On This Day In Comedy… In 1976 ‘Norman… Is That You?’ Was Released By MGM And United Artists

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On this day in comedy on September 29, 1976,  Norman… Is That You? was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists

Based on the hit stage play of the same name this version goes for a Black cast, not Jewish and stars Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey.   They portray the parents of fresh-out-the-closet, Norman.   Well, the closet door was ajar and Redd peeked in.   Foxx is an abandoned husband (his wife ran off with the brother-in-law) and to get his bearings he visits his son unannounced and pulls a Columbus of a discovery.  Like most old-school fathers, Foxx tries to talk Norman (Michael Warren) into being a real man to the point of buying him a prostitute.   But naturally by the end of this comedy attitudes have been adjusted, enlightenment and personal growth have manifest and old Redd Foxx is a more tolerant man than when he arrived uninvited on the doorstep of his grown ass son.

Directed and produced by George Schlatter, Norman . . .Is That You? co-stars Dennis Dugan, Tamara Dobson, Vernee Watson-Johnson, Jayne Meadows, George Furth, Sosimo Hernandez, Sergio Aragones and Wayland Flowers.

By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton

www.darryllittleton.lol

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