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1976, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

A hugely entertaining slapstick farce and heartfelt Valentine to the earliest days of the Hollywood movie industry. Ryan O’Neal stars as the bumbling young lawyer who accidentally stumbles into directing, Burt Reynolds is the hot-tempered leading man, Tatum O’Neal is the brains behind the operation, and lovely Jane Hitchcock is the object of everyone’s affections. Co-starring John Ritter, Stella Stevens and Brian Keith.

1963, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Jerry Lewis

With one swig of his magic potion, Jerry Lewis is transformed from meek college professor into the God of Mutant Swingers - Buddy Love! A few critics saw Lewis’ performance as a sharp dig at old partner Dean Martin (The Hollywood Reporter winked, “There’s more than a dram of vinegar in this portrayal of the glib, flip, guzzling hipster.”) Be sure to check out Love’s den of unearthly delights, the Purple Pit, and grrrr-oove to the swanky sounds of Les Brown and His Band of Renown. With Stella Stevens.

1972, 20th Century Fox, 117 min, USA, Dir: Ronald Neame

Director Ronald Neame and producer Irwin Allen’s literally titanic disaster epic features a boatload of acting talent - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Jack Albertson, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens and more - all doing their best to survive the hellish inferno of capsized ocean liner the S.S. Poseidon. Special kudos to Shelley Winters for her unforgettably gutsy performance, and to special effects expert L.B. Abbott and stunt coordinator Paul Stader for some of the most spectacular disaster scenes in movie history, including the famous upside-down ballroom.

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