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Edward Everett Horton

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Thanks so much for posting this. Somehow I don't ever seem to think "youtube" for odd sites. I got a kick out of it.

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To answer the questions about EE Horton ever in a dramatic role, I've seen him a few times as a romantic leading man!

 

I was lucky enough to see a rare silent film (fragments) starring Horton as the romantic leading man two women were fighting over! It was the LOC recovered portions of 1925's BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK. Apparently the last 3 of it's 7 reels had been lost to nitrite melt and unrecoverable.

 

It was a remarkable film because as you say, he emotes so much through his face. It was odd not hearing his famous voice, but I think we all "heard" it in our heads reading the cards. It remains as one of my most favorite Cinefest moments not only because of my beloved Horton playing a playboy, but the psychodelic drug inspired scenes in the last reels were unbelievably clever for the time.

 

Maybe his persona was perfect for silents, but coupling that face & voice just made him "too much" for talkies and he was downgraded to supporting charactor actor. But how wonderful a charactor actor he became!

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I adore Edward Everett Horton. Would love to see that silent you mention, TikiSoo. Sounds like a trip.

 

EEH is my favorite thing in so many 30s comedies, e.g. Holiday, and that's saying a lot for a film that also features Lew Ayres and a free-wheeling Cary Grant. He had wonderful timing and delivery, and his face was fantastically expressive. And then there was that gorgeous voice. I heard him first on Fractured Fairy Tales when I was a kid, and then later I got a big kick when I recognized him by his voice in films. I think I made a bid for him during Summer Under the Stars one of these years. But of course I don't run anything.

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BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK...the psychodelic drug inspired scenes in the last reels were unbelievably clever for the time.

 

I assume this was based on George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly's clever, and bizarre, play. I'd love to see that on stage.

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how cool to see all the responses to this thread. I too grew up "watching" him on Bullwinkle & Friends and was pleasantly surprised to find , years later, that he was actually a movie actor from way back. And, I, too, had totally forgot about the F Troop appearances. What nice memories.

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I'm currently staying at my daughter's place on Long Island & they had a copy of "F Troop" which we put on last night. However...& this is a BIG however, it appears to be a bootlegged copy (shame) & kept freezing. I did get a glimpse of EEH as Roaring Chicken but we got so fed up that we had to turn it off. Gonna get it from Netflix when I get back home. Thanks for the tip.

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Hope the Horton fans caught the silent EEH in the clip from the 1925 "Beggar on Horseback" last night around 10:30 p.m. It was a wonderful, and technically amazing for the time, dream sequence. Even without the use of that distinctive voice of his, Horton was a great comic actor.

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