Monday, February 16, 2015

Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title

Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title ~ I talked about this one briefly once before.  This is another one of those lost films that inexplicably hasn't made it to home video yet. Filmed just before the last year "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was in the air, the movie features three of its cast members - Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, and Richard Deacon - and was written and produced by Amsterdam. Morey Amsterdam is old school, old time comedy writer, from Vaudeville to New York to old Hollywood to radio to even the forgotten DuMont Network. He was the real deal when it came to the comedy writer. He was even known as 'The Human Joke Machine.'

After all that, he is still known for his role of Buddy on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which is a-okay, because he was essentially playing himself, despite the character actually being based on Mel Brooks. And he's pretty much doing the same thing here in Don't Worry, sometimes twice.

The premise is that of a spy spoof, not that there weren't enough of them around at the time, and Amsterdam loads this one down with as many old jokes and gags as possible. It's almost as if he raided Henny Youngman's reject pile for some of these. There's lots of fourth wall breaking and a
madcap score, funny at first, but getting old quickly. Remember the unfunny Three Stooges shorts with Joe? Imagine one two hours long. And Moe is even one of the guest stars here, there are lots of cameos, but very little pay off.

This really had a lot of potential, but in the end, it's just hard to watch. I can't even recommend this for hardcore fans of "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

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