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^ Thank you, sir. Here is an interesting view of his life and career: How Mickey Rooney showed America its heart By Neal Gabler updated 12:10 PM EDT, Tue April 8, 2014 http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/opinion/gabler-mickey-rooney/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29 I can't get another thought out of my head about this man's life, career and final wrap-up. I haven't yet read what the...
For many who might only think of a certain youthful manic exuberance when they think of Mickey Rooney, that is true about him. Those words are used to describe many of his performances. So it may seem incongruous to also say his performances were clean, clear and "tidy", as I put it and "real" as you put it. But it was as true of the persona Mickey Rooney conveyed on screen as it was for James Cagney's persona. Taken in isolation, one might argue no human being actually...
Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies aged 93http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26917746I think Olivier was on to something with that assessment. It is hard to find a phony or false note in a Mickey Rooney film performance. You always know precisely what he (his character) wants, what he is feeling and what he means by a word, a look in the eyes, a gesture. His acting was clean, clear and what Paul Newman would term "tidy", perfect for the medium. Biology would...
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Growing up, one of the things that was cool about Lon Chaney Jr.'s great legacy character, Larry Talbot, is that, among the King's Row of the Universal Studios Monsters, the Wolf Man was the scariest one to me. Consequently, he was the one I wanted to be on Halloween. I suspected I could out run the Frankenstein monster and the Mummy, probably beat up or at least put up a good fight against Lugosi's Dracula, avoid Opera House basements easily enough and never dip my foot...
I agree with almost everything that has been said, good and bad, about Lon Chaney Jr. as an actor. He did seem like a non actor, often no more suited for a role than someone's alcoholic uncle. Yet, I can't remember any of my movie-loving buddies in the day ever discounting him or one of his movies on the late-late show based on his performance or acting ability. And we were not shy about slamming someone for being a bad actor or giving a bad performance. That was true even...
IMDb credits that voice in Donald's Dream Voice (1948) to Leslie Denison, although it is likely he was cast in order to mimic Coleman's voice. It sounds very much like him. Denison had just appeared with Ronald Coleman the year before in Coleman's Oscar-winning, A Double Life. Donald's Dream Voicehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040298/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1Watch it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdOOXUH6uZU
You are certainly not alone in that special feeling for Coleman. I think it was on the Siriusly Sinatra channel on SiriusXM where I heard Frank Sinatra's daughter, Nancy, relate that her dad often mentioned that he totally understood and appreciated the reaction from fans meeting him for the first time, never thought of them as corny or unsophisticated when they were struck speechless since that is exactly the way he felt when he met Ronald Coleman for the first time. One...
Good to hear you at least got onto the "Beg us for what you paid for again in 3 years" program. But, imo, once a welching scammer, always a welching scammer. I doubt very much that the powers that be at SiriusXM are going to be the exception to that rule. If they "lost" and cannot re-write the code for establishing Lifetime Internet Streaming, who's to say they won't "lose" and will not be able to re-write the code for establishing "Beg us for what you paid for again in 3...
+1To this day, I consider it James Cameron's best effort.
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