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The Silence of the Hams

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Dom DeLuise, Phyllis Diller, Rip Taylor, Shelley Winters, Larry Storch, John Astin. The grand opening of the new Beverly Hills Sears? No, it’s the supporting cast of this hit-or-miss-mostly miss-thriller spoof, The Silence of the Hams. Brando look-alike Zane plays — are you sitting down? — FBI agent Jo Dee Fostar, on the trail of his missing girlfriend, who absconded with a bundle of cash. Naming other characters Peter Putrid and Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza would seem the work of a kindergartener. But it’s all courtesy of an adult, Italian writer-director-costar Ezio Greggio. If you can stomach the flatulence gags and stupid slapstick, you may get a kick out of the few clever visual puns and that roster — perhaps the oddest movie assemblage since Otto Preminger’s Skidoo. C-