Who's Minding the Mint? (1967)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors  |   Release Date - Sep 26, 1967 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Very much in the vein of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Who's Minding the Mint? is a far-fetched, densely-plotted heist comedy that features a large cast of familiar comic talents. Although largely unknown, Mint is a surprisingly engaging bit of silliness, the kind of film one approaches with low expectations and which pleasantly surprises one. Director/screenwriter Frank Tashlin had a lot of experience working in cartoons at Warner Bros., and it shows in the screwy but careful build of improbable situation upon improbable situation. The pace is fast and lively, rarely pausing long enough to let one ponder the unlikely nature of the story or of the characters' actions. The cast is a delight, with Jim Hutton turning in a sweet and appealing performance as the harried employee. The roster of comedians involved also shines, with special mention going to Jack Gilford and Victor Buono; the sight of the latter sinking into the sewer, holding onto a miniature American flag, is especially memorable. Mint is finally too silly to amount to much, but it's silly in an endearing and charming way.