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  1. Jim was one of our best family friends. A great guy and funny as all get-out. A great joke teller and raconteur (as was my dad). They knew all kinds of old routines, too, vaudeville stuff that they saw as kids. Great stuff. Beverly Blizzard III was, indeed, the model for the Howell character.
  2. Funny you should mention Magoo. Jimmy Backus was one of my father's best pals. They had worked together in summerstock in a place called Skowhegan, Maine. That was in the Thirties. Then Jimmy came out to L.A. after my dad did, probably around 1950. I don't know when he started doing the Magoo character, but he had a lot of wonderful characters that he had invented over the years, mostly for radio. One was called "Beverly Blizzard the Third" and he was one of those upper upper New England patricians who barely moved their lips when they talked. Very funny. Jimmy and his wonderful and funny wife
  3. Dolores, Chris, you guys, it's not easy finding where people are hanging out around here. Is "Scrooge" considered an "essential" film for any collection? Or has it been placed into a holiday movie thread? I guess it has a slot somewhere on these boards, I just haven't found it. But of all the Christmas movies that I ever loved as a kid, this was the best. The three apparitions of Christmas were the clearest to me in this movie. I got them better in this movie than in any other Christmas film. As a child, I always saw the future as something glorious and shiny and exciting, but in truth -
  4. Kathleen Harrison in "Scrooge". I consider this as the definitive version of Dickens's "A Christimas Carol" mainly because of the performances of Alastair Sim and Kathleen Harrison who played Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge's housemaid. Her most wonderful moment was when Scrooge wakes up after the visit of the last apparition and finds he is still alive. He goes nuts, positively giddy, "I think I shall stand on my head!" giddy, and terrifies Mrs. Dilber who begins shrieking and flapping her apron. Scrooge then tries to press some money on her and she says, "Here, wot's this?" A gift, a Christmas bonus, b
  5. I'm slightly less embarrassed at being Paramedic #2 (and where is Paramedic #1 today, eh?) because I wrote the thing. I was pressed into acting duty at the insistence of my friend, the director, Richard Lang. I find that "Don't Go To Sleep" has become a cult favorite which made my day when I heard about it. I wrote exactly two cult films, that one and California Dreaming (in which the true depth of my acting talents are on display) which was a hit in Japan (though no one ever asked me to do any Suntori ads much to my chagrin. I was hoping to go there and meet my Scarlett Johannson).
  6. Ayres, Thanks for the extravagant praise you have offered me for my writing. People have often faulted me for not continuing on a bit to let the reader know that I fared well after my alcoholic crash and burn. I've rebounded and stayed sober these past 21+ years. Judith, I am astonished that anyone would want to put a picture of me in a gallery of genuine actors. I wasn't even close to having talent in that area, so it has to be considered a bit of an inside joke, right? Otherwise I would be mortified to think that people took my inclusion seriously. .
  7. I'll hasten thence. My picture, eh? Hmmm...my picture...my...
  8. May I be so bold as to enter my father, Keenan Wynn, into the lists? Perhaps with an asterisk for me as I won't list him in my own meager offering. I may be breaking the rules here, but I am separating the female and male supporting actors. It may just be a sneaky way to get more people onto my list. In fact that is exactly what it is. I hope no one minds. Byron Foulger Arthur Hunnicutt Eugene Pallette Edgar Buchanan Sir Cedric Hardwicke Gloria Grahame Dame Margaret Rutherford Madge Blake Elsa Lanchester Joan Blondell Gosh, this is tough. There are so many great charact
  9. Thanks, Charlie. Yes, he was excellent in TDOAF. He was also pretty good in Marjorie Morningstar which is one of those mostly forgotten BIG movies. It was a bit boring, if I remember it (Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly?) it seemed to go on forever. I think my grandfather played Natalie's uncle or something, an old trooper in some small stock company. Hard to remember. I do think that Natalie has an affair with the older Gene Kelly who is the director of this summer stock company. She thinks he's like some kind of genius which is the impression he tries to cultivate to impress young actresses. Then
  10. Sorry Heidi but I don't know what you mean by Ed Wynn and Van? What is the question about them? It is Keenan Wynn and Van Johnson who were contract players at MGM. Ed Wynn, who was never contracted with any studios, was not associated with Van except that he was his grandsons' stepfather.
  11. Right you are, Gerb. I am here, but if there is no activity I pretty much let it go unless I suddenly am struck with an idea. Also, I have some deadlines approaching and work to finish before they arrive. heidi, I need to correct a couple of your points. Ed Wynn was never a contract player at MGM or any other studio. Both he and my father appeared in a number of things together in both films like The Great Man - an all but forgotten film directed by actor Jose Ferrer - and a number of other things on TV most famously the original Playhouse 90 version of Requiem for a Heavyweight (not the
  12. Alas, ma petite Anne, he was, indeed, gay; gay as Elton John. So you gotta give him props for playing straight so well.
  13. Girls, Gene was short, Astaire was tall. Just so you know. Now, continue the battle.
  14. You might have a lot arguments about Van Johnson's looks. While I, as a man, never thought him so handsome (he was a hayseed, after all), he was a bobbysoxer idol. Girls went absolutely ape over him. We needed police escorts to get us out of our car at movie premieres, Van couldn't go out in public at all after awhile because he would be mobbed. You may be too young to know any of this, but he was a big deal in his day. One year he was the top box office draw in America (I think 1955 or so). I witnessed this. So while many people may disagree, they would be in the definite minority. And i
  15. Jack Carson was the much better actor when it came to those wise-cracking character roles that both played, but Van also had those leading man looks, or at least the studios thought so, and he was good enough in them. But Mr. Carson was more versatile and had a very different kind of "energy" (God, I hate that word, but I couldn't think of another one just now, that's why I put it in quotation marks) to the role.
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