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A Hoagy is more than a sandwich.


slappy3500

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Most TCMers know Hoagy Carmichael best as Homer's (the sailor who lost his hands) uncle in "The Best Years of Our Lives", but besides writting "Stardust" and "Georgia on my Mind" he was the ONLY celebrity (that I ever remember) to ever play himself on "The Flintstones". They didn't even try to explain how he got to the Neolithic! They just drew him as a caracature and let him play the piano. Now here's the one that I find unique: James Bond was described as being very similar in looks to Hoagy by Ian Fleming in both "Casino Royale" and "Moonraker".BTW he put "Yabba Dabba Do" to music with his own original lyrics. I know this is kinda rambling as a post but I wanted to get it down while it was fresh in my mind.

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Slappy, I always get a kick out of the way that your mind works! You make the most uh, interesting and amusing connections. I'm not at all surprised that Hoagy allowed himself to be portrayed in a cartoon--he seemed to be a man who never took himself too seriously.

 

As I write this I'm watching Hoagy Carmichael ask the musical question "Am I Blue?" while Lauren Bacall slouches across the piano in "To Have and To Have Not" on TCM. Was there ever a more relaxed singer? Did you know that he actually studied law at one time? Or that growing up in Indiana, he was nurtured in one of the hotbeds of the development of jazz in the early years of the 20th century?

 

If you ever have a chance find a cd called "Hoagy Sings Carmichael". Wait until two in the morning and sit back and enjoy some great music, ideal for late at night. Whenever I hear presentday singers wailing away in an effort to make their listeners believe in their depth of feeling and to show off their pipes, I think of Hoagy, whose casual, seemingly effortless way of "throwing a song away" communicated a far greater range of bemused and rueful feeling. Just listen to his "Skylark" sometime or "How Little We Know" for a world of experience behind each song. You might also enjoy his autobiographies, "The Stardust Road" and "Sometimes I Wonder", which I believe have been reissued in one volume. He was a witty and thoughtful man, a quirky kind of Renaissance man, whose talent onscreen, in cartoons, and in recordings is worth remembering.

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Even singing "The Hong Kong Blues," which is so quirky and comical, he sounds wistful:

 

Oh, I need someone to love me

Need somebody to car--ry

Me home to San Francisco

And bury my body there...

 

 

He's also great in Young Man With a Horn.

 

 

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I'm pretty certain he was in Topper and sang 'Old Man Moon', yes?

 

I'm less certain that he wrote the theme song to the television show Laramie, which starred my first crush Robert Fuller. I can't find who wrote the theme song in Google, so I'm lost!:)

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Well Moira, I think Perry Como: "MR RELAXATION" comes close. Or as I called him "Mr COMOtose." I agree with you how on Hoagy's ability to inject emotion into a song without histrionics. He even made "Lazybones" a bit sad and wistful.

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Isn't it great to find that other people love Hoagy too? Ooh, it would be lovely if TCM could run a batch of his flicks. In addition to "Best Years...", Young Man with a Horn", and "To Have and To Have Not", I'd like to watch him in "Night Song", especially for his scenes with Ethel Barrymore.

 

And Stoney, I know just what you mean about having a bit of a crush on Robert Fuller--I always felt a shiver as a kid when that lock of hair would fall across his noble brow, whether on "Laramie" or his later show "Emergency".

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Noooooooooo, moria, seriously???? Up until now, it's just been me and the fans at his website. Have you been there? He's still beautiful.

 

I remember being 14 and not being able to admit, in my household, that I had a crush on him. LOL, my father used to watch Laramie because it was a Western, and here I was, lusting after Robert Fuller, big time! Heck, I even recently bought The Brain From Planet Arous (which by the way is used in the opening of Malcolm In The Middle, thank you very much!) because Robert is in it, for a minute. AND, he likes his hamburgers rare, if you recall, before he's burned to a crisp by the Brain!

 

Yes, I've got the theme in my head and even...okay, this is sad...did a grammar school project on Wyoming because I was fixated with Laramie and Jess Harper and his horse Cochise (I think?). Never could get into Emergency, but he wore this shiny blue shirt on Wagon Train. *Sigh*.

 

Silly stuff. Thanks for the memories!:)

 

Meanwhile, I don't think it was Hoagy who wrote the theme song! And I can't find who did.......

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Stoney, you've made me laugh and enlightened me---what is the Robert Fuller website address, please, and what the heck is "The Brain from Planet Arous"??

 

You're not alone in keeping your yen for ole Bob to yourself. I'd forgotten all about it until about a year ago when I caught my eldest sister watching an episode of "Combat" on the Action Channel featuring, of course, Vic Morrow and guest star, Robert Fuller. She was deeply offended when I teased her about watching it without admitting that I liked Fuller too--it seems that she always had a longing deep in her being for Fuller and Vic Morrow, (it seems that there was something about his exhausted insouciance that intrigued her). Natch, I had to fess up to liking them too.

Small world, eh?

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Hey Moira--I have the Action channel and recently caught an episode of Combat. Vic Morrow was hot. I had forgotten. I just remember his horrible death, and also the fact that his daughter, Jennifer Jason Leigh, refuses to acknowledge the fact that she is his daughter. I don't know if that's because they were estranged when he died or that she wanted to make it on her own without his name being brought into it. It's just sad to me.

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Bracken, I've heard that Jennifer Jason Leigh refuses to acknowledge her father as well. It is sad, but of course, she may have her reasons since her parents were divorced. She may also have her paternity to thank for at least some of her talented acting genes, (though I believe her Mom was also an actress and a writer). I think that Vic Morrow's awful death overshadows everyone's memories of his considerable presence as an actor--which is quite evident in those reruns of "Combat". The scripts for that show weren't always the best, but the acting was generally superior from the repeats that I've seen, especially when they concentrated on Morrow and hired such strong guest stars as Robert Duvall and Lee Marvin.

 

My, we've certainly taken this thread off-topic, haven't we? So Bracken, are you a Hoagy Carmichael fan, or can you take him or leave him alone?

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Hoagy WHO?? Man this guy Fuller has really got the ol' estrogen bubbling. I hadda check this guy out. He has a HUGE web site devoted to him; bigger and better than many genuine STARS have, so you ladies aren't alone in your sentiments. After checking the photos, I see that I sorta,kinda, remember him. No biggie...just "On yeah, him."

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I GOT it Moira.:D I feel the same way about Tina Louise. I sure wasn't watching "Gilligan's Island" to see the Professor build a radar set from palm leaves and clam shells. (Funny how he could do almost anything but fix that 6 inch hole in the boat).

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