ByRalph Varlese, writer at
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Ralph Varlese

PG I 1970 I 94m

Most of us are familiar with Mel Brooks and his catalog of great films. This one however, past me by. I only recently discovered it. It was released in 1970, 3 years after "The Producers" and 4 years before "Blazing Saddles."

The movie takes place in the 1920’s and stars a young Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) Dom DeLuise (Cannonball Run) and Ron Moody (Oliver!)

Moody plays a Russian aristocrat in hiding from the communist empire. He no longer has his money or possessions, since the communists took them all. However, on her deathbed, his mother in-law tells him that she stashed all her jewelry in one of the chairs from the dining set they used to own.

Moody frantically sets out to locate the missing chairs, only to discover that she already told her priest (DeLuise) the same information. Moody enlists the help of a con-artist (Langella) and together they comically attempt to beat DeLuise to the loot.

While this movie is not on par with some of Brooks’ other works, it proves to be enjoyable. I say, “See it” if you are a Mel Brooks fan. If you are new to his work though, start with “Blazing Saddles” or “Spaceballs”


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