Burgess Meredith was a character actor that had a great long and varied career. The older crowd knows him as the Penguin from the “Batman” television show. A slightly younger crowd will remember him as Mick in the Rocky series. However, I like to remember him from Of Mice and Men (1939) and a light little comedy Foul Play (1978) where he was cast with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase.
Meredith served in the Air Corp during WWII
1995 Grumpier Old Men – Grandpa Gustafson
1993 Grumpy Old Men – Grandpa Gustafson
1990 Rocky V – Mickey Goldmill
1982 Rocky III – Mickey Goldmill
1981 Clash of the Titans – Ammon
1979 Rocky II – Mickey
1978 Foul Play – Mr. Hennessey
1976 Rocky – Mickey
In Harm’s Way (1965 ) – Commander Egan Powell
Of Mice and Men (1939)- George Milton
He’ll kill yuh to death inside of three rounds! Burgess Meredith as Mickey in … Continue reading
I am starting a new line today based on Burgess Meredith from In Harm’s Way (1965). Today’s movie is Of Mice and Men (1939).
The original story was written by John Steinbeck and was set during the Great Depression. One of the interesting things about this movie is that it is not carried by a major star. Many of the actors had fine and long careers but they were not the blockbuster leading types.
The title of the movie comes from a Robert Burns’ poem titled “To a Mouse” and states – “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.” (Or as translated “The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.”
The Great Depression kicked off in the United States on October 29, 1929, when the stock market crashed and is now as Black Tuesday. I can’t remember the name of the play but one line states that paraphrase – “he was part of gentle rain of stock … Continue reading
For In Harm’s Way (1965) we are still continuing the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933).
I love this movie. It’s all about redemption and second chances. It also shows how important getting breaks from friends are. The title of this film comes from a quote by Revolutionary War captain John Paul Jones: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”
This movie follows a group of people starting the night before the attack on Pearl Harbor and follows them through the turning tide where the American Navy starts winning the war. It is loosely based on the Battle of Guadalcanal during WWII.
As each character falls from grace they are given a reprieve often with the help of a friend. In the same way, the USA is given a second chance after they failed to prepare for the coming war. For clarification, I will use a system made famous by … Continue reading