There's no question that Gene Wilder has a big head, but it's not quite big enough to wear all of the hats he attempts to don here as he writes, directs, produces, and stars in this up-and-down satire of moviemaking in the silent era. DeLuise is the crazed head of production at a studio.
He is searching for an actor to rival Rudolph Valentino, then the reigning king of romance. DeLuise, overplaying as usual, has a cordon of yes-men around him and wreaks havoc on their insincerity. His barber is Michael Huddleston, who is soon raised to the level of studio executive when he doesn't
join in agreeing with DeLuise. Wilder is married to Kane and hopes to win the talent ...