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The Maltese Bippy (1969)

A man buys a house and comes to believe that not only is the house haunted by werewolves, but a family of vampires lives next door.

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Norman Panama

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Everett Freeman (screenplay), Ray Singer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Rowan ... Sam Smith
Dick Martin ... Ernest Grey
Carol Lynley ... Robin Sherwood
Julie Newmar ... Carlotta Ravenswood
Mildred Natwick ... Molly Fletcher
Fritz Weaver ... Mischa Ravenswood
Robert Reed ... Lt. Tim Crane
David Hurst ... Dr. Charles Strauss
Dana Elcar ... Sgt. Kelvaney
Leon Askin ... Axel Kronstadt
Alan Oppenheimer ... Adolph Springer
Eddra Gale ... Helga
Arthur Batanides ... Tony
Pamela Rodgers ... Saundra
Jennifer Bishop ... Joanna Clay
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Sam Smith is forced to move into the run down Flushing, New York house of his entertainment business partner Ernest Grey after they are evicted from their offices for making pornographic movies and losing all their money and equipment in the process. Ernie originally bought the house on Sam's ill-advice of the property soon being expropriated for a highway, which never happened. Further adding to the house's lack of appeal is that it is located next to a cemetery. As Ernie tries to sell the house, which is run by his devoted but exasperated housekeeper Molly Fletcher who hates Sam, he rents out rooms in it. As soon as Sam moves in, strange occurrences happen in the neighborhood, including a mutilated body being found in the cemetery, and one of their neighbors, Mrs. Potter, being attacked by a howling man. Ernie's new physician, Dr. Charles Strauss, believes that Ernie's developing symptoms, including a need to howl, points to him turning into a werewolf, which may explain the ravaged... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Werewolf Murders See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dan Rowan's last feature film performance. See more »

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Ernest Grey: [while Sam stalls] Will... You... Carve?
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Time capsule from the swinging 60s
8 September 2012 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" was one of the cultural icons of the late 1960s, the "don't-miss" show if you wanted to be considered cool at the water cooler (or the playground, in my case). I never saw this movie when it was released. My parents would have found it scandalous. These days, it's much tamer than the majority of prime-time comedy shows, even those for "family viewing." It opens with a funny stand-up routine by Dan and Dick, commenting on the credit roll. This is the closest the movie gets to capturing the spirit of the TV show, and R&M are the ONLY cast members from the series to appear. So it's not really a "Laugh-In" movie; as others have pointed out, it's more like an Abbott and Costello monster film, or a racy episode of "Scooby-Doo." The plot is paper-thin, but that's OK, because the screen is always brimming with 60s goodness, especially in the forms of Carol Lynley and Julie Newmar. How can you miss with character actors like Mildred Natwick, Fritz Weaver, David Hurst, Dana Elcar, and 60s TV staples Leon Askin (Hogan's Heroes) and Robert Reed (Brady Bunch)? The ending has a Pythonic twist to it (a few years before 'Holy Grail'), with a funny version of the "who shot the gun" film cliché.

All in all, this is probably a film that only veterans of the 60s will enjoy. It's mindless, but an entertaining way to spend an evening.


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