Lenny Bruce: Without Tears

Overview

Lenny Bruce was a stand-up comic though he frequently sat down do deliver his monologues whose work in the early '50s electrified the intellectual community of his time. It is not just that he was foul-mouthed; many contemporaries were that. It was his daring inclusion of political observations and social commentary into his act which edified as often as it resulted in gales of wry laughter. As he grew more famous, his big-city, hip decadence, and his political outspokenness led to difficulties with authorities. ...
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Overview

Lenny Bruce was a stand-up comic though he frequently sat down do deliver his monologues whose work in the early '50s electrified the intellectual community of his time. It is not just that he was foul-mouthed; many contemporaries were that. It was his daring inclusion of political observations and social commentary into his act which edified as often as it resulted in gales of wry laughter. As he grew more famous, his big-city, hip decadence, and his political outspokenness led to difficulties with authorities. These troubles included prosecution on obscenity charges. This filmed documentary shows brief excerpts from some of his acts, and features interviews with "eggheads" such as Kenneth Tynan and Malcom Muggeridge.
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Special Features

Short film: "Finding Fred Baker" by Daoud Abu-Bakr; Lenny Bruce photo gallery; Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 720229911405
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,343

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Allen
Lenny Bruce
Paul Krassner
Mort Sahl
Kenneth Tynan Interviewee
Technical Credits
Fred Baker Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start: "I Want to Report a Crime!" [2:51]
2. Trouble With the Law: "He Made a Cacka, Get a Policeman" [3:50]
3. Shocking Comedian: "Sabu and the Genie" [8:26]
4. Free Form: "The Pope & Adolph Eichmann" [10:39]
5. Making It [1:06]
6. Sick Humor: "Non-Skeddo Airlines" [9:08]
7. A Life of One-Liners [6:03]
8. More Churches, etc,: "I Think That's What We're Doing in Vietnam!" [7:12]
9. Can't Get a Job [6:28]
10. New Dope Charges [8:18]
11. Death of Lenny Bruce: "Dead, on the Bathroom Floor, From an Overdose of Police" [1:42]
12. Last Skit [3:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Short Film: "Finding Fred Baker"
      Lenny Bruce Photo Gallery
      Trailers
         New York of the Fifties
         Berkeley of the Sixties
         The Trials of Henry Kissinger
         A Boy and His Dog
         Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
   About First Run Features
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