1 The Mickey Mindset: Retro Reviews: Gus (1976)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Retro Reviews: Gus (1976)

John Perrucci- What happens when Charles Gwynn (Harold Gould*) hires Spinner (Tom Bosley*) and Crankcase (Tim Conway*) to kidnap a football-kicking Mule (Gus); owned by Andy Petrovicfrom (Gary Grime*, final film role); from winning games for a football team owned by Hank Cooper (Ed Asner*) and Coach Venner (Don Knotts*)? You get: Hilarious results!

Also appearing in this movie is football players Johnny Unitas and Dick Butkus, Bob Crane (his final film role, famous for Hogans Heroes), Liam Dunn (some of his credits include: Bonanza, Room 222, Gunsmoke, Disney's The Shaggy D.A. - sequel to the original Disney's the Shaggy Dog), sportscaster Dick Enberg, and Virginia O'Brien (her final film role, famous for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals of the 1940s).

I give it 5 out of 5 stars, because some parts made me laugh, and because of the actors who appeared in the movie. Plus, the idea of a mule being a player on a football team is also funny.

Some quick facts about the movie...

Fact 1: The film did well and was released on home video in 1981. The movie is remembered for two sequences involving a hotel and a supermarket.

Fact 2: This is the only one of their five films together where Don Knotts and Tim Conway do not share any scenes.

Fact 3: The name "Hank Cooper" was later used in the Disney film The Love Bug as the name of the mechanic who meets Herbie (played by Bruce Campbell). Don Knotts co-starred with Dean Jones in the film Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.

This review was put together by Johnathan Perrucci, with information provided by Wikipedia.

  1. Charles Gwynn who is famous for his character in Rhoda and in The Golden Girls. 
  2.  Tom Bosley who is famous for Happy Days and Murder, She Wrote. 
  3. Tim Conway also appears in the film and is famous for McHale's Navy, The Carol Burnett Show, Barnacle Boy from 1999-present ~ [Spongebob], quite a few appearances in the Scooby-Doo media, and a few other Disney films as well.
  4. Ed Asner is famous for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, spin-off: 
  5. Don Knotts is famous for The Andy Griffith Show, Three's Company, Scooby-Doo media, among many other Disney films).
  6. Lou Grant, Disney Pixar's Up [2009 film, as Carl Fredricksen], Buzz Lightyear of Star Command [as Fixer in an episode from 2000], Disney's Hercules [animated series as Mentor, in a 1998 episode], Disney's Recess [as Thaddeus T. Third V / Additional Voices from 1997-2001], Disney's Gargoyles [as quite a few characters from 1994-1996], and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series - as Horace McNickle in 1986).

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