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The Fat Spy

Overview

Joseph Cates Who Killed Teddy Bear? directed this insipid, widely reviled musical-comedy featuring heavyset comedian Jack E. Leonard in his leaden screen debut as twins Irving and Herman. The plot concerns some teenagers searching for treasure on a tropical island owned by a cosmetics tycoon Brian Donlevy. His daughter Jayne Mansfield, a year before her death heaves her bosom a great deal and sings badly. The best singing is done by lead teen Jordan Christopher, making his own screen debut with some promising ...
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Overview

Joseph Cates Who Killed Teddy Bear? directed this insipid, widely reviled musical-comedy featuring heavyset comedian Jack E. Leonard in his leaden screen debut as twins Irving and Herman. The plot concerns some teenagers searching for treasure on a tropical island owned by a cosmetics tycoon Brian Donlevy. His daughter Jayne Mansfield, a year before her death heaves her bosom a great deal and sings badly. The best singing is done by lead teen Jordan Christopher, making his own screen debut with some promising numbers backed by the Wild Ones. There are a number of subplots involving spies, mermaids, and the legendary Fountain of Youth, as well as some amusing interplay between Leonard and Phyllis Diller to keep things interesting.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Fat Spy is a dreadful comedy that is almost entirely devoid of intentional laughs, but which may very well provide camp-lovers with some unintended howlers. Those expecting from the title a spoof of James Bond should be warned that Spy is really a spoof of Frankie and Annette "beach movies," if it can really be said to be a spoof of anything. The comedy is extremely obvious, the jokes rarely land except with a thud, and the pacing and timing are almost always off. The story is total nonsense, an attempt to capture some of the looseness associated with the better "Road" pictures but without an ounce of inspiration or originality. The few attempts at originality -- discovering that one of the character's real names is "Rapunzel Fingernail" (?) -- are simply embarrassing. Joseph Cates directs ineptly, unable to establish a consistent style or tone and seemingly unconcerned about pacing. Phyllis Diller and Jack E. Leonard try to do what they can, but she pushes much too hard and he pulls in such a different direction that neither achieves much to speak of. Jayne Mansfield is around for some snickers. Some of the music, while not great, is pleasant in a conservative-sixties-pop kind of way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • UPC: 874757040394
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Rating:

  • Source: Filmchest
  • Presentation: Colorized
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 95,977

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phyllis Diller Camille
Jack E. Leonard Irving/Herman
Brian Donlevy Wellington
Johnny Tillotson Dodo
Jayne Mansfield Junior
Jordan Christopher Frankie
Lou Nelson The Sikh
Chuck Alden
Linda Harrison
Deborah White
Adam Keefe Voice Only
Technical Credits
Joseph Cates Director
Chuck Alden Songwriter
Mathew Andrews Screenwriter
Joseph Brun Cinematographer
Jordan Christopher Songwriter
Joel Hirschhorn Score Composer
Hans Hunter Score Composer
Al Kasha Score Composer
Barry Malkin Editor
Lilli Pearlman Costumes/Costume Designer
Everett Rosenthal Producer
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