Never a Dull Moment (1968 film)

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Never a Dull Moment
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Directed by Jerry Paris
Produced by Ron Miller
Written by AJ Carothers
John Godey (book)
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Edward G. Robinson
Dorothy Provine
Music by Robert F. Brunner
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Edited by Marsh Hendry
Production
  company
Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date(s)
  • June 26, 1968 (1968-06-26)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,150,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Never a Dull Moment is a 1968 film from Walt Disney Productions. It stars Dick Van Dyke and Edward G. Robinson and was directed by Jerry Paris. The script by AJ Carothers was based on a novel by John Godey.

It was re-released to theaters in April 1977 along with the animated featurette The Three Caballeros.

Plot[edit]

Second-rate actor Jack Albany (Dick Van Dyke) finds himself mistaken for fiendish killer Ace Williams and whisked off to master gangster Leo Smooth's (Edward G. Robinson) fortified mansion. He is forced to continue with the charade what with all the rough-looking hoods around, even when he finds he is to play a deadly role in the theft of the Van Gogh masterpiece "Field of Sunflowers". But at least there is lovely art teacher Sally (Dorothy Provine) who could become an ally — if she ever believes his story.

Further complications ensue when the real Ace Williams (Jack Elam) shows up, making it even more difficult for Albany to keep up his false identity. Eventually, Albany outwits the gangsters and foils the robbery.

Disney and crime movies[edit]

This film was one of several Disney films that featured individuals facing off with criminals: on TV, the Mickey Mouse Club featured installments of the Hardy Boys and on screen, The Moon-Spinners found Hayley Mills battling a thief. On the prime time Wonderful World of Disney, the miniseries The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh saw a ruthless masked vigilante battle evildoers in 18th century England, starring Patrick McGoohan in the title character. Later, the studio did comic films like this one, balancing drama with comedy, which attracted families and other fans.

Reception[edit]

The New York Times gave Never A Dull Moment a largely negative review, calling it "good-natured" but claiming that "most of it seems mighty strenuous and over-worked."[2] Times reviewer Howard Thompson saved most of his praise for the cartoon that accompanied the film, a reissue of Disney's Three Little Pigs from 1933.

Cast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1970", Variety, 6 January 1971 p 11
  2. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D00E3DC1030E034BC4D52DFBE668383679EDE

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