Guest Programmer: Jim Lehrer - 10/25
Lehrer's programming picks cover a wide array of genres--drama, comedy and musical. He tells host Robert Osborne that as a moviegoer he wants "to escape, to go somewhere and be entertained." All the King's Men (1949) takes him to familiar territory: the world of politics, with the fictional Southern governor played by Broderick Crawford "a glorious example of the worst" that can happen when a public servant becomes corrupted by power. The screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934) charms Lehrer not only because Clark Gable plays a "hard-bitten newspaper reporter" not unlike the young Lehrer, but because it's "the ultimate bus movie." Lehrer, whose father worked for bus companies, is a collector of bus memorabilia and a self-described "bus nut." Lehrer compares the musical comedy My Fair Lady (1964) to "eating really good candy--homemade chocolate fudge, which is my favorite."