting, and rarely will one find such a captivating mood as this film has managed to set with attention to detail of lighting. I was fortunate enough to see a documentary on the making of this film, and was so impressed with the tremendous effort to always have perfect lighting for each and every scene. Both the film, and documentary film on the making of Mister Buddwing were equally interesting and to this day remain as fine of an example of excellence in the art and craft of film making as one can find. If you have not seen this film, please do. If you have seen this film, you will find yourself drawn back time and again to watch it over and over. And to Jim, get well soon and all the best! You must know you have many fans who will always enjoy your work.


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