(a late 1997 UCLA Extension 35mm. color short comedy)
Writer/Director -- Miles Hood Swarthout
Based on a story by the late -- Glendon Swarthout
Producers -- Lisa Greene & Peter J. Barnett
Director of Photography -- David E. West, S.O.C.
Editor -- Mary Ann Skweres
Composer -- Victoria Dolceamore
Casting -- Lindsay Chag
Main Cast -- Tippi Hedren & Marcia Rodd
Supporting Actors -- Ted Richards, Duke Miglin, and Roger Hampton Location -- Mountaingate Country Club in the Sepulveda Pass near Westwood in Los Angeles, California. Running Time -- 22:45 NTSC
Filmed almost entirely at night over several long weeks in April/May of 1997 and finally completed with a sound remix in November of that year, Mulligans! concerns the comic misadventures of two golf widows, Dottie (Tippi Hedren) and Madge (Marcia Rodd), who, after consuming one too many martinis at their country club dinner, decide to execute Madge's deceased husband's last wish -- to have his ashes strewn in the sand trap beside the 16th green, where the late Harvey had once hit a hole-in-one. So, "borrowing" a golf cart, with fresh cocktails and bronze urn in hand, off into the darkening night they go! Trouble, naturally, follows. Their cart runs out of "juice" and the inebriated ladies are forced to hike across the isolated back nine in their high heels. Surviving confrontations with a greenskeeper, a "wild" spaniel, and several high-powered water sprinklers, the bold but bedraggled duo finally wend their way back to the safety of the club's Men's Locker Room to clean up. If Mulligans!' comic premise sounds a bit like "Lucy & Ethyl in the 21st Century," you got it!
Glendon Swarthout wrote 16 novels, as well as six "juvenile" books with his wife, Kathryn, some of which were bestsellers made into motion pictures. Among them were Seventh Cavalry (Columbia, 1956) starring Randolph Scott and Barbara Hale; They Came To Cordura (Columbia, 1959) starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth; Where The Boys Are (MGM, 1960) starring George Hamilton and Paula Prentiss; Bless The Beasts & Children (Columbia, 1972) starring Billy Mumy; The Shootist (Paramount, 1976) starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall; and A Christmas To Remember (CBS, 1978) starring Joanne Woodward and Jason Robards. Several of Glendon's other novels have also been sold for films but never made, among them: The Eagle and The Iron Cross (Sam Spiegel, 1968), The Tin Lizzie Troop (Paul Newman, 1977) and The Homesman (Paul Newman, 1988), as well as a number of film options on his many stories. Mr. Swarthout was twice nominated by his publishers for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, received an O 'Henry Prize Short Story nomination (1960), won the Spur Award for Best Western Novel of the Year from the Western Writers of America (for The Shootist and The Homesman), as well as the WWA's Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mulligans! is based upon an unpublished short story of Glendon's which is included in a collection of fourteen of his stories (eight of them already published in leading American magazines -- Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, etc.) now being edited by his son, Miles, for publication.
Tippi Hedren made her feature film debut in the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds. That was followed by Marnie with Sean Connery and Hitchcock again in 1964, Charlie Chaplin's The Countess From Hong Kong in 1967, The Harrad Experiment in 1973, her own film, Roar, in 1981, and more recently Pacific Heights in 1990 with her actress daughter, Melanie Griffith, and 1996's Citizen Ruth, twenty-four feature films in all. In 1997-98 alone, Tippi could be seen in the features --Footsteps, The Break-Up, and I Woke Up Early The Day I Died, plus the CBS TV-Movie, Replacing Dad, and an episode of the hit medical series, Chicago Hope. She's also starred in numerous other TV-Movies and episodes of TV series over the years, as well as a few stage plays. Tippi authored The Cats of Shambala, which details her founding the ROAR Foundation to preserve and protect big cats (lions, tigers, and leopards) on the fifty-five acre Shambala Preserve near Acton, California, where she resides, surrounded by sixty-odd gorgeous jungle cats and two African elephants! (Agent, Raphael Berko, Media Artists Group -- 213-658-5050).
Marcia Rodd is a multi-talented actress, theater director and comedienne. She has appeared in such features as The Scout, Little Murders, Citizen's Band, T.R. Baskin and The Last Embrace, as well as Movies for Television such as Where Are My Children? and Land of Little Rain. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Shelter, as well as winning a Drama Desk Award for Your Own Thing. Broadway saw her in I'm Not Rappaport, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Oh, What A Lovely War! among others. In 1998, Marcia appeared in the feature film, Wanted, an episode of ER, and starred in Los Angeles in the one-woman play about the life of Diana Vreeland -- Full Gallop. She also appeared in the Kander & Webb musical review, The World Goes Round, and directed Jack Betts' new play, Friendly Acquaintances, at Actors Alley. On television Marcia has had recurring roles in 21 Jump Street, Trapper John, M. D., and Flamingo Road, guested on such varied recent shows as Home Improvement and Sisters, and directed the hit play, There's No Place Like Home in Los Angeles. (Manager, Kathy Lymberopoulos -- 805-297-7474).
Lucky, the "wild" spaniel, is the only trained-for-film cocker spaniel in America. Lucky is owned and trained by Steven Ritt and made his debut as a puppy on Fox Television's long-running situation comedy, Married With Children, where he appeared regularly for the series' last several TV seasons. (Trainer, Steven Ritt -- 805-269-3647).
Miles Hood Swarthout is a Master's degree graduate of the USC Film/Television School and has achieved a Director's certificate from the film program at UCLA Adult Extension. He belongs to the Writer's Guild and has taught Screenwriting at Arizona State University and his alma mater, Claremont Men's College. His professional writing credits include The Shootist (Writers Guild nomination -- Best Adaptation) and A Christmas To Remember (CBS TV-Movie). He currently has in development The Homesman at Universal with Paul Newman. He just completed his first Western novel and screenplay thereof, Last Ride of the Apaches, based upon another of his late father's short stories first published in the Saturday Evening Post. He hopes next to direct his adaptation of his father's last novel, a contemporary romantic comedy set in their hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona -- Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming. (Hoodwinks Productions -- 310-457-4211 or fax 310-457-0093).
Lisa Greene's resume includes such diverse entries as working as a rock concert photographer and helping manage a lumber yard. She has a film degree from Boston University and is certified by the American Society of Travel Agents. In the past five years she has been a drive-time disc jockey, a location manager, started a thriving retail business, and a landlord, frequently simultaneously. Mulligans! is her first film producing gig. (Office -- 323-650-3673).
Peter J. Barnett received his B. A. in Film and Television Production from California State University, Northridge, then went on to graduate with honors from Webster University with a Masters in Business Management. At Disney, he was responsible for budgeting the feature films, Mr. Wrong, Eddie, The Rock, Con Air, The Incredible Journey, and Phenomenon. He worked in production accounting on Hollywood Pictures' Spy Hard, with Leslie Nielsen, and Touchstone Pictures' Romy & Michele, with Mira Sorvino, handling all facets of location accounting. Mr. Barnett's background in location and production management enabled him to serve recently as Production Supervisor on Hot Country Nights and Executive Producer on In The Dark. He recently handled production accounting for HBO on The Rat Pack and Poodle Springs, and New Line Cinema on American History X and Alone for Showtime. Peter also produced another 35mm. short film, The Yellow Badge of Courage, and was a Finalist in the annual Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition. He is currently co-producing an hour documentary for the Outdoor Life channel. In addition to film combat, Mr. Barnett was a Major serving as a 3rd Marine Air Wing Group Intelligence officer in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, and he still flies helicopters in the Marine Corps Reserves. (Pager/Voice mail -- 323-390-4370).
Director of Photography David West has spent the past eighteen years filming and lighting everything from feature films to commercials and music videos. He has won an Emmy for Peter & the Wolf, an ABC After-School Special starring Kirstie Alley and Lloyd Bridges and filmed No Dogs Allowed, starring Kate Capshaw and Rita Wilson, as well as the recently completed, Winner Takes All, starring Joe Estevez. In the area of sports and live entertainment, David has filmed the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Chrysler/Dodge Ski Race Series and received two Los Angeles area Emmy awards for his coverage of the 1996 L. A. Marathon (KCOP) and the premiere night of Cirque du Soleil (KCOP). He garnered a national Emmy nomination for ABC's Rhythm & Jam, a Peabody Award for PBS's Everybody Dance Now, a Clio Award for "California Earthquake Café," as well as the numerous commercials he's filmed for Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, ESPN, Time-Life Books, Superbowl 26 and many other clients. Mr. West has also shot more than 180 concept and performance videos for everyone from Zucchero to Johnny Gill to Ice Cube to TLC and Boys II Men, Jodeci, Freddie Jackson, and the Backstreet Boys. He won his second Telly Award for another Tina Moore video for the Scotti Brothers. In documentaries, David just finished filming several episodes of the Discovery Channel's upcoming Vision Quest series along the Amazon River and among Native American medicine men, as well another new series for Discovery -- Lost Africa! (Pager -- 800-864-5014. Looking for new representation).
Mary Ann Skweres, the editor of Mulligans!, has been involved in film editing for over ten years, working on twenty-five feature films. With her background in performing (singer in a rock band) and visual arts (B.F.A. in theater with honors from the University of Illinois), including writing and directing, the collaborative, storytelling aspects of editing make use of the varied disciplines in which Mary Ann has been trained. Her recent credits include editing Saving Grace, a comedy starring Lesley-Anne Down, Stephanie Beacham and Olivia Hussey, and Columbia/Tri-Star's upcoming Baby Geniuses, starring Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd and Kim Cattral. She also edited the independent film, The Stonecutter (winner of the Jack Nicholson screenplay award), which screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Ms. Skweres was an additional editor on Damon Wayan's hit comedy, Major Payne, as well as first assisting on B.A.P.S. for Robert Townsend, Mr. Wrong for Nick Castle, and HBO's Barbarians At The Gate in 1993, which won an Emmy for Best Long-Form TV-Movie and was also nominated for Best Editing. She is currently writing/directing her first 35mm. short film for UCLA Extension. (Agent, Bernie Harrison -- 818-379-9700).
Victoria Dolceamore earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Tulane. While teaching courses at Tulane, she found time to play funky keyboards in a New Orleans rock & roll band and compose music for news programming at the local NBC TV affiliate. She was accepted into the USC Advanced Studies Program, learning the fine points of film composing from masters like Jerry Goldsmith and Bruce Broughton. Soon she began scoring independent films (Tian Die, The Returning, and the animated feature, The Magic Voyage) in the U. S. and Hong Kong, and commercials (Treadclimber, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Women Helping Women), as well as a number of industrial films and dramatic "shorts," (Tunnel Vision, Sunday's Child, The Pearl Necklace, and Anticipating Sarah), and a 3-D film for IMAX -- Enertopia. In 1998 Victoria scored two films for kids -- Younghearts Unlimited for the Fox Family Channel and Soccer Dog, the Movie, for Columbia/TriStar and Watershead Entertainment, and the Invisible Child, for the Lifetime Channel. She also created the orchestral score for "The Wilderness Experience," a computer-animated ride film for SimEx Digital Studios. (Agent, Robert Light -- 213-651-1777).
(End Credits in order)
Written and Directed by Miles Hood Swarthout
Cast (in order of appearance) -- Madge -- Marcia Rodd Dottie -- Tippi Hedren Waiter -- Ted Richards Parking Valet -- Duke Miglin Greenskeeper -- Roger Hampton "Wild" spaniel -- Lucky Bad Golfer -- Miles Swarthout 1st Golfer -- ZZ Clark 2nd Golfer -- John Kelley
Casting Director -- Lindsay Chag Stunt Coordinator -- Leslie Hoffman
First Assistant Director -- Paul Domick Second Assistant Director -- John (Jack) Reaves
Script Supervisor -- Diana Stoneberg First Assistant Camera -- Christopher Shaun Grg Magidow Second Assistant Camera -- Alexis Schlemer Mike Krone Loader -- Geraldine Brezca
Unit Still Photographer -- Bill Dow
Production Sound Mixers -- Dean Andre James W. Machowski Boom -- Greg Akopyan Tim Jones
Gaffers -- Joseph Grabowski Cory Bibb Best Boys Electric -- John "JC" Collins Eric Kramer Electricians -- Tom Holm Nikola Ristic Kent Tramel
Key Grips -- Ben Caldwell Vernon Wynne Grips -- William Somach L.K. "Peak" Winbush Gabrielle Weeks Ronald Carlton
Property Master -- Philip Chapnik Assistant Props -- Terrell Lewis Set Dresser -- Julie Michaels
Costumes -- Sara McInturff Key Make-Up -- Sara Chameides Make-Up -- Gina Colando Hair -- Katalin Andrassy Assistant Hair -- Gina Colandgo
Location Manager -- John Kelley Location Liaisons -- Ray Baldwin Kevin Shaw
First Assistant Editor -- Bob Bayless Assistant Editor -- Rebecca Lilienfeld Post Sound Services -- West Productions, Inc. Sound Supervisor -- Mark R. Crookston Dialogue Editor -- Ken Gladden ADR & Foley Mixer -- Debra Winsberg Foley Artist -- Cecilia Perna Sound Effects Editor -- Mark R. Crookston Re-recording Mixers -- Nello Torri Harry Andronis
Keyboards & Programming -- Victoria Dolceamore Guitar -- Barry Coates Vocals & Harmonica -- Kelly Rucker Vocals & Congas -- Richard Mangicaro
Scoring Mixer and Recording Engineer -- Damon Tedesco
"Startin' Over" Music by Victoria Dolceamore Lyrics by Victoria Dolceamore and Miles Swarthout Copyright 1997 Victor J. Music BMI
Catering -- Mountaingate Country Club Chris' Cakes and Catering Craft Service -- Lisa Greene
Transportation Coordinator -- Leo Stefanos Lead Driver -- Michael Dejuan Goldsmith
Set Medic -- Cassie Destino Office Production Assistants -- Terrell Lewis Tamara Schaeffer Key Set Production Assistant -- Terrell Lewis Production Assistants -- Tamara Schaeffer Cassie Destino Derrick D. Smith Ian McMichael Color Timer -- Jim Passon Negative Cutter -- Gary Burritt
Graphic Artists (poster) -- Chris Robbins Belinda Barnett
Additional Production Services -- Swell Production Services
"Lucky" owned and trained by -- Steven Ritt
Lightworks provided by Atomic Film Company Titles by Title House
Production Insurance by Speare, Inc. Filmed with Panavision Cameras and lenses Color by Deluxe Dolby Sound Recording
And a very special thanks to -- Jim Presnal Mimi Roth Seth Winston
Toni Sawyer Jean St. James Harley & Shirley Thronson Harold and Sunnie Tucker Jack and Connie Wood Melanie Salvensen Doyle Marc Spivey Betty Leitzen Marsha Landreth Joel Marshall Mike Walker Douglas E. Turner Jon Feltheimer Michael Donohue Ron Condon Michael Lai
Mountaingate Country Club Brad Williams, General Manager Frank Hererra, Assistant Manager American Golf Corporation Porsche Cars of North America
Atomic Film Company Musco Mobile Lighting Deluxe Laboratories Kino-Flo, Inc. Raleigh Studios Hart Transportation Hollywood Rentals Hollywood Honeywagons West Productions
"Big Blue" -- Uncle Harley's 1990 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
This picture copyright 1997 by Miles Hood Swarthout and Hoodwinks Productions
For Glendon and golf widows the world over
Produced in the UCLA Extension Class -- "Making the Short Fiction Film"
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