Mick Garris on

The Comic

Released 1969
Distributor Columbia

Comedy buffs Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke re-teamed for this tribute to silent comedy centering on an egotistical star named Billy Bright.  The  plot juggles  episodes culled from the careers of  Langdon, Chaplin and Van Dyke’s friend Stan Laurel, but it actually hews closer to the life of Keaton than The Buster Keaton Story did!  Some last-minute studio cutting didn’t help, and it failed at the box office.   Mickey Rooney shines as a Ben Turpin-like sidekick with non-PC eyeball issues. And here’s Dick Van Dyke himself on The Comic

About Mick Garris

Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing