Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday's Forgotten Film: Thursday's Game

It's that time of the week again.  We take our usual Tuesday look at forgotten media on a movie about Thursday.

Thursday's Game stars Gene Wilder and Bob Newhart (an inspired pairing) as two buddies who play with other friends in a weekly game of poker, as they have for many years.  When a heated argument amongst the other friends permanently ends the weekly ritual, Wilder and Newhart decide to keep going out on Thursdays, telling their wives that they're still playing poker with their friends; heaven forbid they stay home with their wives **shudder**.  Will the boys get caught playing hookey from their home?  Even if they don't, what does it say about the state of their marriages that they'd go this far to preserve their night out?

The film costars Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Nancy Walker, Valerie Harper, Norman Fell, and Rob Reiner.  The film was made in 1971, but didn't see the light of day until it aired as an ABC TV-movie in 1974.

The film is out of print (I'm not sure if it was ever released on DVD), so you can either look for a used VHS in the usual places...or view the film right here on the blog!  Courtesy of LikeTelevision.com, which has many old and forgotten films, TV shows, and commercials.  Enjoy!

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Todd Mason said...

Cool. Newhart particularly has seemed to have had a cursed film career, even when the films usually haven't been as bad as their treatment by their studios...FIRST FAMILY, maybe was as bad as its treatment. And I will check that site, too...

Evan Lewis said...

Fun. Thanks for the free flick.

Phillyradiogeek said...

Thanks Todd and Evan! There's some good and obscure stuff at Like Television. It's been around for quite some time.


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