So tonight we get the third night of the TCM Spotlight looking at the elderly. Some of the "elderly" aren't quite so old, as in Ride the High Country at 8:00 PM, in which protagonist Joel McCrea was only in his late 50s; to be fair, antagonist Randolph Scott was seven years older.
One of the more famous older actors would have to be George Burns, who got a second career when he did the supporting role in The Sunshine Boys, airing at 2:00 AM. It was his first film in three dozen years, although he had done a lot of radio and television up until his wife Gracie Allen's death in 1964. One thing I didn't know about the movie before is that Burns wasn't supposed to get the role. Originally, it was supposed to go to Jack Benny, who even did a screen test. But Benny was diagnosed with terminal cancer before shooting could begin, which necessitated finding somebody else to take the part. Enter 79-year-old Burns.
The Sunshine Boys will be followed at 4:15 AM by another Burns movie, Going in Style. Burns was about five years older than co-star Lee Strasberg, who played one of Burns' elderly roommates; Burns' other elderly roommate was played by a man 20 years younger than him, Art Carney. Both movies are well worth watching if you haven't seen them before.
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