Dr. Benjamin Douglas is a cantankerous dentist dealing with life after his wife runs away with his dental partner while his grownup daughter, Diana, moves in with him after her own divorce ... See full summary »
"Side by Side" is a very enjoyable TV movie made with three of the biggest names in early TV in the U.S. The plot and script are quite good, and the acting is wonderful. The supporting cast does a great job as well.
If you're a modern-day film buff, be forewarned that this is not an adrenalin charging movie. Rather, its "action" is very slow, purposeful and amusing. Older folks (those of us who watched these TV icons in the 1950s and later) should enjoy this film. And anyone who just likes a good story about people should enjoy "Side by Side."
In their early TV days, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Danny Thomas were great comedians. Berle and Caesar could be saucy for their time, but they were never vulgar. Their shows and brand of humor was clean and decent, and they could bring uproarious laughter out of everyday situations. These three performers all have had long lives. In 1988 when this TV movie was made, Berle was the oldest at 80. Thomas was 76 and Caesar was 66. Berle lived to 96, Thomas to 79 and Sid Caesar is still alive at 91 at the time of my writing this review in February 2014.
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