Old Favorites in New Films

Will Garbo ever make a comeback? It’s not too likely. Yet many of her contemporaries show no shyness about facing the cameras. Last year, for example, Sylvia Sidney proved you don't have to be under 30 to be terrific when she copped an Academy Award nomination for "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams." And John Houseman actually won an Oscar for "The Paper Chase" ‑at the age of 72.

This year Houseman will be back in "Rollerball," but perhaps the most striking example Of Hollywood's current accent on age is the teaming of Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne in "Rooster Cogburn." Other movie veterans soon returning include Lana Turner in "The Persecutions", Charles Boyer in "Stavisky," Jack Benny in "The Sunshine Boys" and Milton Berle in "Lepke."

If all this doesn't sate your thirst for nostalgia, go find yourself a Garbo festival.

Burgess Meredith, who made his movie debut 38 years ago, plays a salesman in "The Day of the Locust," opening next Easter.