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Two great movies. Hanky Panky was a great adventure comedy, where Wilder shines. It revolves around a murder in which Wilder is accused. But no spoilers here. Another You shows off Wilder and Pryor as a comedy duo. I watched it and couldn't help think about their performances in See no evil, hear no evil. I must preface this review with a warning. The DVD is region 1. I watched it on my PC., because my DVD player could not play it.
This will not be numbered among the better films made by Sidney Poitier(director), Gene Wilder (star) nor Richard Widmark (supporting actor), all of whom have been involved with superior films, but will provide a solid base for an evenings entertainment. The plot is of the genre in which Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton, Gene Wilder, himself, and many others before and since, have made excellent use for laughs, the spy thriller comedy. I don't know that I would call them a spoof on the serious film since,often, they do have their own brand of suspense and "thrills"; but they can be very funny indeed. In this case, the writers have relied far too much on some of Wilder's trademarked vocal emissions and far too little on his ability to deliver comedy lines and gestures. In fact, it is as difficult to find a funny line in the film as it is to find a novel plot device. Wilder does as well as could be expected under the circumstances, which, for me, was the major source of fun though not laughs. Gilda Radner was completely wasted, given no opportunity to do more than any third rate actress could have equaled. Richard Widmark is menacing early on, but becomes wooden as the dialogue and action descend to Perils of Pauline levels. There are a number of other highly capable actors who sink under the weight of the script. Yet, perhaps it is only my affection both for Wilder and for the genre, I did find it entertaining and would recommend it to any viewer who can approach it with modest expectations and view it in the same spirit as one would an extended TV comedy skit.
Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner star in this 1982 comedy thriller. A woman helps an architect who's falsely accused of murder. I've always enjoyed this film and Gene and Gilda were great together. This dvd has decent picture and sound, but only a trailer. I recommend this good comedy thriller.