The Break that Refreshes: Billie Burke


By Marilyn Ferdinand

This season has been hell on some of my friends. While I was relieved of all responsibility for cooking and hosting the holiday dinner, some of them were not so lucky. Poor Millicent faced a crisis that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It appears only she and I appreciate its seriousness…

Dinner at Eight (1933)

  • Peter Nellhaus spoke:
    28th/12/2008 to 9:00 am

    It may be worth mentioning that Billie Burke is also in a favorite holiday film that used to be a network television staple when I lived in the Chicago area, The Cheaters. It might be found on tape, but not on DVD.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    28th/12/2008 to 9:44 am

    Peter – I never heard of The Cheaters, nor do I remember it being a staple on Chicago TV. When was that?
    It sounds really interesting, though, and also has one of my 20 Favorite Actors in it – Eugene Pallette. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Peter Nellhaus spoke:
    28th/12/2008 to 11:30 pm

    I saw The Cheaters on one of the local Chicago stations as I recall. I lived in Evanston from June 1962 through June 1965. They use to show vintage Warner Brother movies waaay late at night on weekends which I watched with the volume barely on to not disturb anyone, while I discovered Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell.

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