WAIT FOR YOUR LAUGH
2017, Vitagraph Films, 85 min, USA, Dir: Jason Wise

Rose Marie was a child star before Shirley Temple was born, sang for Al Capone, opened the first big casino in Las Vegas and changed the world by playing a female writer on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” when women didn't work on TV. Spanning vaudeville, radio, Broadway, film, television and more, this new documentary tells the story of the longest active career in entertainment, but it also looks at what it was like to be a female performer in the 20th century, how to work through periods of extreme personal heartbreak and how Rose Marie and her fellow nonagenarians Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Peter Marshall still have the drive to create today. Along with interviews from such celebrated colleagues, the film contains amazing behind-the-scenes color footage from Rose Marie's personal collection, chronicling what went on backstage on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and other sets where she worked.


THE COMIC
1969, Sony Repertory, 94 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

Dick Van Dyke plays an aging silent film clown who has seen better days but whose ego prohibits him from accepting the truth about his life and career. An impeccable fidelity to the art of silent movies (seen in films-within-the-film), combined with a rich, dark performance by Van Dyke, make this one of Reiner's most affecting and original efforts. With Mickey Rooney.


CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
1968, Park Circus, 142 min, UK, Dir: Ken Hughes

Widowed father and eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) transforms a broken-down old car into a flying machine - to the delight of his children (Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall) and the envy of the tantrum-prone Vulgarian kingdom (Gert Frobe, who played Goldfinger in that 007 film), who has outlawed children in his king. The Potts family, with candy factory heiress Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), head to the kingdom to save the day!


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