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  1. My Dad owned The Gourmet and Gift Center at 153 W57th Street, right across the street from the Russian Tea Room. We sold imported fancy foods such as caviar, pate', truffles, coffees , teas, chocolates, etc. Many celebrities were regular customers including Gig Young, Harry Belafonte (whose office was next door) Igor Stravinsky, Bobby Short, Tony Randall, Barbara Walters, Al Pacino, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong ( to whom we would deliver as his modest house was just a few blocks from our home in Queens), and many of the Broadway, Metropolitan Opera and the Ed Sullivan Show cro
  2. My Aunt (now deceased) was an attorney who defended Lewis Milestone's will contest. She called on Robert Blake and Norman Lloyd (both still alive) as witnesses.
  3. Can you tell us the name of the documentary on the 1964-1965 NYC Worlds Fair?
  4. TV shows and movies usually require multiple takes. This causes several problems when the scene involves food. If the person actually eats, there are continuity issues with the size and shape of the food on the plate. Also, under the hot lights, cold food melts, that's why actors substitute mashed potatoes for ice cream. The other problem, obviously, is eating real food again and again on each one of the takes. Thats why actors feign eating, just fiddling with the food and pretending to chew. This is not a problem for stage actors as they can actually eat as a play is in real ti
  5. "Fat Leslie" West used to live in the Saxon Hall apartments with his parents just down the street from my house in Rego Park Queens during late 1960s and early 1970s. The building had open walkways to the apartments and Leslie would set up there with his guitar and amplifier and give impromptu concerts! Everyone in the nabe knew him!
  6. I second "The Luck Of Ginger Coffey" but why don't you enjoy "Lies My Father Told Me"?
  7. Along those lines, how about "Lies My Father Told Me" for best Canadian film?
  8. Cagney last appearance was a TV movie from 1984; "Terrible Joe Moran" with Art Carney where he played a retired boxer.
  9. I saw Sinatra at ringside in Las Vegas over 40 times from 1988 to his last Vegas shows at the MGM in May 1993. I had been to many concerts before seeing Frank, but every one I have attended since then has only disappointed me. Once you've seen the best, every one else is just kid stuff.
  10. Kris Kristoffersen sings "Help Me Make It Through The Night" over the opening scene. The other great song in this movie is "The Look Of Love" sung by Dusty Springfield.
  11. I especially love the last scene with Keach and Jeff Bridges.
  12. I don't remember his comments on Susan Tyrell, but he did say that when the boxer Sixto Rodriguez playing Lucero in "Fat City" knocks him down in the fight, it was real!
  13. Saw "Fat City" a few years ago at UCLA Film with Stacey Keach as guest. Susan Tyrell is terrific in this film Her portrayal of an alcoholic and neurotic woman was definitely Oscar-worthy. Keach's has-been boxer reminds me of his role in "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter".
  14. Great topic! For all you Sinatra fans out there, I believe that the hysterical reaction to young Frank's performances at NYC's Paramount Theater in 1942 was a harbinger of the teenage rebellion that was to come. Although there were other singing idols of that era; Rudy Vallee, Russ Columbo, and Bing Crosby had never elicited the display of pent-up emotion directed at Sinatra. What societal change had allowed these young people the freedom to express themselves so openly? During World War Two, with many of their fathers in service or involved in war production, often joined in the wo
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