March 15th, 2006

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Cinema Dave spoke with Dyan Cannon on Friday Afternoon - March 10

While his movies play regularly on television, it is
hard to believe that Cary Grant passed away 20 years
ago. He fathered one child, Jennifer, in 1966 with
Dyan Cannon. In a recent telephone interview with Dyan
Cannon, I was able to ask the actress what do you
think about when you see him on television?
“Boy he was cute…and he was a good actor!”
Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon had a daughter together, Jennifer.
"She is doing Great!" Dyan commented like a beaming mother.

Dyan Cannon's acting career has lasted nearly fifty
years. Her television debut can be traced to classic
television westerns, like “Have Gun Will Travel”
“Gunsmoke,” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.” She can also
be seen spotted on “The Untouchables” featuring Robert
Stack as Elliot Ness.

As she made the transition to movies, the world of
filmmaking was changed. Dyan was nominated for an
Oscar for her role in the swinger’s comedy, “Bob &
Carol & Ted & Alice” and the spiritual comedy,
“Heaven Can Wait.” Through the seventies, Dyan acted
opposite such leading men as Sean Connery, Burt
Reynolds and Peter Sellers in mostly entertaining
gumshoe thrillers and comedies. Cannon excelled in
comedy and was one of the original hosts for Saturday
Night Live 30 years ago.

In the last ten years, Dyan been a regular on
television shows like “Ally McBeal,” “The Rockford
Files” and while most people start collecting their
social security check at age 65, Dyan Cannon was
caught skinning dipping on the NBC network sitcom,
“Three Sisters.”

Dyan Cannon recently returned to South Florida to
promote” The Boynton Beach Club,” a film she is fond
of because she was,
“…reunited with so many friends…I didn’t know Len
Cariou…but being reunited with so many with so many
friends was so great.”

She also had kind words for the South Florida
production crew;
“This was a tip top first class crew. I have always
worked with wonderful crews. The cinematographer was
great. But this crew was just wonderful.”
As a writer, Dyan collaborated with Director Susan
Seidleman with regards to a subtle, but powerful short
scene in which we learn that Lois’s bereavement is
deeper than the other members of “The Boynton Beach
Club.”

“Susan and I wrote that scene together…it was never
really clear why this character seemed so different.
Why was she still there? …We have all lost people …but
she lost her son and a lost kid is the toughest thing
that anybody can take. …”

This dramatic moment has its roots in a real life tragedy;

“My new project is to create a teen outreach center.
A friend of mine lost her teenaged daughter to the
choking game. We do not have a location yet, but we
have volunteers, a lawyer, and an accountant. I am
also filming a documentary about teens. I have worked
on it for years and I may have be filming for another
four or five years. Kids are my passion.”

On her website, was a link for "God’s Party." Dyan commented that it was an old link but,

"We did that for seven years and it was amazing. We
held it at the CBS studio with rock and roll bands and
people attended this celebration. It was a
celebration. We no longer do the parties but I host
Bible studies."

Dyan Cannon was a nice telephone interview and I hope to meet her in person for a longer chat.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

When can we join "The Boynton Beach Club?"

Besides winning the Best Picture Oscar, “Crash” also
won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble
Acting. The key to ensemble acting is communication
and championship teamwork. The mark of good ensemble
acting is that each individual actor is given a moment
to shine while receiving empathetic support from their
colleagues.

Directed by Susan Seidleman and co written by her
mother, Florence, “The Boynton Beach Club” features an
ensemble of characters that have recently lost loved
ones. Marylin (Brenda Vaccaro) is the most recent
initiate, a woman whose husband is run over by a blond
bimbo on a cell phone. Marylin is befriended by Lois
(Dyan Cannon), a decorator with the body of a twenty
year old ballet dancer. While wiggling her heinie at
breakfast diner, Lois attracts the attention of Donald
(Michael Nouri), a tall man of mystery.

Jack (Len Cariou) is also a recent widower, an
incompetent homemaker with a pot smoking Goth
grandchild. Jack is actively pursued by Sandi (Sally
Kellerman), an experienced widow who has the patience
to deal with new widowers. Last, but not least, there
is Harry (Joseph Bolonga), an experienced widow's man
who still encounters new adventures with internet
dating.

“The Boynton Beach Club” strikes a realistic chord
that salutes the South Florida Fountain of Youth
Culture. One humorous highlight involves Jack's first
date at an all-you-can-eat-early-bird-special. The
narrative intersects between these six main characters
with verve and energy. The pace is fast enough that
one does not forget the comedic situations featuring
Marilyn & Lois & Donald & Jack & Sandi & Harry.

It helps that we have grown up with these ensemble of
actors. It is as if we are having a reunion with the
people from “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “The Four
Seasons,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” and “Goodbye
Columbus.” As the characters are introduced, their
high school picture is presented with their year of
graduation, usually between the classes of 1966 or
1967.

Brenda Vaccaro and Dyan Cannon make a great team with
genuine warmth for one another, Len Cariou teeters
from heartbroken loser to humble lover who finds a
second chance at love. While Joe Bolonga could have
portrayed Harry as a leisure suit leech, the actor
finds a way to make his Casanova an endearing figure.
Bolonga's wife, Renee Taylor has small, but
unforgettable role as an aqua mermaid in hydrotherapy
class.

Regardless of the actor's cinematic history, “The
Boynton Beach Club” stands on it's own as an
entertaining film that affirms life. There is a
genuine feeling of warmth that celebrates aging
without getting old. The picture postcard
cinematography celebrates our community in a breezy
and positive way. “The Boynton Beach Club” is easily
one of the best motion pictures of 2006.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Lent Day 14

Since Friday is Saint Patrick's Day,
an Irish Arch Bishop has ordained that it will be all right to have cornbeef this Friday.