Greaser’s Palace is a 1972 American Western film written and directed by Robert Downey Sr. It stars Allan Arbus as Jesse, a man with amnesia who heals the sick, resurrects the dead and tap danceson water in the American frontier. A parable based on the life of Jesus in the New Testament, the film has been described as an acid Western.
Jesse (Allan Arbus) paraglides into a town in the American frontier run by a saloon owner named Seaweedhead Greaser (Albert Henderson), a tyrant who collects the town’s taxes while keeping his mother and favorite mariachi band in cages, and suffering from chronic constipation. Jesse has amnesia and remembers nothing except that he is anticipated by talent agentMorris, telling people that he’s on his way to Jerusalem, where he will become a singer, dancer and actor. Greaser murders his son, Lamy Homo Greaser (Michael Sullivan), for being a homosexual, and Jesse resurrects the dead man.
Subsequently, Jesse heals the sick and tap danceson water. Greaser’s saloon is losing money due to the declining popularity of his daughter Cholera (Luana Anders)’s performances, so he hires Jesse to sing and dance at the saloon. Jesse concludes his act with him bleeding stigmatically from his hands. The audience loves it, but the talent agent pans the act. Jesse begins a relationship with a woman (Elsie Downey) who ultimately crucifies him so he can resurrect her son (Robert Downey Jr.), who was killed by Indians.