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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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Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Thanks
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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Great Sentimental Material, 3 July 2007
Author: BruceUllm from Orange County, CA

My late father was in "the business" and I had some exposure to the Hollywood crowd in the 60's. I was never lucky enough to dine at Chasen's, but wish I had been. This eatery, along with Scandia, The Brown Derby and Cyrano's have all closed now, victims of neglect. The current clientèle are too health conscious to ever want the truly delicious fare and wonderfully elegant ambiance of a Chasen's. The closest thing we still have to such a place is Musso Frank's on Hollywood Blvd. I have eaten there and am very glad it's still around. You can enter that place and suspend disbelief: it becomes the 1940's and Boogie or Grant or "Stanny" (Barbara Stanwyk) might come walking in at any moment....or so I began to believe after savoring a truly fine vodka martini at the bar.

So this documentary did bring back a feeling to me and a longing for those times, my now deceased parents and a sense of loss of a Hollywood that had some real class.

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