TCM Classic Film Festival: Rediscovering Treasure

Silver Screenings

Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand conduct business under the table. Image: pilgrimakimbo

When we (as in, yours truly) were a child, we were invited to frequentsleepovers at a friend’s house.

The Rules, as outlined by the parents, were: (1) Sleep must be had, which meant (2) No Television After Bedtime.

Oddly, the parents assigned us to a guest bedroom that had a television(!), a temptation against which, as you know, any kid is powerless.

One midnight, we discovered an utterly fabulous movie. It was the 1972 comedy, What’s Up Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal,about a mix-up involving four identical travel bags and the ensuing mayhem.

We were enthralled. We felt this was the kind of movie a Sophisticated Grown-Upwould watch, aglimpse into the world of chicurbanites.

That was many years ago. The next time we saw the film was at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival

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