Send Me No Flowers - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just for the record, if you want to send me flowers here at the American Treasure Tour offices, you are most certainly welcome to.  The headline for today's blog is the name of a film from 1964, and that will be the subject of today's blog because we have a poster honoring it on display in our Music Room.  

Send Me No Flowers is a comedy directed by Norman Jewison, whose impressive resume includes directing such films as 1966's The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, Fiddler On the Roof five years later, and the Michael Caine drama The Statement in 2003.  To see a full list of his accomplishments, check him out on IMDB.  You'll be impressed, we think.  Send Me No Flowers was his third film, and it stars Rock Hudson as George Kimball and Doris Day as Judy, a married couple whose life together would be fine, if George would just relax.  Instead, he convinces himself not only that he's dying, but that Judy is already on the prowl for a new husband.  Co-starring Tony Randall and Paul Lynde, this silly film proved to be the last match up of Hudson and Day.  It received mixed reviews, but did well at the box office.  And really, isn't that the true testament to a successful film?
QUESTION:  Which of the following is one of the other two films starring Hudson-Day?
A)  The Party
B)  Lover Come Here
C)  Pillow Talk
D)  Magnificent Obsession
ANSWER BELOW

IT BEGINS!  There are Americans who believe nothing good has ever come out of our government.  What happened today in 1916 challenges that presumption, because that was the day the National Park Service was born.  Woodrow Wilson signed the bill into law that would protect natural and historical sites throughout the country - the first of its kind in the world - to ensure that these places would always be there for future generations.  Even critics of President Wilson should tip their hat to him for that one!

TIM!  Born and raised in California, the quirky film director Tim Burton turns 57 today.  He has been in the film business since the early-1980s, making his feature debut with the much loved Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, and creating a universe all his own until he most recently released the biopic Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. You never know what to expect from Burton, and that's part of his fun.  Hopefully, many more interesting films!

QUOTE:  One person's crazyness is another person's reality - Tim Burton

ANSWER:  C)  Pillow Talk.  The third film they did together was Lover Come Back.