The Sting” (1973) yesterday, but as I caught back up with normal life after the Malibu Triathlon this past weekend, I ran out of time. I now see it was meant to be because now I can include a tribute to a great actor, Harold Gould, who passed away over the weekend. Mr. Gould, this is now for you!
Scott Joplin (which was actually popular 30 years before the film is set). And Hill’s homage to the gangster films of the past with the old-school title cards for each chapter of the movie and the wipes to change from scene to scene all created a feeling of escapism that audiences of the early 70s had been missing after dealing with the Vietnam War and Watergate and such.
The Mary Tyler Show,” “Rhoda,” and “The Golden Girls.” I think it was “Golden Girls” where I first noticed Gould, playing Betty White’s love interest Miles. It was fun discovering he was in “The Sting” as well when I first saw it. You were a great talent, Mr. Gould, and you will be missed.
So, get out your gloves, practice your pick pocketing…wait, just watch “The Sting.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you have to see it soon. It’s a classic that shouldn’t be missed by anyone. Have a great week, everyone! Be back Friday with your weekend suggestions.
(Post-tidbit: That actually isn’t Paul Newman doing the slight-of-hand card tricks on the train! It’s technical advisor John Scarne, and with a very clever, invisible cut, the shot switches from Scarne’s to Newman’s own hands in time for the camera to pan up to Newman’s face.)