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From Edgar Allen Poe to Gene Wilder

Dan finds himself back at the movies and TV and literature

Off The Beaten Path this week involves well-known people — a tongue-in-cheek story of Poe being a time traveler to a look behind-the-scenes from the old “Let’s Make A Deal.” The last item is a goodbye to a wonderful actor we just lost.

Edgar Allen Poe, Time Traveler
I had to laugh when I first found this, but sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction … or maybe there are just some weird coincidences here. In any case, here are three moments that might convince you that Edgar Allan Poe was a time traveler!

“Back to the Future: Part IV”?
Yes, that caught my eye too. What a great trilogy the “Back to the Future” films are. About a year ago the cast got together to talk about those movies. In this interview with Christopher Lloyd (who played Dr. Emmett Brown), Lloyd talks about the thought of a Part IV. Would be cool to see it happen! Time will tell! (Pun intended)

Jerry Lewis Talks About Dean Martin
It’s hard to believe Jerry Lewis is now 90 years old. If you’re over the age of 50 (or French), you probably have spent many Sunday afternoons watching an old Jerry Lewis/Dean Martin movie on TV. Here’s a nice interview the New York Post recently did with Jerry Lewis.

Jerry Lewis, Part 2
Since we’re talking about Jerry Lewis (and mentioned in the above article), here is an article focused on Lewis and his new indie drama coming out called “Max Rose.”

“Let’s Make a Deal!”
I thought this was very cool! You might have watched Monty Hall on “Let’s Make a Deal,” but you probably haven’t seen what it was like behind the scenes. Here, on YouTube, is a great video of the behind-the-scenes look at the making of that program. Look at the prizes, the stage hands smoking, the old monitors, cameras, and mics … even at how they were dressed. What a great treasure to be able to peek in on the show and TV productions from 40 years ago.

And finally …
We lost a talented actor this week. Gene Wilder (AKA Willie Wonka, Frederick Frankenstein) passed away. So try to spend some time this three-day weekend partaking in a Gene Wilder film marathon — “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Will Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Stir Crazy,” “Start the Revolution Without Me” and even “Bonnie & Clyde” are a good start.

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