January 16, 1995
Geoffrey Barr, 70, personal manager who guided the careers of actress Jean Simmons and others, often urging them to try television. While in the Army during World War II, Barr earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After graduating from Northwestern University in speech and drama, Barr headed for Broadway, where he began his career as an actor in "Darkness at Noon." Later he worked as assistant to Broadway producer Cheryl Crawford.
April 23, 1991 |
The Hollywood Roosevelt is a great under-utilized party space, commodious enough to hold several hundred people. It's nice to see somebody getting some use out of it. The scene was Thursday night in Hollywood, at the premiere of "A Little Night Music," the latest production of the Ahmanson at the Doolittle Theatre. After the premiere, several hundred guests drove up Hollywood Boulevard to the hotel for a late supper party.
April 26, 1991 |
If you want to prepare yourself for Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Little Night Music" now at the Doolittle Theatre, skip the stilted movie version and go directly to the lyrical film that inspired it, Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night." "A Little Night Music," the 1978 film based on the Sondheim Broadway musical (124 minutes, Image Entertainment CLV extended play laser disc) boasted a nice pedigree, but fell far short of its promise.
October 29, 1987 |
"The Court Jester" (1956), one of the late Danny Kaye's finest films, screens Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the County Museum of Art's Bing Theater as part of the ongoing salute to Paramount. Written, produced and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank--and featuring words and music by Sylvia Fine and Sammy Cahn--"The Court Jester" is a fast and witty spoof of swashbucklers.
November 4, 1994 |
The new "ABC Kids Movie Matinee" earns points for not being yet another "action" (a euphemism for "violent") children's show, but the first offering in this series of original feature-length movies for children--an animated, musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel "The Secret Garden"--loses points for turning out to be just another Saturday morning cartoon.
April 15, 1988 |
Movies *** "The 49th Parallel." VidAmerica. $39.98. An all-star British flag waver film for the 1941 war effort, with a glittering roster: director Michael Powell, co-scripter Emeric Pressburger, composer Ralph Vaughan Williams--and editor David Lean on an early assignment with cinematographer Freddie Young. The plot is an exact reversal of the next Powell-Pressburger movie, "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing." There, crash-landed RAF pilots try to flee through the Netherlands.