The moment I returned from L.A. last year, I started saving money for the 2017 Festival. Exactly a week from today I'll be headed to Hollywood! Besides being ready for a week-long vacation, I’m prepared for another set of incredible classic films.
The 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival theme is ‘Make ‘em laugh; Comedy in the movies.’ The line-up is incredible. I made sure that I have every moment scheduled down to every meal. We won’t follow the schedule, and it will be tossed out the window the moment we get our feet on the ground, but it's a good map to have as a back-up.
Unless there is unexpected tornado activity near the KC Airport again this year, we plan to head out early Wednesday morning.
The agenda is a bit open on that day, and all I know for sure is that I’d like to eat at Pink’s Hot Dog stand or Carney’s Sunset Strip. I love hot dogs in a way that only children would understand. I crave hot dogs often, and Pink’s was on my list to visit last year. I ran out of time, so I scheduled it in for this year until a local told me that they're overrated and busy. That's when Carney’s Sunset Strip was recommended. It will be a last-minute decision, and honestly, as long as I get a hot dog, I don’t care where I get it. The other thing on the agenda is a visit to the Hollywood Museum where I'd like to see the Jean Harlow exhibit. Now on to the fun stuff; Thursday the TCM Classic Film Festival officially begins.
At 9:30 a.m. I’ll attend a Q&A with Ben Mankiewicz; then a special ‘Remembering Robert Osborne’ tribute; lunch at Jameson’s Irish Pub; and here is where it gets tough. I’d like to watch the celebrities walk the red carpet again this year. Those walking the red carpet will be the great Sidney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Dick Cavett, Michael Douglas, Todd Fisher, Quincy Jones, Kate MacMurray, Leonard Maltin, Carl and Rob Reiner, and Fred Willard, just to name a few. If I chose to watch the red carpet attendees, I’ll miss the beginning of a few movies I’d love to see. Love Crazy with Myrna Loy and William Powell; Jezebel with local favorite, Henry Fonda, and Bette Davis or Some Like It Hot, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. In the end, if I chose not to cover the red carpet, I’ll attend Love Crazy as I have a chance to see Some Like It Hot in theaters later this year. That's followed by The Man Who Knew Too Much. Both films will be shown in the historic Egyptian Theater. Day one I estimate Ill see possibly two films.
Friday things get real. Brian and I will get up bright and early to stand in line for several hours to see Carl and Rob Reiner leave their handprints and footprints outside of the historic Grauman's Chinese Theater. We’ll follow that with Judy Holiday and William Holden in Born Yesterday; lunch at In-N-Out; my loves, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in Barefoot in the Park; dinner at Mel’s Diner; then Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? Poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; High Anxiety with an introduction by Mel Brooks and we ’ll finish the night with a midnight showing of Zardoz. Whew, I’m sleepy just typing it. Day two I estimate, we'll see five films.
Saturday we'll start the day standing in line again this time it will be for Michael Douglas to introduce The China Syndrome. Then the highlight of the festival for us will be the next few hours. One of our favorite films is being shown, and I’m so excited about it. Cary Grant and Irene Dunn star in The Awful Truth. I recommend this movie to anyone. It's sweet, it's funny and its darn near the perfect film. Then they're following that with one of Brian's favorite films, The Jerk. Brian had talked up Steve Martin and The Jerk from the moment I met him. I finally caved and loved it. This was another one we were excited to see on the list, and the great Carl Reiner will be there to introduce it. We will skip both lunch and dinner and survive the day on popcorn and coke. We’ll follow The Jerk with another Irene Dunn film, Theodora Goes Wild, then Top Secret! Starring Val Kilmer or The Graduate. I love The Graduate and its one of my favorite movies of all time, but again this one will be shown in theaters nationwide in May so I can catch it then. We will finish the night with the midnight movie, The Kentucky Fried Movie followed by dinner at 25 Degrees.
Our movie estimate for Saturday is six.
Sunday, the final day of the festival moves a little slower. We’ll start the day with breakfast at Jameson’s Irish Pub, followed by The Egg and I, with an introduction by Fred MacMurray's daughter, Kate. Then we will sprint back to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a Conversation with Dick Cavett. I missed him in Lincoln a couple of months ago and hoped he would be attending the festival this year. Cavett is now at the top of my lunch list since Robert Osborne passed away. I love watching his old talk show. I know his stories would be amazing. Then we’ll run to catch What’s Up Doc? with Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand. Then to finish the night, local Nebraska boy, Harold Lloyd in Speedy. The silent film will be presented with the world-famous Alloy Orchestra. Harold Lloyd and Speedy are the reason I fell in love with classic movies. This one is special to me and so perfect for the final night in Hollywood. We will end the night with a midnight dinner at In-N-Out.
Monday we don’t have plans except to be at the airport in time for our 8:55 PST night. I anticipate we will wander around Hollywood and see some sights and probably eat some more delicious and fatty food. This year I won’t bore you will all the details of my trip, but I will share some of it in the upcoming weeks after a lot of sleep.