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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander Graham Bell, , Burt Lancaster, , Don Ameche, , , Grace Kelly, , , , Lily Tomlin, Rosalind Russell, , telephone switchboards,   

    WHAT CAN I SAY? IT’S EMMA NUTT DAY! 

    “I’m very thankful that my first name was not Imma.”EMMA NUTT

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    Who was Imma — I mean Emma — Nutt….and why do we celebrate her day today? Imma glad you ask-a that question. For the answer in a Nuttshell, click here:

    Emma Nutt, The World’s 1st Woman Telephone Operator

    Hello, Central? (I’d explain what Central was, but it’s less than central to our conversation.)

    I’m calling because, as you can tell from Emma’s hiring by A. Bell, it was soon clear to him that this was both a Nutt job and a switch for the better. But back in those simpler times, being a telephone operator wasn’t all that simple:

    Even a switchboard manned by a male in a military school wasn’t off the hook when it came to complications (sorry about the clipped picture in this clip, but unfortunately I can’t find this scene in full screen (it’s from a Billy Wilder film starring Ginger Rogers):

    Telephones have played a major part in many movies. Here are more of my ‘phoney’ favorites from yesteryear, starting with the one that started it all:

    THE STORY OF ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL* (1939), starring Don Ameche as Bell
    BELLS ARE RINGING (1960), starring Judy Holliday and Dean Martin
    DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954), starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly
    SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster
    HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940), starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

    *If you ever pay a call on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, don’t miss the outstanding ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL MUSEUM at Baddeck. It’s a ringleader among museums!

    Of course, telephones weren’t featured only in classic films. Remember this TV skit?

    And now I’m going to GET SMART and quit while I’m ahead….and Agent 86 is afoot:

     

     

     
    • Garfield Hug 12:08 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lol! That is name I don’t want either!😂😂Hilarious read👍

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:02 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My father had a Top Secret security clearance level from the time he was a young man working on his Ph.D. (advised by Einstein & Land). After working in the missile program for much of his career, his last job in the Air Force was Congressional Liaison.

      He loved to tell the story of the time he and his best friend Miles (a NASA bigwig at the time) both took off their shoes at the same time, held them to their respective ears (a la Get Smart) and said, sotto voce, “Can’t talk now, I’m with Congress,” put their shoes back on and tried to keep neutral faces until the startled Representatives nearby walked away quickly.

      Loved this post – for more than that reason, one-ringy-dingy.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • scifihammy 2:47 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious clips and Yes – The old switchboard was amazing! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:37 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. BTW, that’s Rosalind Russell in the AUNTIE MAME clip — the same gal who co-starred with Cary Grant in HIS GIRL FRIDAY (last film on my movie list).

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    • Don Frankel 5:58 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Least we forget these guys, the first users of the cell phone.

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    • linnetmoss 6:16 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant! Cell phones figure largely in Liam Neeson’s “Taken” thrillers, but they cannot compare to the oldies 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:58 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of oldies, I’ll take this occasion to refer back to the “Hello Central” in my post with this clip of a song which was a big hit during WWI when American troops were fighting and dying on the battlefields of Europe:

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        • linnetmoss 3:53 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink

          Wow, I know who Al Jolson is but that one is new to me!

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        • mistermuse 4:32 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink

          Al Jolson’s singing could be a bit over-dramatic, but he knew how to put over a song in those days. He recorded HELLO CENTRAL in 1918 near the beginning of his fame as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” (a title now apparently assumed by our humble President).

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    • First Night Design 7:30 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      They don’t make ’em like they used to! Lovely to be reminded of the great Lily Tomlin in Rowan & Martin – joyous memories of that particular series of sketches.

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      • mistermuse 3:03 pm on September 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry that I inadvertently overlooked your comment until today. As I mentioned in a Sept. 5 reply to BroadBlogs, Lily’s birthday was Sept 1 and I overlooked that as well when I wrote this post….sure signs that age is creeping up on me. Take my advice and don’t get old! 🙂

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    • Ricardo 11:57 am on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Whenever somebody on Facebook posts “Name something that you remember that doesn’t happen anymore” I put down “Waiting for somebody to get off the phone so you can use it.”

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      • literaryeyes 8:41 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Remember party lines? You’d pick up the phone and hear your neighbor talking to someone else, say sorry, hang up, and wait?

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        • mistermuse 6:48 am on September 6, 2017 Permalink

          There were a number of movies in the 1930s & 40s in which party line (or crossed line) scenes with overheard conversations played a part in the plot (SORRY, WRONG NUMBER, listed in my post, was one of them). I personally experienced only a few times picking up the phone and hearing someone on the line….but then, I never was a ‘frequent try-er’ when it came to conversing on the telephone! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 2:26 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Coincidentally, yesterday I was looking for quotes I might use in this post and came across this oldie: “If you think the art of conversation is dead, you have probably never stood around waiting outside a public phone booth.” –Evan Esar

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    • BroadBlogs 3:27 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You have a mind that is great at putting things together!

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      • mistermuse 4:42 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, but I’m not sure my wife would agree. Every time something goes haywire on the computer, I have to ask her to fix the problem! 😦

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    • restlessjo 5:02 pm on September 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I worked on the Continental Exchange, just off Fleet St., many long years ago and that first scenario looks alarmingly familiar. Many thanks for your kind visit. 🙂 🙂

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    • thefirstdark 3:19 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on ReBirth: The Pursuit of Porsha.

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    • BroadBlogs 8:23 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EMMA NUTT — can’t believe that’s a real name. And the perfect quote: “I’m very thankful that my first name was not Imma.”

      Interesting that telephones are featured so much in movies. Something about “the space between” and trying to connect in an imperfect world?

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      • mistermuse 9:00 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed. Lily Tomlin practically made a “calling” out of her many telephone company skits like the one in my post. BTW, when I published this post on 9/1, I didn’t realize that 9/1 is her birthday. Belated Happy Birthday, Lily!

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    • Maria H. 5:24 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I loved all the puns! Old telephones are before my time, but I cannot imagine having to connect all those different people to each other! It looks really complicated.

      Thank you for stopping by and liking my book review for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I just posted a new review on another science fiction book, so stop by again if you are interested.

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    • mistermuse 10:33 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Switchboard operators in those days must have had a lot of influence because they all had connections (if you still love all my puns after that one, I can only assume that you’re a glutton for punishment)! 😦

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bert and Ernie, BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ, , Burt Lancaster, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, ELMER GANTRY, FIELD OF DREAMS, , LOCAL HERO, ,   

    THIS POST IS FOR THE BURTS (and Bert) 

    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.

     

     
    • scifihammy 6:04 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • mistermuse 7:26 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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      • Mél@nie 2:46 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I totally agree with you about Burt… he was admired and appreciated, and popular all over Europe…

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        I also love Burt Bacharach’s music… some of his famous songs have been sung by European singers, too.

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    • arekhill1 10:33 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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      • mistermuse 11:52 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        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.

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    • Don Frankel 4:26 pm on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • BroadBlogs 7:33 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • mistermuse 10:01 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • milliethom 5:28 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • mistermuse 7:03 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • inesephoto 4:41 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • mistermuse 11:27 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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