Comedy buffs Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke reteamed 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 boxoffice. Mickey Rooney shines as a Ben Turpin-like sidekick with non-PC eyeball issues.
About Mick Garris
Mick Garris will be Executive Producing a film for Universal called Unbroken. It is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing. Previously, Garris 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 latest books “Snow Shadows” and “Tyler’s Third Act” are now out from Cemetery Dance. A new novella, “Ugly”, and new Hollywood desert noir novel, “SALOME”, will be coming out this year.