Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Twelve Chairs (1970)

Universal Marion Corporation
Directed by Mel Brooks
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

A dying woman in an impoverished Russian town tells her son-in-law that she hid the family jewels by sewing them in the seat cushion of a chair. He attempts to track down the chair along with a homeless con artist who has talked his way into the pursuit, but they must compete with priest Dom DeLuise, who is also in on the secret. They follow the trail of chairs across the country, providing plenty of opportunities to satirize communism and Russain stereotypes. The least successful of the early Mel Brooks works, not nearly as good as The Producers which preceded it or Blazing Saddles which came a few years later.

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