In all history, no American has been more bedeviled, obstructed and frustrated than the Long Island commuter.
In all history, no American has been more bedeviled, obstructed and frustrated than the Long Island commuter. Today his cup ran over. As he tried to get to his train, he found his way blocked by Sofia Loren.
Every weekday morning, the commuters from Long Beach, a little town in Long Island, head for their train and work. This morning, this is what they saw.
Hollywood was making a movie. They changed the name of the station to Miami and all day long they filmed a 300-foot walking shot of Sofia Loren and Barbara Nichols walking down the platform with Tab Hunter watching. The commuters trying to get to their trains did not think it was as glamorous as the crowds did who came to watch.
If Sofia looks thinner than you remember her, this is 16-millimeter film.
These are the husbands and fathers of the people in the crowd. They have jobs. At one time this morning, the movie people got the crowds away by promising to audition them for jobs as extras, but they hired only six, and the rest of the more than two thousand came back to watch.
A man works hard for years and years to buy a little place out on the Island. Before you know it somebody's making movies.
And so in a hundred downtown New York offices today harried commuters were trying to explain what went wrong on the LIRR this time. It was Sofia Loren.