Maybe not the weirdest long movie title ever derived from a Broadway play (that honor probably belongs to 1972’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds). Thank goodness the film version of Arthur Kopit’s Broadway play didn’t use the full title (Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad: A Pseudoclassical Tragifarce in a Bastard French Tradition); no doubt because theater owners would have objected to words like bastard or pseudoclassical. Because the overbearing mom she played in Gypsy wasn’t unflattering enough, Rosalind Russell starred in the film as the mother who travels to a Caribbean resort with her shy son (Robert Morse), a sexy babysitter (Barbara Harris, who originated the role in the Off-Broadway version), and her husband’s corpse. “This motion picture will probably do as much for mothers as Moby Dick did for whales,” boasted the poster. Ha, if only the film had been that memorable.
Movies with Long Titles
- Glut’s in a Name
- Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
- Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?
- Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
- Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet, and I’m Feeling So Sad
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)