Friday, March 27, 2020

First male Triple Crown actor

Thomas Mitchell was probably one of the most notable actors that no one remembers. He won two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor. However, he also won an Emmy and a Tony, becoming the first male actor to cop that particular Triple Crown, which really does attest to an actor's versatility.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

He also played baseball

Depending upon which venue you knew him from, John Beradino was also an actor, or also a major league baseball player. He was a baseball player first, from 1939 to 1952. He played for three different clubs, with a lifetime batting average of .249.

He appeared in his first film in 1948. He was best known as Dr. Steve Hardy on the soap opera General Hospital from 1963 to 1996.

John Beradino Steve Hardy 1973.jpg

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Orangey the Cat

List this fellow among the animal movie stars you might never have heard of. He won two PATSY awards for his roles in Rhubarb and Breakfast at Tiffany's. We watched Rhubarb last night, and Orangey really did a great job.

Like many human actors, Orangey could be hard to work with, sometimes scratching or biting actors. And he also would sometimes flee the set and have to be tracked down. He was at least 16 years old at the time of his death.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Gale Page - blueblood marriage

She had a pretty good lineage in her own right. Actress Gale Page. Her father was a U. S. Senator and later Ambassador to Peru. Her great-grandfather was the first Governor of Oregon. She further upgraded the family bloodline when she married Count Aldo Solito de Solis. And, she thus became a Countess.

Gale Page in Four Daughters trailer.jpg

Monday, March 23, 2020

Jack Oakie could ruin any movie

I realize that character actors are just that: they are paid to be "characters." Some of them are fairly versatile. Jack Oakie was good at one particular type of personality, but it was always an irritating one, to the point that if he is in the movie, it just loses something from the get-go.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

It makes women humble

     "Women should be encouraged to take up gold. There are, I admit, certain drawbacks attendant on their presence on the links. I shall not readily forget the occasion on which a low, raking drive of mine at the eleventh struck the ladies' tee box squarely and came back and stunned my caddie, causing me to lose stroke and distance. Nevertheless, I hold that the advantages outnumber the drawbacks. Gold humanizes women, humbles their haughty natures, tend, in short to knock out of their systems a certain modicum of that superciliousness, that swank, which makes wooing a tough proposition for the diffident male. You may have found this yourself?"
     "Well, as a matter of fact," admitted the young man, "now I come to think of it I have noticed that geneieve has shown me a bit more respect since she took up the game. When I drive 230 yards after she has taken six sloshes to cover fifty, I sometimes think that a new light comes into her eyes."
     "Exactly," said the Sage.

(from "The Rough Stuff," by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Women will do that

I was standing quite near to Vincent Jopp, and at this moment I saw a bead of perspiration spring out on his forehead, and into his steely eyes there came a positively hunted look. I could understand and sympathize. Napoleon himself would have wilted if he had found himself in the midst of a trio of females, one talking baby-talk, another fussing about his health, and the third making derogatory observations on his lower limbs. Vincent Jopp was become unstrung.

(from "The Heel of Achilles," by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)