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  1. LindaValerio

    RIP Harry Morgan (1915-2011)

    h1. Goodbye Colonel Potter. Harry Morgan 1915-2011 [img=] It was with great sadness to hear today that a great actor from one of my favorite sitcoms had died. Harry Morgan who in his entire career never appeared once on any talk show even when Dragnet was such a hit, because he felt why talk about himself. A rarity among actors of any stature. But my God is there a lot to talk about when it comes to this man. Born in Detroit, Mi. on April 10, 1915 as Harry Bratsberg, acting never entered his mind. Law was going to be his career but in his junior year at the U. of Chicago joined the Group Theatre in New York City in 1937 and gained a role in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy and never looked back. Still acting while under his birth name he played in many other successful Broadway plays along with the likes of another native-born Detroiter Karl Malden, and actors Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan. He made his first movie under Henry Morgan in 1942. It would be the first out of more than 100 both on the large screen and TV. My favorite film with him was The Glen Miller Story in 1954. And saw him in so many old movies I can’t begin to count them. Ironically when Dragnet was such a hit with adults, us at the time and for the times kids hated this show. But Harry Morgan’s character Officer Bill Gannon was definitely less obnoxious than his counter part with Jack Webb’s Sgt. Joe Friday. But the character I fell in love with was his role in M*A*S*H* At first he played a loony toons Colonel when McLean Stevenson was still on the show as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake a role that Stevenson would always regret leaving and personally I didn’t ever think M*A*S*H* would be the same without. But enter Harry Morgan. He took that role and made it completely his own and unlike Stevenson who felt he was being out done by others in the cast on the show. Nobody could out do Col. Potter’s role. I learned only after M*A*S*H* had concluded that the picture of his wife Mildred on his desk was actually that of his real life wife Eileen Detchon. And the Horse Sophie was actually Morgan’s own horse in real life. The episodes of this drama/comedy series had so many good episodes and moments it would take a couple of years to gather them all up. The Christmas ones were always the saddest and Harry Morgan could make you cry watching them. Some though immediately come to mind. The episode where a last bottle of scotch was gained by him when the last of his 4 other army buddies from previous wars had passed and he was the last to survive. The one where he’s had to take a sleeping pill because of the heat and keeps getting dragged out of bed continuously. (Klinger: Boy The Bats Are Out Tonight! **** ) When Sophie disappears, Where Klinger practices writing Sherman T. Potter over and over again, A soldier chef that nobody can get enough of when Potters wife wants him to come home with the finale scene with Hot Lips reading the letter from her has the cast along with the viewers crying. The one where Radar plays disc jockey all night long in a casualty filled night has to be one my very favorite. But give me a few more seconds and I’ll come up with another 50 more. LOL So I was angry Wednesday that ABC News only gave this great actor who had such a long and successful career a lousy 15 seconds of their time to pay homage. Both NBC & CBS gave him a little more respect CBS the longest. If a so-called star of today pukes they’ll report it for 5 minutes. But because an actor was 96 and whose shows and movie history had surpassed, if you blinked the networks devoted so little time less than a minute on mentioning his death much less paying homage to his career you would have missed it altogether. A damn shame if you ask me. These shows today could only hope to compare with the likes of M*A*S*H*, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, Carol Burnett, The Bob Newhart Show etc… Though one thing I’ll never understand is why this mans stature as an actor never received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There is a “HENRY” Morgan actually born Henry Lerner Van Ost, Jr. on it but this was a Radio/Comedian personality who was also born 1915 but in March, and died in 1994 of lung cancer. With Harry Morgan’s long acting career starting with Broadway, Movies & Television to me it is incomprehensible on Hollywood’s part that Harry Morgan was never presented with one. And the stars from this time period should never be forgotten or given just a few seconds when they leave this lifetime. All gave such great enjoyment to millions for years and thankfully still in reruns that none of them deserve to be not remembered and paid homage as much as they give to great length to the trash entertainment era of today. So in honor of one of the greatest characters from that past that we will continue to enjoy and laugh no matter how many times we’ve seen the episodes, I say Goodbye Col. Potter you’ll never be forgotten – Harry Morgan was a Gem. *M*A*S*H 4077* *I cried for an hour after this next episode with this particular scene of all singing this song.* ~ *This is the December 18th, 1978 “Dear Sis” episode in its entirety.* ** ~ ~|||||||||||||| *10 Emmy Nominations Outstanding Supporting Actor* *1 Emmy Nomination Directing – M*A*S*H* 1980* *1959 – for: “December Bride”. (CBS)* *1972, 1975-82 – for “M*A*S*H*”. (CBS)* *1980 –* *Won* “The story you are about to hear/see is true. Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent.” No names changed here, Harry Morgan will always be remembered. *So long Col. Potter and Thank You.*| ~
  2. LindaValerio


    Pertaining to a Jack Lemmon question. Which movie did Jack's son Chris star with him on. I answered That's life. And I was correct. Julie Andrews also starred. I saw it at the show when it came out. I saw everything Jack Lemmon was in. He was my favorite actor. Chris played his son in the movie. Flim Flam said " WRONG " Airport 77 was correct. I don't know. I don't ever remember seeing Chris in Airport 77. But he sure was in That's Life!
  3. LindaValerio


    Never read the book. And I've got to admit, I hated the remake of Gypsy. Bette Midler is a good actress, loved her in many movies, but just not Gypsy. I guess in my eyes, nobody could play the parts or replace the performances of all the actors, in the original movie. I would of loved to have seen Ethel Merman do it on Broadway. From what I understand Mrs. Merman was very hurt, that she did not get to play the part in the movie version. By the way my mother grew up just a few miles from Tiger Stadium, at 17 and myrtle. A long time ago ( she was born 1931 ). And your profile caught my eye, your a Navy man. My dad served on the USS TENNESSE BB42 in WW ll, 1943-1947. He grew up in the Italian section of Detroit ( 1924 ), the eastern market. Grew up on Illinois off Russell. The entire neighborhood has been gone for sometime. By the way the Stadium is still there. It's sad to see it just sit there, I go downtown all the time. I hope they do something with it, besides knock it down. It seems every favorite landmark in the city, is just about gone. Thanks Ralph for the WELCOME. Glad to be here.
  4. LindaValerio

    Maureen Stapleton dies.

    All I can say is AIRPORT. One great movie. Saw it at the theater in 1970, I was 13. I absolutely loved DEAN MARTIN. Wanted to see everything and anything he was in. But everybody in this film was great. And what a cast! Besides Maureen and Dean, Burt Lancaster, Van Heflin, George Kennedy, and HELEN HAYES who made the movie. Among others. I've seen this movie at least 30 times over the years, and I never get tired of seeing it. It is an exciting movie to watch from start to finish. There are just way to many entertainers dying now, so fast. It will be a very sad day, when all the stars from my parents generation are gone. Goodnight Mrs. Stapleton and THANK YOU.
  5. Richard Burton Sexiest actor ever in the movies and stage
  6. LindaValerio

    Fave Cary Grant movie

    Lucky Houseboat, SEXY Charade, SEXIER Mr. Blanding builds his dream house The bachelor and the bobby soxer Father goose North by northwest I know I'm missing many, many more!
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    My all time favorite musical. Natalie Wood was great. And what a cast. Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden. And Paul Wallace was a doll. What ever happened to him. I don't remember seeing him, that much in many more movies. Or I just might of been to young to remember. Or maybe I just love this movie so much because it brings back memories of where I watched it for the first time. I was 12, living on the east side of Detroit. In my friends house, in the back bedroom with her three sisters and mom. I see this movie, and it brings me right back to better times, I guess. It was an exciting movie to watch. I've seen it now at least over fifty times, and NEVER get sick of seeing it. Best scene in the movie, when Natalie and Wallace in the ally behind theater, doing his choreography to his dream stage play. Music and scene, fabulous.
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    Judy Garland was one of the most exciting entertainers to watch. She made you feel like you could get up, and start singing like her. Never saw so much energy, come out of anybody. She was great. The song she sang in, A star is born, the man that got away. Awesome!

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