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 Posted:   Aug 9, 2004 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   steve jongeward   (Member)

This film holds a special place in my heart - perhaps due to the fact that it ran constantly for months on HBO when it was a newborn movie channel on early cable. Or the cornball situation of the Neil Simon written script.
And - the terrific score by Dave Grusin. I love the main melody - the music that begins over the opening credits (drawings by Charles Addams!).
Has there ever been a legit release of this score? Any hopes of there being one for CD?
So many truly cool old timers having a glorious time - I particularly love Nancy Walker's 'Yetta' and Alec Guiness' 'Jamesir Bensonmum'...inspired acting!
Anyone else find this film a guilty pleasure?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2004 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Pleasure - yes... guilty - nope! Peter Sellers playing an Asian (!) cracks me up every time, and is nearly on par with his Dr. Strangelove character. Also good is Clue (1985), suspiciously similar to MBD.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2004 - 9:49 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I'm also a big fan of the main title for this film -- has it appeared on dvd? I used to own it on an RCA videodisc (!)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2004 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

I'm also a big fan of the main title for this film -- has it appeared on dvd? I used to own it on an RCA videodisc (!)

Yes it has,as well as "The Cheap Detective"
also by Neil Simon.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2004 - 1:31 AM   
 By:   Brad Wills   (Member)

Great score; Columbia, not a chance in hell.

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2004 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   RcM   (Member)

Great score; Columbia, not a chance in hell.

But also Dave Grusin - who has his own label - so maybe a re-recording? I love this movie and its score - so I hope so.

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2007 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

This is another one of the GREAT comedy scores of the '70s with an addictive main title. It needs a release!

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2007 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

This is another one of the GREAT comedy scores of the '70s with an addictive main title. It needs a release!

Add Shire's Big Bus to the release list!
But ... Paramount.

 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2007 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

Great score; Columbia, not a chance in hell.

GODZILLA and BAD BOYS were Columbia releases.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2007 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Add my vote to a "Murder By Death" release. Dave Grusin is under represented on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2007 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Brad Wills   (Member)

Great score; Columbia, not a chance in hell.

GODZILLA and BAD BOYS were Columbia releases.


Yes, since I first made that post in 2004!!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 19, 2007 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Love this one too, but my absolute favorite unreleased Grusin is his wonderful score for MY BODYGUARD. Anybody remember this one? Wistful, lovely main theme for clarinet and small orchestra.

Maybe one day...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   movieben1138   (Member)

It's been a while since anyone posted on this thread, but I belatedly wanted to cast my vote for this great comedy score as well. It's discouraging to hear the "not a chance in hell" remark, but so many doors are opening that I think they will be building snowmen down there soon enough. My fingers are crossed.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I saw this movie when I was 5 in '76, and believe it or not, I laughed my ass off and continued to do so through every subsequent viewing over the years. It's still a classic comedy full of GREAT performances, clever dialogue and a wonderful main theme. And the best line from the film:

"Where's my dickie?!!"

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

One of my all time favs, but sadly little to no elements exists.

Bummer. frown

John...Bill... Anna. . .wanna re-record? I'll spring for the Vodka! smile


MV

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   movieben1138   (Member)

My personal favorite line is when Peter Falk throws away the retort, "I don't know, why don't you ask the Moose on the wall, it's been watching us all evening." For some reason, when I first watched the movie at 10 or 11 years old that struck me as hilarious and I've loved it ever since.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

This is a very fun score; the film itself is a breezy treat.

There are a few hysterical additional scenes that I've seen on television airings, in particular one at the end.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

My personal favorite line is when Peter Falk throws away the retort, "I don't know, why don't you ask the Moose on the wall, it's been watching us all evening." For some reason, when I first watched the movie at 10 or 11 years old that struck me as hilarious and I've loved it ever since.

And later on the moose says something like, "Say your goddamn pronouns!" smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2009 - 11:29 PM   
 By:   sergioleone   (Member)

Im also a huge fan of this nice movie and score! Its an excellent movie!

Thats a movie that you can see lots of times without getting bored.. I think!

Really love it!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2009 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Great score, and sharp little film, makes me roll up.


especially the bit where Miss Marble is sharing a room with her old nurse and theyre in the big four poster bed and the detective sniffs and says:
"Poisonous Gas!"
and the old girl says: "Well I cant help it, I'm old!"

the best Sellars line as Sydney Wang was:

"Irriot, not let me finish mushroom story!"

 
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