Take the Money and Run (1969) Pages: (1)
Take the Money and Run (1969) is noted as Woody Allen's directoral debut. Allen later revisited the theme of a dumb, inept criminal with his fish-out-of-water comedy Small Time Crooks (2000), co-starring Tracy Ullman.The Story
The film is filled with crime/gangster/prison movie satire, visual and verbal gags, one-liners, and the unsuccessful criminal robbery attempts by inept crook, Virgil Starkwell (Woody Allen).
- The sight of Virgil playing cello in a marching band.
- The documentary-style interviews with his parents (wearing Groucho Marx eyeglass-nose-mustache disguises to hide their embarrassment) and other figures in his life have nothing good to say about him.
- The failed heist in a pet store where he is chased by a gorilla.
- Virgil volunteers for an experimental vaccination and, for several hours, is turned into a rabbi.
- He tips a maitre d' with coins he just stole from a gumball machine.
- He finds a bra in the prison laundry.
- Another failed bank robbery attempt in the most-often quoted scene, when he hands over his scrawled note to tellers, but mis-spells his holdup note: "Please put $50,000 into this bag and abt natural, because I am pointing a gub at you."
- His hiring of a film director named Fritz (Marcel Hillaire) to shoot a film in a bank about a heist - to provide a cover for an actual robbery. Unfortunately, another gang tries to rob the bank at the same time.
- His prison punishment, being locked up with an insurance salesman.
- Virgil's earlier failed escape attempt, when his self-made soap gun melts in a sudden rainstorm. In the final line of the film, an interviewer asks Virgil if he has any hobbies (he's making another soap-gun), and he responds: "Do you know if it's raining out?"