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  • mistermuse 12:09 am on October 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Edward Everett Horton, , , , , Laurel & Hardy, Mantan Moreland, , , S. Z. Sakall, Way Out West,   

    HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE: WHAT A CHARACTER (ACTOR)! 

    “Nobody needs a mink coat but the mink.” –S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, character actor (Feb. 2, 1883-Feb. 12, 1955)

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    There have been so many great male character actors in Hollywood Golden Age history that, for this post, I’m going to narrow the field to¬†comedic character actors….and even then, I’ll probably leave out some of your favorites. Of course, if you don’t have any old comedy film favorites, you’re probably not an old comedy film fan, so you’re excused (even though that’s no excuse….actually, you should be ashamed of yourself).

    Leaving that aside, let’s move on, starting with the author of the above quote….a quote which probably didn’t go over too well with most of the Hollywood glamour girls he knew — speaking of which, did you know that Sakall was born in, and is strictly from, Hungary (btw, he was also in Casablanca). Here’s more scuttlebutt about Cuddles but…it’s not a lot:

    Next, Laurel & Hardy fans will remember the trademark ‘double-take’ look of this gent, who appeared in many of their films, including here in one of their best, WAY OUT WEST:

    Remember double features (two films for the price of one in movie houses of the 1930s-50s)? Here’s a double feature of two great comedic actors for the price of one in a scene from SHALL WE DANCE, one of three Astaire-Rogers movies in which they appeared together:

    If you’re a fan of Charlie Chan movies, you may recall the pop-eyed comic who played Chan’s chauffeur in over a dozen films, as well as parts in Preston Sturges’ THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942), CABIN IN THE SKY (1943), CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK (1944), and many others. Here he is in a scene from THE SCARLET CLUE (1945):

    In closing, I’ll mention several other great comedic character actors I could’ve/should’ve profiled here, but I have to stop somewhere: William Demarest, Edgar Kennedy, Frank Morgan, Franklin Pangborn, Erik Rhodes, Victor Moore, and many more. Thank you, one and all, for bringing character to comedy.

     
    • masercot 4:38 am on October 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Fine examples! Might I add Tom Kennedy?

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      • mistermuse 8:50 am on October 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely! I remember the name but couldn’t place the face until I checked — how could I have forgotten? I saw him in many a Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy and Three Stooges movie. My bad!

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        • masercot 8:59 am on October 24, 2019 Permalink

          It was a time when any big Irishman could find work in the movies… My favorite line of his? “I feel a poem coming on”

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    • Elizabeth 4:28 pm on October 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I never knew the names of any of these actors, though I remember all of their appearances. I loved the banter in the last clip. That comedic timing is priceless.

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    • mistermuse 7:00 pm on October 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that that banter came straight out of an old vaudeville skit which Mantan Moreland probably performed many times previously. An oldie but goody!

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    • Silver Screenings 11:37 pm on November 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      These posts are treats. Thanks for curating these lists and choosing such fab videos to share with us.

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      • mistermuse 1:20 am on November 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your comments, SS. I very much enjoyed doing this series of posts, time-consuming though it was to do the work of putting them together.

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        • Silver Screenings 10:29 am on November 17, 2019 Permalink

          Oh yes, I can imagine the hours spent in this series. The end result is fabulous: A tour through classic Hollywood.

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    • America On Coffee 11:18 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Memorable picks! Love them all!!ūüíē‚̧ԳŹ

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Laurel & Hardy, old films, , , The Fat Lady Sings   

    JAZZ FOR LAUGHS (PART 05) 

    If you haven’t been following this series, you don’t know what you’ve been missing (athough¬†some might¬†claim¬†ignorance is bliss). If you¬†are a follower, you¬†may think¬†the humor has been¬†pretty juvenile. This first selection of Part 05 should assuage¬†all concerns:

    3 to 1¬†you now¬†think this series is¬†for the birds….but¬†you ain’t heard nothing yet.¬†Here’s a real turkey:

    OK, I don’t need a straw vote to tell me¬†the next selection has nowhere to go but up….

    Now that’s what I call ending on a high note (as opposed to starting on a high chair). And¬†so we come to¬†the moment you’ve all¬†been waiting for….

    You’re welcome.

     
    • Garfield Hug 12:28 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Not at all juvenile as I enjoy these very much! Thanks for the laughs!

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      • mistermuse 1:09 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I intended “juvenile” in a tongue-in-cheek way, but no matter how you took it, I’m glad you appreciated the clips. Two of the four were very obscure, and I was fortunate to find them.

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    • Don Frankel 9:32 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great clips here. I’m not sure which is the best but I’ll give the nod to Laurel and Hardy.

      Now in the interests of political correctness let us say the opera ain’t over till the plus sized lady sings. Or maybe we could use the medical code E66.3 which is used to indicate overweight. It would be like spelling a word in front of a two year old because you don’t want them to hear it.

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      • mistermuse 11:36 am on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with your nod to the Laurel & Hardy clip, which is from one of their best movies, WAY OUT WEST (1937). I thought TURKEY IN THE STRAW (one of the two obscure clips I mentioned in a previous comment) was relatively well done, given that many ‘hayseed’ films of this type are just plain cornball.

        As for “the plus sized lady sings,” that description may be more politically correct, but it ain’t nearly as FUNNY as “it ain’t over until THE FAT LADY sings” — though I admit I probably wouldn’t think it was funny if I were a fat lady. On second thought, make that “if I were a plus sized lady.” ūüė¶

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    • 2017blogpresse 2:24 pm on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      nice blog, I like very much.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 3:42 pm on February 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful. Thanks for the giggles!

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    • moorezart 1:18 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 6:30 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, moorezart. May the Fat Lady never sing on your blog!

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      • mistermuse 9:30 pm on February 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Make that “May the Fat Lady never sing AGAIN on your blog!” ūüôā

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    • tref 11:40 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “Turkey in the Straw” is one of those songs I like to suddenly start whistling when I’m in line for a movie or something.

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      • mistermuse 12:29 am on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Probably no one in line who hears you whistling knows the title of the song, because if they did, they’d might say there’s a turkey in the theater (just kidding — I’m sure you whistle beautifully, tref).

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