Some Kind of a Nut


1h 30m 1969
Some Kind of a Nut

Brief Synopsis

A banker who's lost his job for growing a beard embraces the cultural revolution.

Film Details

Also Known As
The One With the Fuzz
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Denver, Colorado, opening: 25 Sep 1969
Production Company
Mirisch--DFI--T. F. T. Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Bank teller Fred Amidon, who has 3 weeks before receiving the final divorce papers from his bossy wife, Rachel, is stung on the chin by a bee while having a picnic in Central Park with co-worker and fianceée, Pamela Anders. As a result, Fred is unable to shave during a cross-country vacation trip they take. Upon his return to the office, Fred decides, despite Pamela's objections, to keep his now fully-grown beard; and when his boss orders him to shave it off, Fred, who has been a lifelong conformist, refuses. He is promply fired, but he becomes a cause célèbre , for his fellow workers, who support him by growing beards and calling a sympathy strike. They are joined in the picket line by a group of hippies and a jazz band. Before long their demonstration attracts the attention of the news media and Fred becomes an overnight television celebrity. Though Rachel is impressed by her husband's new-found independence, Pamela is not, and she schemes to get rid of the beard and restore Fred's position. One night, she drugs Fred's champagne, waits for him to pass out, and enlists her two brothers in giving Fred a shave. Fred wakes up when the job is only half done; he flees, attired only in shoes, socks, and undershorts; is chased through the streets; and is eventually arrested in Central Park and taken to a psychiatric ward. Rachel bails him out and effects a reconciliation before their divorce decree becomes final. Once back in his apartment, Fred shaves off his beard--he never liked it anyway.

Film Details

Also Known As
The One With the Fuzz
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
Denver, Colorado, opening: 25 Sep 1969
Production Company
Mirisch--DFI--T. F. T. Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Articles

Some Kind of a Nut


Some Kind of a Nut (1969), written and directed by Garson Kanin, is a comedy about nonconformity, but it's also essentially the story of a beard. (Its working title was The One with the Fuzz.) Dick Van Dyke plays a milquetoast bank teller going through a divorce with his domineering wife of five years (Angie Dickinson). He plans to marry another teller (Rosemary Forsyth). But when Van Dyke is stung by a bee and grows a beard to cover the sting, he is suddenly seen by his bank managers, and others, as rebellious, setting off a chain of comic events. Meanwhile, Dickinson appears constantly in his imagination, continuing to criticize him at every turn.

Dick Van Dyke made this picture immediately following Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). In his memoir My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, Van Dyke recounted that he greatly enjoyed working for a second time here with Angie Dickinson (following their 1965 Norman Jewison comedy The Art of Love). He also wrote, "The partnership with Garson [Kanin], who was lovely and came to the set each day dressed to the nines, didn't work out as I had hoped. It was nothing he did or didn't do; the material, envisioned as a social satire, just never panned out."

This was Garson Kanin's final film as director. He directed a total of 16 features and short subjects throughout his career, including Bachelor Mother (1939), The Great Man Votes (1939) and My Favorite Wife (1940), but he remains best remembered as a prolific writer of stage and screen, with such credits as the play Born Yesterday and the films A Double Life (1947) and Adam's Rib (1949). His last two films both came out in 1969 (Where It's At was the other) because of an unusual shooting schedule. In an effort to accommodate Van Dyke's many other film commitments, Some Kind of a Nut was shot in two parts -- first for two weeks in May 1968, on location in New York, and then the rest in January 1969, in Hollywood.

This was supposed to be the first film of a four-picture contract between Kanin and producer Walter Mirisch, but the other films never materialized. The talented Mirisch, who had recently won a Best Picture Oscar® for In the Heat of the Night (1967), didn't even mention Some Kind of a Nut in his 2008 memoir.

Perhaps the lackluster critical and box-office reception left a sour taste. Critics called the film dated in style and content, with The New York Times remarking that it "sounds like something out of Kanin's trunk." And Variety found the "premise...too light and whimsical on which to base a full-length feature," adding that it "plods unevenly through much that is mostly unfunny, although occasionally striking an amusing note."

This was the last film for 71-year-old actor Dennis King, a renowned Broadway star of the previous four decades who also had movie credits dating back to 1930.

Producer: Walter Mirisch
Director: Garson Kanin
Screenplay: Garson Kanin (writer)
Cinematography: Enrique Bravo, Burnett Guffey, Gerald Hirschfeld
Art Direction:
Music: Johnny Mandel
Film Editing: Richard W. Farrell
Cast: Dick Van Dyke (Fred Amidon), Angie Dickinson (Rachel Amidon), Rosemary Forsyth (Pamela Anders), Zohra Lampert (Bunny Erickson), Elliott Reid (Gardner), Steve Roland (Baxter), Dennis King (Otis Havemeyer), Pippa Scott (Dr. Sara), Peter Brocco (Mr. Suzumi), Robert Ito (George Toyota)
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by Jeremy Arnold

Some Kind Of A Nut

Some Kind of a Nut

Some Kind of a Nut (1969), written and directed by Garson Kanin, is a comedy about nonconformity, but it's also essentially the story of a beard. (Its working title was The One with the Fuzz.) Dick Van Dyke plays a milquetoast bank teller going through a divorce with his domineering wife of five years (Angie Dickinson). He plans to marry another teller (Rosemary Forsyth). But when Van Dyke is stung by a bee and grows a beard to cover the sting, he is suddenly seen by his bank managers, and others, as rebellious, setting off a chain of comic events. Meanwhile, Dickinson appears constantly in his imagination, continuing to criticize him at every turn. Dick Van Dyke made this picture immediately following Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). In his memoir My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business, Van Dyke recounted that he greatly enjoyed working for a second time here with Angie Dickinson (following their 1965 Norman Jewison comedy The Art of Love). He also wrote, "The partnership with Garson [Kanin], who was lovely and came to the set each day dressed to the nines, didn't work out as I had hoped. It was nothing he did or didn't do; the material, envisioned as a social satire, just never panned out." This was Garson Kanin's final film as director. He directed a total of 16 features and short subjects throughout his career, including Bachelor Mother (1939), The Great Man Votes (1939) and My Favorite Wife (1940), but he remains best remembered as a prolific writer of stage and screen, with such credits as the play Born Yesterday and the films A Double Life (1947) and Adam's Rib (1949). His last two films both came out in 1969 (Where It's At was the other) because of an unusual shooting schedule. In an effort to accommodate Van Dyke's many other film commitments, Some Kind of a Nut was shot in two parts -- first for two weeks in May 1968, on location in New York, and then the rest in January 1969, in Hollywood. This was supposed to be the first film of a four-picture contract between Kanin and producer Walter Mirisch, but the other films never materialized. The talented Mirisch, who had recently won a Best Picture Oscar® for In the Heat of the Night (1967), didn't even mention Some Kind of a Nut in his 2008 memoir. Perhaps the lackluster critical and box-office reception left a sour taste. Critics called the film dated in style and content, with The New York Times remarking that it "sounds like something out of Kanin's trunk." And Variety found the "premise...too light and whimsical on which to base a full-length feature," adding that it "plods unevenly through much that is mostly unfunny, although occasionally striking an amusing note." This was the last film for 71-year-old actor Dennis King, a renowned Broadway star of the previous four decades who also had movie credits dating back to 1930. Producer: Walter Mirisch Director: Garson Kanin Screenplay: Garson Kanin (writer) Cinematography: Enrique Bravo, Burnett Guffey, Gerald Hirschfeld Art Direction: Music: Johnny Mandel Film Editing: Richard W. Farrell Cast: Dick Van Dyke (Fred Amidon), Angie Dickinson (Rachel Amidon), Rosemary Forsyth (Pamela Anders), Zohra Lampert (Bunny Erickson), Elliott Reid (Gardner), Steve Roland (Baxter), Dennis King (Otis Havemeyer), Pippa Scott (Dr. Sara), Peter Brocco (Mr. Suzumi), Robert Ito (George Toyota) C-91m. by Jeremy Arnold

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Location scenes filmed in New York City. Prerelease title: The One With the Fuzz.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 1969

Released in United States Fall September 1969