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Fitzwilly

An okay, but sluggish, comedy about a butler who masterminds robberies. Potential in the screenplay, the very good cast, and the handsome production, is not realized due To generally tame direction by Delbert Mann.

Cast:
Dick Van Dyke Barbara Feldon Edith Evans John McGiver Harry Townes John Fiedler

An okay, but sluggish, comedy about a butler who masterminds robberies. Potential in the screenplay, the very good cast, and the handsome production, is not realized due To generally tame direction by Delbert Mann.

Isobel Lennart adapted Poyntz Tyler’s novel A Garden of Cucumbers, in which Dick Van Dyke is the devoted butler to Edith Evans, one of those lovable biddies who, in this case, is not at all as wealthy as she thinks. Van Dyke and crew keep planning heists in order to support her fantasies, and philanthropies. Arrival of new secretary Barbara Feldon upsets the smooth-running machinery.

Results of the flat direction is a pic that, in the main, draws smiles, not outright laughs, until the department store panic scene, staged in top fashion.

Fitzwilly

Production: United Artists. Director Delbert Mann; Producer Walter Mirisch; Screenplay Isobel Lennart; Camera Joseph Biroc; Editor Ralph Winters; Music John Williams; Art Director Robert F. Boyle

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Dick Van Dyke Barbara Feldon Edith Evans John McGiver Harry Townes John Fiedler

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