Angels with Angles: God-awful Entertainment

DATELINE:  Last Stop for the Desperate


Never give a sucker an even break, said W.C. Fields. He’s a character in Angels with Angles. So are Elvis Presley, the Marx Brothers, Mae West, Jack Benny, and others played by imitators.

The central character is a dead George Burns. Yes, that George Burns.

He is an angel trying to reunite with long-gone Gracie, but God (Rodney Dangerfield) is giving him a hard time.

What? How did we miss this 2005 fiasco of a film that was the last for Dangerfield and the last onscreen performance of Frank Gorshin as Burns. His butler Alfred is played by Adam West. Also showing up: Jerry Mathers and Dwayne Hickman, with Soupy Sales thrown into the mix.

So, whether this trivial piece of weird is worth it or not as a film hardly applies. It is utter drivel. Yet, to see these old stars of yesteryear in one last glorious supernova forces old movie/TV fans to give up on quality. It’s enough to make you cry.

This atrocity was written and directed by the late Scott Edmund Lane, long-time bit actor. He ought to be commended for roping in these aging celebrities for one last glorious appearance on the silver screen. He probably worked with them years ago.

The film proves that the lure of being in a movie transcends good taste. Money may be the carrot, but fame is the stick. Jack Benny once did a TV show episode in which he was prepared to do anything to be cast again on the big screen. Indeed.

Gorshin’s George Burns is perfect. Some of the other imitators are not so blessed by the hand of talent. Most of the name performers show up for nothing more than a cameo.

We don’t usually review, let alone recommend, bad movies. In this case, we feel compelled to warn viewers with one hand—and wave them on with the other. This train wreck defies you to turn away.