John A. Douglas

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STORIES – Me and Sophia

July 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Personal Stories

As one who has been involved in movies most of his life – first as an avid fan and later as a film reviewer – I can report to you that there is a positive aspect that you are probably unaware of. I have seen so many movies and talked to so many movie people that they appear in my dreams sometimes as major players and at other times as guest stars.

A couple of nights ago I was involved in a dream that featured Sophia Loren. It’s great fun to be in a dream with a movie star but the fact that a movie star appears does not guarantee that I will remember much about the dream after I have been awake for awhile.

But for some reason there are dreams that I do remember a little about. I remember once I was in a dream with James Arness that took place on the top of a boxcar on a moving train. There was some gun play and Mr. Arness fell on top of me. I’m not sure whether he was wounded or dead although I would like to believe that he had suffered a flesh wound and was OK. I wouldn’t like the word to get out that it was difficult to survive my dreams.

Another time I was involved in some kind of adventure with Dick Tracy. Well, it was Dick Tracy as played by Ralph Byrd and I don’t remember much else about it. And speaking of Dick Tracy, I shared a dream not long ago with Warren Beatty who had nothing more than a walk-on role.

It happens all the time and for the most part I am pleased to have visitors from the silver screen involved in my dreams. But what about Ms. Loren? Well, the dream took place in New York City where I was attending a junket along with James Sanford, who was a reviewer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, and John Serba who was there representing The Grand Rapids Press.

For some reason I was to escort Ms. Loren to a screening of a movie and just as I was to shake hands with her, I woke up. I told my wife who was also awake that I just had a dream in which Sophia Loren appeared. “What happened?” she asked. “Nothing,” I said. “I woke up.”

Well, wouldn’t you know it? This was one of those times when I was able to go back to sleep and pick up the dream essentially where it had left off. I was standing with Ms. Loren and I was wondering what kind of intelligent thing I could say to Ms. Loren that would indicate to her that I was a man of great intellect.

“Do you still make Italian films?” is what I came up with. It had occurred to me that I had seen her only in American films in recent years. I don’t know what she said in return because the dream got chaotic after I helped Ms. Loren into a vehicle. The rest of the dream involved missing an airplane flight to the screening and trying to figure out how to get to the screening not knowing where it was taking place.

I don’t know what happened to Mr. Sanford and Mr. Serba and when all was said and done I really didn’t care. I had had a few moments with Sophia Loren which is as much as you can ask from a dream.

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