Today, boys and girls, I’d like to honor two distinguished BURTs who have left their unique mark in their respective fields….but first, here’s a distinguished Bert who’s a different kettle of fish in his own right:

Thank you, Bert, for ‘e‘asing us into this tribute to our honorees. Let us now introduce the first of our two ‘u‘ Burts, the Burt-man of actors, BURT LANCASTER:

Lancaster was born in 1913 in NYC. He starred in his first film (“The Killers”) in 1946 and went on to appear in 85 movies in his long career, also directing 3 and producing 23. Oddly enough,  I never thought of him as one of my favorite actors, yet he starred in some of my all-time favorite films: ELMER GANTRY (1960/Academy Award for Best Actor), JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961), THE SWIMMER (1968), ATLANTIC CITY (1980), and LOCAL HERO (1983). His last film was FIELD OF DREAMS (1989).

Last but not Lancaster, we have composer/song writer BURT BACHARACH who, like the other Burt, isn’t one of my favorites in his chosen field, but nonetheless wrote (with Hal David) a number of my favorite 1960’s songs, including WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE (1965), WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT (1965), ALFIE (1966), I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (1967), DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE (1968), THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (1968), I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (1969), and this Academy Award winner from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969):

This wraps up another thrilling episode in my “THIS POST IS FOR THE ____” (anything from BIRDS to BURTS) series. Dew drop in again next time (Feb. 5), boys and girls, to see weather the reign drops dead or keeps callin’ in my head. The series has to end sometime….but when? The suspense is about to kill me.



15 comments on “THIS POST IS FOR THE BURTS (and Bert)

  1. scifihammy says:

    Oh I’m so glad you chose Burt Lancaster – I was hoping you would! I think he is quite underrated as an actor, bit like you say, there are many great movies he’s been in.
    And I didn’t realise that Burt Bacharach wrote those awesome songs! 🙂

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Burt Lancaster is one of those actors who, when you think about it, it’s hard to remember a BAD movie he made (though there were probably a few, like almost every actor who was in a lot of movies). Of his movies that I listed, I would particularly recommend LOCAL HERO, a great and quirky little film which didn’t get a lot of attention at the time, but is truly a ‘hidden gem.’

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  3. arekhill1 says:

    And you left yourself an opportunity, unmentioned but illustrated, to do a post on “Ernie and Ernie.”


    • mistermuse says:

      I think I’ll pass on “Ernie and Ernie,” but if I were to do a post on Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day), I might do one on PunxsutErnie Phil. Unfortunately, my next post day is Feb. 5.


  4. Don Frankel says:

    I missed the first Bert. By the time he came on the scene I was probably out looking for a job. But the next Burt was as you point a classic. Let us not forget From Here to Eternity and Vera Cruz where he told Gary Cooper. “So we’re friends. I’ve never had a friend before.” Now the last Burt wasn’t one of my favorite composers either but it shouldn’t have ever bothered him as he was married to Angie Dickenson for a long time.

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  5. mistermuse says:

    I didn’t realize that Angie Dickinson is 85 years old and still with us (as is former hubby Burt B., who is 88). I’m sure they made beautiful music together — at least, for a time.

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  6. BroadBlogs says:

    I have nice memories of Ernie and Bert. That’s one big Fish story!

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  7. mistermuse says:

    Even at my age,I have to laugh at the Bert and Ernie clip. Guess I’m still just a kid at heart!

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  8. milliethom says:

    My mum was a huge Burt Lancaster fan (we’re in the UK). He was very popular over here and mum’s liking of him rubbed off a bit on me, too.

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  9. mistermuse says:

    Thanks for your comment. Have you seen Burt Lancaster in LOCAL HERO, a British film set in Scotland? If not, I highly recommend it. Here’s the trailer:

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  10. inesephoto says:

    Burt Lancaster, wow, a legend. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. mistermuse says:

    Lancaster was such a strong and convincing presence in his films that he didn’t seen to be acting at all. He was truly one of the greats.

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