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Jewish World Review Jan. 19, 2000 /12 Shevat, 5760

Dick Kleiner

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Is there a video of 'Watership Down'? -- Q. Several years ago, I read "Watership Down," by Richard Adams. I recently found it again and enjoyed it so much. On the cover of the book it stated there was a movie made of it. I wonder if it happened and, if so, is there a video? I truly think my great-grandchildren would enjoy it, as it is such a clean-written story. -- Y.L.H., Fort Pierce, Fla.

A. Yes, a British animated version of Adams's novel was made in 1978, featuring the voices of John Hurt, Ralph Richardson and Denholm Elliott. You and your great-grandkids can find it by clicking here.

Q. Recently, we watched a movie on the Lifetime Channel that raised some questions. It was called "The Client," and supposedly starred Susan Sarandon, but she never appeared. We both had seen the original motion picture, "The Client," and had read the novel by John Grisham. Are our suppositions correct, that there is no relationship between the movie we saw that night and Grisham's book, "The Client," except for the title? -- L.D.L., Palm City, Fla.

A. There has only been one movie titled "The Client." It was based on Grisham's novel and starred Sarandon (who definitely appeared in it) and was a fine film. You might have viewed episodes of the former CBS series, "The Client," starring JoBeth Williams, which recently aired on Lifetime.

Q. I saw a movie with Jim Hutton, I believe some time in the 1960s. He and his wife were trying to get pregnant, but his (or her) parents wound up expecting a baby. I think the dad was Paul Ford, and Jim's wife may have been played by Connie Stevens. I was sure the name of this movie was "It's Never Too Late," but I can't find it. Could you tell me the name of this movie, the cast, the year it was made and if there is a video? -- M.A., Bloomington, Ill.

A. The exact title was "Never Too Late," but you still won't be able to find it -- there is no video. It was made in 1965 and starred Hutton, Ford, Stevens and Maureen O'Sullivan. It was based on a hit Broadway play.

Q. In the late 1970s, we saw a good movie called "Walk, Don't Run" or something like that. Or maybe it was "Walk, Don't Die." I can't remember the details, but I do remember enjoying it. If you can figure out the title, is it on video? -- S.B., Kalamazoo, Mich.

A. "Walk, Don't Run" came out in 1966. It was Cary Grant's last film, and also starred Samantha Eggar and Jim Hutton. It was about a threesome sharing an apartment during the Tokyo Olympics.

Q. Do you remember Jinx Falkenburg, an actress of the 1940s? I remember her on the cover of a magazine, with a bunch of Marines. Is she still alive? -- P.W., Chandler, Ariz.

A. We do remember that beautiful model-turned-actress. She is still perking along, at 80.

COMMENT: Why are some TV stations showing a split screen at the end of a program or movie? They run previews on the left and the credits on the right. This method makes the credits so small it is impossible to read them. CBS is one of the bad offenders. Many times, we want to see who performed in the program, and just can't read it. -- B.M., Myrtle Creek, Ore.

(Send your questions to: Ask Dick Kleiner, c/o Newspaper Enterprise Association, 200 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016. Due to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided.)


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