Cinema: Rushes: Dec. 3, 1984


In his third outing as the stand-up Supreme Being, George Burns, 88, adds a new wrinkle: he also plays Satan. Quotable quips from Writer Andrew Bergman (The In-Laws) include the Lord's back-lot zinger, "I put the fear of me in you," and Talent Agent Harry O. Tophet's devilish irreverence, "He had to close the big dining room up there." Tophet cuts a deal with a young songwriter (Ted Wass), offering fame in exchange for his soul. Director Paul Bogart's muzzy little comedy appropriately pivots on the Burns-Burns confrontation when Lucifer...

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