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#41 lydecker

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:56 PM

Attached File  3715_128175886429.jpg   55.13KB   0 downloadsJane Darwell

 

Jane Darwell was born Patti Woodward in Missouri in 1879 into a well-to-do family.  Her original career aim was to be an opera singer but instead, decided to spend her youth working as an entertainer in circuses and in travelling stock companies. Because her family strongly objected to her chosen profession, she changed her name to Jane Darwell so as not to “sully” the famliy name.

 

Jane’s first film appearance was in 1913 and she appeared, mostly uncredited, in shorts.  After a few years in silents, she decided to return to the stage but, after a 16 year absence, she resumed her film career in 1930, appearing in “Tom Sawyer.”  Darwell quickly became a well known and well respected character actress and generally appeared as a kind-hearted matron or matriarch though she occasionally played against type in her roles in "Gone With The Wind," "The Ox-Bow Incident" and "Caged." She often worked with John Ford and appeared in 4 films which were nominated for Best Picture  -- GWTW, "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Ox-Bow Incident" and "Mary Poppins."  It was her role as Ma Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" which won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1940.  Jane was quoted as saying:  “I’ve played Henry Fonda’s mother so often that, whenever we run into each other, I call him “Son” and he calls me “Ma,” just to save time.  Jane Darwell's filmography lists 156 films but it is believed she actually appeared in well over 200 films since most of her early performances in silents were uncredited.

 

Beginning in 1954, Darwell often appeared on television on such shows as “Playhouse 90,“Maverick," “Shirley Temple’s Storybook,” “The Real McCoys,”“Burke’s Law” and “Wagon Train.” Though she had retired to the Motion Picture Country Home, Walt Disney prevailed upon her to appear as “The Bird Lady” in Mary Poppins.  It was her final film appearance. Jane Darwell died in 1967 at the age of 87.

 

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:45 AM

A counter to the 100+ club is Mary Morris, who has only one film credit, "Double Door" in 1934. She starred in the Broadway play, agreed to reprise the role for Paramount, and never did another film.

 

Norman Lloyd has only 68 film and TV acting credits in spite of his incredibly long life, I'm assuming because of the HUAC blacklists of the 1950s.

 

Lew Ayres has 155 TV and film credits.

 

Gilbert Roland who never quite made the A list has 144  TV and film acting credits.

 

Lilian Gish had 121 TV and film acting credits in spite of the fact that she made only three movies after her final silent film, "The Wind", for the next 15 years. She lived to be 100.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:56 AM

Bobby Barber, bit player extraordinaire.

 

He had well over 100 film credits, including some silent shorts, plus television appearances. A close friend of Abbott and Costello, he appeared in many of their films (often with no lines), as well as their television show. During filming of The Noose Hangs High, A & C paid him $200 a week to stay on the set all day and joke around to keep them happy.

 

“If Costello isn’t feeling so good, he sneaks up behind me and drops an ice cube down my back,” Barber once said. “Well, naturally I jump up and yell, and I hit Costello and he hits me back and then Abbott hits me and the director hits me and I fall over a table or something. It makes everyone feel real swell.”

 

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During the filming of The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, Costello returned to the set after a four-day absence due to the death of his father. To lighten the mood, Barber squirted a mouthful of water on him. “Everybody laughed,” said Barber. “We couldn’t have gotten a scene that day if I hadn’t done something.”

 

During the first day of shooting Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Barber hid in the rafters and dropped an egg on the head of director Charles Barton. He was also prone to ruining a take by running through a scene, wearing shorts, and yelling “Fellows, be quiet. I can’t sleep!”

 

You can spot Bobby in lots of places. He appears as a passenger in Monkey Business with the Marx Brothers. He is the lone customer at a roadside stand in Mighty Joe Young.

 

Look for him everywhere.

 

 

Bobby tries to impress Claudette Colbert with his physique:

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

Pass along any suggestions you have. 

 

Mmmm, seems Joan Blondell was in a lot of movies over a long period of time. 

 

Her TCM filmography is 95 features plus shorts so that should put her over the top. Love her and damn it, when will she be SOTM???



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:59 AM

Pass along any suggestions you have. 

 

Mmmm, seems Joan Blondell was in a lot of movies over a long period of time. 



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 03:10 PM

About a year ago I contemplated making a section that could be used to do IMDB lookups on actors like this, but held off on the idea as that section was less developed at the time (I was finding actors that were well over 100 years old).  I didn't see anything wrong with IMDB's movie-to-actor associations though.  So that should be a good source.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:58 PM

Desperately seeking a few more 100+ actresses.  Bette Davis, Jane Darwell, Doris Lloyd, Mary Astor and Clara Blandick fit the bill but even folks who you would think would (Una Merkel- 93 films, Elizabeth Patterson - 99 films) don't make 100+. 

 

Pass along any suggestions you have.  Thanks!

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:53 PM

While YOU were watching "Wagon Train", I was learning how to do the Bristol Stomp.


Fra-- I had time for The Crystals, The Contours, and The Dovells featuring, Len Barry singing about the Bristol Stomp.

Actually we watched Wagon Train in the kitchen while we ate-- it was so popular my mother didn't mind. She also thought that Bob Horton was a young whippersnapper and too immature to be the wagonmaster. She said everybody could see that. LOL

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:41 PM

Fra-- At your age, I can't believe that you did not watch Ward Bond in Wagon Train. It was one of the most popular westerns of classic TV. I can still remember the controversy that ensued when Ward Bond died and they wouldn't give Bob Horton the wagonmaster role.

I always thought it was because the producers felt the audience would more readily accept an OLDER wagonmaster and put JOHN McINTIRE in the role instead. 

 

TV and movie producers then, and NOW seem to think THEY know what WE like better than WE do.  :angry:

 

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:31 AM

Fra-- At your age, I can't believe that you did not watch Ward Bond in Wagon Train. It was one of the most popular westerns of classic TV. I can still remember the controversy that ensued when Ward Bond died and they wouldn't give Bob Horton the wagonmaster role.

While YOU were watching "Wagon Train", I was learning how to do the Bristol Stomp.



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:52 AM

As many films as I've seen with Ward Bond in them, his face has never registered with me. I may not be able to pick him out of a lineup. Why is that?


Fra-- At your age, I can't believe that you did not watch Ward Bond in Wagon Train. It was one of the most popular westerns of classic TV. I can still remember the controversy that ensued when Ward Bond died and they wouldn't give Bob Horton the wagonmaster role.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:29 AM

As character actors go, WARD BOND's voice isn't as "distintive" as others.  Like  WALTER BRENNAN or PERCY HELTON or DUB TAYLOR.

 

And of course, NED SPARKS.   :)

 

 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 04:42 AM

As many films as I've seen with Ward Bond in them, his face has never registered with me. I may not be able to pick him out of a lineup. 

 

While he does have a distinctive voice, Bond's appearance often changes in different roles. In GWTW and westerns, he wears big pork chop sideburns making his face look thinner.

While his even features stay remarkably ageless, I've noticed he gains and loses weight between pictures which often shows in his face. He's often a cop, soldier, boxer, cowboy-a big strappin' guy.

 

Thomas Mitchell has that classic Irish face, but his acting seem to permeate his appearance for each role. I was amazed when  realizing Uncle Billy and Pop O'Hara were the same guy-he looked so different to me! All that ever changes is Mitchell's hair.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:49 PM

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“I never act in movies.” Frank McHugh once modestly said.  “All I ever do in a picture is to be myself and let the cameras grind on.”  Moviegoers who always looked forward to a irrepressible Frank McHugh performance would beg to differ.

 

Born in Homestead, PA, into a theatrical family, Frank McHugh made his stage debut at the age of 6 as a member of the McHugh Stock Company which was run by his parents, Catherine and Edward.  He performed in stock productions and on the Broadway and London stages until he landed in Hollywood in 1930 where he quickly became one of Warner Brothers most reliable supporting players.  Often playing alongside James Cagney and Pat O’Brien, fellow members of the “Irish Mafia,” McHugh appeared in 114 films during his long career including:  “The Front Page,” “Four Daughters,” “Going My Way,” Lilly Turner,” “Footlight Parade” and “The Last Hurrah.”  In an interesting bit of Hollywood trivia, Frank McHugh also appeared as the same character in both “One Way Passage” and its remake (made 8 years later) “Til We Meet Again”

 

During World War II Frank McHugh was a member of the Hollywood Victory Caravan in which 21 stars travelled across the county by train raising money for the Army & Navy Relief Fund. He also designed and starred in “McHugh’s Revue” which toured France, Holland, Belgium and Germany, entertaining American troops abroad. McHugh’s USO tour won him an Army citation for “exceptionally meritorious service while working as a member of an entertainment unit.”  Major General Raymond McLain wrote Frank McHugh:  “Your show was sparkling and left a refreshing atmosphere in the spirit of many battle weary soldiers.” After leaving Hollywood, Frank McHugh returned to the Broadway stage to star in a revival of “Finian’s Rainbow.” In his review in the New York Times, Walter Kerr wrote:  “Mr. McHugh’s very face is a walking wink.”

 

Frank McHugh continued working, principally in television, until 1969. He died at the age of 83 in 1981.

 

Monday:  A Salute to Jane Darwell.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:22 PM

Speaking of voices . . .

 

     If I didn't know it was REX ALLEN narrating a couple of those Disney movies last night I'd have *sworn* it was JOEL McCREA.  I just watched McCREA in "Ride the High Country" the other day on TCM and he and Rex Allen sound very similar to me.      



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:12 PM

How about his voice?    I 'pick him out' based on his voice before I see his face.

I am about as familiar with HIS voice as I am with your voice.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 01:15 PM

As many films as I've seen with Ward Bond in them, his face has never registered with me. I may not be able to pick him out of a lineup. Why is that?

 

How about his voice?    I 'pick him out' based on his voice before I see his face.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:38 AM

As many films as I've seen with Ward Bond in them, his face has never registered with me. I may not be able to pick him out of a lineup. Why is that?

He's a very average looking guy?



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:15 AM

When I think of actors that had multiple film roles, Ward Bond & Thomas Mitchell first come to mind.

 

Seems like you can't watch any movie without seeing them-sometimes both in the same movie too! For example: It's A Wonderful Life, Gone With The Wind.

As many films as I've seen with Ward Bond in them, his face has never registered with me. I may not be able to pick him out of a lineup. Why is that?



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:18 AM

Both Bond and Mitchell( and add CHARLES LANE to that) were to movies what DABS GREER and JOHN ANDERSON were to television in the 50's-'60's.

 

 

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