Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TCM Classic Film Festival Day Five Recap

My last day at the TCM Classic Film Festival was a lot less hectic than the previous days. I unfortunately missed the screening of The Fiddler on the Roof and didn't get an opportunity to see director Norman Jewison in person. I really needed some extra sleep if I was going to make it through the last day.

On our way to catch the bus to the festival, Carlos and I made a short detour and stopped by Robert Mitchum's star. Mitchum's grandson, actor Bentley Mitchum, helped me find the star last year. I didn't do much on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year but I really wanted a photo with Mitchum's star. He truly is my favorite and it's always a joy for me to watch his films and to hear stories about him.

I found out today that Robert Mitchum's wife Dorothy Mitchum passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 94. My sincerest condolences to the Mitchum family for their loss.

Carlos and I headed to the Chinese Multiplex to check out the Genworth area. Genworth Insurance is one of the official sponsors of the TCM Classic Film Festival along with CitiBank and Delta. Genworth had a photo area with a big TCM display, a living room/charging station and a coffee and tea bar. The area was really neat and I hadn't had a chance to spend any time there earlier so I'm glad I did on the last day. Genworth also had a contest that you entered for a chance to win two Spotlight Passes to the 2015 festival. I entered Carlos and I in the contest but alas we didn't win! I loved this set-up and my only complaint was that they had no electrical outlets and the only cables they had for charging didn't fit my iPhone 4 or my Android Mophie phone charger. So it was pretty useless to me.

We were too early to get one of the official printed photos of us in front of the TCM display. However, one of the TCM festival volunteers was gracious enough to take photos of Carlos and I in front of the display.

We headed back to Club TCM and Carlos took a few photos of me in front of some festival signage. I love this billboard of George Cukor and the stars of The Women (1939). It was by far my favorite of all the lovely TCM festival signage.

I also really loved this behind-the-scenes photo of Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy from Father of the Bride (1950). Here I am with the sign, my official festival bag, my social media buttons and my media pass.

Carlos and I stopped by the TCM Boutique to do a bit of shopping. I bought a copy of the Conversations with Robert Osborne DVD. He was signing copies later in the day.

I wasn't feeling well so I mostly hung out in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel. I briefly attended the Judy Garland program in Club TCM but had to leave because my stomach wasn't doing so great.

Later on in the day I did get a chance to catch part of the 20 Years of TCM On-Air panel. I plan to do a short post on this so stay tuned! I left early because… 

At 4 pm Robert Osborne was interviewing Maureen O'Hara for Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival. I really wanted another opportunity to see O'Hara again! Because they had previously announced the time of the interview there were a lot of people who camped out early to get close to the front. They gave us an opportunity at the end to photograph the lovely Maureen O'Hara before her grandson Conor Beau escorted her away. 

I loved this interview because it was a lot more in depth than the one before the How Green Was My Valley screening. O'Hara discussed her leading men, working with Charles Laughton and John Ford, her working relationship with John Wayne and even talked about how much she loves watching soccer. She left us with a little limerick at the end.

Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings got in line for Robert Osborne's signing of his DVD. Here is Laura with Robert. He gave her a kiss before she left. I wish I had gotten a picture of that! 

I was so happy to get a chance to meet Robert Osborne, to shake his hand and to thank him for all he does. This signed copy of Conversations with Robert Osborne is now a treasured possession.

Still feeling sick on the last day at one point I decided not to attend The Wizard of Oz (1939) in 3D IMAX screening but I'm so glad I changed my mind! It was a magical way to end the festival. The movie worked perfectly as the last film of the festival. The festival has been like Oz and now we are all heading back to our own Kansas. There's no place like home!

I went to the Closing Night Party to say goodbye to some friends. The 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I had even more fun than last year and that festival was a blast too. I'm very sad it's over and it was difficult to say goodbye to friends but I look forward to next year and to do it all over again!

Me and K.C. of A Classic Movie Blog

Me with Angela from Hollywood Revue

Me and Diane from Classic Movie Blog


  1. Wow! What a wonderful festival this year, eh? Thank you SO much for sharing your journey with us - I loved reading all of your posts and looking through all the photos you posted. Such fun! If I had stepped foot in that TCM Boutique, I would have bought EVERYTHING! And I do mean EVERYTHING. Goodness gracious xx

  2. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Great job.

  3. Another fun festival. Great job. Very special with Maureen O'Hara this year.

  4. Great! I loved to know that Maureen likes to watch soccer, I would never have imagined... Your pictures are great. And I see you're famous now, with your picture shaking Tarantino's hand!
    Loved the association of the festival as a classic film land of Oz.


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