Friday, February 26
To tell the truth, he was never a favorite of mine. I'm not even sure that he was an actor of any special note. Oh, he was completely competent and had some good moments... a few very good moments... and that's about all I can muster. I do think he was in fewer than 20 good-to-great films and I own them all. I don't think I own any because they were Glenn Ford movies, per se, but simply that they were good films.
Tuesday, February 23
Here's another look at two character actors whose careers lasted for decades. Without men like Lee J. Cobb and Charles Coburn, movies would be a helluva lot less interesting. I regard the gruff Cobb as one of the finest character actors there ever was. Gentlemanly Coburn with his monocle and fussy manners graced dramas and comedies alike but it was in the latter that he is most remembered. Let's take a look at two fine actors.
Friday, February 19
Tuesday, February 16
Friday, February 12
It is March 30, 1968. Two boys come across a dead body in an abandoned tenement on New York City's lower east side. Beer bottles and religious pamphlets are nearby. He is white, 30-35, no identification and needle marks on his arms. An autopsy is done and it is determined that he died of a heart attack. He is buried in a pauper's grave.
Tuesday, February 9
To say that there was never anyone quite like her is a serious understatement. From South America came Carmen Miranda whose uniqueness brought undisputed razzle-dazzle to musicals in the 1940s. Her English was always a stretch to understand but no one could miss the flashing eyes, the gyrating hips, the toothy, welcoming smile, the rapidly moving arms and hands and of course the turbans, usually piled high with fruits or flowers. Her staccato-like delivery of a song while always moving about like a whirling dervish was memorable. Chic chica boom chica boom.