GOOD MORNING: Chalk up a new screen credit for “director” Alan Smithee, this time for “Scent of a Woman” which, you recall, won an Oscar for Al Pacino. You may recall Martin Brest was producer and director of “Scent” when the Universal feature played theatrically. However, when the movie made its network bow Monday night (ABC), the director-producer credit read: “Alan Smithee.” “It was the only way I could ‘red flag’ it,” Brest told me, “so that everybody who would care (about the movie) would know. When the airline version was created — the shorter for domestic, the longer for overseas flights — I decided to take my name off the credits. And the electronically, speeded-up version for TV is even shorter than the airline version.” He reminded it’s not something done “casually” but with DGA approval. Further, he said the edited version is “based on my suggestions which I made on paper to the studio.” Did Brest watch the Alan Smithee version Monday night? “No.” Will he see it someday? “I don’t think so,” he said. He’s currently at work, with writer Bo Goldman, on a modern version of the 1934 Fredric March starrer, “Death Takes a Holiday”– they’ll retitle it “Meet Joe Black”… And talking about protecting one’s film work — Fay Kanin’s en route to D.C. where she, as president of the Film Preservation Board, meets to pick 25 more pics adding to the 175 in the National Film Registry — 20 of which are now touring in seven cities. Kanin first stops at the George Bernard Shaw fest in Niagara on the Lake for tomorrow’s presentation in repertoire of the Fay and Michael Kanin play, “Rashomon,” which bowed at the Music Box theater in 1958 “and has never not run since then,” she adds.
“YOU SHOULD SEE THE HORSE!” Jack Lemmon told me when I reached him at his hotel room in Asheville, N.C., where he was recuping after a horse fell on him during a scene in WB’s “My Fellow Americans.” It was during a parade sequence and Lemmon noted, ‘They’re not Hollywood horses here — one of them spooked when the cameras rolled and the band started playing! I thought I was hit by a car — it was a 1,500 pound horse who stepped on me.” Lemmon was taken to the hospital and he, miraculously, suffered no fractures. But, boy is he aching! And he won’t be able to do running scenes for several days. Also upcoming is a scene in which he and Jim Garner (both play ex-presidents) gallop on horseback across the White House lawn. However, a double, wearing a Lemmon-like mask will sub for Jack, “Garner can handle horses,” Lemmon allowed … Elaine Kaufman, owner of Elaine’s famed eatery in N.Y., is recuping at Beth Israel Hospital following knee replacement (both). She’ll be sprung from the hospital in a week … Although Julie Andrews nixed an offer to appear on the Tonys, she will be seen on the 50 th anni show. It’s a clip from “Camelot” in which she and Richard Burton were nominated. He won. The femme winner was Elizabeth Seal in “Irma La Douce”… Gary Smith, exec producer of the Tony TV show, said Alexander Cohen is not letting ’em have clips from Tony shows he’s (Cohen’s) done, but Andrew Solt is providing many “wonderful” clips of Tony-winners from the Ed Sullivan shows … Lionel Hampton’s “Flyin’ Home” to L.A. where he began his jazz career in 1929, this time playing with South Central’s Washington Prep High School of the Arts Jazz Band June 9 in the school aud.
IT DOESN’T MAKE IT EASY TO WARM UP to a studio’s hoped-for hot movie when the theater in which it preems is kept freezing. Despite repeated requests at Mann’s Village preem of “Mission Impossible” to adjust the A/C, cold blasts continued as parades of first-nighters marched to restrooms (and lobby) throughout the “Mission.” The explanation: “The studio wanted it kept this way.” Nonetheless, the film’s grand finale got warm hands at its spectacular train-‘copter chase. Everyone then dutifully paraded through Westwood to the lavish party boasting a helicopter pad dance floor, live Web site transmissions, computers to play the Apple Mission Impossible Adventure Game, photo op I.D. card areas and Along Came Mary’s international cuisine to match the pic’s locations — from Prague to London, to the U.S. … Gale Hayman launches her Beauty Boutique hourlong series on QVC today while on June 6-7, Fred Hayman continues his “awe$ome” Home Shopping Net outings with his signature leather line … Liza Minnelli receives the Liberace Award tonight at Bally’s Las Vegas where she bows … Disney TV animation exec Roy Price and wife Grace Yang Price welcomed son Grant SunJoon P. May 21 at Santa Monica Hospital — the happy grandparents are Katherine (Huggins) and Frank Price, and great grandpa is Roy Huggins, longtime exec with Universal TV … Hugh O’Brian’s Youth Foundation raised $200,000 at his celeb golf tourney at Mountaingate Country Club in Bel Air. Jim Murray presented the J.M. Sportsmanship Award to the club’s golf director, Eddie Merrins.