christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

The Oliver! Thang


Midtown Theater, Grand Rapids
In the following post, I shall expound upon part of a recent comment I made ~ which was ~
I just plain do not watch movies...I can NOT just SIT and let a movie soak into my eyes without getting up constantly to do other things!

Keeping myself occupied online is no problem because of the keyboard; i.e., I've got something to DO ~ I can provide input ~ rather than just sit there like a lame lump and WATCH.
So, speaking of watching movies, there was one strange case when I was 17 (in 1968) when the movie Oliver! was playing at the Midtown Theater in downtown Grand Rapids, a dozen miles away.

I have always hated driving, and will only get behind the wheel under absolutely necessary circumstances. I was especially scared of driving in downtown GR, in those days full of one-way streets, foot traffic and wild teens driving "the circuit" (see "American Graffiti" for an example of the bumper-to-bumper crazy shit that went on with the circuit driving fad).

For some odd reason, I was so in love with Oliver! that I drove down there to see it SEVEN (7) TIMES within the space of about a month, most of the times by myself! I would mouth the dialogue and song lyrics along with the actors ~ quietly enough so that other people really weren't disturbed, but now and then someone noticed me and gave me these amused or strange looks, LOL.

I subsequently bought every Oliver!-related LP I found (I think I have 4 or 5 different ones).

In the ensuing years, when video recorders and videotape and cable TV were invented, I managed to tape the movie off a show channel in NC. By the time DVD's were invented I didn't have the personal money anymore to buy it on DVD. Someday I really should.

The ironic clincher to the story: Imagine my surprise when many years later I discovered that one of Brian Epstein's very, very closest friends indeed was ~~ Lionel Bart, creator of Oliver!


Tags: lionel bart

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.