Never A Dull Moment

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Crime

This picture lives up to its title as it moves effortlessly through a series of funny incidents on the way to a satisfying conclusion. Van Dyke is a poor actor who has just finished a tiny role on a TV show. He fears that a mugger is on his tail, so he ducks into a doorway where Bill, a tough hoodlum, mistakes him for the hired killer he is supposed to...read more

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This picture lives up to its title as it moves effortlessly through a series of funny incidents on the way to a satisfying conclusion. Van Dyke is a poor actor who has just finished a tiny role on a TV show. He fears that a mugger is on his tail, so he ducks into a doorway where Bill, a

tough hoodlum, mistakes him for the hired killer he is supposed to meet. Van Dyke attempts to convince him that he's made a mistake, but Bill has an assignment and he means to satisfy it. He drives Van Dyke to Robinson's estate. Robinson, a mob boss with a penchant for art, intends to steal a

priceless painting that has just been purchased by a major museum. Provine works for Robinson as his personal art appreciation teacher, and when Van Dyke tries to tell her that they have the wrong guy, she won't believe him either. Now Elam, the real killer, arrives, and Robinson doesn't know

which guy is which, so he puts the two of them in a room and figures that the true criminal will emerge victorious. Provine helps Van Dyke win the battle; when he comes out of the room, the gang welcomes him as a partner. The robbery is about to take place, and Van Dyke foils the theft by taking

the crooks on a wild chase through the museum (and through an excellent satire on pop art) until Provine can get the cops to arrive. In the end, Van Dyke is proclaimed a hero and his acting career is assured success, as everyone wants to hire him. Robinson's plot was to get the painting, hold it

until after his death, and return it to the museum if they agreed to rename the facility after him. A pleasant way to spend 99 minutes, with more than its share of laughs. After spending several years acting, director Paris had a much better career in TV than he did in films. He also does a cameo

as a police photographer.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This picture lives up to its title as it moves effortlessly through a series of funny incidents on the way to a satisfying conclusion. Van Dyke is a poor actor who has just finished a tiny role on a TV show. He fears that a mugger is on his tail, so he duc… (more)

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