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Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997)

In 1995, Chasen's closed its doors after 60 years of serving chili to movie stars and visiting dignitaries, Presidents and the Pope. During its two final weeks, Chasen regulars (actors and ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Raymond Bilbool Raymond Bilbool ... Himself
Ronald Clint Ronald Clint ... Himself
Tommy Gallagher Tommy Gallagher ... Himself (waiter)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Trisha Absher Trisha Absher ... Herself
Army Archerd ... Himself
Maureen Arthur ... Herself
David Brown ... Himself
Byron Clark ... Himself
Gary Coleman ... Himself
Pierre Cossette ... Himself
Steven Dones Steven Dones ... Himself
Charles W. Fries ... Himself (as Chuck Fries)
David Frost ... Himself
Neal Gabler ... Himself
Patrick Gallagher Patrick Gallagher ... Himself / Waiter
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In 1995, Chasen's closed its doors after 60 years of serving chili to movie stars and visiting dignitaries, Presidents and the Pope. During its two final weeks, Chasen regulars (actors and producers), staff, and management sat for interviews. There's an Oscar party for 1500, footage and photos of famous diners, and time with Tommy Gallagher, the ebullient head waiter until retirement in 1994, his son Patrick, catering head Raymond Bilbool, general manager Ronnie Clint, hat check girl Val Schwab, ladies' room attendant Onetta Johnson, and foreign- born waiters, including Jaime. When he started in 1970, like other Latins, he wasn't allowed out of the kitchen. It's a family farewell. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

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October 1997 (USA) See more »

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4 June 2000 | by DocJoeSee all my reviews

I have to agree that it´s a fantastic documentary. I was very surprised to watch it on German TV, because I just stayed at Raymond Bilbool´s place in Hollywood for the second time. If you want to know him better (and you should, because he is even more entertaining, when you meet him an his friends personally), you should definetely consider to visit his Bed&Breakfast Inn in the Hollywood Hills.


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