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|Also known as||The Birk|
|Written by||James L. Brooks|
|Directed by||Robert Moore|
|Starring|| Gene Wilder |
|Music by||Billy Goldenberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producers||James L. Brooks|
Lew Gallo (associate producer)
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Production company||ABC Circle Films|
|Original release||April 14, 1974|
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