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PHYNX

Phynx

Directed by Lee H. Katzin, Starring Lee H. Katzin, Michael Ansara, Rona Barrett, Edgar Bergen, Joan Blondell, Dick Clark, Cass Daley, Andy Devine, Ted Eccles, Fritz Feld, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Larry Hankin, Mike Kellin, Patsy Kelly, Dorothy Lamour, Guy Lombardo, Trini Lopez, Joe Louis, Marilyn Maxwell, Charlie McCarthy, Pat McCormick, Butterfly McQueen, Sherry Miles, Ann Morell, Martha Raye, Harold Sakata, Jay Silverheels, Lonny Stevens, Sally Struthers, George Tobias, Ultra Violet, Rudy Vallee, Clint Walker, Johnny Weissmuller, Lou Antonio, Busby Berkeley, James Brown, Xavier Cugat, John Hart, George Jessel, Richard Pryor, Ed Sullivan, Dennis Larden, Ray Chippeway, Sue Bernard, Patty Andrews, Michael Miller, Harland Sanders, Joseph Gazal, Barbara Noonan, Bob Williams
Written by Lee H. Katzin, Michael Ansara, Rona Barrett, Edgar Bergen, Joan Blondell, Dick Clark, Cass Daley, Andy Devine, Ted Eccles, Fritz Feld, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Larry Hankin, Mike Kellin, Patsy Kelly, Dorothy Lamour, Guy Lombardo, Trini Lopez, Joe Louis, Marilyn Maxwell, Charlie McCarthy, Pat McCormick, Butterfly McQueen, Sherry Miles, Ann Morell, Martha Raye, Harold Sakata, Jay Silverheels, Lonny Stevens, Sally Struthers, George Tobias, Ultra Violet, Rudy Vallee, Clint Walker, Johnny Weissmuller, Lou Antonio, Busby Berkeley, James Brown, Xavier Cugat, John Hart, George Jessel, Richard Pryor, Ed Sullivan, Dennis Larden, Ray Chippeway, Sue Bernard, Patty Andrews, Michael Miller, Harland Sanders, Joseph Gazal, Barbara Noonan, Bob Williams

Have you ever longed for the day when James Brown, Martha Raye, and Col. Harland Sanders would appear in a movie together? Well, that's barely the tip of the improbable casting iceberg in this bizarre cold-war spoof. The leaders of the American intelligence organization the S.S.A. ("Super Secret Agency") are becoming increasingly alarmed by the disappearance of a number of B-list celebrities, who are being spirited off to Communist Albania. Eager to bring the fading stars back to the Land of the Free, the S.S.A. come up with a simple plan: They'll find four typical guys in their mid-twenties, have them form a rock group, make them into international stars, and wait until they get invited to play a gig in Albania, which will allow them to find out what's become of Rudy Vallee, Butterfly McQueen, and Huntz Hall, among others. Unemployed philosopher Michael A. Miller, Native-American honor student Ray Chippeway, phys-ed major Dennis Larden, and male model Lonny Stevens are drafted by the S.S.A., and after some intensive training by experts (Trini Lopez shows them a few guitar chords, and Richard Pryor gives them a crash course in soul), they become an overnight sensation as The Phynx (yes, it's pronounced "Finks"). Their album sells 17 million copies on the strength of songs like "What Is Your Sign?," and their groupies have to be cleared away by forklift. But fun and games have to go to the back burner when Albanian ruler Markevitch (George Tobias) and his wife, Ruby (Joan Blondell), invite the Phynx to perform at the behest of their son. Pat O'Brien, Xavier Cugat, Patty Andrews, and Dick Clark are just a few of the other notables who make cameo appearances in The Phynx, which had a very brief theatrical release before being sold to television in the early '70s. Legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller penned the songs performed by The Phynx (and Stoller composed the background score), though for some reason they're not covered nearly as often as "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," or "Yakkety Yak." Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Digital Dist
  • UPC: 883316649367
  • Region: Region 0
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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