Burgess Meredith – From Rocky to Grumpy Old Man

Burgess Meredith in Rocky (1976)

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

Selected Films 

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

Yvonne De Carlo – Sepohora to Lily Munster

Yvonne De Carlo as Salome

Yvonne De Carlo was a Canadian actress that is best known for an unusual television role of Lily Munster in the 1964 runaway TV show “The Munsters.” In this role, she played a mother vampire married to a bumbling Frankenstein with a human niece and a werewolf son. Naturally, they had a live-in vampire grandpa for laughs.

Now I know that this is a movie podcast but there are a few connections that I have to make to close some loops. The werewolf son, Eddie, shows some signs of being part vampire such as sleeping in a drawer, having a widow’s peak, and hanging upside down. He was often seen with his werewolf doll named Woof-Woof, which looks an awful lot like Lon Chaney, Jr.’s character Larry Talbot from The Wolf Man (1941).

Until 1940, Yvonne appeared in three unbilled parts in short films. Finally, she got a part in a feature. Her big break came with Salome Where She Danced (1945). One of her small but important roles was … Continue reading

John Wayne – America’s Greatest Actor?

John Wayne Fest

John Wayne may be the best known of all of the American actors. For many, he typifies the concept of being an American. His bold swagger and take charge ways are valued held highly by many American. This is also the same values that cause many non-Americans to have contempt and hatred for our country.

John Wayne had 181 acting credits spanning 50 years from 1926 to 1976. In those early years of Wayne’s career, he met a real western lawman who had come to Hollywood to try and sell his story. That man, from whom John Wayne learned to act like a cowboy was none other than Wyatt Earp.

Wyatt Earp is such an icon of the western movie genre that a review of IMDB shows no less than 56 movies portrayed that characters spanning from the 1930’s all the way through the ought teens including the masterful Tombstone (1993). To sum up, John Wayne could not pick a better cowboy to learn from.

Career

Wayne went to USC … Continue reading