The following is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to The Late Show: The Last Movies Blogathon, currently underway at Shadowplay from December 1-7. The blogathon takes a look at the cinematic “curtain calls” from actors, directors, etc.—and as always, there are spoilers ahead in this essay. (Oh, and thanks to my BBFF Stacia for giving me the heads-up on this ‘thon.)
But the aspiring boxer will be at the center of a symbiotic relationship between Eddie and Benko: Nick needs Willis because of his considerable cachet in the sports world, and Eddie needs a “bank account.” “A man past his forties shouldn’t have to run anymore,” Willis informs his new boss. Eddie suggests that they start building Toro’s career out in
(“They like freak attractions out there.”), and with the help of Benko’s man Max
(Herbie Faye), Team Toro will find enough boxers out there willing to take a
dive to disguise Moreno’s lack of fighting ability.
|The oleaginous Edward Andrews plays crooked manager Weyerhause...but his fellow sleazebag (wearing the hat) is none other than George Cisar, known to the TDOY faithful as capitalist swine banker Cyrus Tankersley from Mayberry R.F.D.|
|If the gentleman massaging Gus Dundee's (ex-pugilist Pat Comiskey) neck looks familiar...it's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory/Chico and the Man star Jack Albertson in a small role as Gus' manager.|
|Whether or not you believe that Paul Frees re-dubbed some of cancer-stricken Humphrey Bogart's lines in this film...you cannot deny that he is, indeed, everywhere (as the priest who counsels a grief-stricken Toro).|