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Never a Dull Moment (1968)

Actor Jack Albany, who plays gangsters on TV, is mistaken for notorious hit-man Ace, and is hired by mob boss Leo Smooth to pull a heist, but Jack must find a way out of it.

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

John Godey (book), AJ Carothers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Jack Albany
Edward G. Robinson ... Leo Joseph Smooth
Dorothy Provine ... Sally Inwood
Henry Silva ... Frank Boley
Joanna Moore ... Melanie Smooth
Tony Bill ... Florian
Slim Pickens ... Cowboy Schaeffer
Jack Elam ... Ace Williams
Ned Glass ... Rinzy Tobreski
Richard Bakalyan ... Bobby Macoon
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Francis
Philip Coolidge ... Fingers Felton
James Millhollin ... Museum Director
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Storyline

When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job for him. Fearing for his life, Jack plays his role, but always searching for a way out of the well-guarded house. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

I'ts L-L-Loaded With Laughs...as a small-time actor joins a big-time mob on a fun-time caper! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...og så blev der ballade See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,150,000, 31 December 1968
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Leo Joseph Smooth (Edward G. Robinson) was shown to be an artist, as well as an art collector and aficionado. In real-life, Robinson actually was a passionate artist and collector. See more »

Goofs

When Sally is giving Smooth his art lesson, he says he will put more red on the canvas, but uses blue paint instead. See more »

Quotes

Leo Joseph Smooth: Well, I wanna do something that'll make a place in history for my name. Posterity doesn't honor executives.
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Alternate Versions

Original VHS by Disney is 90 minutes, whereas the film's initial release and dvd release run 99 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Getting Wasted (1980) See more »

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Accurate Title... Read on to Find Out Why
8 September 2005 | by Waiting2BShockedSee all my reviews

The title is quite true. There is never a dull 'moment' in this film, simply because the entire movie consists of 100 dull minutes. Van Dyke plays a bit-part actor who becomes entangled with gangster/mob type caricatures stealing a valuable painting, and other such dross. (On that note the film is about as lacklustre as the 1965 co-production 'Theft Of The Mona Lisa'). The director seems to have been offered an entirely different script to the one offering the audience alleged 'comedy', which is regrettably confined to Van Dyke's "unique" brand of muggery (eg Lt Robinson Crusoe, 1966).

Ed G Robinsons presence is not even worth mentioning, in the hope that it can be overlooked in summation of his career's overall contribution to American movie history and development.

An inept, feeble-minded vomition of the sort of pap that elucidates any mystery surrounding why such a tycoon as Walt D should have ended up bankrupt.


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