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one thousand seven hundred fifty-ninth category

A talent for playing the untalented

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Dorothy Comingore in CITIZEN KANE (1941)
Jean Hagen in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Meryl Streep plays the real life heiress who wanted to play Carnegie Hall despite having no actual talent.

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17 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

I was trying to think of male examples.

I guess Don Knotts as THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT comes close.

How about Ricky Gervais or Steve Carrell on The Office , Don Adams in Get Smart, Don Knotts on Andy Griffith?

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4 minutes ago, Peebs said:

How about Ricky Gervais or Steve Carrell on The Office , Don Adams in Get Smart, Don Knotts on Andy Griffith?

Well I thought of Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show but in one episode Barney was said to have a nice singing voice. And despite his occasional on-the-job blunders, he was still a competent lawman or else Andy would have had to fire him.

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1 minute ago, TopBilled said:

Well I thought of Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show but in one episode he was said to have a nice singing voice. And despite his occasional on-the-job blunders, he was still a competent lawman or else Andy would have had to fire him.

It's been a while since I've watched Andy Griffith but I'm not sure that I'd call Barney competent.  Didn't Andy only give Barney one bullet that he had to carry around in his pocket?  There probably wasn't a deep pool of applicants in Mayberry.  😉

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3 minutes ago, Peebs said:

It's been a while since I've watched Andy Griffith but I'm not sure that I'd call Barney competent.  Didn't Andy only give Barney one bullet that he had to carry around in his pocket?  There probably wasn't a deep pool of applicants in Mayberry.  😉

In the pilot, Barney was said to be Andy's cousin, or maybe it was Opie's cousin on the deceased mom's side. Whatever. They sort of dropped the family connection as the series went on. But Andy probably did feel beholden to keep Barney employed.

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15 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Well I thought of Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show but in one episode Barney was said to have a nice singing voice. And despite his occasional on-the-job blunders, he was still a competent lawman or else Andy would have had to fire him.

Actually, there were 2 episodes that dealt with Barney's lack of musical skill, trying to join the choir.  In the first, someone sings for him off stage, and in the second it's discovered that Gomer has quite a singing voice.

 

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Actually, Lucille Ball had a talent for getting herself into Ricky's show.

I absolutely love Jean Hagen in Singin in the Rain (she steals the show for me).

If you think about TV shows, how would you like to be a patient of House?  

More TV:  Eva Gabor understood Arnold Ziffel (sp? - the pig) better than she understood recipe directions.

Nick and Nora were always smarter than the police.

For singing, Candice Bergen in Murphy Brown and that movie she made with Burt Reynolds and Jill Clayburgh

Jean Hagen also couldn't act as L.L. (that voice was too funny)

Many actors couldn't carry a tune so someone dubbed for them (Marnie Nixon).  Also, many weren't able to dance in musicals, especially during balletic numbers (watch Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson in Kiss Me Kate or Gordon Macrae and Shirley Jones in Oklahoma - James Mitchell and Bambi Lynn (?) did the balletic numbers).

I don't think most of the Partridge Family could sing (ditto the Brady Bunch)

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6 minutes ago, shutoo said:

Actually, there were 2 episodes that dealt with Barney's lack of musical skill, trying to join the choir.  In the first, someone sings for him off stage, and in the second it's discovered that Gomer has quite a singing voice.

Yes, I remember the one with Gomer and Jim Nabors' singing voice. 

But not long ago I saw one from season 3 called "Rafe Hollister Sings" where  a local hick played by Jack Prince sings at a town benefit. In the early scenes while discussing the benefit it is mentioned that Barney has a nice singing voice. This was after the one where Barney joined the church choir and couldn't sing. So maybe he had now improved...?

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6 minutes ago, chaya bat woof woof said:

More TV:  Eva Gabor understood Arnold Ziffel (sp? - the pig) better than she understood recipe directions.

That's hilarious. Love how you worded that.

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Casablanca (1942): Rick's Cafe

Born to Kill (1947): Claire Trevor (aka Helen Brent) meets Lawrence Tierney (aka Sam Wilde) at a casino and they are a perfect match for one another

The Big Sleep (1946): Lauren Bacall (aka Vivian Sternwood) can't stay out of Eddie Mars's casino long enough to hold on to her winnings, until Marlowe keeps them for her

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