The LikeTelevision Movie channel proudly presents - Thursday's Game - with Gene Wilder, Bob Newhart, Valerie Harper, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Nancy Walker, Chris Sarandon, Rob Reiner, Norman Fell, Richard Gautier and Martha Scott. Harry and Marvin decide to blow off the usual Thursday poker game, and things get crazy when their wives find out. What have they been doing on Thursday night? hilarious comedy with some of the greatest actors of the glory days of television sitcoms.
Directed by - Robert Moore
(1974) - B&W - 98 min
A classic buddy movie - with some really great scenes, especially Cloris Leachman freaking out in the restaurant, the poker game fiasco, Norman Fell firing Gene Wilder, and of course - Nancy Walker, best known as Madge the manicurist from Palmolive dish washing soap fame - dishwashing liquid? - you're soaking in it! The scene with Rob Reiner is also pretty funny, and Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart are always terrific.
Harry Evers (Gene Wilder) has a terrific scene in a taxi and at the unemployment office. He's worried his job is in jeopardy. We also meet Harry's poker buddy, Marvin Ellison (Bob Newhart). The poker group decides to raise the stakes - what was once a friendly game - gets a little tense as Harry and Marvin win thousands of dollars. Then Bob decides he's not going to pay. After a fight breaks out, it's clear -Thursday's Game is coming to an end. Harry and Marvin have their first night out.
Gene Wilder stars as Harry Evers
With Ellen Burstyn as Harry's wife Lynn, shwon here in a classic married moment
Harry decides to visit a job placement office - even though he still has a job. Some hilarious scenes in the waiting room, plus we meet his job placement headhunter - the great Nancy Walker.
with Cloris Leachman - make sure you check out an old One Step Beyond episode - Dark Room, featuring a very young Cloris Leachman.
Harry is troubled as the ratings continue to slip for his show. He visits his son David at camp - a very weird "touchy-feelie" new age camp - where everyone gets in touch with their feelings. Meanwhile, Harry loses his job as the ratings fall further.
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Bob Newhart as Harry's best friend Marvin, the unveiled zipper king!
Marvin strikes it rich with a crazy new fashion design design for uncovered zippers and the money rolls in.
with Valerie Harper, best known as Mary's best friend, Rhoda
Things start getting tough at home as Harry and Lynn argue and grow distant. She's planning to leave him when she decides to give it another go. Classic scene with Cloris Leachman getting dumped at the restaurant.
Norman Fell as Harry's boss, Melvin Leonard
Rob Reiner, pre-Spinal Tap, is great too.
Gene Wilder, getting wilder
Nancy Walker, best known as Rosie the waitress in the Bounty Paper Towel commercials - Bounty, the quicker picker upper!