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Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight, The

Mob comedy supposedly based on the life of a real mafia boss, though to what extent we’ve no idea as it quickly turns into one brush-daft set piece after another. Old school mafia don Lionel ‘This is my boss, Mrs H. She’s goigeous!’ Stander feuds with young upstart Jerry ‘Detective Lennie Briscoe’ Orbach, whose sister develops a crush on a cycling vicar with a penchant for petty crime (Robert De Niro). Herve ‘De Plane!’ Villechaize takes a lion into a car wash. Best of all, there’s a cartoon title sequence. All would appear to be right with the world.



  1. George White

    April 13, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    In my head, one o those films I associate roughly with being the closest thing America had to the Carry Ons.
    almost always EAst Coast productions, see also Jackie Gleason/Woody Allen’s CArry on Abroad-esque Vulgaria-set Don’t Drink the Water.

  2. Richardpd

    April 13, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    There have been a quite a few American comedy film series over the years, from the much Family Guy spoofed Road To…series to the National Lampoon films. More recently the “Frat Pack” have turned out a few films where they get to play the same sort of characters each time.

  3. THX 1139

    April 15, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Surely the closest thing America had to the Carry Ons was Police Academy, albeit belatedly.

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