I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing:
Even most rabid Steve Martin fans haven’t seen his 1981 musical Pennies From Heaven-it disappeared from theaters almost as soon as it opened, and it’s not even available on DVD. Here’s a rare chance to catch this dark, brooding tale of false optimism in the face of the Great Depression. Martin seems positively Fred Astaire-ish in the musical numbers; an amazing feat (feet!) when you consider he never took a dance lesson until a few months before filming started.