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Thoughts from Ted...

*Where did 2011 go? It seems like yesterday I was going to baseball games in hot hot hot weather, and now it's almost Thanksgiving.

*Are the Occupy protesters in NYC still going to be as determined during the winter months? And I'm still not clear: what exactly are they protesting again?

*By the way, the segment recently on CONAN in which Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog visited the Occupy protesters was one of the funniest bits of comedy I've seen in a long time.

*The one new show on television this season I really like is ONCE UPON A TIME. It's a fast hour.

*I'm in an original musical production of "A Christmas Carol" at The Forum Theatre at Hillside & Douglas. It runs December 1-18. There are so many talented people in the cast; I hope you can come and see it for some holiday fun.

*I'll admit it: blogging makes me nervous for some reason.

*I took a vacation back in October, visiting Columbia, South Carolina; Myrtle Beach, SC; Charleston, SC; Savannah, Georgia; and Atlanta. Wow it was good to get away and see someplace different for a few days.

*Had a really great time a couple of weeks ago when Lone Chimney Films had a night at the Orpheum Theatre with actors Barry Corbin & Buck Taylor. That was a special evening; I'm sorry more Wichitans didn't come to enjoy it.
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Peter Falk R.I.P

I'm long overdue for a blog, and I suppose I've been stirred into action upon hearing about the death of actor Peter Falk.

Peter holds the distinction of being a castmember of two of my favorite comedy movies of all time: "The Great Race", and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". He's a real hoot in "Race", as Professor Fate's manservant/assistant, Max. And in "Mad World", he's one of the cabbies who gets to haul all those idiots around towards the end of the movie. Multiple Emmy winner, Golden Globe winner, multiple Oscar nominee: what a rich career.

Of course, he'll always be identified with his iconic role of "Columbo", but I think I remember Mr. Falk more for his movie work. I'm also reminded of Frank Capra's "Pocketful of Miracles" (for which  Falk got an Oscar nomination), the Rat Pack movie "Robin and the 7 Hoods", and imitating a Bogart-type character in another one of my favorite comedies, "Murder By Death". Other favorites of mine include: "The Cheap Detective", "The Princess Bride", and "Wings of Desire".

He was even in an off-Broadway production of "The Iceman Cometh" with Jason Robards. Can you see Peter Falk doing Eugene O'Neill? I can.

Sadly, he suffered from a pretty severe case of dementia and Alzheimer's disease during his final days.

Peter Falk, thank you for leaving us with a wonderful body of work; you will always make me laugh.
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Make Way For Tomorrow

I watched a movie from 1937 called "Make Way For Tomorrow". It's apparently not very well known, but in recent years it has garnered multiple showings at the Telluride Film Festival.

Despite the fact it was made 74 years ago, the movie deals with a topic that is very contemporary: adults in tough economic times who have to deal with caring for their aging parents. It's handled in a way that is surprisingly direct by Hollywood standards.

Despite some slow-going parts, and although stilted at times, the movie deals honestly with its subject matter. The final third of the film is very touching, as the old parents realize their time together is growing short; they cherish and relive their 50 years together, and their precious few hours remaining.

I have quite a few friends who have dealt with aging & ailing parents during the past year, so mabe this movie has a little more impact for me now than it might have in the past.

It hasn't been released on DVD, so good luck finding it; it might show up once in awhile on TCM.

The "Gridiron" show has wrapped up for another year, so it's time for me to return once again to my humdrum existence. Next: looking very forward to seeing Martin Short perform in May at the Orpheum Theatre!

So long . . .

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My Top 5 Movie Comedies

 My Top 5 Movie Comedies:
1. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
2. The Great Race
3. Blazing Saddles
4. A Shot in the Dark
5. Airplane!
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My Top 5 Movie Musicals

My Top 5 Movie Musicals:
1. Xanadu
2. The Music Man
3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
4. 1776
5. Mary Poppins
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