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The Phynx

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Have you ever longed for the day when James Brown, Martha Raye, and Col. Harland Sanders would appear in a movie together? Well, that's barely the tip of the improbable casting iceberg in this bizarre cold-war spoof. The leaders of the American intelligence organization the S.S.A. "Super Secret Agency" are becoming increasingly alarmed by the disappearance of a number of B-list celebrities, who are being spirited off to Communist Albania. Eager to bring the fading stars back to the Land of the Free, the S.S.A. ...
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Overview

Have you ever longed for the day when James Brown, Martha Raye, and Col. Harland Sanders would appear in a movie together? Well, that's barely the tip of the improbable casting iceberg in this bizarre cold-war spoof. The leaders of the American intelligence organization the S.S.A. "Super Secret Agency" are becoming increasingly alarmed by the disappearance of a number of B-list celebrities, who are being spirited off to Communist Albania. Eager to bring the fading stars back to the Land of the Free, the S.S.A. come up with a simple plan: They'll find four typical guys in their mid-twenties, have them form a rock group, make them into international stars, and wait until they get invited to play a gig in Albania, which will allow them to find out what's become of Rudy Vallee, Butterfly McQueen, and Huntz Hall, among others. Unemployed philosopher Michael A. Miller, Native-American honor student Ray Chippeway, phys-ed major Dennis Larden, and male model Lonny Stevens are drafted by the S.S.A., and after some intensive training by experts Trini Lopez shows them a few guitar chords, and Richard Pryor gives them a crash course in soul, they become an overnight sensation as The Phynx yes, it's pronounced "Finks". Their album sells 17 million copies on the strength of songs like "What Is Your Sign?," and their groupies have to be cleared away by forklift. But fun and games have to go to the back burner when Albanian ruler Markevitch George Tobias and his wife, Ruby Joan Blondell, invite the Phynx to perform at the behest of their son. Pat O'Brien, Xavier Cugat, Patty Andrews, and Dick Clark are just a few of the other notables who make cameo appearances in The Phynx, which had a very brief theatrical release before being sold to television in the early '70s. Legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller penned the songs performed by The Phynx and Stoller composed the background score, though for some reason they're not covered nearly as often as "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," or "Yakkety Yak."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • UPC: 883316649367
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,619

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Miller
Ray Chippeway The Phynx
Dennis Larden The Phynx
Lonny Stevens The Phynx
Lou Antonio Corrigan
Mike Kellin Bogey
Michael Ansara Col. Rostinov
George Tobias Markevitch
Joan Blondell Ruby
Larry Hankin Philbaby
Ted Eccles Wee Johnny
Patty McCormick Father O'Hoolihan
Joseph Gazal Yakov
Bob Williams Number one
Barbara Noonan Bogey's Secretary
Rich Little Voice Only
Patty Andrews
Rona Barrett Herself
Edgar Bergen Himself
Dummy: Charlie McCarthy
Busby Berkeley Himself
James Brown Himself
Dick Clark Himself
Xavier Cugat Himself
Cass Daley Herself
Andy Devine Himself
Fritz Feld Himself
Leo Gorcey Himself
Huntz Hall Himself
John Hart Himself
George Jessel Himself
Patsy Kelly Herself
Dorothy Lamour Herself
Joe Louis Himself
Guy Lombardo Himself
Trini Lopez
Marilyn Maxwell Herself
Butterfly McQueen Herself
Richard Pryor Himself
Martha Raye Foxy
Harold Sakata Himself
Harland Sanders
Jay Silverheels Himself
Ed Sullivan Himself
Herbert Pryor Vallée Himself
Johnny Weissmuller Himself
Ultra Violet Herself
Sue Bernard London Belly
Sherry Miles Copenhagen Belly
Ann Morell Italian Belly
Sally Struthers World's No. 1 fan
Clint Walker Sgt. Walker
Technical Credits
Lee H. Katzin Director
Bob Booker Producer
Sonny Burke Musical Direction/Supervision
Dann Cahn Editor
Westheimer Co. Special Effects
Stan Cornyn Screenwriter
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
George Foster Producer
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Ralph S. Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Stan Jolley Production Designer
Jerry Leiber Score Composer, Songwriter
Les Sheldon Asst. Director
Mike Stoller Score Composer, Songwriter
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