People, May 30, 1977

Gene Wilder is in over his head.

In his new film, The World's Greatest Lover, he plays a doltish Midwestern baker who goes to Hollywood and changes his name to Rudy Valentine. When his wife (played by Carol Kane) lets the bathtub overflow in the couple's posh hotel suite, Wilder passes it off as an added luxury of the place and swims laps, to the astonishment of his aunt and uncle. The slapstick is pure Wilder. He not only stars in the film but is also the writer, director and producer—a quadruple task he...

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