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What’s Up, Doc?


Peter Bogdanovich in his heyday, when he made one lovely movie after another. This time he set out to do a screwball comedy in the fashion of those old movies starring the likes of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. Here we have Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Streisand, with Madeleine Kahn and Kenneth Mars, script by Buck Henry, David Newman, and the great Robert Benton. The plot is insanely and wonderfully complicated, involving four identical overnight bags. This movie is on my list of all-time great comedies. Only Ryan O’Neal is not quite as funny as he might be. Everything else is damn near perfect, and the San Francisco settings are great.