Cinema: Yawn-In

Rowan and Martin have made Laugh-In one of the phenomena of the McLuhan age. How could they miss in the movies? By making The Maltese Bippy, a yawn-in of the team's celebrated videocies and running gags. Though Rowan and Martin are shoehorned into a plot, the fit is loose enough to let the boys play themselves. Rowan is still the smart one, and Martin is correctly addressed as a dingaling, a dumdum and a dodo.

In a large house in Flushing, N.Y., Martin begins developing wolf mannerisms. But he is merely under temporary hypnosis, the...

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