Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 84
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August 20, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 84

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Current theater offerings David Birney and Meredith Baxter star in "Bridget Loves Bernie," at 8:30 p.m., on CBS-TV beginning in September. (See story below). Downtown CAPITOL - "Shaft's Big Score," with R i c h a r d Roundtree and Wally Taylor. * » . * K E A R S E--"ioi Dalmatians" and "Swiss Family Robinson." LYRIC--"The* Pigkeeper's Daughter," with T e r r y Gibson and Patty Smith. OWENS MIDTOWN -- "The Hospital," with George C. Scott. VmGlNIA*N-"What's Up, Doc?" with Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand. Neighborhood CINEMA SOUTH-"Fiddler on the Roof," with Topol. CINEMA *21-"The Hospi- ·aTM SOUTH M*TINEEl:3fl.5-EVE!PM Tiddler IDM. MATINEE 2.80 EVE. 2.50 onfhe^ R?of Old idea revamped for premiere ALBAN THi m Th* GreatiM Concert Of Tht Decade NOWYOUCANSEEITANDHEAftlT... AS IF YOU WERE TMEfUl _ THE CONCERT FORIANGUOESH M»T.3:15-5-EVE 7:20-9 'CINEMA By Charles Witbeck HOLLYWOOD-When Archie Bunker became a TV hero by bad-mouthing the minorities, local hustlers began dreaming up facsimiles. One clever fellow who taught college English before discovering Hollywood had the brains to dig back into the files and borrow a gold-plated minority plot that made theatrical history, "Abie's Irish Rose." This fall, tucked to with loving care between "All in the Family" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on the CBS Saturday night schedule is "Bridget Loves Bernie," a completely revamped, updated '72 edition with a "Family" touch, on the love affair between the' Jewish fellow and his Irish Rose. WALNUT GROVE ( D R I V E IN T H E A T R E ) Route 3 5 W.nf.Hri GEORGE G.SGOTT "THE HOSPITAL" GEORGE C.SCOTT in "THE HOSPITAL" United Artists] "VaMexIsCtmiif" Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark OPEN SOON OWENS DKIVE IN THEATRE some book somemcMe Complaint 7h« ftn«»l I«hmon-Si0n«v 8«ck*man Production TOWNCVS COMPIAJNT Starring RCHABO KHMMIN · KAJJtNUACK UE GRANT · Based on a npwel by Philip Itorh · Produced by Ernest Lehman Written for the Screen and Directed by Ernest Lehman -Music by Michel Legrand fianavision® Technicolor 9 From Warner Bros., A Warner Communications Company BE NEXT ATTRACTION! VIRGINIAN 05 ( i l SI 3-53 1 ! 2 5 SHOW, TIME, AUGUST 20, 1972 Rose is now Bridget Fitzgerald, an e l e m e n t a r y school teacher from a wealthy Irish Catholic family, who meets writer Bernie Steinberg in a New York cab, falls in love and marries quickly. The young couple take up residence above the Steinberg parental deli- c a t e s s e n and endure . swarms of relatives. Bridget and Bernie furnish the love scenes, playing it straight, warm and cuddly, letting the in-laws take care of the broad comedy. Playing Bridget is Meredith Baxter, blonde, milky- cheeked daughter of actress W h i t n e y Blake and a y o u n g s t e r learning her trade. Bernie is Birney-David Birney, that is, a theatrically-trained, handsome New Yorker with long brown eyelashes. He put two years' time on the soap opera, "Love Is a Many Splen- dored Thing" when he wasn't working off-Broadway or with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. Backing up the attractive kids are old pros Harold J. Stone and Bibi Osterwald, as Sam and Sophie Stainberg. The veteran Ned Glass is Bernie's Uncle Moe, while Audra Lindley and David Doyle represent the F i t z g e r a 1 d parents. Dipnne Warwicke's husband, William Elliott, plays a friend, and Robert Sampson appears as the bride's brother, a Catholic priest. Sharing 24 minutes each week with a cast this size means the young leads will be lucky to manage equal time. At least, the large cast should face a huge audience this September, following the nation's number one show, but whether their format can hold fans is something else. "We shouldn't try to duplicate 'All in the Family,'" David Birney said recently. "Our form of comedy should not become a rip-off. We deal with a Catholic-Jewish family who don't know much about each other, and our plots concern a gradual coming together." Sample story-line out of the first five episodes filmed so far--and one David likes --has B r i d g e t absorbing Jewish customs hoping to please her new husband. In self-defense, Bernie picks up Catholic lore and shows off in front of her family, a move that burns Bridget for its frivolous approach. Another segment built around a dual wedding ceremony pleased the New York actor, who, incidentally, wants to play Romeo on the stage before he grows too old. Birney is keeping his fingers crossed on upcoming scripts, hoping comedy plots based on silly situations and jokes don't take over. "We're asked to play fast and bright," he said, "and that's not encouraging. But, with so many people involved in the project, it becomes hard to get a viewpoint over. I just hope all the people don't worry it to death." A New Yorker all the way, Birney is a stubborn one who refuses to pull up stakes and move West. He at least picked the only show in town that spends some, shooting time in New York/filming exteriors and street action. The bit of location work in the East gave David a chance to show his enthusiastic costar, Meredith Baxter, the big city sights. I'm Great At Getting You Going! If ycu'r* looking for a job or rnayb* for more customers in'your business I m your men! I'm O. Howie Hustles, the hard-working Gazette-Moil Clqss.fied Ad. I tell folks oil ovtr town about you in a flash, and jhey get in touch with you at onccl I m popular with my public, have powerful influence ov«r them, so tal," with George C. Scott. STATE-"Frit*z, the Cat." * * * VILLAGE -- "Th* Graduate," with Dustin Hoffmann and Anne Bancroft. Community ROBINSON -- "The Ten Commandments," w i t h Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner. Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 W A L N U T GROVE--"The Hospital," with George a Scott; "Valdez Is Coming," with Burt Lancaster and Susan Clarke. ROBINSON THEATER ,,,. ,,. l'"""«'lyegtt«rTh«Btr«)' 303W.W«h.S». ni.341.M31 F««turin a Only f.mily Ty»« M..i», TWO SNOWS HN.T-3:}**7ilS ML TMKSMWSSAT.tlM. C«cil I. D.Mill.'t THE TEN COM.HANOMENTS IN TECHNICOLOR tittCkjtttM Mil*.. Ml,,*,, it illri. CAJPITOX, NOW SHOWING |»00«S OftH 2:00 PM "MIS 2:10-4:00-5:50-7:484:301 so het back with more, ...hcs on · brand new METROCaOR · PANAVISION NOW SHOWING FEATURE TIMES SWISS FAMILY 2:02-5:3M:M Itl DONATIONS 4:11-7:41 WALT DISNEY'S 1S!« TfCHNICOLOH* ·'An Will Diini. rikjtllM* STATE NOW SHOWING 2NDBI6WUK I OX Off 1C! OPIN17,30 PM KATUIITIMIS I:00-*t30 INTRODUCING He's X rated and animated! VILLAGE NOW SHOWING 2ND BIG WEEK BOX OFFICE OPENS 7:00 PM FEATURE TIMES 7:15-9:13 Now you can see'lto Graduate" again or for the first time. JOSEPH E. LEVINE MIKE NICHOLS LAWRENCE TURMAN i \ JPG THE GRADUATE AN AVCO EMBASSY FILM T H E A T R E tx ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BEST DIRECTOR MIKE NICHOLS 1M7 An AVCO EM1ASSY MllMM CHARLESTON, W.VA. 9a

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