Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family. But at his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis… Everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. –IMDb
An exuberant and prolific personality both onscreen and off, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner’s illustrious career straddled the line between the earnest, the intelligent and even the outrageous. Reiner took up dramatic acting as a teen, but a detour performing during World War II pulled a deft, untapped sense of comedic timing out of him. Segueing from postwar Broadway stages into television comedies, Reiner’s famous beginnings with Sid Caesar led to a successful run as creator and co-star of the legendary TV classic, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (CBS, 1961-66), and instilled in him a love for collaboration. Through the subsequent decades, Reiner’s career highs were born of several creative partnerships with friends old and new – from Dick Van Dyke to Mel Brooks to a stint inside the madcap mind of Steve Martin and later, to a pack of thieves in the Vegas-bound “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy.
Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 in the Bronx, NY, where he was raised along with his older… read more
Basically an illustrated stand-up performance by Martin, whose gags are fortunately good enough to withstand the inconsistent performances (Bernadette Peters seems to change personalities every scene), atrocious editing, and Carl Reiner’s lazy direction (his cameo as an inept filmmaker is unknowingly apt). Often hilarious, yet this is the beginning of the end for classic American comedy.