Film: What's Up, Tiger Lily?
A 1966 comedy, the directorial debut of Woody Allen
It's a Gag Dub
of a Japanese spy film and James Bond
clone called International Secret Police: Key of Keys
, in which superspy Phil Moscowitz searches for a secret egg salad recipe stolen from the leader of a "real-sounding but non-existent" country. The idea of a Gag Dub
was so new that Woody Allen appears in an interview segment at the beginning to explain the concept.
This version of the film contains examples of:
- And Call Him George: Quoted verbatim from the original.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "They kill, they maim, and they call information for numbers they could easily look up in the phone book."
- Audience Participation: Phil asks the audience to believe in his gun having bullets so that he can shoot the villain.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Phil Moscowitz: Nothing much to report - oh, somebody tried to shoot me before the opening credits.
- Flowery Insults: "Russian snake!" "Anglo-Saxon hun!" "Spartan dog!" "Turkish taffy!" "Spanish Fly!"
- Lame Pun Reaction: Hero Phil Moskowitz and his girl assistant, tied up, think they've been abducted by bad guy Shepard Wong, but it turns out to be a second bad guy, Wing Fat, who introduces himself: "I am Wong's competitor." Phil quips, "Well...two Wongs don't make a wight!" Wing Fat smiles and says, "For that joke you should only drop dead."
- Ms. Fanservice: Playboy Playmate China Lee, who does a striptease during the closing credits.
Woody Allen: I promised her I'd put her in the film...somewhere.
- Noodle Implements:
Phil: Meet me in the bedroom in five minutes and bring a cattle prod.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A bartender character is given a Peter Lorre voice. Eventually lampshaded.
- Punny Name: Teri Yaki and Suki Yaki.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The Lovin' Spoonful's upbeat folk soundtrack provides a complement to the Gag Dub dialogue in keeping things light, in spite of all the serious cloak-and-dagger action onscreen.
- Viewers Are Morons: Defied for comedy. Midway through, the film cuts back to the interviewer.
Interviewer: Woody, since the story is a bit difficult to follow, would you mind giving the audience and myself a brief rundown on what's gone on so far?
Woody Allen: (flatly) No.
- You Have to Have Jews: Japanese detective "Phil Moscowitz."