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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: CHARACTER ACTOR EDITION


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This is a dream of mine: To have TCM celebrate a whole month of classic charatcer actors. It will probably never happen but here is the first "schedule", for August 2013:

 

August 1st: *Walter Brennan*

 

August 2nd: *Helen Broderick*

 

August 3rd: *Henry O'Neill*

 

August 4th: *Beulah Bondi*

 

August 5th: *Donald Crisp*

 

August 6th: *Glenda Farrell*

 

August 7th: *John Litel*

 

August 8th: *Dame May Whitty*

 

August 9th: *Nat Pendleton*

 

August 10th: *Majorie Main*

 

August 11th: *Eve Arden*

 

August 12th: *Willie Best*

 

August 13th: *Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams*

 

August 14th: *Allen Jenkins*

 

August 15h: *Edna May Oliver*

 

August 16th: *S.Z. Sakall*

 

August 17th: *Spring Byington*

 

August 18th: *Guy Kibbee*

 

August 19th: *Alan Mowbray*

 

August 20th: *Una O'Connor*

 

August 21st: *Eugene Pallette*

 

August 22nd: *Anne Revere*

 

August 23rd: *Edward Everett Horton*

 

August 24th: *Louise Beavers*

 

August 25th: *Frank McHugh*

 

August 26th: *Mary Boland*

 

August 27th: *Willie Fung*

 

August 28th: *Reginald Owen*

 

August 29th: *William Demarest*

 

August 30th: *Una Merkel*

 

August 31st: *Edward Brophy*

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Good list. Mary Boland is my pick for tomorrow. And three of the other ones you suggested, plus Slim Pickens, are on my list for August as part of the Classic Character Actors thread.

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OH!!!!! That's what you meant by that comment about Slim Pickens. I'm sorry because I didn't know you were recognizing character actors. I have been away from the boards for so long I had no idea. But then again, if we put both our lists together we have some fine tribute to character actors! :D

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> {quote:title=LonesomePolecat wrote:}{quote}This would rock my world. Exceot you need Mildred Natwick and Ward Bond on there. Though, really, it would be hard to narrow them down to only 31.

 

 

I made a huge list based on research and off the top of my head. Ward was on the list before I narrowed it down. It was tougher to find female actors.

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This was my original list that I had to pick and choose from:

 

Agnes Moorehead

Alan Hale

Alan Mowbray

Aline MacMahon

Anne Revere

Barton MacLane

Beulah Bondi

Billie Burke

Charles Coburn

Charles Halton

Dame May Whitty

Donald Crisp

Donald Meek

Edna May Oliver

Edward Brophy

Edward Everett Horton

Eric Blore

Eugene Pallette

Eve Arden

Fay Bainter

Felix Bressart

Flora Robson

Frank McHugh

Franklin Pangborn

George Gabby Hayes

George Tobias

Glenda Farrell

Guinn Big Boy Williams

Guy Kibbee

Harry Davenport

Hattie McDaniel

Helen Broderick

Henry ONeill

Irving Bacon

James Gleason

Jimmy Conlin

John Litel

Keye Luke

Lewis Stone

Louise Beavers

Majorie Main

Margaret Dumont

Maria Ouspenskaya

Mary Boland

May Robson

Nat Pendleton

Reginald Owen

S.Z. Sakall

Sam Levene

Spring Byington

Thomas Mitchell

Una Merkel

Walter Brennan

Ward Bond

William Demarest

Willie Best

Willie Fung

 

Edited by: audreyforever on Jul 30, 2012 8:53 PM

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Yep, great couple of lists here alright, audreyforever. Yep.

 

However, my ONLY question here is: WHERE the HECK is KEENAN WYNN's name on either of those lists???

 

Ya see, he's always on my Top Ten Character Actor List.

 

(...and because I don't see his name here, YOU might just have to answer to the Coca-Cola Company...OR at the VERY least, you might have to watch and listen to his rousing rendition of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" in the film Kiss Me Kate ) ;)

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Okay, after seeing your original list, I can see we'd need two months, not one. But you still have to add Edward Arnold, even if he played the lead sometimes.

 

And did you omit Blondell because she's already had a SUTS day? If so, that's excusable.

 

A few deserving others whom I don't think have been mentioned:

 

C. Aubrey Smith

George E. Stone

Ned Sparks

Louis Calhern

Henry Travers

Hume Cronyn

Jack Carson

Edmond O'Brien (though like Arnold, he also plays leading parts)

Sig Ruman (AKA "Concentration Camp Erhardt")

Gale Sondergaard

Karen Verne

Karen Morley

Sidney Greenstreet

E. G. Marshall

Raymond Walburn

Howard DaSilva

Akim Tamaroff

Barry Fitzgerald

Jane Darwell

Leo G. Carroll

Frank Morgan

Dan Duryea

Albert Dekker

Lee J. Cobb (played some leads)

Raymond Burr

Lucile Watson

 

Okay, so make that three months, not two.

 

And there are obviously many more who don't come to mind immediately. I'd rather see a SUTS day of *any* of these character actors than another day of Katharine Hepburn's Greatest Hits.

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TCM honchos might not have the cojones to do 24-hour SUTS for character actors...so how about the next best thing? Take some other month (I'm thinking of May, since it's equidistant from SUTS and "31 Days Of Oscar") and honor one character actor each day in the 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) bloc. Call it "A Month With Character," or something to that effect. There are so many fine character actors (as there are stars) that you could do a few years' worth before having to repeat any.

 

OK, so it wouldn't be prime-time coverage...but the type of TCM viewer who loves character actors doesn't restrict his or her viewing to prime time.

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> {quote:title=audreyforever wrote:}{quote}I was thinking May too but you have Memorial Day, which usually has a weekend tribute.

Good point. Maybe limit it to Monday through Friday during the month, excepting Memorial Day. That would result in about 20 days or so of honorees.

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My schedule for TCM Challenge #13 gave character actors half a day (vs. the full day for SUTS).

 

James Gleason

Wilfrid Hyde-White

Alan Hale

Judith Anderson

Eugene Pallette

Alan Mowbray

S. Z. Sakall

Harry (Henry) Morgan

Oscar Levant

Edward Everett Horton

Rudy Vallee

Lee Patrick

 

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Charles Lane, who's someone's favorite.

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TCM honchos might not have the cojones to do 24-hour SUTS for character actors...so how about the next best thing? Take some other month (I'm thinking of May, since it's equidistant from SUTS and "31 Days Of Oscar") and honor one character actor each day in the 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) bloc. Call it "A Month With Character," or something to that effect. There are so many fine character actors (as there are stars) that you could do a few years' worth before having to repeat any.

 

OK, so it wouldn't be prime-time coverage...but the type of TCM viewer who loves character actors doesn't restrict his or her viewing to prime time.

 

That's a *very* good compromise, which has the added benefit of not conflicting with Prime Time baseball, especially for those of us with Extra Innings packages.

 

Of course ideally I'd call it Snowflakes Under The Stars and stage it in February, and ditch "31 Days of Endless Repeats". But I know that that's the month that the ratings go up, and we can't have everything.

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