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The Projectionist Details


This offbeat comedy finds a rotund, daydreaming projectionist (Chuck McCann) who fantasizes that he is the super hero Captain Flash. He imagines his nemesis to be Renaldi (Rodney Dangerfield), whom the projectionist refers to as "the Bat." Renaldi demands the lobby floor to be so clean he can eat off it. The film uses superimposition of older films, the first to employ such techniques. The projectionist imagines Rinaldi to be in league with the forces of evil like Hitler, Mussolini and space aliens. He is under the delusion that he must save a female co-worker (Ina Balin) from the clutches of the evil Bat. The projectionist summons such heroes as Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper and the US Marine Corp to save her from imagined danger. This is the first feature length film for director Harry Hurwitz, who also appears as an usher. This also marks the film debut for Rodney Dangerfield, who had recently changed his name from his given name of Jack Roy and opened a nightclub. The film premiered at the Rochester Film Festival in 1969. It has earned cult status over the years and is in the archives of the Museum Of Modern Art in New York. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Chuck McCann
as Projectionist/Captain Flash
Ina Balin
as The Girl
Rodney Dangerfield
as Renaldi/The Bat
Jara Kohout
as Candy Man-Old Scientist
Harry Hurwitz
as Usher
Clara Rosenthal
as Crazy Lady
Lucky Kargo
as Usher-Batman
Robbie Lee
as Usher-Batman
Alex Stevens
as Usher/Henchman
Robert Staats
as TV Pitchman
Alex Stevens
as Usher/Henchman


Harry Hurwitz
Harry Hurwitz
Harry Hurwitz
Harry Hurwitz
Roy Frumkes
First Assistant Director