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Dec. 21, 1962

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster started plotting a co-starrer soon as the latter wound his cameo Wednesday in Douglas’ “List of Adrian Messenger.” Can they afford each other? “Easily,” assures Kirk … Although an all-star cast aimed for his “Seven Days in May” (when the script’s completed), there’s also a possible reteaming of Douglas-Lancaster in “Montezuma.” The script, in Spanish, was sent to Mexico to show how their hero will be treated … The Sam Spiegels’ first night back in Hollywood spent with Anne and Kirk Douglas. Sam is godfather to their son Peter (seven) who greeted him with, “Uncle Sam, can I take some of my friends on your boat?” “Don’t forget your old man, ” Kirk chimed in. (Anne is one of the hard-working femmes responsible for tonight’s plush “Lawrence of Arabia” preem benefiting Cedars’ free bed program) … Warning: be there by 7:45 — that’s H-hour for the four-hour pic … Spiegel zooms back to N.Y. “I’ve only been able to be in the office three days this year,” he admits. “And I’d better talk to my tax men” … He finally launches “Dangerous Silence” this summer … John Huston delayed his return to Ireland to toast with his old pal, Spiegel …

2006 update: Douglas and Lancaster went on to make four films together. Lancaster died Oct. 20, 1994, at age 80. Douglas celebrated his 90th birthday Dec. 9 at a lavish L’Orangerie party planned by wife Anne. Sons Joel, Michael and Peter serenaded him as did Michael’s wife Catherine Zeta Jones. Kirk recited a Shakespeare sonnet and said he had to hurry home “Because I’ve just taken Viagra.”