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The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table 

Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered on their daily lunches at New York City's Algonquin Hotel through the 1920s, which ... See full summary »

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Aviva Slesin
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Episode credited cast:
Heywood Hale Broun ... Himself - Host
Marc Connelly ... Himself (archive footage)
Margalo Gillmore ... Herself
Ruth Gordon ... Herself
Averell Harriman Averell Harriman ... Himself
Helen Hayes ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franklin P. Adams Franklin P. Adams ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Pierce Adams)
Robert Benchley ... Himself (archive footage)
Edna Ferber Edna Ferber ... Herself (archive footage)
Raoul Fleischman Raoul Fleischman ... Himself (archive footage)
Harpo Marx ... Himself (archive footage)
Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker ... Herself (archive footage)
Robert E. Sherwood Robert E. Sherwood ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott ... Himself (archive footage)
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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered on their daily lunches at New York City's Algonquin Hotel through the 1920s, which led to scathing satire of cultural and social trends of the Roaring '20s. Their conflicts and romances are explored, with central figures including Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott. As the decade progressed, they increasingly found themselves drawn apart by literary ambitions, as well as by social issues including the Sacco and Vanzetti case. Written by scgary66

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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The film took ten years to make, with most of the interviews (as well as Heywood Hale Broun's narration) conducted around 1980; most of the interview subjects died before the film's release. See more »

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Features The Treasurer's Report (1928) See more »

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24 November 2006 | by jgoodrich63See all my reviews

I saw this delightful documentary when I stayed at the Algonquin Hotel, as it's shown continuously on something called 'the Algonquin channel'. I wish it had been longer, too---there were so many people I'd love to have heard more about---but the film contains some remarkable footage of the Algonquites; Marc Connelly, for instance, is a lovable curmudgeon and one of the highlights of the film. LUNCH makes a nice companion piece to WIT'S END, James R. Gaines' history of the Vicious Circle. Both the film and Gaines' book evoke the period well. I enjoyed it a lot and would love to have a copy of my own. Does anyone know where I can obtain one? Thanks!


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