It's probably not so hard to imagine Phyllis Diller cracking jokes even in this godawful make-up job, but this publicity portrait is actually from a 1969 film wherein the legendary comedienne was given a rare chance to play it decidedly non-comic for a change. The film was an adaptation of Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine, which we've somehow managed to miss for nearly 30 years now. It just doesn't turn up as often as, say, Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! or Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?. And, amazingly, none of these films turned up on AFI's list of the Top 100 Most Boring Films By Steven Spielberg, or whatever that thing was called.

 

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