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The Comeback Trail (1982)

R | | Comedy | 1 March 1982 (USA)
Two bumbling "producers" are in danger of losing their company because they're in hock up to their ears. In order to pay off their debts and in the process make some cash for themselves, ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Hurwitz

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Irwin Corey (additional material), Roy Frumkes (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chuck McCann ... Enrico Kodac
Buster Crabbe ... Duke Montana
Robert Staats ... E. Eddie Eastman
Ina Balin ... Julie Thomas
Jára Kohout ... German Producer
Henny Youngman ... Himself
Irwin Corey ... Himself
Hugh Hefner ... Himself (as Hugh M. Hefner)
Joe Franklin Joe Franklin ... Himself
Monti Rock III Monti Rock III ... Himself
Lenny Schultz ... Himself
Mike Gentry Mike Gentry ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dion King Dion King ... Child
Pierre King Pierre King ... Child
Sy Richardson
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Storyline

Two bumbling "producers" are in danger of losing their company because they're in hock up to their ears. In order to pay off their debts and in the process make some cash for themselves, they get the idea to bring an old cowboy star out of retirement to make a new western, insure him to the hilt, then give him all sorts of dangerous stunts and strenuous activities to do, hoping that the old codger will drop dead and they can collect on the insurance. However, the old codger proves to be a lot more resilient than they thought he was. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy

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R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Movie See more »

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Rearguard Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color
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This was Buster Crabbe's final acting role before his death on April 23, 1983 at the age of 75. See more »

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This Hurwitz Film should Never Have Left The Trail!
16 May 2002 | by stanbabe143See all my reviews

In this second and last feature film comedy for Harry Hurwitz.Chuck McCann again tries to satirize the movie making industry.But Unlike his previous endeavour with Hurwitz:"The Projectionist"."Comeback Trail"Is a forgettable look at movie pornography.As Hurwitz fills the script with unnecessary violence,Tasteless gags,foul language and unreal settings that do little to endear this stupid parody of low budget filmaking to audiences and film students.The plot(Or what little plot there is)has "Enrico Kodiak"(McCann)(A bad screen version of Chuck's popular kidult tv villian:"The Great Bombo Dump")and his bumbling partner:"E.Eddie Eastman"(Bob Stats)trying to find a way of saving their little film business by trying to get enough monies to pay off their creditors.They come up with a scheme to bring an ex movie cowboy actor:"Bute Montanna"(Buster Crabbe)out of retirement to appear in a contemporary western and.Since the two fiends believe that this old guy is in no shape to do the strenouious stunts on camera.He'll drop dead,as the only beneficaries of his life insurance policy.They collect a fortune and pay off the bill collectors.But "Montanna"prepares himself for the film and succeeds in not only making the film a hit.He also takes over "Kodiak's & Eastman's"studio and their fourtunes.Crabbe gives his most capable performance in this film.But with little or no plot and with alot of offensive material being done.There is only so much that he can do in this film.Even Ina Ballin and Jara Kohout(Chuck's co stars from The Projectionist)do very little to help make this film a hit."The Comeback Trail"is Buster Crabbe's Last Movie.It's sad that this film provides very little in the way of thrills and excitement for Buster Crabbe fans or gives us any real comedy or nostalgia remincising for old movies fans or for fans of movie comedy and fans of Chuck McCann in general.Kevin S.Butler


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