Then, in 1959, he joined forces with a pal, Alan Abel, who had created a hoax group, the Society for Indecency to Bare Animals, which was devoted to placing pants — or at the very least undershorts — on canine, horses and cows as a response to society’s evident ethical decline.
Mr. Henry grew to become the general public face of SINA, because the group was identified, taking part in the position of its president, G. Clifford Prout, giving interviews to newspapers and magazines and showing on tv, the place he would argue that zoos needs to be closed down till the animals could possibly be correctly attired.
The hoax wasn’t fully unmasked till 1965, however till then many individuals — tens of millions, maybe — had been hoodwinked. Amongst them was Walter Cronkite, who featured a phase on SINA in August 1962 on the “CBS Night Information.” He by no means forgave Mr. Henry after studying that it had been a joke.
Within the early 1960s Mr. Henry carried out with the Premise, an Off Broadway improvisational troupe. With Theodore J. Flicker, a fellow troupe member, he wrote his first film, “The Troublemaker” (1964), a lampoon of metropolis paperwork a couple of man making an attempt to open a espresso home. He additionally landed a handful of tv jobs, writing for Steve Allen and Garry Moore and for the satirical information program “That Was the Week That Was,” on which he additionally appeared.
The producer Daniel Melnick put Mr. Henry along with Mr. Brooks to create the spoof of spy motion pictures that grew to become “Get Sensible.” It was an concept born out of commerce, a high-concept melding of massive hits — “Goldfinger” meets “The Pink Panther.”
“I’m going to his workplace sooner or later, and he says, ‘I wish to provide you with guys an concept,’” Mr. Henry recalled of Mr. Melnick. “‘Right here’s the factor. What are the 2 greatest motion pictures on the earth at this time? James Bond and Inspector Clouseau. Get my level?’”