The Wheeler Dealers (14-Nov-1963)|
Director: Arthur Hiller
Writers: George J. W. Goodman; Ira Wallach
From novel: The Money Game by George J. W. Goodman
Producer: Martin Ransohoff
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Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Aug-2005)
This is a typical, yet very
entertaining 60's movie. The number of stars is amazing. The JR, RJ
combo is very funny. Watching a "gay" Bernie Koppel prancing through an
art gallery is reminiscent of "Laugh-In" humor. Louis Nye, as the
artist, conjurs up "Tonight Show" Man on the Street fun. Lee Remick is
stunning, and Patricia Crowley is just as beautiful. You gotta love
Chill Wills and Phil Harris together. Look for Floyd the Barber's
little role. How can I forget Jim Backus. You really gotta see this
movie. James Garner is "James Garner".
Review by Dan M. Davis (posted on 11-Jun-2005)
This is a wonderful little comedy. James Garner, in the role of a cultured man assuming the mantle of a western "Wheeler Dealer" in the big city, is perfect, albeit trite, casting. He is fully believable in both manifestations of his character. My favorites though are Chill Wills, Phil Harris and Charles Watts as the three Texas "boys" who have undying faith in Garner's character, Henry Tyroon. Also a gem is Louis Nye as the avant-garde artist, Stanislaus. It is he who reveals Tyroon's real background, explaining one of my all time favorite scenes. Tyroon has taken Molly Thatcher, played by Lee Remick, to a French restaurant whose maitre d' accosts them with the news of a long wait. In Italian, Tyroon successfully threatens the guy with "Elliot Ness." Later he explains to Molly (has Lee ever been more attractive?) that "All of the 'French' waiters in New York are Italian." That and the business about how to make a restaurant successful are worth the price of admission alone.
All-in-all, should you grow tired of modern angst, endless violence and political manifestos, I would heartily recommend this movie to you for a pleasant respite from real life. The art of the actors is excellent, the fun of the romp is irresistible and the quality of the photography reminds me of what color used to be before the current fad of "tinting" everything. Give it a try; you will find it entertaining.
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