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  • Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997)
  • 90 min | Documentary, History
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997)
90 min | Documentary, History

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 ...See moreIn 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 See less
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Oct 1997 (United States)
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Tommy Gallagher
Self (waiter) Self (waiter)   See fewer
Charles W. Fries
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Patrick Gallagher
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Ladislav Hodur
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Jimmy Jones
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Carol Lynley
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Madonna
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Ava Ostern Fries
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Steve Allen
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Desi Arnaz
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Lauren Bacall
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James Bacon
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Lucille Ball
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Billy Barty
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Angela Bassett
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Jeff Berg
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Humphrey Bogart
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Brett Butler
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Oleg Cassini
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Dave Chasen
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Jackie Collins
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Bing Crosby
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Billy Davis Jr.
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Bo Derek
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Angie Dickinson
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Matt Dillon
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Ralph Edwards
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Cristina Ferrare
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Eddie Fisher
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Joan Fontaine
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Betty Ford
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Gerald Ford
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Jodie Foster
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Michael J. Fox
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John Gavin
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Hugh Grant
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Merv Griffin
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Monty Hall
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Charlton Heston
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Bob Hope
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Rock Hudson
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Holly Hunter
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Elizabeth Hurley
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Samuel L. Jackson
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Van Johnson
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Jennifer Jones
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Quincy Jones
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Grace Kelly
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Ethel Kennedy
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Deborah Kerr
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Nastassja Kinski
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Sally Kirkland
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Jessica Lange
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Jay Leno
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Jerry Lewis
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Art Linkletter
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Courtney Love
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Dean Martin
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Johnny Mathis
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Marilyn McCoo
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Jayne Meadows
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Robert Mitchum
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Chazz Palminteri
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Sarah Jessica Parker
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Colin Powell
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Tyrone Power
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Kelly Preston
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Marc Raducci
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Nancy Reagan
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Ronald Reagan
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Debbie Reynolds
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Miranda Richardson
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Dinah Shore
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Frank Sinatra
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James Stewart
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Quentin Tarantino
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Elizabeth Taylor
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Shirley Temple
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Jennifer Tilly
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John Travolta
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Claire Trevor
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Lana Turner
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Lew Wasserman
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Dianne Wiest
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Natalie Wood
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Yanni
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