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    Do You Know Me?

    I'd like to add a fresh thread to maybe keep things going. Here are some clues to the identity of a classic actor/actress/director/whatever: Do you know me? I was born Down South in the year of the first recorded successful swim of the English Channel. I started out on the stage, played Shakespeare in the Midwest and appeared on Broadway. I was not exactly a "starlet" when I made my first film. I appeared in films with actors as diverse as John Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Gene Tierney, Turhan Bey, Franklin Pagnborn and Alfalfa. I did more than one picture with each of Barrymore and Pangborn. I was in a film with a very popular actor who had a career as long as mine, and twenty years later made a film with his offspring, long before he did. I was in several films with a journeyman character actor, with whom I costarred as a supporting player years later in another medium. We were a big hit, bigger than we had ever been in the movies. Who am I?
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    Air Force, The Movie

    Did anyone see "Air Force" this morning? I had never seen it before, and was very pleasantly surprised. This was part of the Special Effects segment of 31 Days of Oscars. The movie, directed by Howard Hawks, had lots of special effects miniatures and stock footage battle scenes. I didn't think they(the miniatures) were great, but I suppose they were OK by 1943 standards. Even though the story and the presentation were rather small-scale and the dialog was of the standard propaganda/patriotic type, the action moved along very briskly, and the performances were really excellent. Harry Carey (Sr.) was especially good as the veteran flight crew chief, and John Garfield and George Tobias were aces as the requisite "ethnic" soldiers, tough and comedic, respectively. I'm sorry to say I hated Gig Young's pencil-thin moustache. Very few men, let alone actors, look good in such a thing, IMO. However, his performance was very good, as were all the others. A well-directed and acted action movie. Very good of that type. You all should try to catch it if it's aired again.
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    Gallery of Characters

    The great Walter Brennan
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    Who Likes Danny Kaye?

    > metsfan, this movie sounds like it's alot of fun. I > am always amazed at how well he can imitate accents > and facial expressions so well! He had to have been > a geat person to gain the guest stars' admiration so > much. I still need to see this tape... Well, my friends, you won't find a more staunch supporter of Danny Kaye's talent than me. Danny Kaye was the lord almighty in Brooklyn when I was a girl - he was adored, and could do no wrong as far as the populace was concerned. However . . . . .you might be a bit disappointed in him if you read any biographical material. Apparently, he wasn't the sweetest peach on the tree. And it seems that the farther along in life he got, the more insufferable he became. His obnoxious behavior, both on and off stage, during his last Broadway show is "legendary" in the entertainment industry. I saw an interview some time ago with Madeline Kahn, who was in that show, and although she made an attempt to be polite and civil about her experience, it was evident from what she said (and did not say) that she thought Danny Kaye was a pig. Don't believe everything you see on TV. There were a great many of his co-stars who, although they wanted to work with him because of his great abilities, didn't care all that much for him personally. I recall once instance I read about in the news, during the run of his TV show. The actor/comedian Godfrey Cambridge, who was a very smart and trenchantly funny standup, was a guest, and most of his routine wound up on the cutting room floor, as they say, because Danny was unhappy with all the laughs Cambridge got. I don't think professional generosity was one of Danny's strong points. I do think the man was something of a genius at what he did, and sometimes geniuses have a hard time behaving themselves in socially appropriate ways. In his case, I can separate the man from the performer, and I continue to think him one of the world's great entertainers.
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    Looking for a Movie

    Maybe you're thinking of "Cotton Comes to Harlem?" That's more of a comedy than is "Tobacco Road," although "Tobacco Road" has its funny moments.
  6. Living on Love sounds suspiciously like Rafter Romance, except in this instance the shared apartment is in the basement. I hope I get a chance to see at least a bit of it to make a comparison.
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    Trying to Find An Oldie Again

    I've seen "Three Coins in the Fountain" several times recently on cable. It was probably on the Fox channel, since it's a Fox movie. They run it fairly often.
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    My Favorite Trivia

    Spin & Marty?
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    Gallery of Characters

    One more birthday for April 11. Designer Oleg Cassini
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    Gallery of Characters

    Another 4/11 birthday - director/producer Howard W. Koch
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    Gallery of Characters

    April 11, and here are some of today's supporter/character birthdays: Paul Douglas
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    Gallery of Characters

    > Tully Marshall? My Tully Marshall, whom I first > cottoned to in Ball Of Fire?? > > How funny that you recognize him, jdb1. And welcome > back! > > Still more funny -- all of the birthdays are of the > 'type' that I like, a la Warren William or Basil > Rathbone, tall, thin, Roman nose -- Arliss, Von Sydow > and Marshall all. Yes, it's that Tully Marshall. I wonder if it is a coincidence. I've noticed, since I started looking up birthdays for this thread, that there are certain "types" born on the same day - e.g., musicians, comedians, (or scientists or writers) or sometimes those who resemble each other. Perhaps there's more going on in the celestial firmament than we realize. I'd like to think so.
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    Gallery of Characters

    One more April 10 birthday: A consummate character actor of great skill and range, who's been around forever. Long may he thrive. Harry Morgan
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    Gallery of Characters

    Also born on April 10 My favorite Swede, Max von Sydow (he's the live one, on the left)
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    Gallery of Characters

    More on 4/10 George Arliss
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    Gallery of Characters

    Hello, everyone. Back from a brief vacation (didn't go anywhere, just didn't do any of the routine things). It's April 10, and here are some birthdays: Tully Marshall
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    Gallery of Characters II

    One more 3/27 birthday: David Janssen
  18. The first Gallery thread is getting pretty big, so I'm continuing on a new thread. Today is Thursday, March 8. Our first birthday celebrant is a lady we've been talking about on "In the Spotlight" all week. The lovely Louise Beavers
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    Gallery of Characters II

    Some more March 27 birthdays: Richard Denning (here as co-star of radio's "My Favorite Husband" with Lucille Ball)
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    Gallery of Characters II

    More on 3/27 Oscar-winning screenwriter Sidney Buchman (on the left)
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    Gallery of Characters II

    March 27. Some birthdays today: Harold Nicholas (left)
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    Gallery of Characters II

    Carol, I assume you're referring to Joby Baker, not Nimoy. I don't know too much about Baker. I know he's Canadian. He was one of those nice-looking "best friend" types, and was in a heap of beach party and Elvis movies in the 50s and 60s. His time is now spent primarily as an artist and sculptor. If you search his name online, you'll find a lot of galleries that show his work.
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    Gallery of Characters II

    Make that one more birthday again on March 26. Yes, there was a Leonard Nimoy before "Star Trek." Here he is in his starring role as "Kid Monk Baroni" in 1952
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    My Favorite Trivia

    Hey, Dan, what's up. You know, Dukakis was my very first thought for your question, but in what movie did she "steal the show?" Are you talking about "Moonstruck?" Feh. Wouldn't even have occurred to me. I guess even trivia games are subjective. I never thought of Dukakis as a show-stealer -- a show "off" maybe. But then, that's my opinion; I'm not up Dukakis-lore. Let's press on, shall we? Who's up.
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    Gallery of Characters II

    One more birthday on 3/26. You know his face - what's his name? It's Joby Baker

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