The Comic (1969)
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Genres: Drama, Comedy

Taglines: A funny new motion picture that tells Hollywood like it was!

Director: Carl Reiner

Writers: Carl Reiner, Aaron Ruben

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Michele Lee, Mickey Rooney, Cornel Wilde, ...

A fictionalized account of the rise and fall of a silent film comic, Billy Bright. The movie begins with his funeral, as he speaks from beyond the grave in a bitter tone about his fate, and takes us through his fame, as he ruins it with womanizing and drink, and his fall, as a lonely, bitter old man unable to reconcile his life's disappointments. The movie is based loosely on the life of Buster Keaton.

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