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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: actors, , , book rview, , , , John Wayne, , ,   

    THE FIX IS OFF (for now) 

    Something has come up to postpone my out-of-town daughter’s Father’s Day visit until the following weekend ….so my browser problem will remain on hold, and without resolution, until the (offspring’s) fix is in. Meanwhile, back at the rant, I’ve finished reading the outspoken CARROLL O’CONNOR’s autobiography wherein he vents about many things. So, to fill in, let’s take up where my last post left off. After all, it’s All In The Family.

    O’Connor had a very varied pre-Archie Bunker life. Like many in their early adult years, he couldn’t find his niche. “I could not shake off a feeling of foolishnessa man of 26 plodding through the days and months with no plan, no answer for anyone who might ask “What are you going to do with yourself?” The eventual answer, after many dead-end turns, turned out to be acting….and, finally, stardom (which came with an Archie Bunker mentality).

    I — no doubt like most who read autobiographies — do so primarily to learn more about the author, his/her life and times. But I’ll also admit to the guilty pleasure of learning what the author thought of well-known contemporaries — in fact, such opinions may offer insights into other personalities and professions, which broaden (for better or worse) what I thought I knew about them. So, what were O’Connor’s impressions of….

    JOHN WAYNE: “He perceived America as the preeminent hero-nation, virtually a land of heroes in which he himself felt heroic (and actually was, as I knew him) and infused that perception into all his roles as naturally as if it were one of the primary  emotions.”

    JEAN STAPLETON: “Jean’s idea of Edith Bunker was not only original and perfectly suited to the American audience, but very comical and emotionally moving. If ever anything on television changed the country, not radically, not even obviously, it was the performance of Jean and the example of Edith. Did our series effectively attack bigotry and racism? We thought so at the time –”

    HARRY TRUMAN: “Nobody expected Truman to take part in a Korean civil war, if one should begin. His military chiefs had no battle plan; on the contrary, they had a plan for getting out of the way — withdrawing to Japan. I thought Truman was totally wrong — his political vision faulty, his practical leadership unintelligent, his moral justification false. For me, the issue of morality in war– whether or not it is a “just war” — turns on the question of choice. When you wage war because you have no choice you are acting justly. But when you have a reasonable choice and choose to wage war, you can’t call your war just.”

    MOVIE WRITERS, “though marvelously reliable in inventing space creatures — shriveled humanoids and hugely swollen insects — are unreliable in depicting intelligent life on earth.”

    AGENTS “are generally shrewd, knowing, clever people; good company, good friends. They have made my career; they make all careers; they are the most important people in the business.”

    ACTORS: “I shall never forget my first professional play rehearsal at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in the spring of 1951 — the immediate cordiality of my new friends the actors: they greeted me like an intimate. Now after all these years I am still unfailingly comforted, encouraged and elated in the company of actors. There is something about the work these dear neurotics do, investigating every kind of human character, that  develops in them an extraordinary tolerance, forgiveness and good humor. I commend their company even to normal folk.”

    ….and I commend this book of Carroll’s to you.

    • waywardsparkles 1:50 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those were the days watching All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude! Ya know, I can’t remember a single episode of any of them; but I loved how Archie continued to open up as the show went on. Wait a minute, do you remember the episode when Archie had to get a transfusion? I do remember that episode. That was genius! Thanks for sharing about Carroll O’Connor’s autobiography, MM. Mona

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      • mistermuse 7:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I vaguely remember that episode, Mona, but like you, I mainly remember the series in general, as a whole, not for individual programs. The same, I think, applies to MASH, although re-runs appear regularly on local TV and refresh memories of specific episodes much more readily.

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    • blindzanygirl 2:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Aww. Sad your fix is off. But this is a very interesting post

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    • calmkate 2:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry your daughter is delayed, but she will get there!

      So JW was just being himself, explains why he was monotonously the same in everything he appeared in … Carroll’s shares some good insights, particularly about war! Thanks for the review 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate. I have several dozen biographies/autobiographies on my bookshelves, and O’Connor’s is one of the best.

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    • obbverse 4:03 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t panic! Help sounds like its on the way. Autobiographies seem to become more interesting the older we get. Something to do with the human condition, or trying to understand it.

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      • mistermuse 8:08 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, o.v. The ‘search’ for understanding is never-ending (until the end), but to paraphrase an old saying, “’tis better to have searched and come up short than never to have searched at all.”

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    • Carmen 6:44 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That book sound very interesting — what a character! Hope you get your fix soon, mister muse! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope so too, Carmen. The problems are getting worse (for example, my computer is increasingly ‘freezing’ on me — usually in the middle of writing a post or comment — requiring that I shut down and re-start). I wonder if it would help if I put my computer outside in the hot weather? 😉


    • Rivergirl 7:15 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People always think of Archie when they think of O’Connor, but he really was so much more.

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      • mistermuse 9:19 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely, Rg. If he were still alive today, it’s not hard to imagine Archie supporting King Trump and O’Connor railing against him as the emperor who has no clothes.

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    • Don Ostertag 10:44 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I spent a week at Leonard Nimoy’s house which was across the street from O’Connor’s. That entire week, Carroll O’Connor cut his grass. He would finish with the lawn and start over again. I wanted to go and meet him, I heard he was a kind and intelligent person, but I never had the time. The Nimoys said he was a great neighbor.

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      • mistermuse 12:42 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting. The Nimoys must have had the fast growing grass in town. I mow my lawn once a year whether it needs it or not. 😉


        • Don Ostertag 1:17 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Not the Nimoy’s lawn.., It was Carroll O’Connor cutting the O’Connor lawn.

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        • mistermuse 7:47 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification — I took “cut his grass” to mean that, because he was “a great neighbor,” O’Connor cut Nimoy’s lawn while Nimoy was away for a week. Out of even lesser misunderstandings, yards have been known to turn into battlefields!


    • annieasksyou 12:01 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting, mistermuse—especially O’Connor’s takes on Truman and John Wayne. Did he say why he felt Wayne was heroic?

      I don’t think computers like hot weather one whit, but I’m perhaps a tad more tech-adept than you, based on your description, so don’t byte a single bit of info I provide.
      Enjoy Father’s Day. Is this an actual —as opposed to virtual—visit?

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      • mistermuse 8:16 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When he knew Wayne, O’Connor wasn’t as liberal as he later became, so I assume that was how he felt then, before he ‘matured.’

        My daughter’s visit will be “actual” in order to install a new browser, as I am virtually blogging “up a creek without a paddle” on my outdated browser (at least, I assume that’s the cause of the problems I’m having — if not, I’m thinking of drowning my sorrow, and I don’t mean in the creek).

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    • annieasksyou 9:21 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope your daughter rescues you forthwith. If not, I assume you mean drowning your sorrow in a “spirited” manner, to which I say “bottoms up.”
      I switched from Safari to Firefox at WP’s suggestion, only to learn that Firefox, for reasons I can’t comprehend, will not let me grab images the way Safari does. So I do my image search with Safari and my writing with Firefox. I am way beyond creek depth now with no daughter available to paddle me to safe land. Best of luck!

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      • mistermuse 2:18 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It so happens that my daughter plans to switch me to Firefox. Before she does, I’ll bring your experience to her attention. She’s the head computer technician at the university where she works, but she doesn’t blog, so she may not be familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the various browsers when it comes to blogging. Thanks for the ‘heads-up.’

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    • annieasksyou 2:35 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome. It happened to me with Google Advanced Image Search, which I use a lot, and with YouTube. But maybe your daughter the pro will be able to show you how to overcome my problem. And then maybe you can tell me!

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    • magickmermaid 5:20 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you are having a nice Father’s Day!
      There was a Microsoft update this past week in which the new version of the Edge browser was installed. Much to my surprise it’s super-fast!
      I forgot to mention something regarding the “like” problem. If you have your Enhanced Tracker Setting for your browser set for “custom” or “strict”, that prevents “liking” on certain blogs. Just click on the shield icon in the address bar and you can uncheck the tracking. You will then be able to “like”. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:08 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I AM having a nice Father’s Day — made all the nicer by my neighbor mowing my lawn this weekend (he is the father of the (no longer) little girl my wife and I took care of years ago while he and his wife worked). Now that’s what I call a good neighbor!

        P.S. I will pass your tip on to my daughter next weekend when she installs a new browser, as I will not be publishing any more posts until then.

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    • josephurban 3:57 pm on June 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. If you like autobiographies I suggest the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. I am currently reading it after watching a History Channel 3 part series on Grant. Fascinating.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:23 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a truly interesting, well-written book with lots of insight. I think I need to find a copy.

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    • mistermuse 5:42 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, SS. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book.


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adolf Hitler, , Ezra Pound, , , , John Wayne, , ,   


    On the dubious theory that you can’t get too much of a good thing, I’m going to follow up I’VE GOT A SECRET and TO TELL THE TRUTH (my last post) with a take-off from another old radio (1940s) and TV (1950s) panel show called IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT. Never let it be said, however, that I don’t have standards. Thus, I found 1940s-50s IGNORANT clips to be a bit beneath my readers’ level of sophistication, so I have opted instead for an updated 2013 spoof of the original program (the word “Alawite” in the clip refers to a religious sect in Syria):

    Now, friends, we’ve all heard the old saying that ignorance is the sincerest form of flattery (or something to that effect). Therefore, in order to showcase certain public figures, past and present, in the revealing light of their own words, let us take a look at some of the more outstanding (though not necessarily funny) examples of why it pays to be ignorant (except when it doesn’t):

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the dumbest of you all? –Anne Robinson, British TV host, who “asked for it” when she left herself open to the answer on her own show:

    Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d’Arc, a saint. He was a martyr. Like many martyrs, he held extreme views. –Ezra Pound

    Rural Americans are real Americans. There’s no doubt about that. You can’t always be sure with other Americans. Not all of them are real.Dan Quayle, former U.S. V Pres

    My fear is that the whole island [Guam] will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize. –Hank Johnson, Democratic Congressman from Georgia

    Everything that can be invented has been invented. –Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Patent Office, 1899

    Hurray, Boys! We’ve got them. We’ll finish them up and then go home to our station. –General George Armstrong Custer, before battle at Little Big Horn

    I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. –John Wayne

    Son, looks to me like you’re spending too much time on one subject. –Shelby Metcalf, former Texas A&M Head Coach to one of his players who got a D and four F’s.

    Saving the most classless and gratuitous example for last, this comes with our best wishes for a full recovery from brain cancer for the object of this quote:





    • Ricardo 10:33 am on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, at least your last example isn’t spending too much time on one subject, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 1:17 pm on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If you’re referring to The Donald, Ricardo, it seems to me that all his time is spent preoccupied with one subject: namely, himself. I fear the ‘poor’ man is a head case in need of serious help before he comes completely unglued

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    • RMW 1:06 pm on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The clip with Anne Robinson sent me on a quest for the dumbest answers on The Weakest Link. I was laughing but it is amazing that people can be that ignorant. Having said that, in front of a TV camera I’m not sure how I would do. Anne Robinson hosted the show in the UK for 15 years, that’s how popular she was there. I don’t think her sarcastic style went down too well in the US!

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      • mistermuse 5:46 pm on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate your quest regarding The Weakest Link” because, although I heard of the show, I’d never seen it….and judging by what you say, I didn’t miss much! But, cynic that I am, it doesn’t surprise me “that people can be that ignorant” (though I think the only kind of ignorance that’s inexcusable is WILLFUL ignorance).

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:51 pm on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m shaking my head. Help us! And the only nice thing I can say about Donald is, uh, um…

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    • Joseph Nebus 2:41 pm on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So the patent office quote about everything that could be invented having been? It turns out to have an interesting origin: a joke in Punch magazine from 1899, and one of those rare old jokes in Punch magazine where you can make out what’s supposed to be funny and imagine it being done in a way that it was. Not to distract from stuff, just that, isn’t that neat?

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    • mistermuse 5:26 pm on July 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wikipedia’s article on Charles H. Duell suggests that the origin of the quote may go back to the first Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, Henry Ellsworth, in 1843. Here’s what Ellsworth reportedly said: “The advancement of the arts, from year to year, stretches our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.” Whether this quote was misrepresented and later attributed to Duell, as the article suggests, perhaps itself stretches credulity….but who knows (or, as some might say, who cares?). But “neat” nonetheless, and I appreciate your comment.

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    • restlessjo 2:16 am on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ignorance is bliss? It’s also very scary! Thank you for your diligent research. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:33 am on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You got that right! Ignorance is indeed scary, especially when it abounds in the Oval Office. 😦


    • barkinginthedark 6:35 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      i can still sing the theme song “It pays to be ignorant, to be dumb, to be deaf, to be ignorant, it pays to be ignorant just like me”…i think that was it wasn’t it? continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:15 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I remember it as you do, with the exception of one word: I think it was “dense” instead of “dumb” (though I may be ignorant about that). 😉


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Tatum, , , , , John Wayne, 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)

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    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 11:41 pm on November 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , John Wayne   


    Once upon a time, I contributed work to an interrupted venue called SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION.  Two of my departed contributions from that limited engagement included film clips of legendary actors doing things they rarely did in their movies: James Stewart and Errol Flynn singing. I recently came across an even more surprising (if not astonishing) sight: a scene from the 1944 film THE FIGHTING SEABEES in which John Wayne dances The Jitterbug:


    While I’m at it, I might as well bring back the Stewart and Flynn clips and make this another THREE-FOR-ONE post, so here is Stewart singing Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love” in BORN TO DANCE (1938), followed by Flynn singing “That’s What You Jolly Well Get” from THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943):



    I seem to recall accompanying the above two clips in my dead SWI posts with a few hundred well-chosen (?) words, but I can’t for the life of me remember what they were. I guess that’s what I jolly well get.

    • Don Frankel 10:32 am on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Great post and a great clip. I’ve seen this movie but I didn’t remember this part. But The Fighting Seabees is one the few in fact I think one of only four movies where the John Wayne character dies. Can you name the other three?


    • mistermuse 1:10 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve got me on that one, Don, but if I had to guess, I’d guess ROOSTER COGBURN might be one of them. I know he didn’t die in either of my two favorite John Wayne movies (THE QUIET MAN and NORTH TO ALASKA).


      • Don Frankel 2:23 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Muse you could have googled it but you didn’t and I like that. The other three I”m thinking of are The Sands of Iwo Jima, The Cowboys and The Shootist. I don’t count The Alamo as he plays Davey Crockett not one of his own characters. He might have died in some of those old black and whites before he was a star and I don’t count those either. His character is dead in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance but the movie opens with that so he doesn’t die on screen.


    • literaryeyes 8:43 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the videos. And I had the same uninspiring experience with SWI.


      • mistermuse 9:41 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I now recall part of what I wrote in my vanished SWI post in which Stewart sang Cole Porter’s “Easy To Love”: Jimmy quipped re his singing voice, “That song was so good that not even I could spoil it.” He was right, though he needn’t have apologized – he pulled it off just fine.


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