Then I watched a copy of Fame I've had out of the library, fast-forwarding through parts. I sure was into that movie when I was a kid. Went to see it twice, when I rarely went to movies once. It wasn't anything to do with fame, or the desire for it--- the draw, for me. It was those young people practicing taking themselves seriously. Terribly seriously, yeah, sure. But. The novelty, at the time, I'm tellin' ya. And, y'know, the deep gaping need for a shot at such an attitude myself.
Paul McCrane eventually became a doctor on ER. Nancy Kulp, the lesbian from The Beverly Hillbillies who was later a politician, has a bit part in The Marrying Kind. I recognized her but not Charles Bronson, who was apparently in there too. And Wallace Shawn was in (the truly lousy) All That Jazz, which I finally saw most of last night, when I wasn't fast-forwarding through it. His part's so small I'm not sure he even has a line.