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Whom else likes or remembers: *WALLACE BEERY?


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(*-always OSCAR indication) I'm posting/writing this poll actually! & that is what I'm calling this (1) A POLL of the longtime gone & ACADEMY winner: *WALLACE BEERY-(1885-1949) There are (2) major reasons. He's my fathers all-time favorite motion picture star! & there is hardly anything on the internet, concerning this actor? Maybe, because he went so-long ago? But the greatest comedian ever born in this country: W.C. Fields, died (3) yrs. before him. But comedy holds-up better then most film genre & W.C. is a one of a kind! Thing is, knowing how film-history knowledgable this crowd is & TCM often plays: *BEERY'S pix. as well. So I'm sure there are a few of his fans out-there? & he's also interred in a story I wrote entitled: ("Where the Golden Age GIANTS Rest!">"Forest Lawn" in Glendale, CA.) Ironically so is his sometime on-screen partner: *MARIE DRESSLER-(1869-1934) & sooo-many others-(You can find that post/just look for above forementioned title?) L.B. Mayer was not very-fond of *Mr. BEERY, but his pictures made $$$ Especially when teamed with *DRESSLER! But I am gonna list his only (2) ACADEMY noms. & one victory. 1931-32. & though it was a tie? Actually *BEERY officially was (1 to 2 votes) behind co-winner: *FREDRIC MARCH in "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde." But under A.M.P.A.S. rules of the day, it counted as a tie? Most don't know that *WALLACE & his brother Noah Beery, also worked in silent era? Noah, pretty-much quit when sound arrived. *WALLACE however was in both: "Last of Mohicans" (1920 version) & "The Lost World" (1925 & yes, it had dinosaurs.) Below are my picks as his best/film/performance & his OSCAR nods:

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS AND OR WINS-(NOTE: the term OSCAR did not start for a few years)

1929-30 "The Big House" (M-G-M) (Best Actor Nomination & this is the victory he should have had!?/The granddaddy of all prison films)

1931-32 *"THE CHAMP" (M-G-M) (As noted; tied for the GOLD! With *FREDRIC MARCH-1897-1975)

My candidate as the finest film he appeared in:

*"GRAND HOTEL" (1932) close call with '33's "Dinner at Eight!" (The latter of which, is very bizarre in that, it didn't earn (1) single ACADEMY nom? & It's a comedy-drama)

My Pick as his greatest work as an actor/performance:

1934's "Viva Villa!" (M-G-M/David 0. Selznick)

It's well known, especially by TCM viewers that *BEERY actually detested children. & frequent co-star: Jackie Cooper-(1922-) is always asked about him. & he tells the truth. How after the take, he pushed him away. He did that with other kids as well. I almost 4-got, 1934's version by M-G-M of course of: "Treasure Island." I always rank *BEERY'S Long John Silver as the best! Most go for: Robert Newton in the role!?

Anyway, I wrote this item as I said at the top. My father & his all-timer/but I can never find any material on the man? It's a wee-bit bizarre. But I'm positive you guys/gals on here, at least know whom the actor was? & probably there are a few like my father & even like him as a favorite!? By the way, when in that enormous park in Glendale. I never did find *BEERY'S plot & of course his house is gone?

 

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I always liked the old codger although I heard he wasn't very pleasant to work with.

With a mug like his he beat the odds and became a leading actor in many fine films. My favorites are his starring roles with Mickey Rooney; Jackie Cooper; Marie Dressler and Marjorie Main.

It's hard to believe he was once married to Gloria Swanson although I gather he could turn on the charm.

He definately deserves to be remembered.

 

Mongo

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I've always been a fan of Mr. Beery's - my favorite of his is "Grand Hotel" - he was great as the captain of industry type - he played the part very well, and had a similar role in "Dinner at Eight." I also enjoyed "Min and Bill," in which he co-starred with the great Marie Dressler. I have yet to see "Tugboat Annie," but heard that they were great together in that too.

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I don't much like Wallace Beery, but I thought he was very good in GRAND HOTEL, DINNER AT EIGHT and THE BIG HOUSE.

 

The interplay between "Dan" and "Kitty Packard" in GRAND HOTEL is priceless. I also thought he played the inmate who couldn't read in THE BIG HOUSE well too.

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It might be true, nedlato, but I've never heard anything about it in all I've seen and read about Queen Mary. I'll have to look into it.

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Once again I must begin with: "Hope this logs this time?" To alix1929 you assisted me before on this matter. Do you know what is going-on NOW!? With just entering these boards/forums.? Let me know please at: spencer

64@ij.net PLEASE!

About *WALLACE BEERY & this "Queen Mary," jazz. I don't know what you guys are speaking of? I must be honest. Do you meen an M-G-M film or real-life?

Because *BEERY died of a heart attack in 1949. Age of 63.

You can find him listed in a massive story I wrote: "Where the Golden Age GIANTS Rest!" He's interred with most of 'em. though I never found his grave.

"Forest Lawn" the one in Glendale CA. not Hollywood Hills though. Ironically in Great Maus. where even "*THe King: GABLE," is laid to rest, nxt. to Carole Lombard too! But his co-star: *MARIE DRESSLER is interred inside as well.

Queen Mary the real-ship as I look at my massive calif. map here above desk. It's down-coast, near: Long Beach.

You had me so-intrigued about-it, I looked up his films in Maltin book. Seeing if he made a film about that ship.

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I was watching one of those Queen Mary ghost story shows and someone mentioned an actor dying aboard the ship, but the corpse was somehow smuggled to a hotel room so as not to cause a scandal. For some stupid reason I thought it was Mr. Beery. I'm truly sorry for causing any trouble. I shouldn't watch those things anyway!

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You just can't beat good old Wallace Beery, though I'd sure like to try. But seriously, I... well, dawgawnit! I really would like to beat him! He's dead? Really? I didn't even know he was sick. Oh. The salmon moose, eh? Too bad. Hmmm, how's Greer Garson these days?

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Yes, he his my favorite, I have films like, flesh, tugboat annie, the mighty barnum,hell divers, this man's navy, thunder afloat, many more, I have a picture of his grave, and some material about how he killed one of the three stooges, ted healy, and other infor. keith edwards

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