Robert Downey Sr.

Chafed Elbows

Chafed Elbows

This riot of bad taste was a breakthrough for Downey, thanks to rave notices. Visualized largely in still 35 mm photographs, it follows a shiftless downtown Manhattanite having his “annual November breakdown” as he wanders from one odd job to the next, coming across all sorts of sordid types, from a desperate independent filmmaker to a destitute dirty-sock sniffer. And there is something to offend everyone: incest, murder, bad pop songs, you name it.

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Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

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$31.96

Chafed Elbows
Cast
George Morgan
Walter Dinsmore
Elsie Downey
All women's roles
Credits
Director
Robert Downey Sr.
Producer
Robert Downey Sr.
Screenplay
Robert Downey Sr.
Cinematography
William Waering
Cinematography
Stan Warnow
Cinematography
Robert Prince
Editors
Robert Prince
Editors
Robert Soukis
Track analysis and film editing
Fred von Bernewitz
Music
Tom O'Horgan
Special hindrance
New York City Police Department

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