Dick Van Dyke never really achieved the kind of movie stardom that his considerable comic talent deserved, though whether it's because of the scripts he was given or because his talent just wasn't suited to the big screen is open to debate. Certainly it's the script that's the villain in Never a Dull Moment, one of countless Disney comedies that seemed to have been made out of the same cookie cutter posing as a typewriter. Mistaken identity is a big component of these films, and it's played to the hilt here, although with rather diminishing returns as the film goes on. While there are a number of worthy moments -- such as the send-up of pop art in the museum sequence -- most of the time, the script barrels from incident to incident without really picking up speed. Director Jerry Paris does what he can with the material, keeping the pace peppy and playing up the gags for all they're worth, and, of course, Van Dyke knows how to mine laughs even from situations we've all seen before. But even with the wonderful Edward G. Robinson and a fine supporting cast on hand, Dull can't manage to live up to its title.
by Craig Butler review