Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Irma would've loved this." -- Norman Fell

from the men who gave us Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory is the David Wolper produced/Mel Stuart directed If It Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.

With an all-star cast of great character actors: Michael Constantine, Peggy Cass, Norman Fell, Reva Rose, Marty Ingels, Mildred Natwick and Pamela Britton - the film follows a group of "ugly American" tourists on their 18-day motorcoach tour across Europe in swinging 1969.

It stars a gorgeous Suzanne Pleshette (in fierce eye-lashes and wiglet) and a pre-Deadwood Ian McShane as the young stud tour guide. Norman Fell also gives us his fabulous freaky dorky dance that he would make famous as Mr. Roper a decade later.

Also - look for Flipper's Tv buddy Luke Halpin (all grown up as a cool hippie biker) and 1960s tv goddess Hilary Thompson as an American teen looking for excitement.

fun fact: Hilary Thompson retired from acting and married My Bodyguard , Porky's 2 & Cat People writer / makeup artist Alan Ormsby who also created the popular doll
Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces !

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