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Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)

R | | Comedy | 7 June 1972 (USA)
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Young business executive has a change of heart and becomes a struggling but happy tap dancing magician. His old boss ends up ruined without his best employee, but finds a way to bounce back by commercializing his idea.


Brian De Palma
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Smothers ... Donald Beeman
John Astin ... Mr. Turnbull
Katharine Ross ... Terrific-Looking Girl
Orson Welles ... Mr. Delasandro
Susanne Zenor ... Paula (as Suzanne Zenor)
Samantha Jones ... Susan
Allen Garfield ... Vic
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Beeman
Charles Lane ... Mr. Beeman
Jack Collins ... Mr. Reese
Larry D. Mann ... Mr. Seager
Jessica Myerson ... Mrs. Reese
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mr. Wendel
Helen Page Camp Helen Page Camp ... Mrs. Wendel
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Flo


Successful young marketing analyst, Donald Beeman, quits his well paying job to follow his unusual secret passion and become a professional tap dancing magician. In protest, his fiancee leaves him. Freed from obligations to anyone but himself, Beeman turns to his eccentric idol, the great Delasandro, who teaches him the secret art of tap-dancing and magic. Excited, Beeman goes on a tour but ends up performing mostly in seedy bars as no one really cares about tap-dancing magicians as much as he does. However, Beeman finds this uncertainty liberating and soon meets a cute fangirl, who steals his heart. Meanwhile, his old boss, Mr. Turnbull, suffers a mental breakdown, turns to booze and lechery and ends up broke, ruined and homeless. Sympathetic Beeman helps him out, inadvertently giving Turnbull a new business idea that, ironically, turns Beeman into a full blown corporate symbol. Written by rosebud6

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7 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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Beeman, el magnífico See more »

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Orson Welles did not bother to learn his lines for this movie which led to a frustrated Brian De Palma insisting they reshoot every scene until Welles got his lines right. See more »


Mr. Delasandro: Now then, I'm the heckler, right? I've been needling you for the last ten minutes, right? Time now for you to strike back with all the style and wits at your command.
Donald Beeman: Up yours, fella!
Mr. Delasandro: Not bad. Not bad.
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"Kid, I don't care what you do..."
8 April 2016 | by AllGooDIDsAreTakenSee all my reviews

A guilty -- but perhaps not all that guilty -- pleasure. A small comedic indie made by Brian De Palma way back in his Greetings and Hi, Mom! days, it still retains a charming, if somewhat adolescent, absurdism. Tommy Smothers plays a corporate dropout in a loveless relationship who yearns to become a tap-dancing magician, taught by none other than Orson Welles's Mr. Delasandro in full pretentious mentoring mode. Add Katherine Ross as the adoring new girlfriend, Allan Garfield as a brassiere maker in search of his perfect woman, and especially the wonderful John Astin as a laid off executive-turned-derelict-turned-executive and you have the sort of bizarre, off-kilter type of fun movie you would have seen as a college student at some midnight showing in theaters during the late 60's/early 70's. Innocently subversive.

And can any movie that bills (correctly) an early Katherine Ross as "Terrific-Looking Girl" be all that bad?

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