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Jessie the Sunflower Goddess
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Yes this is the Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft vehicle from 1983. Pretty funny flick, I really don't consider it slapstick as I would something like Dumb and Dumber or even High Anxiety. I am recording the rest of it so I don't know how it ends. Hilarious supporting roles by Tim Matheson (he really was good looking in this one), Charles Durning, and Christopher LLoyd.

Did anyone else like this flick?

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I have not seen it. But I saw the original version (1942) when my local PBS station showed it. It starred Jack Benny and Carole Lombard (her last film). It's probably more "darker comedy" than the Mel Brooks version, mainly because WW2 was still going on when the original came out.

I remember one interview where Mel Brooks once said that the greatest invention mankind ever made was the MGM musical. And that is why every one of Mel's movies have at least one song-and-dance routine.

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It's a mid-level Brooks film (well sort of, since he didn't actually direct it). Even though a lot of the scenes carry over from the original (like the real Siletsky's beard somehow coming off and the immortal "What he did to Shakespeare we're now doing to Poland" line), Brooks does a reasonable enough job making it amusing enough. He's better, though, when he comes up with his own ideas, and as such seems a little held back here. No big problem, though.
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