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The Phynx (1970)

GP | | Comedy, Music | 6 May 1970 (USA)
A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by Communist enemies of the U.S.

Director:

Lee H. Katzin

Writers:

Bob Booker (story), George Foster (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael A. Miller Michael A. Miller ... A. Michael Miller - The Phynx (as A. Michael Miller)
Ray Chippeway Ray Chippeway ... Ray Chippeway - The Phynx
Dennis Larden Dennis Larden ... Dennis Larden - The Phynx
Lonny Stevens Lonny Stevens ... Lonny Stevens - The Phynx
Lou Antonio ... Corrigan
Mike Kellin ... Bogey
Michael Ansara ... Col. Rostinov
George Tobias ... Markevitch
Joan Blondell ... Ruby
Larry Hankin ... Philbaby
Ted Eccles ... Wee Johnny Wilson (as Teddy Eccles)
Ultra Violet ... Ultra Violet
Pat McCormick ... Father O'Hoolihan
Joseph Gazal Joseph Gazal ... Yakov
Robert B. Williams ... Number One (as Bob Williams)
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An athlete, a campus militant, a black model, and an American Indian are picked by a computer (shaped like a woman) to form a rock group called the Phynx and go on tour in Albania where American show biz people have been kidnapped by Communists. Some of the stars that the phony band rescues: Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan (the most famous movie Tarzan and Jane), Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall (the Bowery Boys), Ed Sullivan, James Brown, Colonel Sanders, Guy Lombardo, Andy Devine, Ruby Keeler, Edgar Bergen, Butterfly McQueen, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Rudy Vallee, Xavier Cugat, Trini Lopez, Dick Clark, Richard Pryor, Harold "Oddjob" Sakata, George Jessel, and Rhona Barrett. Warner Bros. Studios thought it was so bad that they decided at the last minute not to release it! Written by alfiehitchie

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Of all the American heroes who served their country in it's hour of need - only one had a great rock sound... See more »

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Comedy | Music

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GP
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1970 (USA) See more »

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Cinema Organization See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In the record store scene, there are several classic LP's from the 1960s shown. These include: Outsideinside by Blue Cheer, Time Peace by The Rascals, Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin's debut album from 1969, Retrospective by Buffalo Springfield, This Was by Jethro Tull, and Near The Beginning by Vanilla Fudge, plus albums by Blood Sweat & Tears. See more »

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Quotes

Blonde Danish Fan #2: You one, sexy redskin.
Ray Chippeway - The Phynx: I-I don't suppose you'd agree to a handshake and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver?
Blonde Danish Fan #2: Geronimo!
Ray Chippeway - The Phynx: Is nothing sacred?
Blonde Danish Fan #2: Oh, kiss me, fiercely.
Ray Chippeway - The Phynx: White squaw, heap horny.
Blonde Danish Fan #2: Come savage and ravish this pale, blonde, blue-eyed, helpless squaw.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Makes good use of both stars past their prime and never will bes
1 April 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Somebody's stealing the celebrities of Hollywood's Golden Age, and that somebody is in Communist Albania. Our Super Secret Agency spies get the idea that the way to bring the celebrities back is to create some new celebrities, in the form of a pop band who will get invited to Albania themselves. Thus the band "The Phynx" is created. (The less said about the music of Lieber and Stoller, the better. Although, there was one song that kept reminding me of the Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up and Away".) The movie is normally considered a bomb, although I found it not quite as bad as that. The build-up is exceedingly slow, and most of the celebrities are underused. Thankfully, most of the celebrities - at least, the ones in Albania - are introduced red-carpet style so nobody will have trouble putting names to faces. The people playing the band members, of course, have no acting talent, although they could probably dance as well as Ruby Keeler.

There are a lot of celebrities in this one. Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weismuller; Rudy Vallee; Huntz Hall and Leo Gorcey, the latter looking like death warmed over (he died before the movie was released); George Jessel; and even Col. Sanders are among those in captivity in Albania. Joan Blondell plays the First Lady of Albania. Martha Raye is one of the few who gets a chance to shine as the Agency's contact in London. James Brown comes next closest to shining. Richard Pryor is woefully underused.

One other good thing is the sequence in Rome. The band members are looking for a piece of a map tattooed on a woman's abdomen; they're given x-ray glasses to look through people's clothes. This sets up several opportunities for sight gags, some of which actually work. There's one of a man chatting up a woman in a club, where it turns out that both of them are actually men, and another of two young women talking to two nuns.

If you like "so bad it's good" movies, this one is actually worth watching since you'll find a whole bunch of "What were they thinking?" moments. I give it a 7/10 on that scale, not on the same scale I would rate Casablanca.


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