Picks and Pans Review: Hollywood at Your Feet
AMC (Tues., June 27, 8 p.m. ET)
In a strange and storied Hollywood custom (see review above), more than 200 stars have left footprints, handprints and signatures in cement at Mann’s (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre since the picture palace opened in 1927. This hour-long special, with grandly clichéd narration by Raquel Welch, covers the tradition in all the detail any buff could ask for. You’ll love the news-reel footage of impeccable Can-Grant casting a wry eye at the camera as he assumes the imprinting position; Kirk Douglas making his mark with his chiseled chin; and Betty Grable memorializing her most famous asset by leaving a “gam print.” But you may wish for a little more irreverence. Frankly, I was glad to hear that Harpo threw wet cement when the Marx Brothers were honored.
Bottom Line: That’s a print