who's minding the mint review
Allen and Harvey Bullock have an original, potentially-great comic idea here--wily accountant at the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C. has to break in after-hours and replace money he accidentally destroyed--but debuting director Howard Morris gives it a numbskull treatment, with the plot advanced on the proviso that every outrageous character on-screen act as stupidly as possibly. Your new favorite show is right here. Review by solh ★★★ Carelessly destroying $50 000 in new bills, a US mint worker concocts a wild scheme to break into work and reprint the destroyed money, but recruiting accomplices has its complications in this Jim Hutton comedy. It's a smaller-scale "Mad Mad Mad etc World" with some crafty veteran gagsters (Gilford, Berle, Buono, Brennan, Bishop et al) doing their shtick. With all the hands necessary finally to pull off the task, Hutton realizes he'll need a lot more than $50,000 to pay off everyone--the total comes to $1 million per person. So, WHO'S MINDING THE MINT is a all star genre comedy for families that involves TV stars now in a real movie and is about a gentle 'robbery' and wacky Uncle and Aunty type characters. His cohorts in crime (played to the hilt by comedic veterans, mainstays, and newcomers) are a useless, selfish bunch who keep increasing their share of the action for personal gain--and is there anything less funny on the screen than greed? Director Howard Morris assembled a really bright group of scene stealing players that pretty much overwhelm the leads of Jim Hutton and Dorothy Provine. Screenwriters R.S. Gilford, a deaf, safecracker, is hired to help them get at the plates if only he can get a hearing aid. Other comments will tell you the story but let me assure you it is a terrific family DVD night possibility if every 'they' release it. Sad that he was taken from us so soon. Everyone in this film is great; Jim Hutton had a real screen presence and I really miss him in films. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! This just came out in 2012 at Warner Archive on DVD, so grab it before it's gone. There were the teen star pix from AIP like BEACH PARTY and SKI PARTY etc where a dozen TV kids and 6 pop groups all appeared in a holiday film. Total on-screen madness, yet it made sense at every small plot step along the way. The casting in the movie was also great! As the hapless U.S. mint employee who accidentally destroys $50,000 in freshly minted bills and then has to replace them with the help of some of the most inept accomplices imaginable, Jim Hutton is the perfect straight man to this assortment of loonies. because it is truly a lost classic. Director Howard Morris assembled a really bright group of scene stealing players that pretty much overwhelm the leads of Jim Hutton and Dorothy Provine. Check out the exclusive TVGuide.com movie review and see our movie rating for Who's Minding The Mint? Naturally, they want to get something out of this, so the amount of bills to be printed escalates in number.... Harry also gets the co-worker (Dorothy Provine) who is sweet on him to do the job of cutting the bills. It would certainly look funny to have the police wonder why an employee, plus George Washington (Milton Berle), a sea captain (Victor Buono), a boy scout (Joey Bishop), a ballerina (Dorothy Provine) and a deaf man (Jack Gilford) have broken into the Mint. Everyone does a good job. Not only is it a great parody of the 'anatomy of a crime' films that were popular in the 1960's, it showcases some marvelous comedy talent. This film and "The Busy Body" are the two forgotten comic gems of the 1960s in that genre of films where all the prominent comedians appeared together. Jack Gilford and Victor Buono grab their roles by the throat and they provide a great balance, each singlehandedly preventing the other from stealing the movie altogether out from under the others' noses. 4 August 1999 | Arjay-2 A shameful admission; I love this film. Like a Don Knotts movie. I did. As the hapless U.S. mint employee who accidentally destroys $50,000 in freshly minted bills and then has to replace them with the help of some of the most inept accomplices imaginable, Jim Hutton is the perfect straight man to this assortment of loonies. A young male employee of the US Mint has destroyed a serious bundle of money, through a moment of carelessness. The plot is sufficiently twisted to make this late-night TV movie a classic of one error that leads to many more errors at ridiculous lengths. But these two films not recalled, probably because the settings are not as colorful as the other films. he accidentally stuffs $50,000 in the bag as well. | I think the last was the wonderful ANGEL IN MY POCKET ...with Andy Griffith and COLD TURKEY in 1971. This is the kind of comedy that basically disappeared after the 60s... a kind of lower wattage version of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", with a pair of "appealing" young stars (Jim Hutton and Dorothy Provine) backed by mostly aging but still beloved comic support. Who's Minding The Mint? Several of them are period pictures, one is set on Nantucket Island, and one is a type of cross-country chase based on greed. The trio go to a pawnshop run by Berle, who wants $2,000 for his "management" services. This low-key comedy features a wonderful cast which is generally fun to watch. At every turn in the preposterous plot, a new (old) face appears and each of these characters really runs with his tiny part. Walter Brennan, Joey Bishop, Milton Berle....a classic! FAQ Everyone does a good job. This colourful cinematic romp is similar in style to some of the better 60s TV comedies of the day. The script is solid and plot-driven. There are not a lot of laugh-out-scenes and definitely not as funny as adversed, but still enjoyable. The script is solid and plot-driven. Most of us who love serious films have a Dark Side, in which we shamefully adore some really non-serious work of cinema. Tops among them are Jack Gilford who's a riot as a hard-of-hearing safe cracker, Victor Buono as former Navy man turned amusement park ride operator and Milton Berle as a pawn shop owner. Too bad this film isn't out on video or D.V.D. Bureau of Engraving and Printing actually, but there's so much wrong in so many ways here, viewers should just relax and go with the flow. Milton's turn as George Washington is a gem. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. and "The Busy Body", but the settings (while unusual in both films - here with a government building at night, and a sewer transversed by row boats, the other one dealing with a barbecue on a skyscraper's terrace and a corpse set up on a bench with a woman trying to vamp it)are not quite as colorful. Directed by that certifiable genius Howard Morris it's fast and funny with a marvelous premise, witty lines, and sight-gags that are impeccably set-up and pulled off by a director who knows funny and a fine ensemble cast. Read movie and film review for Who's Minding the Mint? Jim Hutton is supposed to be playing a mild-mannered swinger skilled in the art of getting what he wants without paying for it, but there's nothing in this soft-edged, colorless actor that even begins to suggest these attributes. Things start to snowball when he gets his old friend "Pop" (a delightful Walter Brennan) to help out, and more and more individuals get involved in the complicated scheme. Perfect for a movie night with the kids. I consider "Who's Minding the Mint?" I think the last was the wonderful ANGEL IN MY POCKET ...with Andy Griffith and COLD TURKEY in 1971. Everyone is superb and all the gags are great. This film owes a lot to ITS A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD but has enough clever plot twists and antics to call its own. Each time I see this (now going on #8) it gets better as surrealism in commercial 1960s America. Great zany fun has Hutton as a money checker for the US mint. | is a very amusing comedy with unforgivable flaws. It would certainly look funny to have the police wonder why an employee, plus George Washington (Milton Berle), a sea captain (Victor Buono), a boy scout (Joey Bishop), a ballerina (Dorothy Provine) and a deaf man (Jack Gilford) have broken into the Mint. has to rank as one of the funniest movies that sadly most people have probably never seen. Screenwriters R.S. the rest of the loot.

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