2011 Calendar Holiday Gift Guide
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Classic Hollywood: Splurge/Bargain( Los Angeles Times )
Splurge: "It Takes a Thief" (Entertainment One), $199.98
James Bond changed the landscape of film and television thanks to Sean Connery's performance as 007 in 1962's "Dr. No." The movie inspired a slew of popular 1960s spy shows, including "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E," "The Avengers," "Get Smart" and "I Spy." One of the last of the espionage series to debut was ABC's lighthearted "It Takes a Thief," which aired from 1968 to '70. Entertainment One has released the entire 66-episode-run on an 18-disc set that sees Robert Wagner playing ultra-suave thief Alexander Mundy, a man hired to travel the globe stealing in the name of the government. There's plenty of groovy music, beautiful women and even Fred Astaire as Mundy's dapper dad. The set includes a feature-length version of the pilot, an interview with Wagner and a four-piece coaster set, so you can enjoy a martini while watching the show.
Bargain: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tours, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. (323) 469-1181, $15 http://www.cemeterytour.com.
If your funds are a bit low this holiday season, consider purchasing some movie history for the cinephile on your list with the unusual gift of a tour of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr. and Don Adams are among the celebrities buried there. Film historian Karen Bible hosts three different walking tours of the cemetery, each of which about two hours. The Cemetery of the Stars tour visits the final resting places of Valentino, Tyrone Power, Vampira and Marion Davies. The Jewish Heritage tour is available only on select Sundays and includes a visit to the Beth Olam Mausoleum. The Hidden Hollywood Tour gives fans the opportunity to see the graves of stars who have not stood the test of time, such as Henry B. Walthall of 1915's "The Birth of a Nation" and Karl Dane and Renée Adorée of the 1925 film "The Big Parade."
-- Susan King