Alice in Wonderland (1985) starring Natalie Gregory, Sheila Allen, Carol Channing, Harvey Korman, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Ernest Borgnine, Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Merv Griffin, Sally Struthers, Donna Mills, Jonathan Winters
Synopsis of Alice in Wonderland
Sometimes she’s too big. Or much too small. Sometimes things are backwards. And there’s always too much pepper in the soup! Nothing is quite right since Alice chased a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbled into an adventure that grows curiouser and curiouser. One of the greatest childhood fantasies ever is captured in Irwin Allen’s colorful, all-star production adapted from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Steve Allen wrote the jolly, witty songs and more than a dozen Hollywood stars join in the wondrous fun. Alice is looking for a way home. And happy to be welcomed into yours.
The Longshot (1986), starring Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Jack Weston, Jonathon Winters
If you’re like me, you consider Tim Conway and Harvey Korman to be one of the classic comedy teams, and wish that they had worked together beside The Carol Burnett Show. Thankfully, they did! The Longshot is an independent film written by Tim Conway, co-starring Tim Conway, Harvey Korman (as well as Jack Weston, Ted Wass, and Jonathan Winters). The basic plot is that a group of four life-long losers decide to take a chance for once in their lives, and place a large long-shot bet on a broken-down horse. With borrowed money. Borrowed from the mob. Read More »The Longshot [Tim Conway, Harvey Korman]
The Thief and the Cobbler, starring Vincent Price, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Beals, Clive Revill, Jonathan Winters
Editorial review of The Thief and the Cobbler courtesy of Amazon.com
Directed by Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), The Thief and the Cobbler began production in 1968, so it actually predates 1992’s Aladdin. Also known as The Princess and the Cobbler and Arabian Knight, Fred Calvert completed the film after Williams lost the rights to his dream project. Narrated by Matthew Broderick (replacing Sean Connery) as Tack the Cobbler, the CinemaScope-shot story takes place in ancient Baghdad. When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier (Vincent Price), the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum Yum (Jennifer Beals) falls for the bashful boy and saves him from execution. Unfortunately, Zigzag plans to marry the princess in order to succeed her father, King Nod (Clive Revill). The Thief (Jonathan Winters), meanwhile, is more interested in gold than love and takes off with the protective orbs topping the palace. Read More »The Thief and the Cobbler
Review of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World starring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters,
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is a manic, hilarious, slapstick movie. It starred some of the greatest movie clowns of their time …. And more cameos than you can shake a stick at.
The basic plot involves a dying thief (Jimmy Durante) who tells a small group of bystanders where to find the hidden money from his last bank job. These individuals then embark on a treasure hunt of sorts, and the madcap fun begins! The initially small group grows. Until nearly a dozen people are looking for the treasure. The movie quickly turns into a slapstick farce. The various people compete to be the first to the location. And those people the funniest comedians and film clowns of their time. In addition, virtually every other major comedian or clown puts in a cameo appearance in the film.