Salt and Pepper (1968)
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as Christopher Pepper
as Inspector Crabbe
as Marianne Renaud
as Col. Woodstock
as Sgt. Walters
as Col. Balsom
as Mai Ling
as Club Secretary
as Foreign Secretary
as Prime Minister
as "Fake" Prime Ministe...
as "Fake" Home Secretar...
as "Fake" First Lord
as Tsai Chan
as Lord Ponsonby
as Police Commissioner
as 1st Policeman
as Col. Woodstock's Aid...
as Charles Salt
as Blackjack Player
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Were it not for 2 members of the Rat Pack, Lawford and Davis Jr., this is barely worth watching. A spoof on spy films, comes complete with a car that does everything to help our reluctant heroes escape the villains.
Not even amusing, this pairing of co-stars, white guy (Peter Lawford as Pepper) and black (Sammy Davis, Jr. as Salt) becomes an outright silly comedy. If it were silly though, it might be entertaining. But this isn't entertaining. Obviously for retro fans only, the star power of Davis and Lawford at the time probably elevated this sorry excuse for a movie far beyond its worth.
The celebrity of the two co-stars vanishes after one chase scene after another. As for the plot, its about two managers of a nightclub that are going out of business. But they stumble on a British government reward if they succeed in their assignment.
Cruelly a trip through 60's middle class humor. As one familiar with the movie theatre business once wrote about Salt and Pepper: "This abomination and the sequel ONE MORE TIME (no thanks) and the hideous Jerry Lewis disasters like Don't RAISE THE BRIDGE LOWER THE WATER (why not just flush instead) drove cinema owners to close their doors rather than be forced to run these films."
"True: in the 60s block booking of films was still enforced on hapless suburban and country cinemas... this means that in order to get a good film the cinema was forced to run woeful timewasters like these..."
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Michael Pertwee (screenplay)
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Charles Salt
Peter Lawford ... Christopher Pepper
Michael Bates ... Inspector Crabbe
Ilona Rodgers ... Marianne Renaud
John Le Mesurier ... Col. Woodstock
Graham Stark ... Sgt. Walters
Ernest Clark ... Col. Balsom
Jeanne Roland ... Mai Ling
Robert Dorning ... Club secretary
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