Jerry Lewis cracked the audiences up while putting his hands and footprints into the Walk of Fame in front of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday morning. Not only did he make a rare appearance with his daughter Danielle, but he displayed his new unusual friendship with director Quentin Tarantino, and he shot a bird at photographers.
"I was going to make another imprint here, but they said that would not be good," Lewis quipped as he knelt down in front of the crowd to put his hands and footprints into cement and sign his name.
Tarantino said on the way out that he was thrilled to honor Lewis, whom he met at a comedy roast. He is actually screening some of Lewis's movies that he owns at the Beverly Theater a few blocks away—an art house theater that the director owns. Almost as a competing marathon, Tarantino will be screening Saturday with Don’t Give Up The Ship (1959), Boeing, Boeing (1965), At War With The Army (1950) and Hollywood or Bust (1956) before The Nutty Professor screens at the TCM Film Festival.
"This man is a national treasure," Tarantino said about Lewis. "He's not only a great actor but also director and has been an inspiration for me all my life."
"This is an incredible experience," Lewis giggled. "Tonight I'll see everyone at 'The Nutty Professor' at the Egyptian (Theater)."
Tarantino said he was sorry he couldn't see Clint Eastwood's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" playing at Chinese Theatre later in the afternoon on Saturday because that was a Western that had a lot of inspiration for him, and has some of his favorite scenes in movie history.
In other highlights during the four-day Turner Classics Movie Film Festival, Quincy Jones talked about the original "Italian Job," composer Richard Sherman discussed "Mary Poppins" and Mel Brooks told stories about "Blazing Saddles" before and after the movies were shown.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss attended his Academy Award-winning film "The Goodbye Girl" and discussed it in a Q & A session in front of an audience with actress Illeana Douglas at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where the first Academy Awards were held in 1927 in the ballroom.
The festival also has film experts and notables offering insights into the movies, such as film sound experts Ben Burtt and author/film historian Cari Beauchamp, among others.
(See the photo gallery for pictures of the people mentioned as well as others at the TCM Film Festival this year.)
Jill St. John and Robert Wagner were also celebrating the 20th Anniversary of TCM with Robert Osborne during the Ask Robert Event at The Montalban Theatre and there was a Conversation With William Friedkin at Club TCM at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Actress Margaret O'Brien attended a "Meet Me in St. Louis" screening and Shirley Jones was at "Oklahoma."
There was also a U.S. Postage Stamp Ceremony unveiling a Charlton Heston postage stamp. His son, director Fraser Heston and his mother Lydia.
“Acting was not Charlton Heston’s whole life,” said the Postal Service Board Chairman Mickey Barnett. “He was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs. In the 1960s, he believed so strongly in civil rights that he marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he called ‘a 20th century Moses.’ Later, he became a strong supporter of rights for gun owners and served as president of the National Rifle Association. No matter what kind of stand he took, you always knew his beliefs came from a place of true conviction."
Special replays for overcrowded events that are newly announced for Sunday include:
9am - National Velvet
12pm - 5th Avenue Girl
2pm - On Approval
4:30 - Employee's Entrance
7pm - The Great Gatsby
The final day, with "Gone with the Wind" and "Wizard of Oz" among others airs Sunday on the last day of the TCM Film Festival, go here for details: The 2014 TCM Film Festival http://filmfestival.tcm.com