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  1. jdb1

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. One more birthday for April 11. Designer Oleg Cassini
  6. Another 4/11 birthday - director/producer Howard W. Koch
  7. April 11, and here are some of today's supporter/character birthdays: Paul Douglas
  8. > 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.
  9. 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
  10. Also born on April 10 My favorite Swede, Max von Sydow (he's the live one, on the left)
  11. More on 4/10 George Arliss
  12. 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
  13. One more 3/27 birthday: David Janssen
  14. Some more March 27 birthdays: Richard Denning (here as co-star of radio's "My Favorite Husband" with Lucille Ball)
  15. More on 3/27 Oscar-winning screenwriter Sidney Buchman (on the left)
  16. March 27. Some birthdays today: Harold Nicholas (left)
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. One more birthday on 3/26. You know his face - what's his name? It's Joby Baker
  21. Another 3/26 celebrant: Ed Peck (he of the deep voice and pompous demeanor)
  22. More on 3/26: The versatile Strother Martin
  23. Also on 3/26: G'day, Mate. The movie image of the typical Australian male in the 1940s and 50s: Chips Rafferty
  24. Glad everyone's enjoying the Gallery. It's really fun to do. I think Walsh is one of those "actors' actors" who is admired by his peers. He is amazingly versatile, isn't he? I've been musing about Ross Martin today. I was very fond of him. He played mostly for comedy, but could do villains as well (remember "Experiment in Terror?") He had done standup comedy with a partner, Bernie West, as Ross & West (he was "Marty Ross" then). I think West went on to be come a sitcom writer/producer. Martin was very skilled with dialects, and actually spoke several languages. He was also very smart and witty, and was good on talk shows and as a guest panelist on quiz shows. He and his wife, Olivie Gringrod, an attractive sometime actress, used to appear together on talk shows, and were very appealing guests. I think one of the things I liked about him was that he looked like someone from the neighborhood. There were dozens of men around me when I was growing up who looked like that. Like so many of my neighbors in Brooklyn, Martin was born in Poland. In fact, looking at his photo today, I was struck by how much he looked like my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Garfield. Martin ascribed his difficulty in finding work after "Wild Wild West" to the fact that he had heart trouble (he had already had one heart attack), and that studios were afraid he couldn't be insured. Trying to keep in shape with exercise, Ross Martin collapsed and died while playing tennis in the summer of 1981. I remember that day well.
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