Cinema: Sowing Wild Oafs

HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK

Directed by MARK RYDELL Screenplay by JOHN BYRUM and ROBERT KAUFMAN

Movies like this are the price audiences have to pay for liking The Sting. Harry (James Caan) and Walter (Elliott Gould) are bumptious turn-of-the-century vaudevillians with more talent for stealing the customers' wallets than for stealing the show. Offstage they drink out of the finger bowls at posh restaurants, swat each other with their hats a la Laurel and Hardy and cause everything they touch to blow up in their faces, from a bottle of champagne to a vial of nitroglycerin. "They're not oafs," someone...

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