Saturday, May 21, 2016

They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way (1978)

Directors: Stuart E. McGowan, Edward Montagne

Writer: Tim Conway

Composer: Michael Leonard

Starring: Tim Conway, Chuck McCann, Joe Dorsey, Fred Covington, Dub Taylor, Reni Santoni, Sonny Shroyer, Charles Franzen, Ben Jones, Lenny Montana, Timothy Blake, Hank Worden, Richard Kiel

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The laffs are breaking out in all directors!

Plot:  Two small-town deputies are ordered by the governor go undercover, posing as criminals, in a maximum security prison. Shortly after their mission begins, the governor dies, leaving them stranded in jail.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I love Tim Conway but this flick starves on laughs.  It's slapstick and very silly.  I wouldn't expect anything different from Conway (who also wrote it).  Tim peeling potatoes was funny and the dentist bit was friggin hilarious.  It's a bit that would fit right into THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW.  That scene alone is worth watching the movie for.  His performance in that was pure genius.  There are A LOT of funny folks in this.  Hank Worden, Chuck McCann, Dub Taylor to name a few.  Dub should've have been in everything.  I LOVE that guy.  Richard Kiel has a substantial part which is nice.  Those are the positives.  Ultimately there are few laughs and it drags on for much too long.  After about the halfway point the biggest laughs (for me at least) are out of the way and anything else is mildly amusing at best and that's being very lenient and polite.  The MGM double feature DVD has this paired with THE LONGSHOT.  Both are fullscreen (boo).  The extra for this picture is the fullscreen trailer. 

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