From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Skidoo (1968, USA) is a Hippie-Comedy film directed by Otto Preminger.


Main Details

  • Released in 1968
  • Color
  • Running Time: 97 Min
  • Production Co: Otto Preminger Films (as Sigma Productions)
  • Distribution Co: Paramount Pictures (1968) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Otto Preminger
  • Written by Doran William Cannon
  • Starring Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Groucho Marx, Arnold Stang
  • Produced by Otto Preminger
  • Cinematography by Leon Shamroy
  • Film Editing by George R. Rohrs
  • Casting by Erik Lee Preminger


  • It takes two to skidoo


Otto Preminger (Anatomy of a Murder) directs this psychedelic-comedy classic starring Jackie Gleason as Tough Tony Banks, a retired gangster who reluctantly comes out of retirement to silence his old friend and squealer (Mickey Rooney). Tony’s suburban haven comes crashing down as his daughter (Alexandra Hay) takes up with a hippie (John Phillip Law) and his wife (Carol Channing) gives them permission to move into their house with their hippy friends. The all-star cast includes Batman villains (Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin), with Frankie Avalon, Peter Lawford, George Raft, Slim Pickens, Fred Clark, Richard Kiel, Harry Nilsson and Graucho Marx in his final role as the mob boss names God. Music and lyrics by Nilsson.

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