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Enhancing “The Odd Couple” Experience

June 15, 2016

As I write, the great movie, “The Odd Couple” is airing on TCM and if you have not seen it, watch it now, I will understand you not reading the rest of this post.

If you have seen the movie, here is why seeing the opening with the great “Odd Couple” theme that of course was part of the great television show as well, was greatly enhanced tonight.

The co hosts introducing the film, the still lovely Annette O’Toole and the always funny and lucky Michael McKean were fabulous and insightful. It turns out they are married. Surely Annette is lucky as well. Ms O’Toole is a personal favorite.

They went over some of the scenes and Annette reminisced about working with Jack Lemon, who of course is “Felix” opposite Walter Matthau’s “Oscar” in the film.

One scene that stands out to me and sports related is pesky “Felix” calling “Oscar” at Shea Stadium asking what he wants for dinner and driving him crazy.

That is bad enough, but when Heywood Hale Broun, the real life famous sportswriter (Oscar is a fictional one) tells him he missed Bill Mazeroski hitting into a true baseball rarity, a triple play (wonder if Bill, whose name was evoked last week involving the Pittsburgh Penguins and attended their failed home clinching effort but they did win it all in game 6 at San Jose, ever did hit into one at Shea Stadium?) “Oscar” “loses it.”

The great Neil Simon wrote the wondeful play based on a real life situation involving his brother Danny.



Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon, pictured left to right, in “The Odd Couple,” two greats, often even greater, paired together

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