|Annie 1982 PG, 128 min.|
Genre: Family / Musical
Director: John Huston
Cast: Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Lu Leonard, Geoffrey Holder, Edward Herrmann, Meredith Salenger, Roger Minami, Toni Ann Gisondi, Rosanne Sorrentino, Lara Berk, April Lerman
This is the movie version of the popular Broadway musical in which young red-headed Annie (Aileen Quinn) lives in an orphanage under the supervision of gin-slugging Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie finds a new life at the home of gruff billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Albert Finney), but she is determined to find her real parents. Daddy Warbucks loves Annie and helps her in her quest by offering a reward. This gives Miss Hannigan the opportunity to come up with a scheme to collect the money. But, the scheme fails, and all ends happily. The musical numbers include "Tomorrow," which Annie performs for President Roosevelt (Edward Herrmann).
|Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 PG, 100 min.|
Director: David Lowell Rich
Cast: Alan Arkin, Carol Burnett, Jack Warden, Danny Aiello, Adam Arkin, Danny Glover, Sid Haig, Ruth Buzzi, Lou Jacobi, Vito Scotti
This film never seems to get off the ground. The story is about the misadventures of two hustlers who endure a series of misfortunes.
|The Four Seasons 1981 PG, 107 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Alan Alda
Cast: Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Bess Armstrong, Sandy Dennis, Rita Moreno, Len Cariou, Jack Weston, Robert Hitt, Elizabeth Alda, Beatrice Alda, Kristi McCarthy, David Stackpole
Using Vivaldi's score as a background, three couples–Jack and Kate Burroughs (Alan Alda and Carol Burnett), Nick and Anne Callan (Len Cariou and Sandy Dennis), and Danny and Claudia Zimmer (Jack Weston and Rita Moreno)–are followed through a series of vacations and changes in relationships as they approach middle age. Things get really tight when Nick dumps Anne for a younger woman (Bess Armstrong). Alda wrote, directed, and stars in this comedy.
|The Front Page 1974 PG, 105 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia, David Wayne, Allen Garfield, Austin Pendleton, Martin Gabel, Harold Gould, Herb Edelman, Cliff Osmond, Beff Elliot, Lou Frizzell, Paul Benedict
This is the third filming (the 1940 version was titled "His Girl Friday") of the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play. When Walter Burns' (Walter Matthau) star reporter Hildy Johnson (Jack Lemmon) plans to leave the newspaper, marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon), and move to New York, Burns tries everything he can to keep Hildy with the newspaper. He offers Hildy the job of writing a story about the planned execution of Earl Williams (Ausin Pendleton), and Hildy agrees. But, Williams escapes, appears in the press room, and Hildy hides Williams in a roll top desk. Now, as Hildy waits for the chance to interview Williams, he investigates, finds political corruption and the fact that they plan to execute the wrong man. (Again remade in 1988 as "Switching Channels."
|Get Bruce 1999 R, 82 min.|
Director: Andrew J. Kuehn
Cast: Bruce Vilanch, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Nathan Lane, Carol Burnett, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor
Bruce Vilanch writes comedy material for stars and has provided material for the Oscar, Tony, and Emmy telecasts. In this documentary the stars pay tribute and roast this especially funny guru.
|H.E.A.L.T.H. 1979 PG, 105 min.|
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner, Lauren Bacall, Henry Gibson, Paul Dooley, Donald Moffat, Alfre Woodard, Dick Cavett
This satire on politics and "dirty tricks" is underrated with its great cast and is well-worth viewing Set at a health food convention, the acronym stands for Happiness, Energy and Longevity Through Health. If it's Altman, it must be different.
|Horton Hears a Who! 2008 G, 88 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy
aka: Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Dan Fogler, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Amy Poehler, Jaime Pressly, Charles Osgoood, Josh Flitter, Niecy Nash, Jesse McCartney, Jack Angel
Dr. Seuss' 1954 book is brought to the screen with Jim Carrey as the voice of the cheerful elephant Horton who discovers the city of Whoville after a speck of dust containing what he is sure are living creatures blows past. Horton talks to the Mayor of Whoville (voice of Steve Carell) and agrees to help the residents. But, Kangaroo (voice of Carol Burnett) considers the Whos to be nothing more than Horton's hallucination and rounds up other jungle animals to teach Horton a lesson. Horton will not relent and tells the others, "a person is a person, no matter how small." Will the Whos speak up and be saved?
|The Marriage Fool 1998 TV, 78 min.|
aka: Love After Death
Director: Charles Matthau
Cast: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, John Stamos, Teri Polo, Steve Behal, Johanna Black, Christina Collins, Bruce Deller, Kevin Frank, Dawn Greenhalgh
In this made-for-cable TV comedy/drama, widower Frank (Walter Matthau) falls in love with a younger woman, Florence (Carol Burnett). But Frank's son (John Stamos) fights the romance.
|Noises Off 1992 PG-13, 102 min.|
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Cast: Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Mark Linn-Baker, Nicollette Sheridan
Based on Michael Frayn's play, this is the story of how eccentric theatrical actors and stagehands manage to get off the ground and onto Broadway.
|Once Upon a Mattress 2005 TV, 90 min.|
Genre: Musical / Fantasy
Director: Kathleen Marshall
Cast: Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Denis O'Hare, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew Morrison, Michael Boatman, Tom Smothers, Edward Hibbert, Michelle Harrison, Paul Becker
Carol Burnette takes over the role of Queen Aggravain (Burnette played Princess Winnifred in the 1950s' Broadway musical) in this made-for-TV adaptation of the story about a queen who would not let anyone marry before her son, Prince Dauntless (Denis O'Hare), is wed. This time around, Tracey Ullman assumes the role of Princess Winnifred.
|Pete 'N' Tillie 1972 PG, 100 min.|
Director: Martin Ritt
Cast: Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page, Barry Nelson, Rene Auberjonois, Lee Montgomery, Henry Jones, Kent Smith, Whit Bissell, Philip Bourneuf
This combination of comedy and drama is based on the Peter De Vries novel "Witch's Milk" and stars Walter Matthau as bachelor Pete who marries Tillie (Carol Burnett). They suffer the tragedy of the death of their nine-year-old son but finally rekindle their love. Geraldine Page received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress).
|The Trumpet of the Swan 2000 G, 75 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family
Director: Terry L. Noss, Richard Rich
Cast: Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Green, Carol Burnett, Joe Mantegna, Dee Bradley Baker, Sam Gifaldi, Little Richard, Kath Soucie, Elizabeth Daily, Steve Vinovich, Corey Burton, Michael Winslow
E.B. White's popular children's book comes to the screen in this lackluster version of a family of swans that includes a mute son (voice of Dee Bradley Baker) who learns to communicate–first through the written word and, finally, with a stolen trumpet.
|A Wedding 1978 PG, 125 min.|
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Lillian Gish, Ruth Nelson, Desi Arnaz Jr., Vittorio Gassman, Nina Van Pallandt, Dina Merrill, Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Amy Stryker, Mia Farrow
This is a good story about an upper-middle-class wedding in which religion and values are satirized.
|Wisecracks 1992 N/R, 93 min.|
Director: Gail Singer
Cast: Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Sandra Shamas, Jenny LeCoat, Mae West, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Fanny Brice, Carol Burnett, Carol Channing
This film uses the documentary style to present short clips from comediennes' routines. Such diverse personalities as Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Mae West, and Lucille Ball are highlighted. The underlying theme is sexism in comedy–both on stage and behind the scenes.
|1. Annie (1982)|
2. Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)
3. The Four Seasons (1981)
4. The Front Page (1974)
5. Get Bruce (1999)
6. H.E.A.L.T.H. (1979)
7. Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
aka: Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
8. The Marriage Fool (1998)
aka: Love After Death
9. Moon Over Broadway (1997)
10. Noises Off (1992)
11. Once Upon a Mattress (2005)
12. Pete 'N' Tillie (1972)
13. The Trumpet of the Swan (2000)
14. A Wedding (1978)
15. Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963)
16. Wisecracks (1992)
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