Who’s Minding the Mint? (1967)

“Do you understand? This is serious business!”

Synopsis:
When a U.S. mint worker (Jim Hutton) accidentally destroys $50,000 in new bills, he enlists the help of his buddy (Walter Brennan), his co-worker (Dorothy Provine), and others to reprint the cash.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
Be prepared to suspend all disbelief while watching this outrageous slapstick comedy, which Peary claims is “deservedly a cult hit”. If you get too caught up in logistics, you’ll drive yourself crazy; instead, relax and enjoy the spectacularly inept maneuverings of these greedy thieves, who can’t resist the temptation to print “just one more sheet”. Jim Hutton is rather bland in the lead role, but he’s surrounded by a wealth of comedic geniuses, including Milton Berle, Jack Gilford, and Walter Brennan. Bob Denver (“Gilligan”) has a small role as well, playing a meek ice cream truck driver whose task is to distract a beautiful yet nosy onlooker during the heist…

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • The truly outrageous costumes (including a tutu, a Revolutionary War outfit, and a boy scout uniform) worn by the troupe of thieves
  • One of the best “crossing hallways” slapstick sequences I’ve ever seen (primarily due to the presence of a pregnant beagle looking for a place to have her pups…)
  • A fascinating look at how machines in the Mint used to operate
  • Walter Brennan as “Pop” — how wonderful to see this veteran character actor in a later film!

Must See?
No, but it’s definitely an enjoyable slapstick comedy. If you loved It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, you’ll like this one as well.

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