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In 1995, Chasen's closed its doors after 60 years of serving chili to movie stars and visiting dignitaries... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Raymond Bilbool ... Himself
Ronald Clint ... Himself
Tommy Gallagher ... Himself (waiter)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trisha Absher ... Herself

Army Archerd ... Himself
Maureen Arthur ... Herself

David Brown ... Himself

Byron Clark ... Himself

Gary Coleman ... Himself

Pierre Cossette ... Himself

Charles W. Fries ... Himself (as Chuck Fries)

David Frost ... Himself
Neal Gabler ... Himself
Patrick Gallagher ... Himself / Waiter
Dale Gross ... Himself
Paul Gross ... Himself
Adam Heller ... Himself
Ladislav Hodur ... Himself (ex-waiter, author)
Jimmy Jones ... Himself / Chasen's Porter

Sally Kellerman ... Herself
Dan Klosterman ... Himself

Martin Landau ... Himself

Jack Lemmon ... Himself

Michael Lerner ... Himself

A.C. Lyles ... Himself

Carol Lynley ... Herself (as Carol Linley)
Anthony Macchio ... Himself
Mark Maiden ... Himself

Ed McMahon ... Himself
Marvin Michaelson ... Himself

Margaret O'Brien ... Herself (also archive footage)

Dale Olson ... Himself
Ava Ostern Fries ... Herself (as Ava Fries)

Suzanne Pleshette ... Herself

Don Rickles ... Himself
Milton Rudin ... Himself
Mrs. Milton Rudin ... Herself
Val Schwab ... Herself
Tom Snyder ... Himself

Rod Steiger ... Himself

Sharon Stone ... Herself

Donna Summer ... Herself (also archive footage)
Eleanor Vallee ... Herself

Robert Wagner ... Himself (also archive footage)
Norman Winter ... Himself
Ralph Woodworth ... Himself

Fay Wray ... Herself

Jane Wyman ... Herself (also archive footage)

Steve Allen ... Himself (uncredited)

Desi Arnaz ... Himself (with Lucy) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lauren Bacall ... Herself (with Bogie) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lucille Ball ... Herself (with Desi) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Billy Barty ... Himself (with Chasen on This Is Your Life) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Angela Bassett ... Herself (uncredited)

Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Oleg Cassini ... Himself (with Grace Kelly) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dave Chasen ... Himself (restauranteur, on This Is Your Life) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jackie Collins ... Herself (uncredited)

Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Davis Jr. ... Himself (with Marilyn McCoo) (uncredited)

Bo Derek ... Herself (uncredited)

Matt Dillon ... Himself (uncredited)

Ralph Edwards ... Himself (with Chasen on This Is Your Life) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Eddie Fisher ... Himself (with Debbie Reynolds) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joan Fontaine ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Betty Ford ... Herself (with Gerald) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (with Betty) (uncredited)

Michael J. Fox ... Himself (uncredited)

John Gavin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Hugh Grant ... Himself (with Liz Hurley) (uncredited)

Merv Griffin ... Himself (uncredited)

Monty Hall ... Himself (with Art Linkletter) (uncredited)

Charlton Heston ... Himself (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (uncredited)

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elizabeth Hurley ... Herself (uncredited)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself (uncredited)

Van Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jennifer Jones ... Herself (uncredited)

Quincy Jones ... Himself (with Nastassja Kinski) (uncredited)

Grace Kelly ... Herself (with Oleg Cassini) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Deborah Kerr ... Herself (with Sinatra) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nastassja Kinski ... Herself (uncredited)

Sally Kirkland ... Herself (uncredited)

Jessica Lange ... Herself (uncredited)

Jay Leno ... Himself (uncredited)

Jerry Lewis ... Himself (with Dean Martin) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Art Linkletter ... Himself (with Monty Hall) (uncredited)

Courtney Love ... Herself (uncredited)

Dean Martin ... Himself (with Jerry Lewis) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Johnny Mathis ... Himself (uncredited)

Marilyn McCoo ... Herself (with Billy Davis Jr.) (uncredited)

Robert Mitchum ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Colin Powell ... Himself (uncredited)

Tyrone Power ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kelly Preston ... Herself (with John Travolta) (uncredited)

Marc Raducci ... Himself (uncredited)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (also archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (with Nancy) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself (with Eddie Fisher) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Miranda Richardson ... Herself (uncredited)

Dinah Shore ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (with Deborah Kerr) (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Quentin Tarantino ... Himself (uncredited)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Shirley Temple ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Travolta ... Himself (uncredited)

Claire Trevor ... Herself (with Jane Wyman) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lana Turner ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Herself (with Robert Wagner) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Yanni ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Shari Springer Berman 
Robert Pulcini 
Produced by
Diandra Douglas .... executive producer
Rob Grader .... associate producer
James V. Kimsey .... co-executive producer
Julia King .... post-production producer
Alicia Sams .... executive producer
Julia Strohm .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Suozzo 
Cinematography by
Sandra Chandler 
Ken Kobland 
Film Editing by
Robert Pulcini 
Sound Department
John R.F. Halaby .... sound
Nicholas Renbeck .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Cindy Chastain .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Dave Chasen .... in tribute to
Maude Chasen .... in tribute to
Michael Charles Hill .... distribution and marketing coordinator
Raymond Bilbool .... very special thanks
Charles W. Fries .... thanks (as Charles Fries)
Neal Gabler .... thanks
Tommy Gallagher .... dedicatee
Ava Ostern Fries .... thanks (as Ava Fries)
Tina Sinatra .... thanks
Ralph Woodworth .... thanks

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
From the Inside, 22 October 2006
Author: Miqque from Colorado

Know that, as of yet, I have not seen this documentary. So why might I be arrogant enough to comment? My father, Jack Loveland, was General Manager of Chasen's 1949-1966. He passed in 1967. I grew up in the bowels of Chasen's; knowing Dave Chasen (and to a very limited extent, a few contacts with Maude Chasen) and brother Phil. I knew more about the wine cellars, the pantry (and pantry chef Joe), the freezers, meat preparation areas, and unseen corridors than just about anyone. As a wee boy I rolled butter into balls to placed into iced silver bowls, vacuumed the dining room floors, took inventory in the deep freeze. I knew where they kept the massive barrels of MSG and spent hundreds of hours doing child-drawings on the backs of unused menus (brought home by my dad). I heard stories of how Peter Lorre spent massive amounts of time in those wine cellars with my dad pouring his movie salaries down his throat in the form of rare bottles and vintages. Bob Hope gave me a toy wind-up tank when I was five or so. Every once in a while we would get a case of chili or a cake or a Per Al's cheesecake as gifts. Oh, yeah - I never ate in the dining room. Ever.

So just finding out about this DVD from Wikipedia and our noble host, IMDb, I look forward to viewing this video with a very prejudiced eye. From the comments, should hope for an accurate presentation of the hard-working staff. I note Tommy Gallagher is cited, and I remember him well. With any restaurant, presentation - by waiters and bartenders and maitre-d's - as well as the celebrity owners and customers is they typical fodder for the most amicable of filmmakers. Here, as with others, however, they had best beware. Some of us know far more than you do, and it had better be a fair and balanced presentation! Yea, I have a voice on the web (albeit minor) and a history of reviewing film. One so close to my heart and dear to my memory will indeed undergo the harshest of scrutiny, and this small piece will indeed lead to a review of microscopic detail. (One day, soon, to show up under IMDb's Miscellaneous links.) Should anyone care to send me a review copy, I'd be delighted. As is, I am grateful for a tribute of any sort to a Hollywood / Beverly Hills landmark, an important meeting place and watering hole for many celebrities; provided by a group of very fine people who worked hard for a living.

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