Tell Me a Riddle (1980): Lee Grant’s Feature Directing Debut, Starring Oscar Winners Melvyn Douglas and Lila Kedrova


Tell Me a Riddle (1980)

A tender story of rediscovering love, “Tell Me a Riddle” benefits from a talented cast that includes three Oscar-winners: Melvyn Douglas, Lila Kedrova and Lee Grant, who makes a feature debut as director.

The adaptation of Tillie Olsen’s sensitive novella depicts a trip to San Francisco that’s bound to bring change. At the center is the tender relationship between a dying woman (Kedrova) and her husband (Douglas) of four decades. Brooke Adams plays the couples granddaughter, who may be able to help them rekindle a spirit of openness and hope.

Director’s Showcase: Take Three

Personal Best,
Tell Me a Riddle,
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,
The Ritz

On January 8, 2007, Warner Home Video introduced “Director’s Showcase: Take Three,” the third group of films honoring the first-time DVD releases of Personal Best, Tell Me a Riddle, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Payday and The Ritz. Featured directors include Robert Towne, Lee Grant, Robert Ellis Miller, Daryl Duke and Richard Lester. The films have all-new transfers and select titles include bonus features such as commentaries and additional scenes. Each title will sell individually for $19.97.