Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Max Price (Lane) is at the top of the comedic ladder during 1950’s television, he has a hit show (The Max Price Show), a great writing staff, and is backed heavily by the audience. But alas, all things good do not stay good forever. Ratings go down as the Lawrence Welk show premiers in Wisconson, “Urbanism” is not something to poke fun at, McArthyism is in full gear, and NBC decides they want to cut Prices’ show from an hour and a half show to a one-hour slotter, and Price antes up on the booze and tranquelizers, all while trying to keep his show fresh, keep his staff in work, and find time for his family life. It’s a great flick about loyalty, and it exposes the dangers of trying to be “The Best”; which is always inpossible, especially in show-business. This movie premiers at 8 p.m., May 26th on Showtime.
Finally, a tv-movie that is billed as a comedy that is actually funny! The cast was great, the writing was great, and even the morals were decent. It is rare that the industry puts out tele-movies with such a great mix of acting, writing, and fast cut direction that does not assult the viewer with low grade production values. It is just to bad that the assult on the viewer was in the form of language. This would have been a great film for coming of agers who want to break into the comedy industry, but it is just to hard to endorse these movies when there is so much language. If Showtime would come out with an edited version of this movie, make sure you rent it, or watch it, because it is a comedy that lives up to it’s genre.