The Road to Hollywood passed through Austin last Saturday as Turner Classic Movies presented a special screening of the 1959 classic Rio Bravo as part of the series leading up to the TCM Film Festival April 28 to May 1 in LA. The free screening at the Paramount Theatre drew a packed house, most of whom were there to see the main attraction, actress Angie Dickinson.
Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News introduced TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who in turn introduced and conducted a half-hour Q&A with Ms. Dickinson. As a longtime TCM fan, I’ve learned a lot throughout the years from Mankiewicz and Robert Osborne, so I was excited to get a live introduction to a movie. Angie Dickinson was frank, funny and refreshingly open about her career and some of her romantic history. She didn’t seem anywhere near her 79 years.
In addition to Dickinson, Rio Bravo stars John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson and was directed by the great Howard Hawks, who, decades earlier, helmed two of my favorite comedies, Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday. The story is fairly straightforward in the Western tradition, but the talent both in front of the camera and behind it have elevated it to legendary status.
The Road to Hollywood series also stopped in Seattle, Cleveland, Tampa, Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Long Island and San Francisco before ending in LA. While I’m sorry to miss the other screenings, I am excited that next month will see the return of the annual Summer Film Series at the Paramount. A schedule isn’t currently up, but keep checking the Paramount’s site for a film schedule.