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Movies: “Come Blow Your Horn”

June 5, 1963 - Opening today is “Come Blow Your Horn,” a comedy directed by Bud Yorkin from a screenplay by Norman Lear, based on the 1961 play of the same name by Neil Simon. The film stars Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb, Barbara Rush, Dan Blocker, and Jill St. John. After leaving his parents' home, young Buddy Baker (Tony Bill) goes to live with his womanizing older brother (Sinatra) in a posh Manhattan apartment, where he learns how to be a partying playboy. Maureen Stapleton reportedly turned down the role of Sinatra’s mother because she had just played Dick Van Dyke’s mother in “Bye Bye Birdie,” despite the fact that she was only a few months older than Van Dyke. Stapleton is nine years younger than Sinatra. The part went to Molly Picon instead.


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