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  1. Thanks for the kind words, cujas. I still remember the night I met Alan Young, Connie Hines, and the third guest that evening, Will Hutchins. I don't remember much about Connie, but I have her autograph. Alan impressed me with his bagpipe playing. All of the guests are always friendly and seem happy to talk with fans. We have had some guests who didn't even realize they were remembered at all. We found Virginia Karns who played Mother Goose in the Laurel and Hardy version of *Babes in Toyland*. She had no idea she was famous! She came to the Philadelphia convention in 1986. I
  2. And I try to learn something new every day. *Thanks* ! But now I have a space between the emboldened word and the punctuation. :-(
  3. I wonder why BOLD didn't work??? I usually put movie titles in *BOLD*, but this time it shows the asterisks! Sorry. BPB
  4. Who remembers *Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick*? The year was 1952 and the stars were Alan Young (of "Mister Ed" on TV) and Dinah Shore. I was only two when it was released and I have never actually seen it. BUT, my parents had the soundtrack on 78 rpm records in a box set, and I remember some of the songs. I just wrote about Alan Young in my [bit Actors Blog|http://bitactors.blogspot.com|My blog]. See the two posts from 7/29 and 7/30/2010. Young has a pretty nice web site at http://www.mister-ed.tv/welcome.html with a link to purchase his book and photos. I met him once and he was
  5. Well, Valentine, you can't be faulted for not remembering Tom D'Andrea in "The Life of Riley" when you were only four! There were 217 episodes and D'Andrea was in 41 of them. He played Jim Gillis, the next door neighbor and co-worker of Chester A. Riley, if memory serves. "The Life of Riley" was on from 1953 to 1958, so I was watching it at around the same age as you. Mostly I remember his voice and how he seemed so down to earth. Interesting when you start the research. His wife in that show was Honeybee Gillis, played by Gloria Blondell, Joan's younger sister. Gloria was the voi
  6. I just took a look at Tom D'Andrea's credits on IMDb. He lived 89 years and was only in 38 roles in film and TV, from 1943 to 1974. Most of the later roles were single appearances on TV shows like "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Andy Griffith Show" and other sitcoms. I wonder if everyone remembers him from "The Life of Riley" with William Bendix. I do! That series was written by Groucho Marx, so it was memorable. I also think D'Andrea's voice had something to do with how we remember him. [bitPartBlogger|http://bitactors.blogspot.com|My blog about Bit Actors]
  7. You may want to contact any colleges in your area. Most will have some art programs that include film, and there may be a professor who would be willing to help. Our local community college, Montgomery County Comm. College in Bluebell, PA, has a [silent film festival|http://faculty.mc3.edu/jeckhard/betzwood.htm] every year. We are located near the Betzwood Studio location of Siegmund Lubin. You can never tell where help may come from. [bit Part Blogger|http://bitactors.blogspot.com|My Blog]
  8. Hi all, About a month or two ago I thought I would take the plunge and start my own movie blog. My subject is bit part actors and actresses and their importance in movies. Take a look at it here, [bit Part Actors Blog|http://bitactors.blogspot.com|My Bit Part Blog]. My problem is that I would love to add some pictures. I have a few pictures at home, most of which I took at various events so there is no problem posting them. But I see a LOT of production stills and other photos being posted here and on other blogs. Can anyone clarify the rights that may be required to post pictu
  9. Hi SueSue, Yes, Mallinson (IMO) should be classified a bit actor! His first film was the military classic, *USS VD: Ship of Shame* and he went on to play many parts such as; reporter, Mac, MP guard on second train, barfly, man outside jail, passerby, etc. Notwithstanding, I also thought he excelled as George Fellsinger, with his soft southern accent. The part was perfectly played as only a great bit actor could. He brought sympathy to the part of Madge with his explanation of their relationship. He has 136 roles (film and TV) to his credit on IMDb so he was a hard worker. I d
  10. I guess I am having some trouble on my own blog, which is about bit actors. (And I'm still pretty new at this!) The difficulty is defining what constitutes a bit actor. So many actors and actresses start out as extras or in bit parts, move up to supporting roles, and then some became real stars. But where does a bit part start and when does it become a supporting role? You might define an extra as someone who is walking on the street or sitting in a bar, having no dialog. Many extras try to remain totally incognito so they don't start being recognized. Perhaps a bit part includes a speak
  11. I have to agree on Houseley Stevenson. Of course, Dark Passage is my favorite Bogart film. Real chemistry with his wife, Lauren Bacall in that one. I wrote about Dark Passage and Houseley Stevenson on my blog a few weeks ago. See this link - [Dark Passage|http://bitactors.blogspot.com/2010/05/who-is-leonard-bremen.html] The post was really about Leonard Bremen, who played the bus station agent where Bogart is buying his ticket to Arizona. Bremen seemed to appear in everything, and it didn't matter what the genre was. [bit Actors Blog|http://bitactors.blogspot.com]
  12. I like the idea of highlighting character actors as well. Let's see, if TCM does one a month, that should be enough to schedule movies until 3D TVs are obsolete. By then, we will be plugging the TV cable into a jack on our neck and directly connecting the signal to our visual cortex. 3D TV and surround sound with no hardware! Does anyone want to hazard a guess on how many character actors and actresses there were, in over a hundred years of movies? [My Blog|bitactors.blogspot.com]
  13. I have always felt that the small parts, the bit actors, are what makes MANY movies great. Think about how they add to the atmosphere in classic films, and how much they bring to newer films. Where would Roy Rogers be without the many western bit actors? Those movies used the same plots over and over, so they relied on the bit parts to bring variety. I guess sidekicks fit into this category. Extras add to a flick, but not like a real bit actor who has a few lines to clarify a plot, or throw you off the plot only to have the lead straigten it out. Watch any old Bogart film and concen
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