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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Tatum, , , , John Ford, , Johnny Horton, Keystone Kops, Mack Sennett, , North to Alaska, , speakeasies, Ward Bond   


    I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.” –Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond)

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    How many of these former “big” names do you recognize?

    TEXAS GUINAN (1933)
    GEORGE M. COHAN (1942)
    ART TATUM (1956)
    JOHNNY HORTON (1960)
    MACK SENNETT (1960)
    WARD BOND (1960)
    GUY LOMBARDO (1977)
    FRED MacMURRAY (1991)

    If you’re not into the movies and music of the past, you may remember few, if any, of the foregoing (year 0f death follows their names). Because time drives a hard bargain with fame, they’ve faded away in the rearview mirror….but on this day, we back up to see them BIG again — or as big as such look-backs provide. Why on this particular day? As it happens, the above have one thing in common: they lived but five days into the last November of their lives.

    TEXAS GUINAN, born Waco, TX, 1884. Flamboyant, brassy “Queen of the Night Clubs” in NYC during the Roaring Twenties. Started in vaudeville, sang, and was in silent movies before becoming hostess of Texas Guinan Club and other NYC speakeasies during Prohibition. Famous trademark greeting to incoming customers: “Hello, suckers!” She bade them goodbye November 5, 1933.

    GEORGE M. COHAN, born Providence, RI, 1878. One of the early greats of the Broadway stage as an actor, composer, lyricist, librettist, director and producer. Wrote primarily nostalgic and patriotic songs, including the WWI hit Over There. James Cagney won Academy Award for his portrayal of Cohan in the 1942 film YANKEE DOODLE DANDY:

    ART TATUM, born Toledo, OH, 1910. All-time great jazz pianist, despite being blind in one eye and almost blind in the other. Described by some critics as given to over-embellishment in later career (“played too many notes”), but he wasn’t one to not change with the times (for better or worse).

    JOHNNY HORTON, born Los Angeles, 1925. Popular country music and rockabilly singer known for his “saga songs” such as 1959 hit The Battle of New Orleans. Killed in crash by drunk driver Nov. 5, 1960. Here he sings the title song from my favorite John Wayne film:

    MACK SENNETT, born Quebec, Canada, 1880. Pioneer in  the field of slapstick comedy, famed creator of Keystone Kops in early silent film era. Among famous actors who got their start with Sennett were Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, W. C. Fields and the aforementioned Gloria Swanson. They don’t make ’em like this anymore!

    WARD BOND, born Bendelman, NE, 1903. One of Hollywood’s most iconic character actors, particularly in films directed by John Ford. Bond and John Wayne were members of the USC football team when they were picked by Ford as extras for the film Salute in 1928. The three became lifelong friends and made many pictures together, including The Grapes of Wrath, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache and The Quiet Man.

    GUY LOMBARDO, born Ontario, Canada, 1902. Leader of the most commercially successful and long-lasting “sweet” (some might say “Mickey Mouse”) dance band of all time. Theme song Auld Lang Syne was a New Year’s Eve staple for decades. Slogan: “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven” (I don’t know what kind of music’s on the other side, but when it’s time to go, I may chance the long way around).

    FRED MacMURRAY, born Kankakee, IL, 1908. Last but least-long deceased (Nov. 5, 1991) of those listed; many of us remember this versatile actor from his roles in such great films as Double Indemnity and The Apartment over the course of a near-50 year career….but I suspect few are aware that he started out as a saxophone player and band vocalist in the early 1930s. Here he is with the Gus Arnheim band in 1930:

    That’s a wrap until November 10. Take five.




    • Don Frankel 8:13 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Never heard of Texas Guinan but I knew everyone else which means… I’m old.

      Ah ha so you’re favorite John Wayne movie is North to Alaska and I didn’t have to google it either. “North to Alaska, North to Russia’s home.” Great comedy with Stewart Granger who was born James Stewart, the absolutely beautiful Capucine, and one of those boy idols of the time I think it was Fabian. Also in it was Ernie Kovacks as the evil, claim jumper.

      Funny how both of our favorite John Wayne movies are ones where he’s not the usual John Wayne character. Your’s a comedy and mine The Searchers where he’s actually the bad guy.

      Oh well I’ll have to go to google now for the song…

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    • mistermuse 9:50 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, a great song, and a great rendition of it, bear repeating any day, so I listened to it again (you apparently didn’t realize that Horton sings it on the North to Alaska clip in my post)! As for the movie, I remember how odd some of the casting seemed at the time (Fabian and Ernie Kovacs in particular), but somehow it worked and the movie is terrific.


    • arekhill1 9:58 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Four. Does that mean I’m still middle-aged?


    • mistermuse 11:10 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’d say that depends on which four you got. If Guy Lombardo was one of them, you’re definitely on the cusp of old fartdom, as you so elegantly described it (in your own blogpost today). On the other hand, if you recognized Art Tatum, you’re a cool cat with most of your nine lives still ahead of you. If you got both, I don’t know where you’re at, but it sounds like the middle of something – maybe age.


    • Joseph Nebus 6:37 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was able to identify seven, although I couldn’t tell you why I remembered Art Tatum’s name. Texas Guinan once you described I think I remember now from TravSD’s outstanding book No Applause, Please, Just Throw Money and his travsd.wordpress.com blog about vaudeville and performing history.

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    • mistermuse 10:43 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t read the book you describe, but I do own GANGSTERS AND GOLD DIGGERS, a book about old New York during the Jazz Age, by Jerome Charyn. It tells of Texas Guinan (backed by gangsters Owen Madden and Larry Fey) opening in 1924 the El Fey, one of the first Manhattan nightclubs, “where café society is born, that curious mingling of high and low — sophomores from Yale, chorus girls, crime and sports reporters, impresarios, white jazz singers, bootleggers, millionaires, movie stars, playboys, heiresses, gamblers, politicians, composers, and playwrights. At the El Fey one could find Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, George Gershwin, Gloria Swanson, Mae West, Damon Runyon, Walter Winchell, [etc.]. She would arrive at two in the morning, a bleached blonde wearing diamonds and a salmon-colored dress, climb on a chair, blow a police whistle, shout “Hello, suckers!” and the fun would begin.”


    • literaryeyes 9:01 pm on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I read about Tex Guinan and the nightclubs of Broadway recently in a book called New York Confidential! Those were roaring times. Of the others I didn’t know Art Tatum.

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    • mistermuse 10:07 pm on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve found that few non-jazz lovers are familiar with even the greatest names in jazz history (unless they were also big names beyond jazz, such as Louis Armstrong)….so I’m not surprised that you didn’t know Art Tatum. Hey, I know very few names in contemporary pop music, but somehow I manage to have a very fulfilling life! 🙂


  • mistermuse 3:13 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Irish coleen, John Ford, , Maureen O'Hara, , , The Quiet Man   


    If you’re lucky enough to be Irish….you’re lucky enough! —Irish proverb

    On St. Patrick’s Day, every man is an Irishman — if you disagree, get out of me sight and don’t come back until tomorrow! Besides, today me mind is not on Irish men, but on Irish lasses — coleens (or colleens), a word of Gaelic origin — specifically, coleens whose first name ends in een, as does me wife’s (Maureen).

    One of the most famous Maureens is Irish-born Maureen O’Hara, the lovely red-headed actress who co-starred in my favorite John Wayne movie, THE QUIET MAN. This Academy Award-winning film, directed by Irish-born John Ford, is set in the fictional Irish village of Innisfree (the ending word in my last post SANCTUARY, from Wm. Butler Yeats’ poem LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE).

    To me, the most Irish-sounding girl’s first name ending in een is Pegeen, a name I first heard of in Irish playwright John Millington Synge’s great THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, a wickedly funny play (later filmed in 1962) which, at its first performance in Dublin in 1907, caused a riot. Synge’s contemporary, W.B. Yeats, later wrote of the play, “It is never played before any Irish audience for the first time without something or other being flung at the players.” Pegeen is the name of the village barmaid, the heroine with “the divil’s own temper,” who is courted — and lost — by Christy Mahon, the “Playboy of the Western World.”

    Another Irish een name I am fond of is Kathleen, heard in several Irish ballads, including KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN and the beautifully poignant I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN, KATHLEEN:

    Happy March seventeen!

    • ladysighs 4:49 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It is a beautiful song. 🙂


      • mistermuse 7:30 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It is indeed, ladysighs — and if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll confess it brings a tear to me eye whenever I hear it. 😦


        • ladysighs 5:07 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink

          I guess you mean not to tell anyone about Kathleen? Especially not your Maureen?? 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 5:48 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “May your glass ever be full. May the roof over your head ever be strong.”
      And may we both be heaven for a half an hour before the Devil knows were dead.

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day Muse.

      Did I ever tell you that I marched up 5th Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?


    • mistermuse 7:40 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Same to ya, Don. I think you did mention marching in the Parade once, though I’m not sure I recall the details – was that when you went by the name Don O’Frankel?


    • arekhill1 9:01 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      For some reason my mother had a copy of a compilation titled “Great Irish Plays” and it included “The Playboy of the Western World.” II must have read it when I was twelve or thirteen. I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever read.

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      • mistermuse 6:35 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I mentioned that the play was filmed (in Ireland) in 1962. I saw it once many years ago, but I don’t know if it’s still available. If it is, it’s well worth seeing.


    • mistermuse 6:27 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ladysighs, though that song about Kathleen brings a tear to me eye whenever I hear it, I have an old 78 rpm record titled MAUREEN that brings TWO tears to me eye (sometimes even three, if she happens to read this). So, no problem.


    • Don Frankel 7:35 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse when I was a kid I peddled balloons in the streets and at all the Parades. The Macy’s is the most magical and the St. Patrick’s by far the happiest. Everyone is having a good time and no not because everyone is drinking most people are not. It’s just that everyone gets to be Irish.

      Long story short I tell my wife about this and I wished I could have marched in that Parade rather than any of the others. Well she’s not Irish either but she is a graduate of St. John’s and she belonged to a fraternal society there and well one day we get invited to march. So it was Hungarian Irish O’Frankel and Haitian Irish O’Belmar M.D. marching up 5th Avenue. It was awesome.


      • mistermuse 12:36 pm on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It does indeed sound like it was awesome, Don. As mentioned in my post, on St. Patrick’s day, every man (and woman) is an Irishman. But now it’s the day after, and I don’t know what you’re going to do for the next 364 days of Irishlessness. I guess you’ll just have to make the best of it.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 10:04 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think Maureen and Pegeen and Kathleen are very sweet names but how about “Michaeleen?” I liked your posting and my daughter and her friend arrived for a visit on St. Patty’s Day. Sam is part Irish so I bought shamrock cupcakes for them. I marched in one parade in my hometown of Hatramck. It was sponsored by the Polish Alliance group. I was with my Girl Scout Troop #563. The parade route was several miles down the main street of Joseph Campau. I doubt if we had any Irish in our little town of about 25,000 people but they would have been very welcome if they were there.


    • mistermuse 12:26 pm on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I called you “me fine Mickaleen colleen” in my Monday morning (March 16) reply to one of your comments to my ABOUT THE BEGINNING post, so I trust that makes up for its absence in this post. After all, you’re of Polish descent, though I must admit Mickaleen sounds like an Irish name.


  • mistermuse 9:04 am on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , George Pal, Hildegard, , John Ford, , , Puppetoons, , Victor Herbert   


    How do you do?  Glad to see you. It’s game day, guys and gals, so let’s get right to it. No, this isn’t about football (whatever gave you that idea?). This is a game about how many of the following ten names ring a bell, and what do they have in common (other than the fact that none were football players)?

    Victor Herbert, James P. Johnson, John Ford, Clark Gable, Langston Hughes, S. J. Perelman, Hildegard, George Pal, Muriel Spark, Boris Yeltsin.

    How did you do? You say there’s several you didn’t recognize? That will never do. There are no passes here, so before we proceed to what they have in common, here are the names again, followed by year of birth and claim to fame:

    1. VICTOR HERBERT, 1859, composer (father of the operetta style Broadway musical, including Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta and Sweethearts)

    2. JAMES P. JOHNSON, 1891, composer and jazz pianist (king of Harlem stride piano & composer of such standards as The Charleston, Old Fashioned Love and If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight)

    3. JOHN FORD, 1894, movie director (famous for westerns and winner of four Academy Awards for best director: The Informer, Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley and The Quiet Man, none of which were westerns)

    4. CLARK GABLE, 1901, actor (Frankly, my dear, I don’t think I need say more)

    5. LANGSTON HUGHES, 1902, poet, playwright and social activist (leader of the Harlem Renaissance and pioneer of literary art form known as jazz poetry)

    6. S. J. PERELMAN, 1904, humorist, screenwriter and playwright (credits include humor for the New Yorker, scripts for Marx Brothers films Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, and Academy Award for screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days)

    7. HILDEGARD, 1906, American cabaret singer and most elegant, well-known female supper club entertainer of her time; #1 song Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup. Longest-lived (to age 99) of the ten.

    8. GEORGE PAL, 1908, film director, producer and innovator of stop-motion animation (Puppetoons); probably the least familiar name here, thus this 1994 biographical documentary (narrated by Pal’s widow Zsoka) should be both edifying and interesting:


    9. MURIEL SPARK, 1918, novelist and writer (most famous work The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)

    10. BORIS YELTSIN, 1931, Russian politician. First President of Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

    OK, I’ll keep you in suspense no longer. What the above have in common is their birthday: February 1.

    But wait — there’s more! What do the following have in common?

    Rene Descartes, philosopher; Mary Shelley, novelist; Buster Keaton, comic actor; George Abbot, director; and Gian Carlo Menotti, composer.

    They all passed away on February 1.

    Today, on this notable day in history, The Observation Post has them coming and going. I hope you had a ball.

    Gotta run.

    • arekhill1 11:31 am on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Langston Hughes, at least, is noted elsewhere on the Net today–he’s in AOL’s Search Spotlight, where notables like Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber usually romp. Had no idea why, until you elucidated me. Happy Groundhog Day Eve!


    • mistermuse 1:13 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Same to you, Ricardo, and may I recommend for tomorrow’s viewing pleasure the great Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day” (on AMC at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time). I predict you’ll dig it even if you’ve seen it before, which you probably have.


    • Don Frankel 11:14 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good one Muse, quite a few smiles here. I knew six which is barely passing. But today is Groundhog Day and Staten Island Chuck is not coming out. He doesn’t want to sleep with the fishes.


    • mistermuse 11:36 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I’m guessing the six you knew are 2,3,4,5,7 & 10. If I’m right, you owe me free advice from Dr. Don (I’ll let you know when I need it).


    • Michaeline Montezinos 2:31 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fine posting for Ground Hog Day. To avoid repeating myself like the Bill Murray film, I actually knew 9 of the 10 posted. Honestly, I guess it comes from what I’ve learned from watching Turner Classic Movies.


    • mistermuse 4:37 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats, Michaeline. I doubt if anyone will top your 90%. If I had to guess which one you didn’t know, it would be either #6 or #9. As for me, I “missed” #9 (the name sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place her until I looked her up).


    • arekhill1 7:03 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Have it on disc, Sr. Muse, so no need to let AMC interrupt it with commercials. When the security question is “What is your favorite movie?” that’s my answer. Although “The Wizard of Oz” is close.


      • mistermuse 9:53 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I have too many favorite movies to name one, but both of those would be on my list.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 8:27 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Muse you were close since I missed #5, the one about Langston Hughes. My security answer involves an actor but I don’t think anyone would know that. The first question, arekhill!, is about my best friend from childhood. We were sent to different schools after a certain grade. So she is not in my yearbook either. I hope I didn’t blow my cover…

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 2:47 am on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Since I am a night owl I want to wish everyone here a post Happy Ground Hog Day.
      February 3 is the night of the Full Moon so be forewarned and watch out for lunatics!

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  • mistermuse 12:05 am on August 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Grapes of Wrath, , John Ford, Judge Priest,   


    When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. level of both states. –Will Rogers, on Oklahoma farmers migrating to California to escape the Dustbowl during the Great Depression (a plight vividly portrayed in John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel/John Ford’s 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath).

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    If you’ve ever felt as if you’re a remnant (at least in spirit) of the bygone era of someone who passed away before you were born, you can imagine where I’m coming from when I write about Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash in Alaska on this August day in 1935 (a year before I was a gleam in my father’s eye).

    Rogers, the Oklahoma cowboy who became America’s favorite humorist and homespun philosopher in the 1920s & 30s, was born to part-Cherokee parents in 1879 when Rutherford B. Hayes was President and Oklahoma was still Indian territory. As Will wrote in his memoirs, “My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.”

    In my July 29 post BEHIND THE SCENES, I wrote of several performers and directors from Hollywood’s fondly-remembered Golden Age, including John Ford and some of the great films he directed. Two of those were the above-mentioned Grapes of Wrath and Judge Priest (1934), starring Will Rogers. You may be surprised to learn, as I was, that Judge Priest — well, let Ford himself say it, as told to author Bryan B. Sterling in an interview later shared in Sterling’s 1976 book, THE WILL ROGERS SCRAPBOOK:

    Sterling:  You made three motion pictures with Mr. Rogers, Dr. Bull, Judge Priest and Steamboat ‘Round the Bend. The character of Judge Priest fit right in with that [Rogers’ small town Oklahoma] background. Was that shot on location?

    Ford:  No, we did it right in the studio.

    Sterling:  In those days, how long would it take to make a picture?

    Ford:  On the largest pictures it would take four to five weeks. And they weren’t expensive pictures at all, but they all did very well. In fact, my favorite picture of all times is Judge Priest.

    I hate to end on a sour note, but I doubt if Will Rogers would go over today. His humor was on the money, but of a different time. He told it like it was, but not in the gross fashion of our time. At age 55, he died before his time, but he lived at the right time.

    It was a time to which I can relate.




    • Don Frankel 4:17 pm on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Harry Carey Jr. has some really nice things to say about Will Rogers as you know.

      I’m not so sure he wouldn’t go over today. There’s plenty to make fun of and while Bill Cosby might be a little dated neither he nor Jerry Seinfeld ever curse or get obnoxious.


    • mistermuse 5:25 pm on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You may be right, Don. I guess I was just feeling grumpy when I wrote that.


    • D R (Donnie) Hosie 2:03 pm on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The men of my father’s family, all revered Will Rogers. My Uncle Bill could still get choked-up talking about his death. Like being fans of ‘rock stars’ – like Elvis or the Beatles were – for so many of my own generation.


    • mistermuse 3:51 pm on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      In today’s political climate, one wonders if Will would still say today (as he said in his day) that he never met a man he didn’t like. No wonder your father’s family revered him.


  • mistermuse 9:56 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , biographies, John Ford, , , Westerns   


    Candice Bergen’s book, KNOCK WOOD (reviewed in my last post), was one of too many biographies/autobiographies I’ve been reading lately. I read them because I’m into trying to get a handle on the “real” human being beneath the public persona of past legendary creative/performing artists I’ve “known.”

    Take JOHN FORD, director of such classic Westerns as Stagecoach, Fort Apache, My Darling Clementine, Rio Grande and The Searchers. Did I really need to find out (in a book titled COMPANY OF HEROES) that he was a real horse’s ass in the way he treated others — not just the actors and subordinates he “treated like children” and often directed like a sadistic drill sergeant, but in his personal life? Well, some might say that Hollywood filmmaking was a cutthroat industry and Westerns are violent by their very nature, so it goes with the territory.

    But Ford wasn’t always thoughtless, nor did he direct only shoot ’em ups. His 50 year directorial career included such (relatively) non-violent gems as Judge Priest (Will Rogers’ finest film), The Grapes Of Wrath, Young Mr. Lincoln, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man (in which fists flew, but not bullets) and Mister Roberts. Go figure. A complex fellow, Mister Ford. 

    And then there’s JOHN HUSTON, who made only a few Westerns, but, like Ford, was an egoist, womanizer and “larger-than-life” figure. In his book JOHN HUSTON: COURAGE AND ART, author Jeffrey Meyers paints a picture of a man who was an “extraordinary director, writer, actor, and bon vivant who made such iconic films as The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre [in which his father, Walter Huston, co-starred], The Asphalt Jungle and The African Queen.” He also directed Anjelica Huston, his daughter by the fourth of his five wives.

    John Ford. John Huston. Orson Welles. Billy Wilder. Vincente Minnelli. Woody Allen. And more. Too many biographies/autobiographies? I plead guilty. But I can’t stop. They’re addictive.


    • arekhill1 12:43 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Just as the winners write history, Sr. Muse, survivors write biographies. Not that being a horse’s ass is a tough benchmark to achieve, but perhaps the guy you think is being a jerk thinks he’s just following his habit of not suffering fools gladly, which is a flaw of my own, I’m sorry to say.


    • mistermuse 4:17 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, the author of COMPANY OF HEROES, Harry “Dobe” Carey Jr. (a member of Ford’s stock company of actors in nine Ford Westerns), mostly praises Ford, calling him both his “nemesis and hero. There were times when I was not an admirer – but when the day’s work was done – I loved him.” Others were less forgiving of Ford’s bullying and sometimes sadistic behavior.

      As for not suffering fools gladly, I wouldn’t call it so much a flaw, as an exercise in futility – or should I say, FOOLTILITY (if that word catches on, you heard it here first).


    • Michaeline Montezinos 9:40 am on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thankx for the info on the directors. No matter how eccentric they were, I have seen all of their films and enjoyed them all. We must have similar taste, mistermuse.


    • mistermuse 1:06 pm on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I remember remarking some time ago (regarding Frank Sinatra) that regardless of what one thinks of his personal life, he was a great singer. I think the same thing goes for directors and actors – if they’re gifted at what they do, their personal shortcomings shouldn’t detract from our judgment of their talent (which raises the question: if Adolph Hitler hadn’t failed as an artist and had become a great painter, would he have become “The Great Dictator” (the title of Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 Hitler-satire).


    • Don Frankel 6:20 am on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Be a little careful with Biographies. They are usually well researched but the Author has definitely come to some kind of an opinion. They’re not very objective pro or con.

      I don’t know much about John Ford but the same actors appear in movie after movie of his so he had to have been more than just a meanie.


    • mistermuse 7:57 am on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right about the same actors appearing in Ford movie after Ford movie (the sub-title of the book I mention in my post & 7/29 comment, COMPANY OF HEROES, is “My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company”). These “same actors” included John Wayne, Ward Bond, Maureen O’Hara and, of course, the book’s author, Harry Carey Jr.

      I think you’d love this book, Don – in fact, I’d be pleased to mail it to you as a “get well” gift (assuming you ARE geting well after your hip operation!) – just email me your address and the book is yours.


    • Don Frankel 8:15 am on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You sure about that Muse?
      Okay it’s
      Don Frankel
      3725 Henry Hudson Pkwy.
      Apt. 6C
      Riverdale NY 10463


    • mistermuse 12:29 pm on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, the check – I mean, the book – is in the mail (expected delivery date 8/11). It’s paperback, so it’s not like it’s an expensive gift. Enjoy!


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