The Comic (Billy Bright)
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The Comic (Billy Bright)
Carl Reiner directed and co-wrote this comedy-drama which tells the tale of a silent screen comedian whose talent doesn't quite outstrip his knack for self-sabotage. Billy Bright (Dick Van Dyke) narrates the story from his coffin, as he looks back on his life and career during his shabby funeral. In the early 1920s, vaudeville comic Bright goes to California to break into the movies, making a splash as he steals the show in his first short subject; he also steals Mary Gibson (Michele Lee), the leading lady, away from his director, Frank Powers (Cornel Wilde). Billy soon becomes one of the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's the kind of pic that you wanted to be better than it turned out, nevertheless even if it lets you down there's enough that's fascinating to keep you tuned in."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Custard mixes with arsenic in Reiner's bright meditation on slapstick"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's hard not to admire the film for its peculiar tone."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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