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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

Music by: Frank De Vol

Producer: Martin Ransohoff

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Astin
30-Mar-1930   Gomez on The Addams Family
Jim Backus
25-Feb-1913 3-Jul-1989 Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island
Patricia Crowley
17-Sep-1933   Please Don't Eat the Daisies
James Garner
7-Apr-1928 19-Jul-2014 Jim Rockford on Rockford Files
Pat Harrington
13-Aug-1929 6-Jan-2016 Duane Schneider on One Day at a Time
Phil Harris
24-Jun-1904 11-Aug-1995 That's What I Like About the South
John Marley
17-Oct-1907 22-May-1984 Godfather horsehead recipient
Howard McNear
27-Jan-1905 3-Jan-1969 Floyd the Barber
Louis Nye
1-May-1913 9-Oct-2005 Sonny Drysdale on Beverly Hillbillies
Elliott Reid
16-Jan-1920 21-Jun-2013 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Lee Remick
14-Dec-1935 2-Jul-1991 Days of Wine and Roses
Robert Strauss
8-Nov-1913 20-Feb-1975 Animal in Stalag 17
Chill Wills
18-Jul-1903 15-Dec-1978 The Alamo


James Garner   ...   Henry Tyroon
Lee Remick   ...   Molly Thatcher
Phil Harris   ...   Ray Jay
Chill Wills   ...   Jay Ray
Jim Backus   ...   Bullard Bear
Louis Nye   ...   Stanislas
John Astin   ...   Hector Vanson
Elliott Reid   ...   Leonard
Pat Harrington   ...   Buddy Zack
Joey Forman   ...   Buster Yarrow
Patricia Crowley   ...   Eloise
Charles Watts   ...   J. R.
Howard McNear   ...   Mr. Wilson
Marcel Hillaire   ...   Giuseppe
Don Briggs   ...   Len Flink
Vaughn Taylor   ...   Thaddeus Whipple
Robert Strauss   ...   Feinberg
John Marley   ...   Achilles Dimitros
Peter Leeds   ...   Arthur Watkins


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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