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Monday, October 24, 2016

10/24/16 Episode 21: Another Nice Mess (1972)


Watch Another Nice Mess, embedded above, and listen to the podcast at the same time. Click here to launch podcast in a separate browser.

Check out the screen grab image above, that's Steve Martin standing on the right, with the God awful hair and jeans!

The great Dominique Gellin joins host Mike Spiegelman to watch this 65-minute curio from the creative crew of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Written and directed by Bob "Super Dave" Einstein, Another Nice Mess presents Richard Nixon (a prime Rich Little) and Spiro Agnew as comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. That's it, and that's all.

Kliph Nesteroff writes in his book, The Comedians:
Word around the production reached the White House. Watergate henchmen Chuck Colson and H. R. Haldeman warned White House counsel John Dean of the "derogatory film about the president being produced by the Smothers Brothers." Dean sent undercover men to "asses its potential impact."  
...[Tom] Smothers was in  an editing session of Another Nice Mess in Los Angeles when his Bay Area home was raided [Yay Area! - Ed.] and the furniture upended. Nothing was found.
Peter Lawford screened Another Nice Mess at a Democratic fund-raiser in Beverly Hills, Bob Einstein promoted it on The Dick Cavett Show and Rich Little plugged it on The Tonight Show, but the film was barely distributed. The Nixon administration had nothing to do with it. Tom Smothers buried it himself: "It was a terrible film."
Tommy Smothers must had buried it in a shallow grave because it's back from the dead and on YouTube. (I would had loved to be in the audience at the Beverly Hills fund-raiser, btw). I also bet they didn't get the rights to the Laurel & Hardy clips, but that's neither here nor there.

This episode is a prime example of this podcast's mission: to watch hard-to-find movies I've read about in books.

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