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In movie theaters 25 years ago

How many stars would you give this?

Say what you will, his brief Richard Burton impression is pretty good.

Your verdict on 1988’s “Scrooged”?

It's a total throwaway and not really enough of a reason to watch this, but at one point Bill Murray does this impression of Richard Burton that is pretty brilliant.

Zuzu grew up to be a self-serving idiot

The TCM channel recently trotted out a special on Christmas movies over the years. Though there were a few good bits, I wish I had that hour back.

There was, though, one astonishing moment. It came courtesy of the rather dim woman who, as a child, played Zuzu in “It's a Wonderful Life.” She suggested that the Jimmy Stewart film should have won the Academy Award for 1946's Best Picture instead of “The Best Years of Our Lives.”


I like “It's a Wonderful Life” as much as the next guy. I consider it high praise to be called someone's “Old building and loan pal.”

But it's simply not in the same league as “Best Years.”

Teacher says every time a bell rings, some child actress grows up to be a moron.

Twenty years ago on “MST3K”

On Dec. 21, 1991, “Mystery Science Theater 3000” got in a seasonal mood with this brutally awful piece of work.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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