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Story

Neil Simon's Broadway hit about an effort to reunite a pair of aged vaudevillians for a TV special is both funny and poignant, thanks to the inspired casting of Walter Matthau (perhaps the consummate Simon actor) and George Burns (who kicked off something of a career comeback with this Oscar-winning role). They play a former comedy team who split up years ago over disagreements about how the act should be performed and, more importantly, over their conflicting views about the importance of show business versus that of life. Matthau is hilarious, sometimes touchingly so, while Burns remains a master of comic economy. Richard Benjamin is also good as Matthau's nephew who brings them back together. This was remade for television with Peter Falk and Woody Allen. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Commentary by actor Richard Benjamin
  • Vintage featurette "The Lion Roars Again"
  • Jack Benny and Walter Mathau makeup test
  • Phil Silvers screen test

Cast

Walter MatthauWilly Clark
George BurnsAl Lewis
Richard BenjaminBen Clark
Carol ArthurMrs. Doris Green
F. Murray AbrahamMechanic
Howard HessemanMr. Walsh
Ron RifkinT.V. Floor Manager

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