The Projectionist

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The Projectionist
Projectionist 1971 b.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarry Hurwitz
Produced byHarry Hurwitz
Written byHarry Hurwitz
StarringChuck McCann
Ina Balin
Rodney Dangerfield
Jara Kohout
Music byIgo Kantor
Irma E. Levin
CinematographyVictor Petrashevic
Edited byHarry Hurwitz
Maglan Films
Distributed byMaron Films
Release date
October 17, 1970 (premiere
at Rochester Film Festival)
  • January 17, 1971 (1971-01-17) (New York City)
  • March 24, 1971 (1971-03-24) (San Francisco)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Projectionist is a 1970 American comedy film written and directed by Harry Hurwitz, and marked the feature film debut of Rodney Dangerfield as an actor.[1] The film employed the use of superimposition of older motion pictures, the first time such techniques were used.[2] Production took place in September and October 1969 and its first public screening was a year later, at the Rochester Film Festival on October 17, 1970. The film opened in New York on January 17, 1971.


A film projectionist (Chuck McCann) who is bored with his everyday life starts fantasizing about being one of the superheroes (Captain Flash) he sees in the films he shows. He also imagines that the theatre owner, Renaldi (Rodney Dangerfield), is a villain known as The Bat.


Actor Role
starring Chuck McCann Chuck McCann, the projectionist / Captain Flash
special guest star Ina Balin The Girl / the scientist's daughter
introducing Rodney Dangerfield Renaldi / The Bat
featuring Jara Kohout Candy Man / The Scientist


  1. ^ Pavlides, Dan. "The Projectionist > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  2. ^ Strauss, Robert. "The Projectionist - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2010.

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