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Never a Dull Moment (1968)

Actor Jack Albany, who plays gangsters on TV, is mistaken for notorious hit-man Ace, and is hired by mob boss Leo Smooth to pull a heist, but Jack must find a way out of it.

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

John Godey (book), AJ Carothers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Jack Albany
Edward G. Robinson ... Leo Joseph Smooth
Dorothy Provine ... Sally Inwood
Henry Silva ... Frank Boley
Joanna Moore ... Melanie Smooth
Tony Bill ... Florian
Slim Pickens ... Cowboy Schaeffer
Jack Elam ... Ace Williams
Ned Glass ... Rinzy Tobreski
Richard Bakalyan ... Bobby Macoon
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Francis
Philip Coolidge ... Fingers Felton
James Millhollin ... Museum Director
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Storyline

When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job for him. Fearing for his life, Jack plays his role, but always searching for a way out of the well-guarded house. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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I'ts L-L-Loaded With Laughs...as a small-time actor joins a big-time mob on a fun-time caper! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...og så blev der ballade See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,150,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Leo Joseph Smooth (Edward G. Robinson) was shown to be an artist, as well as an art collector and aficionado. In real-life, Robinson actually was a passionate artist and collector. See more »

Goofs

Smooth starts painting on a new canvas, almost all in red, then goes to take a phone call in a booth. When he returns, the painting is different and some green has been added. See more »

Quotes

Leo Joseph Smooth: [to Florian, whom he just backhanded across the face] Stop that bleeding, will ya? It's stupid.
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Alternate Versions

Original VHS by Disney is 90 minutes, whereas the film's initial release and dvd release run 99 minutes. See more »

Connections

References The 10th Victim (1965) See more »

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Not a bad premise, but it is a bad movie....
24 February 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The only reason I saw this film is because Edward G. Robinson was in it. However, had I known that it was actually a dopey Disney film, I probably would have skipped it. While the studio today is well-respected, in the late 60s and 70s their output was, to put it charitably, crap.

The film begins with Dick Van Dyke playing a character actor who has played, among other things, a lot of gangster roles in movies and TV. However, he's not a particularly famous actor, so when he's mistaken as a REAL gangster he's stuck. They expect him to kill security guards and help them in an art heist--and he just wants to run away and save himself. Can he somehow get out of this alive? While the premise is pretty cute, the execution of the film was pretty bad. Too many broadly acted scenes (like Van Dyke's VERY exaggerated drunk act) really brought the film to a grinding halt--as did the terribly slapsticky and ridiculous ending. Even the kids must have groaned at this one! A total waste of talent and a film I had a hard time finishing.


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