Thursday, August 18, 2016

"What We Need Now Is Hope & Courage"

The soft-spoken Canadian mensch

I don't think I've ever been to NY without thinking of "The Out-of-Towners," one of my favorite movies from the 70s, a classic Neil Simon comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.  Everything goes wrong in hilarious fashion, and everything gets lost - luggage, hotel reservations and above all, dignity. When it comes to Arthur Hiller, it's hard to pick his best movie. There are just too many. "The Americanization of Emily." "The In-Laws." "Silver Streak." "The Hospital." "Love Story." Arthur and my dad met in the early days of live TV, and remained great friends for over 50 years. Arthur's wife Gwen passed away just six weeks ago, and now he's gone, too. Who knows? Maybe the Hillers and the Starrs are sharing a nice table at some celestial hot spot, where it isn't too drafty and the service is heavenly. Double click, people, for full hilarity.

"You mean to tell me I was mugged while I was sleeping?"


  1. I'm not sure that I've ever seen this movie before, but I like Neil Simon's writing and Jack Lemmon's acting so I probably would enjoy it. (I'm a bit pushed for time now, or I'd watch it now!)

  2. It's a great movie, Bun. I think you'll like it.