The Comic

The Comic

Dick Van Dyke
Director: Carl Reiner Cast: Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
, Michele Lee
Michele Lee
, Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Carl Reiner


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Carl Reiner directed and co-wrote this comedy-drama which tells the tale of a silent screen comedian whose talent doesn't quite outstrip his knack for self-sabotage. Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) narrates the story from his coffin, as he looks back on his life and career during his shabby funeral. In the early 1920s, vaudeville comic Bright goes to California to break into the movies, making a splash as he steals the show in his first short subject; he also steals Mary Gibson (Michele Lee), the leading lady, away from his director, Frank Powers (Cornel Wilde). Billy soon becomes one of the top funnymen in Hollywood after a series of successful two-reelers, and launches his own production company the same day he weds Gibson. But as Bright's star rises, his worst qualities come to the surface; he becomes an arrogant alcoholic who can't stay faithful to his wife, and while his first feature film, Forget Me Not, is a major success, his career quickly goes into a tailspin, and with the arrival of the talkies Bright is a has-been. In the 1960s, with a revival of interest in silent films, Bright is able to make a few bucks appearing in television commercials, but it doesn't take much success for his bad habits to take hold again. Reiner and Van Dyke drew inspiration from the onscreen work and off-screen lives of several silent-era funnymen for the character of Billy Bright, most notably Stan Laurel, Harry Langdon and Buster Keaton; the film also features a fine supporting performance from Mickey Rooney as Billy's faithful friend and sidekick, Cockeye.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2013
UPC: 0043396429765
Original Release: 1969
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 36,989

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Van Dyke Billy Bright
Michele Lee Mary Gibson
Mickey Rooney Cockeye
Cornel Wilde Frank Powers
Nina Wayne Sybil
Pert Kelton Mama
Steve Allen Himself
Barbara Heller Ginger
Ed Peck Edwin G. Englehardt
Jeannine Riley Lorraine
Gavin MacLeod 1st Director
Jay Novello Miguel
Craig Huebing Doctor
Paulene Myers Phoebe
Fritz Feld Armand
Jerome Cowan Lawrence
Isabel Sanford Woman
Jeff Donnell Nurse
Carl Reiner Al Schilling

Technical Credits
Carl Reiner Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Butler-Glouner, Inc. Special Effects
Jack Elliott Score Composer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Ben Lane Makeup
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Ruben Producer,Screenwriter
Walter M. Simonds Production Designer
Guy C. Verhille Costumes/Costume Designer
Jesse Wayne Stunts

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