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.
- Executive Meddling: The studio put in footage of the Lovin' Spoonful singing to pad out the running time. Allen was not happy about this.
- Flowery Insults: "Russian snake!" "Anglo-Saxon hun!" "Spartan dog!" "Turkish taffy!" "Spanish Fly!"
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Two Wongs don't make a right."
- 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.
- 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, who comments that the plot is getting complicated and asks Woody to explain. Woody flatly refuses, so the film cuts back to the action.
- You Have to Have Jews: Japanese detective "Phil Moscowitz."