This really doesn't belong in this section at all. It's a movie. A movie starring this guy:

 

 

The Wacky Iconic View informs you that Morey Amsterdam was fully established as a madcap fellow, a crrrrazy guy whose very appearance guaranteed hiliarity. Why, even the title of the movie assures you that they're breaking all the rules:

 

 

That's the title. Tells you a lot: haphazard movie, made on the fly, confident of its manifest wackiness. What's funnier than Mel Cooley getting a puss full of frosting?

If the movie has Mel and Buddy, Sally can't be far behind:

 

 

Get the picture? The Dick Van Dyck show was over, these three had nothing to do but still some remnants of fame, so let's bang out a cheapie to capitalize on their fame. Oh, and toss in some crumpet:

 

 

She never did another movie.

The plot? Why, yes! It's a spy spoof. Morey's mistaken for a cosmonaut who may have defected to the US. He's discovered by a spy who walks into the the diner where he works -

 

 

- you can smell 1966 all over her, can't you. Mod! Kicky! With a secret camera in her secret hat! Why she would believe a short-order cook with a Borscht-Belt accent and the girth of a beer keg would be a Soviet spaceman, I've no idea, except that it's essential to the plot. She reports back to the Secret Cabal for whom she works, a SPECTRE-like group that obviously didn't have Ken Adam design their lair. He would have pointed out that you really want the tables to face the viewscreen.

 

 

 

Obligatory henchman garb; did they buy them in bulk from Unitog?

 

 

Among the members of the group, the grandfather of the woman about whom the Toto song "Rosanna" was written:

 

 

That's Charlie Weaver, real name Cliff Arquette.

I think Morey's playing Hitler.

 

 

The movie has three sets - a restaurant, the villain's HQ, and the bookstore where the last half takes place. What they lacked in budget, they had in chits: apparently they called in every marker they had, and populated hte movie with Famous People. It's like a mid-60s roll call of all the old guys who'd be ushered off the stage by the changes in popular culture. The age of men in suits with cigars and one-liners, the Time of the Ham, the Yuk, the Gag - it was all about to change.

It's a pop culture quiz! Can you name them all?

 

 

This one we recognize first by her ride:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moe always scared me. Moe should have scared everyone:

 

 

 

 

 

The last fellow? The last man standing.