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The Star Wagon (1966)

In middle age, inventor Stephen Minch is happy enough with his life, despite the fact that he has never risen to prominence even though his innovations have made others rich. His wife ... See full summary »

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Karl Genus

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Maxwell Anderson (play)
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Cast overview:
Orson Bean ... Stephen Minch
Eileen Brennan ... Hallie
Hal Burdick Hal Burdick
Richard S. Castellano ... Burly burglar
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon
Chet Doherty Chet Doherty
Shelly Gale Shelly Gale
Dustin Hoffman ... Hanus Wicks
Jo Hurt Jo Hurt ... Mrs. Rutledge
Joan Lorring ... Martha
Marian Seldes
Ed Zimmermann Ed Zimmermann ... Charles
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In middle age, inventor Stephen Minch is happy enough with his life, despite the fact that he has never risen to prominence even though his innovations have made others rich. His wife Martha, however, resents his lack of drive, his complacency, his willingness to live hand-to-mouth, and his ever-present and ever-annoying sidekick Hanus Wicks. Confronted by the evidence of Martha's years-long regret over how their lives together have turned out, Stephen decides to use his newest invention to repair her unhappiness. The new invention: a time machine. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Language:

English

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21 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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I Discovered Dustin Hoffman
25 July 2007 | by nfoutzSee all my reviews

This TV movie made a lasting impression on me. It opens with Dustin Hoffman being an old man. I thought he was an old man and couldn't figure out how I had never heard or seen him before. Later in the story he plays a young man and I realize that the actor is really just a young man, an unknown actor who is destined to make it big. Shortly afterwards, The Graduate opened and the rest is history.

I also remember Orson Bean who got top billing. He was adequate. In the 1960's he was mostly on talk shows playing at being a charming imp.

Maybe because Hoffman made such an impression on me, the story is less memorable. The story was good but not great.


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