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Nickelodeon (1976)

PG
121 min | Comedy

1911. Chicago lawyer Leo Harrigan and Florida proverbial snake-oil salesman Tom "Buck" Greenway, neither particularly committed and thus good at their respective jobs, accidentally get involved in the moving picture making business - one, ...See more1911. Chicago lawyer Leo Harrigan and Florida proverbial snake-oil salesman Tom "Buck" Greenway, neither particularly committed and thus good at their respective jobs, accidentally get involved in the moving picture making business - one, two, three and four reelers shown at nickelodeons - Leo initially as a scenarist turned scenarist/director/editor and Buck as an action actor, despite neither initially knowing anything about their jobs and Buck in addition not knowing how to ride a horse and being afraid of heights, both things which he is asked to deal with in front of the camera. They both get into the business working for independent producer H.H. Cobb at a time when the big moving picture companies formed the Patents Company, using heavy handed tactics to prevent small companies, like Cobb's Kinegraph, from being able to make pictures by denying use of cameras under supposed patent. Via different routes, Leo and Buck initially meet at one of Cobb's secret sets located in the backwater frontier railroad stop of Cugamonga, California, so chosen to hide from the Patent Company. Leo and Buck's relationship becomes even more complicated as they both fall in love at first sight with Kathleen Cooke, an extremely nearsighted and klutzy Chautauqua girl on a national tour, she who also literally stumbles onto the Cugamonga set. Their personal and professional lives are presented over a four year period, those lives which are not only affected by the on-going battle with the Patents Company, and Leo and Buck's love for Kathleen, but their own growth within the business, the struggle for artistic control, and the changing face of the business which hits a milestone in 1915. Written by Huggo See less
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Dec 21, 1976 (United States)

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81 cast members
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Ryan O'Neal
Leo Harrigan Leo Harrigan   See fewer
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Burt Reynolds
Buck Greenway Buck Greenway   See fewer
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Tatum O'Neal
Alice Forsyte Alice Forsyte   See fewer
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Brian Keith
H.H. Cobb H.H. Cobb   See fewer
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Stella Stevens
Marty Reeves Marty Reeves   See fewer
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John Ritter
Franklin Frank Franklin Frank   See fewer
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Jane Hitchcock
Kathleen Cooke Kathleen Cooke   See fewer
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Jack Perkins
Michael Gilhooley Michael Gilhooley   See fewer
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Brion James
Bailiff Bailiff   See fewer
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Joe Warfield
Morgan Morgan   See fewer
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Tamar Cooper
Edna Mae Gilhooley Edna Mae Gilhooley   See fewer
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Alan Gibbs
Patents Hooligan Patents Hooligan   See fewer
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Lorenzo Music
Mullins Mullins   See fewer
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Arnold Soboloff
Cobb's Writer Cobb's Writer   See fewer
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Don Calfa
Waldo Waldo   See fewer
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Philip Bruns
Duncan Duncan   See fewer
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Edward Marshall
Rialto Hotel Clerk Rialto Hotel Clerk   See fewer
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E.J. André
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Christa Lang
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Maurice Manson
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Louis Guss
Dinsdale Dinsdale   See fewer
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Frank Marshall
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Andrew Winner
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Mathilda Calnan
German Bakery Lady (as Matilda Calnan) German Bakery Lady (as Matilda Calnan)   See fewer
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Gustaf Unger
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Bertil Unger
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James O'Connell
Patents Thug Patents Thug   See fewer
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Ric Mancini
Patents Thug Patents Thug   See fewer
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Mark Dennis
Cobb's Cutter Cobb's Cutter   See fewer
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E. Hampton Beagle
Leo's Train Conductor Leo's Train Conductor   See fewer
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Hedgemon Lewis
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Dino Judd
Old Timer Old Timer   See fewer
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George Gaynes
Reginald Kingsley Reginald Kingsley   See fewer
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Carleton Rippel
Depot Man Depot Man   See fewer
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Rita Abrams
Dutch Damsel Dutch Damsel   See fewer
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Sara Jane Gould
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Mary Beth Bell
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M. Emmet Walsh
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Miriam Byrd-Nethery
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Rusty Blitz
Nickelodeon Barker Nickelodeon Barker   See fewer
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Les Josephson
Nickelodeon Bouncer Nickelodeon Bouncer   See fewer
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Tom Erhart
Nickelodeon Projectionist Nickelodeon Projectionist   See fewer
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Griffin O'Neal
Bicycle Boy Bicycle Boy   See fewer
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Patricia O'Neal
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Morgan Farley
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Anna Thea Bogdanovich
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Elaine Partnow
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Joseph G. Medalis
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Billy Beck
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Roger Hampton
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Gordon Hurst
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Charles Thomas Murphy
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Blacker Blacker   See fewer
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Ted Gehring
Stoneman Stoneman   See fewer
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Parker Parker   See fewer
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Vincent Milana
Frank's Director Frank's Director   See fewer
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Kathleen's Director Kathleen's Director   See fewer
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Buck's Director Buck's Director   See fewer
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Tex (uncredited) Tex (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.3 / 10 | 2,013 votes