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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Fun, nostalgic, and sad look at the old Hollywood, 26 August 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Chasen's restaurant was the place to be when Hollywood was in its golden years, and this documentary covers its last days and says goodbye to an era. Famous for its chili, which Elizabeth Taylor had shipped to Rome during the filming of Cleopatra, their hobo steak, and a special drink called The Flame of Love, Chasen's has a permanent place in Hollywood history. Opened in 1936, it played host to every star in the galaxy. It was the place where the "Shirley Temple" was invented - for Shirley - and where the ladies room attendant inspired Donna Summer to write "She Works Hard for the Money." Unfortunately, times change. Lettuce is in; steak is out. Spago's is in; Chasen's is out. The stars stopped coming, the restaurant lost money, and its new boss, a businessman rather than Dave Chasen and his wife, decided to close.

The people who work at Chasen's, it turns out, are as colorful as some of Hollywood's greats. There's Raymond who scoffs at a negative book written by an ex-employee: "He's doing his own thing now. He has a wife with a mustache (pause pause pause)...well, she does"; Tommy Gallagher, who had his picture taken with everyone from the Rat Pack to the Pope; (he died shortly after the filming); the hat/coat check woman, whom we are told has her secrets. "Didn't you tell me Tyrone Power hit on you?" one of the employees asks her. As they give their interviews, they're all soon to be unemployed, some there over 30 years and more.

This is a well done documentary that leaves one with sadness and the unhappy realization that nothing is forever. Not even Chasen's.

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