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3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964)

Unrated | | Comedy | 29 May 1964 (USA)
An out of work Method actor is hired by a male model, an ecdysiast, and a car salesman who live together to save money. They want the actor to listen to their problems and go see a ... See full summary »

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Tommy Noonan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamie Van Doren ... Saxie Symbol
Tommy Noonan ... Tom
Ziva Rodann ... Dr. Myra Von
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Joe Lynch
John Cronin John Cronin ... Bruce Bernard
Howard Koch Howard Koch ... Dr. Otis Salverson (as Peter Howard)
T.C. Jones T.C. Jones ... Henry
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... R.L. Katz
Alvy Moore ... Sutter T. Finley
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Berkeley-Kent
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Mr. Blyth
Patrick O'Moore ... Edwards (as Pat O'Moore)
Jennie Lee Jennie Lee ... Miss Griswald
Jimmy Cross Jimmy Cross ... Drunk
Curt Mercer Curt Mercer ... 1st Crook
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Storyline

An out of work Method actor is hired by a male model, an ecdysiast, and a car salesman who live together to save money. They want the actor to listen to their problems and go see a psychiatrist so they can get counseling for cheap. The psychiatrist is intrigued by the split personalities indicated by the three separate sets of problems presented by the actor, and soon producers are climbing out of the woodwork trying to buy the rights to the film, while the actor is having trouble keeping his act together. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The Screwiest Comedy of the Year!

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Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Nuts and a Bolt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although it's still unclear exactly what it means, Mamie Van Doren's baffling sign-off line ("It sure don't taste like tomato juice!") is a take-off on a popular TV commercial (for V-8 tomato juice) of the era. (Clarification: V-8 Juice is red and has the same consistency as tomato juice, so the line from the commercial is [It looks like tomato juice, but] "It sure doesn't taste like tomato juice.") See more »

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References Candid Camera (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

I Used To Be a Stripper Down on Main - Now I'm the Main Attraction on the Strip
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell (as Pony Sherrell)
Music by Phil Moody
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An Uneven Comedy Saved by the Presence of Mamie Van Doren
17 August 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film essentially begins with an exotic dancer by the name of "Saxie Symbol" (Mamie Van Doren), a used car salesman "Joe Lynch" (Paul Gilbert) and a male fashion model named "Bruce Bernard" (John Cronin) living together in a spacious house in an effort to save money on the rent. As it so happens, each of them also have some emotional issues that need to be worked out so in order to once again save money they decide to hire an unemployed method actor by the name of "Tommy Noonan" (as himself) to act as a conduit of sorts for each of them in front of a psychiatrist named "Dr. Myra Von" (Ziva Rodann). Needless to say, when Tommy assumes three separate identities at her session, Dr. Von becomes convinced that this strange case of schizophrenia is an excellent opportunity for her to advance her own career and soon the entire world becomes fixated on the problems of this poor man. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film turned out to be a terribly uneven comedy which had potential but lacked the necessary depth to really stand out. On the flip side, however, Mamie Van Doren definitely stood out and in my opinion elevated this film to a certain degree by her beauty alone. That being said, while this certainly wasn't a great comedy by any means, it had its moments here and there and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Average.


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