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The Toy

The Toy (1982), starring Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty
The Toy (1982), starring Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty The Toy is a comedy starring Richard Pryor —  Jackie Gleason isn’t as much a co-star as a secondary character, but very important —  he’s the antagonist. He plays U.S. Bates, a veritable living caricature of the wealthy millionaire. Some...
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Don’t Drink the Water

Don’t Drink the Water (1969) starring Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons, Ted Bessell  In short,  Don’t Drink the Water is a cold war comedy based on a play by Woody Allen. It stars Jackie Gleason as a New Jersey caterer who, along with his wife (Estelle Parsons) and daughter...
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How to Commit Marriage

How to Commit Marriage (1969) starring Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Jane Wyman
Synopsis of How to Commit Marriage (1969) starring Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Jane Wyman In How to Commit Marriage, seemingly happily married couple Frank and Elaine Benson (played by Bob Hope and Jane Wyman) are on the verge of divorce.  But they plan to wait until after their daughter’€™s marriage. The...
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Izzy and Moe

Plot Synopsis: of  Izzy and Moe, starring  Jackie Gleason  and  Art Carney, courtesy of Amazon.com  This is the film based on the true adventures of Izzy and Moe. They were two retired vaudeville performers who, being unemployed, decide to become prohibition enforcement agents. They are initially treated with...
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The Hustler

The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott
Editorial Review of  The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott  courtesy of Amazon.com  In The Hustler,  Paul Newman shines as cocky poolroom hustler “Fast” Eddie Felson in Robert Rossen’s atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel. Newman’s Felson is a swaggering pool shark...
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Gigot [Jackie Gleason]

Gigot, starring Jackie Gleason
Gigot (1962), starring Jackie Gleason  Simply put,  Gigot is one of the finest films I’ve ever seen.   The phrase that keeps coming to my mind is “Chaplinesque” — €”it’s cliched, and it’s trite, but it’s absolutely accurate.   In  Gigot, Jackie Gleason plays the title role of Gigot, a...
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Gleason, starring Brad Garrett

Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story (2002) starring Brad Garrett
Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story  (2002) starring Brad Garrett  Gleason  is a wonderfully done television biography of  Jackie Gleason, starring Brad Garrett, best known for his television sitcoms  Everybody Loves Raymond and Til Death.   I was absolutely flabbergasted by Brad Garrett’s performance.  Not only did he do a wonderful...
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Requiem for a Heavyweight

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris
Requiem for a Heavyweight  (1962) starring Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris   Requiem for a Heavyweight is a very powerful, very hard-hitting movie about boxing.   Rod Serling wrote a teleplay that shows the steamy underbelly of professional boxing — €”and it’s not a pretty picture....
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