The World’s Greatest Lover

The World's Greatest Lover is a good period comedy starring Gene Wilder competing in a Hollywood studio talent search of 50 years ago to be a rival of Rudolph Valentino. Wilder also functions as writer-producer-director on his second personal film project, ably assisted by Carol Kane, as his wife, and Dom DeLuise, as a prototype madhatter studio czar.

With:
Gene Wilder Carol Kane Dom DeLuise Fritz Feld Carl Ballantine Michael Huddleston

The World’s Greatest Lover is a good period comedy starring Gene Wilder competing in a Hollywood studio talent search of 50 years ago to be a rival of Rudolph Valentino. Wilder also functions as writer-producer-director on his second personal film project, ably assisted by Carol Kane, as his wife, and Dom DeLuise, as a prototype madhatter studio czar.

The individual sketchpieces – Wilder trapped on a bakery assembly line; swimming in a flooded sunken livingroom, seducing his own wife in Valentino disguise after tutoring by the great lover himself, freaking out at his screen test, emerge as varyingly humorous episodes strung out on a skimpy story line.

DeLuise and Michael Huddleston repeatedly bring up the laugh level.

The World's Greatest Lover

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Gene Wilder; Producer Gene Wilder; Screenplay Gene Wilder; Camera Gerald Hirschfeld; Editor Anthony A. Pellegrino; Music John Morris; Art Director Steve Sardanis

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: Gene Wilder Carol Kane Dom DeLuise Fritz Feld Carl Ballantine Michael Huddleston

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