A well intentioned loser makes a bad career decision and turns to a life of crime where he fails miserably. Some very funny moments mark Allen's directorial debut.
Writer, star and director Woody Allen does some solo mugging as criminal 'Virgil Starkwell' preparing for a date in Take the Money and Run, music by Marvin Hamlisch.
The famous farm-house scene from Take the Money and Run, 1969, features writer/director/star Woody Allen and his escaped chain gang posing as cousins.
Woody Allen added comic dialogue to What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), a Japanese spy thriller dubbed into English.
Woody Allen's first movie written by, directed by and starring himself is the mockumentary Take the Money and Run (1969).
Actor, commentator, author and TCM Guest Programmer Charles Grodin joins Robert Osborne to introduce Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run, 1969.
Celebrity TV Chef and TCM Guest Programmer Alton Brown joins Robert Osborne to introduce Woody Allen's What's Up Tiger Lily?, 1966.
What's Up, Tiger Lily? -- Trailer for this Woody Allen comedy
The opening credits, after the 'director interview,' which in fact contain some of the better gags, from Woody Allen's comedy-dubbed Japanese spy film What's Up Tiger Lily?, 1966, music by The Lovin' Spoonful.
In Bananas (1971), his second starring comedy, Woody Allen plays an American who becomes a Central American dictator.
This killer comedy is every teenage horror film you've ever seen, taken to the farthest extreme of laughter. The screams are as frequent as the giggles as a crazed murderer terrorizes Lamab High. But the senior class is not going to take it lying down. Dodging such lethal weapons as paper clips and blackboard erasers, they set about confronting the mysterious "Breather" and other things that go bump in the night. No one is safe from the hilarious twists and turns of the madcap plot, least of all the student bodies themselves. Football games, pep rallies, and senior proms provide background for a romp that leaves no satirical possibility unexplored.
It's nonstop comical chaos when a comic book artist bumbles his way into international espionage after adopting the identity of CONDORMAN, one of his comic book characters. And when a beautiful Russian spy wants him to help her defect, his life explodes into more fantasy and excitement than all of his comic strips put together. Full of laughs, special effects and danger, CONDORMAN is a high-flying adventure the whole family will enjoy.
A artist is asked by a CIA agent to deliver diplomatic papers.
A killer named the Breather terrorizes students at a high school. Whenever the killer finds students having sex, he kills them. He has some intense issues with which to deal. He likes to breathe heavily, and he likes to make prank calls while talking through a rubber chicken.
When bumbling product-tester, Fielding Mellish (Allen) is jilted by his girlfriend, Nancy (Louise Lasser), he heads to the tiny republic of San Marcos for a vacation only to become kidnapped by rebels! Once the band of rebels seizes power, their leader goes crazy, and they replace him with Mellish, thinking he can save the country. But when Mellish is nabbed by the FBI, he is put on trial for subversion and in a side-splitting courtroom show-down including the most hilarious self-cross examination ever.
Woody Allen's humor is at his wild and bizarre best in this story of a "weird-gadget" tester who, after being jilted by his girlfriend (Louise Lasser), ends up as president of a tiny country where absurdity reigns.
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