Frank Sutton Remembered!

Remembering actor Frank Sutton (1923 – 1974), who was born on October 23rd. He is best remembered for his role of Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle USMC.  

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Marty (1955)-Ernest Borgnine with Frank Sutton!

In one of my all-time favorite movies Marty (1955)-catch Frank Sutton as Ralph one of Ernest Borgnine’s “bored and lonely” friends who overextended his credit limit with even generous Marty— “poor Ralph—plenty of girls-but no money.”  Frank Sutton (1923-1974) who would have been 93 today 10/23 was better known as Sgt. Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle: USMC.

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James Cagney – Family man in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and White Heat (1949)!

On TCM 11/4/16- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – where James Cagney as in any genre is always a family man-loyal to his show business parents (Walter Huston and Rosemary DeCamp) and lovely wife Mary (Joan Leslie) -“My father thanks you, my mother thanks you and I thank you!!”-and if you dare to test his attachment to his crime business family and Ma Jarrett (Margaret Wycherly) in White Heat (1949) make out your last will and testament!

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John Ford – Common theme in The Long Gray Line (1955), 3 Godfathers (1948), How Green Was My Valley (1941)

A dramatic common theme -Master director John Ford emotionally depicts the passing of generations by contrasting a happy birth with a tragic death. In The Long Gray Line (1955) –father West Point star James “Red” Sundstrom (William Leslie) dies in WW I while his wife played by Betsy Palmer gives birth to James, Jr. who grows up to be WW II hero played by Robert Francis; In 3 Godfathers (1948)-on TCM 10/27/16- Mildred Natwick plays a dying mother who gives birth to a healthy son rescued by outlaws on the run John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, and Harry Carey, Jr.; and in How Green Was My Valley (1941) Bronwyn (Anna Lee) gives birth while her husband (Patric Knowles) dies in a coal mine accident.  A theme to look for in all John Ford movies!

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Jerry Orbach -Stage, Screen, TV Great!

Happy Birthday to the very talented Jerry Orbach who would have been 81 today-In addition to his acclaimed skills in Broadway musicals I do not have “to try hard to remember” his diverse and convincing acting skills as Martin Landau’s shady hit man brother in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and as Lenny Briscoe on TV’s Law and Order who knew how to make a classy arrest with humor and often get the truth out of Manhattan doormen about a suspect’s activity!

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The Artist (2011)— Uggie’s Autobiography

Man’s best friend-In one of my all-time favorite movie moments from The Artist (2011)— hero dog Uggie runs swiftly to get help from a first responder for his fire trapped best friend George Valentin. You can hear Uggie’s running and barking rage as his paws hit the pavement in the brilliant Oscar winning music score by Ludovic Bource.  Me with Uggie, the movie star dog from “The Artist” at his autobiography signing— He has a very good paw signature!

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