I whole-heartedly agreed with Whoopi Goldberg the early morning I told her about the Andy Griffith performance I'd seen the night before at a New York City preview screening of Waitress, written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. I reviewed the movie on Whoopi's syndicated radio morning radio show. Before we went on the air, I told her I hoped the movie would bring Andy Griffith an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The above quote was her immediate reaction. As the dapper, somewhat mysterious character called Old Joe, he's as crusty as the pies that make the lead female character so popular in a small town Southern diner.
To give you an idea of the quality of films Hollywood gave us in 1957 versus today, here are some of that year's releases: A Face in the Crowd, 12 Angry Men, Sweet Smell of Success, Paths of Glory, Funny Face, The Pajama Game, An Affair to Remember, Wild Is The Wind, A Hatful of Rain, Peyton Place, Sayonara, The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock, Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution and Love in the Afternoon, Disney's Old Yeller, 3:10 to Yuma and The Bridge of the River Kwai. Ingmar Bergman gave us the subtitled Swedish film, The Seventh Seal. From Italy, Fellini graced us with Nights of Cabiria.