Monday, December 20, 2010

Not dead yet

I'm a football fan in addition to enjoying classic movies, and one of my other Internet hangouts is a football forum where I have the habit of posting Hollywood obits. Back in 2006 when Glenn Ford died I posted his obit and somebody responded, "I didn't know he was still alive". Ford is obviously no longer one of those "I didn't know he was still alive" people, but for many people, Eli Wallach may be one of those.

Wallach turned 95 earlier this month, and is still active enough to make the odd public appearance. Notably, that includes tonight at the TCM Guest Programmer. Wallach sat down with Robert Osborne to present four of his favorite movies, which kick off at 8:00 PM ET.

First, Wallach picked one of his own, with the sultry Baby Doll, in which he tries to steal hot Carroll Baker from Karl Malden, at 8:00 PM.
That's followed by the romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner at 10:00 PM, in which Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan hate each other in real life but unwittingly become pen-pal lovers;
Charlie Chaplin's overrated The Great Dictator at 11:45 PM; and
Marcello Mastroianni trying to make a movie in Federico Fellini's 8-1/2, at 2:00 AM.

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