Star Spangled Girl(Jerry Paris) 1971 ** 4/21/2016

Tony Roberts is intellectually jewishly good as Norman, but Todd Susman is too zany as the radical writer head over heels in love with Florida All-American Girl Amy(Sandy Duncan), a recent transplant to LA, and a hot chick with a good smell.  Jerry Paris(Dick’s neighbor in the show, and also director of a fair few of the episodes) somehow misdirects the great Neil Simon script, adding unnecessary dated interludes and perhaps egging on Susman a little too much.  An insipid circusy soundtrack doesn’t help, nor does stripping the picture of some of the play’s best radical jokes.  It’s best when they let Simon’s blistering dialogue fly from the two professionals Roberts and Duncan.

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