Comedy Film Festival 2012

“What’s Up, Doc?”

Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in "What's Up, Doc?" (Warner Bros., 1972)

Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in "What's Up, Doc?" (Warner Bros., 1972)

“What’s Up, Doc?” (Warner Bros., 1972). An homage to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s (and a really funny film to boot). Four identical plaid overnight bags that belong to four different people who are all staying at the same hotel in San Francisco create the genesis of this silly, perfectly crafted comedy. The terrific ensemble cast includes Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal and the great Madeline Kahn in her feature film debut. A childhood favorite that is still as funny today as it was when I was watched it after school on “The Big Money Movie” hosted by Bernie Calderwood on KSL-TV Channel 5 in Salt Lake City. Written by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. “There’s nothing to see, really–we’re inside a Chinese dragon.”

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