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18 Reasons Why We Still Love You, Woody Allen
Magnificent moments from the real King Of Comedy

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2. The Poorly Written Stick-Up Note

Film: Take The Money And Run (1969)

Long before The Office, This Is Spinal Tap, The Rutles, and, of course, Zelig, there was the great-grandaddy of mockumentaries, Take The Money And Run. The first movie Allen solely directed (What’s Up, Tiger Lily? Naturally sharing the credits with the original director Senkichi Taniguchi) it’s the forerunner for all his hysterical, manic 'early, funny ones', chock full of scenes nigh-on guaranteed to make you giggle as Woody’s inept crook Virgil Starkwell fails to rob anyone and swiftly gets thrown in jail.

Starkwell gets into chokey when he attempts to rob a bank with a poorly-written piece of paper, and it just so happens to be one of the funniest scenes in the film. And yes, the narrator is indeed Jackson “Bluto from Popeye” Beck – a man who should narrate every movie, ever. Even if it doesn’t need narration.

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