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Greaser's Palace(1972)

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Robert Downey's onscreen credit reads "Writer-director." Ron Neal, who plays two different characters, is billed twice onscreen, once as "Card man" and once as "Ghost." Many of the other onscreen credits were illegible. According to Time Magazine, Mrs. Cyma Rubin, a fledgling Broadway producer who was the wife of the former owner of Faberg, gave Downey $1,000,000 to produce Greaser's Palace. A December 1972 Variety news item added that the film was initially distributed independently in New York in the summer of 1972. It was then picked up for national distribution by Donald Rugoff's Cinema 5 company. Filmfacts noted that the picture was shot on location in New Mexico. Although a June 1971 Variety news item stated that Eddie Carmel was in the cast, his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. "Jessy's" agent "Morris" was an in-joke referring to the William Morris Agency.
       The narrative consists of a series of rambling, picaresque sequences, several of which were not included in the summary above. Omitted sequences include: A scene dealing with the mother of "Seaweedhead Greaser," who, although being imprisoned by her son, reassures him that "he will always be her favorite," several scenes in which Jessy proves his healing powers to the Indians, as well as a sequence in which a dwarf named "Mr. Spitunia" flirts with Jessy while the dwarf's wife, a bearded man clothed in a dress, spews obscenities.
       Elsie Downey, who played "The Woman," and Robert Downey, Jr., who played her "Son," were the director's wife and son. Allyson Downey was Downey's daughter and Stacy Sheehan was his niece.