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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 2 2014 5:24 PM UTC +00:00
$8,101
pledged of $47,000pledged of $47,000 goal
103
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 2 2014 5:24 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is Take My Life Please?

Take My Life Please is a documentary about one of the founding fathers of American comedy: Henny Youngman, the King of One-Liners. Henny was a leading figure in the generation of comedians to break out of Vaudeville onto the national stage, and he brought with him his unmatched rapid-fire delivery of witty, hilarious one-liners, including his most famous joke: “Take my wife...please!”

This documentary paints a portrait not just of Henny Youngman the comedian, but of Henny Youngman the man, and features interviews with friends, contemporaries, and family members alongside footage of his greatest performances.

Who made the film?

Take My Life Please was directed and edited by Gary Youngman, Henny's son. Gary followed his father into show business and has worked the film industry for over fifty years. He drew upon his vast years of experience to paint this touching portrait of a father both bigger than life and down to earth. For this documentary, Gary traveled the country, interviewing Henny's friends and contemporaries, including Milton Berle, Jan Murray, Red Buttons, and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara; all appear in the documentary, sharing their stories about their time with Henny. The film also features never before seen footage of Henny Youngman that Gary shot himself in his father’s final years.

Where will the money go?

Unfortunately, the rights to many of Henny’s performances are not owned by the Youngman family. They are instead owned by entertainment organizations, who must be paid for access to the footage. So the bulk of the funds raised as part of this campaign will go to acquiring the rights to use the footage of Henny’s greatest appearances. Additional funds will be used for post-production finishing costs to ensure the picture is up to the high level of quality both the subject and audience deserve.

Any money raised in excess of the costs of acquiring rights and finishing the film will go toward reimbursing those who generously donated their time to help make the documentary.

I want to help, but can't pledge financially.

That’s okay! We understand that many people who want to see Take My Life Please made may not be able to pitch in financially. If that's the case, you can still help us by spreading the word about this campaign. Tell your friends, parents, and grandparents; share this link via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter… whatever works for you!

I want to know more!

You can use the “Ask A Question” button on this page to ask us questions. We will be updating the FAQ throughout this campaign, so keep an eye out for updates.

You can also see Henny's filmography at IMDb here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0950267/

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, the film is in a near final form at present, therefore the odds of the project failing to complete should this campaign be successful are vanishingly small. It is possible, though unlikely, that a technological failure or natural disaster of sufficient scale could endanger the project.

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