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28th Toronto Jewish Film Festival TJFF2020 Part two: October 22 - November 1

Tribute to Earl Pomerantz: Best of the West


Screening Information

June 6

Film Details

Country United States
Year 1981
Running Time 25 MIN
Language English
Director James Burrows

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To commemorate the recent passing of TV comedy writer and producer—and Toronto-native—Earl Pomerantz , TJFF presents the rarely-screened, hilarious pilot of Best of the West, which he created in 1981. Respected as one of the best in the industry, Pomerantz contributed majorly to such American TV favourites as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show, Taxi, The Larry Sanders Show, among many others. In Best of the West, Pomerantz offers a terific western spoof with a cast that includes Joel Higgins, Valri Bromfield, Leonard Frey, Carlene Watkins, Tom Ewell and Christopher Lloyd. “The Best of the West experience was exhilarating, creatively satisfying, personally eye opening and emotionally bittersweet.” (Earl Pomerantz) Episode from Best of the West - Courtesy of CBS Television Studios

Presentation Details

Introduction By Writer and director Charles Dennis. Programme will be followed by a video interview with Earl's brother, Hart Pomerantz.