Peter O'Toole in "My Favorite Year" (Comedy; 1982); in Private Theater

  • January 10, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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"A madcap farce"--Variety

Let's begin the year with a comedy starring Peter O'Toole, who died shortly before Xmas, in 1 of his 7 (or 8) Oscar nominated roles.

When Mel Brooks was a writer for the 1950s live TV hit show starring Sid Caesar, Your Show of Shows, the debauched, wild, alcoholic Erroll Flynn once was a guest; this film is inspired by that.

Snacks included.

Dir. Richard Benjamin; 92 mins.

Plot and Review from Variety:

"An enjoyable romp through the early days of television, My Favorite Year  provides a field day for a wonderful bunch of actors headed by Peter O’Toole in another rambunctious, stylish starring turn."

"Looking exquisitely ravaged, O’Toole portrays a legendary Hollywood star in the Errol Flynn mold who, in 1954, the year of the title, agrees to make his TV debut on The Comedy Cavalcade."

"O’Toole is put in the hands of young comedy writer Mark Linn-Baker for safekeeping, latter’s sole responsibility being to keep his idol sober enough to make it through the performance a few days later."

"Fully cognizant of the kid’s mission, the flamboyant star behaves himself for awhile, but finally falls way off the wagon after enduring a dinner party at the Brooklyn home of Linn-Baker’s mother."

With: Mark Linn Baker, Jessica Harper, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan

Meeting Place; both the building and theater are wheelchair accessible: We are going to meet in new private theater downtown to which Jane has access (seats up to about 15, projector, stadium style seating).


Parking is available across the street in the Main Public Library parking lot on 6th Ave No., a half block down from intersection of 6Th & Church. < Parking also might be available on 5th or 6th but the library is a sure thing!

*****Anyone taking MTA , to come downtown, take #7; it stops at Church & 9th Ave. No. (after Lifeway announcement) or main station about 3 short blocks away; and going home, the #7 stops about 2 blocks up on 6th Ave. No. The #3 also stops at the main station if you are coming downtown; and right across the street on 6th Ave. going back towards West End. *****

Jane will be in the lobby to greet you or you can buzz the concierge. Her cell number is [masked] in case you need directions.

Derek's Additional Directions:

  If this will be your first visit, the most important thing is plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and give yourself plenty of time to find a parking space (I recommend the library too) and find the building.

  Also, print these directions or be able to access them from your phone.

The Private Theater is in The Cumberland at 555 Church Street at the corner of 6th and Church. On the other corner of 6th and Church on the same side of the street is the Nashville Public Library.  On the other side of The Cumberland is a UPS Store, then Grill It, then McKendree United Methodist Church at 523 Church.  Subway is directly across the street from The Cumberland facing it.

You go through 2 sets of double doors when entering The Cumberland.   The 2nd set of double doors is straight ahead.  You can Press 6# for the Concierge Desk for either set of doors that are usually locked.

 After going through the 2nd set of double doors, walk straight ahead until you can't walk further. You will pass the Club room/lounge on your right where everyone may be if you arrive early enough.

  If you don't see them, then turn to your left where the hall dead ends at the[masked] sign.  Then, at the Storage Room door sign - go to your right.  You will pass the exercise room. 

You'll see the Media Center door straight ahead.  That's it.  Go through that door and then you'll go through another door that says Media Center.  There are also restrooms there. 

Again, print these directions or be able to access them if you are going for the first time.

  Thanks and have a great time!

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  • Marsha

    I struck a Google goldmine looking up one of the actresses in My Favorite Year. Lainie Kazan played a very convincing and endearing Brooklyn Jewish mother. She also played Maria Portokalos, the very convincing and endearing Chicago Greek mother, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as well as Leona Bloom, Bette Midler’s overbearing stage mother, in Beaches. But according to a YouTube video, “Lainie Kazan Tribute”, she was quite the hot ticket in her youth. She even posed in Playboy in October of 1970. And the woman can sing beautifully, as featured in the YouTube tribute. Who knew? (…besides Jane and Jeff, lol)

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Dr. Jeff T.

      I was a part-time announcer on WAMB, the big-band/easy-listening radio station, from June 1981 through December 2013.

      1 · January 12, 2014

    • Marsha

      32 1/2 years! Respect.

      January 12, 2014

  • Dr. Jeff T.

    Happy New Year! I enjoyed seeing you at Jane's screening of MY FAVORITE YEAR. I had never seen the movie before, and I liked it very much. Seeing old pros like P. O'Toole, C. Mitchell, L. Kazan, and others in such a different, funny movie was a pleasure.

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • jane d.

    Nice to see returning and new members--thanks for the kind comments! Will start on time next time! Great comedic performance by Peter O'Toole--so debonair and wild!!!!

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Melissa H.

    As a first time attendee, I thoroughly appreciated the warm hospitality of Jane (i.e., popcorn, sweets, water) as well as meeting several other attendees! The movie intro and debriefing by Jane were quite enjoyable. Thank you for hosting such an enjoyable evening. I look forward to attending future events (and will bring wine to share if that's okay). Thanks again!

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Marilyn R.

    Thank you for the opportunity to see classic movies. Jane, you were a lovely hostess.

    1 · January 10, 2014

  • melanie c.

    Sorry to back out but I have a horrible case of pharyngitis.

    January 10, 2014

  • Karen

    I'm sorry! I had a last minute conflict and cannot attend. I tried to call Jane, but couldn't get through... Hope you have a great time!

    January 10, 2014

  • Heather M.

    Sorry all, I think I'm going to have to bail. Looks like I've caught the flu, and it's very doubtful I'll be back at 100% by Friday. I was really looking forward to it too!

    January 8, 2014

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