Take the Money and Run – Woody Allen’s directorial debut

here are two reviews from subscribers at IMDB.com

From blackmail, to murder plots, to life on a chain-gang, to committing just about every petty crime in the book, Take The Money and Run, which clearly showcases Woody Allen’s signature atheist/pinko viewpoint, is a 1960’s farce that is certainly well-worth a view.

 

Woody hasn’t got the great all-star cast that he was to assemble for his post-“Annie Hall” efforts, but what he has is pretty neat. The snarling James Anderson stands out as the Chain Gang Warden, in the Strother Martin role. What a face! Howard Storm as the hold-up victim/arresting officer is a familiar face and a welcome voice. Marcel Hilaire may not actually BE Fritz Lang but he ought to be! But aside from Allen, the most important role is that of Janet Margolin as his wife, Louise. Her talent as an actress was modest, although she could sometimes outdo herself, as, for instance, the sympathetic closet Jew in “Morituri,” a dramatic part. Here she’s no more than adequate, but she is so attractive that it hardly matters, and the role hardly calls for thespian fireworks. She was 26 when this was released. She was always pleasant, a strange, wistful combination of vulnerability and sex appeal, and some suggestion emanated from her performances that suggested she was that way offscreen as well. Her career and her life ended with a bad death at a relatively early age. Marvin Hamlisch’s score is apt and easy to listen to.

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