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On This Day In Comedy… In 1976 ‘Norman… Is That You?’ Was Released Starring Redd Foxx!



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

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