CMBA Blogathon: Forgotten Stars – Zeppo Marx

Forgotten Stars: the Un-Zany Zeppo Marx…

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I am a huge fan of The Marx Brothers, so my Zeppo Marx pick for the fabulous CMBA Forgotten Stars Blogathon was a ‘natural’ for me… that said, here goes…

Zeppo, the youngest of The Marx Brothers, was born Herbert Manfred Marx on February 25, 1901 in New York City. Although older brothers Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Gummo would get their start, in varying degrees, in vaudeville between 1905 and 1910, Zeppo did not appear with his brothers on stage until 1915, when, at age 14, he appeared in a skit called “Home Again” in a Flint, Michigan show — probably the only instance when all five Marx Brothers appeared on the stage together. Shortly thereafter, when Gummo left the act to serve in World War I, Zeppo officially joined the troupe, performing through their final vaudeville years, then on Broadway and during their early Paramount films.

The five Marx Brothers: Zeppo, Groucho, Chico, Gummo, HarpoThe Five Marx Brothers: Zeppo, Groucho, Chico, Gummo, Harpo
By all accounts, Zeppo was said to be the funniest of the ‘brothers’ off-stage, and acted as their understudies on stage, filling in for his brothers as needed.  In films however, Zeppo played straight man to his zany over-the-top brothers, and/or was the romantic lead with the beautiful tenor voice.

After appearing in five Marx Brothers’ feature-length films, Zeppo left the act to join brother Gummo as a theatrical agent. Always adept with mechanics, he later became hugely successful as an engineer/inventor, achieving multi-millionaire status; he owned Marman Products which  machined parts for our World War II efforts, and he invented a wristwatch that could monitor pulse rates of cardiac patients.

Zeppo was the last surviving Marx Brother; he died of lung cancer on November 30, 1979 at the age of 78.

So, here’s to the un-zany Zeppo Marx who played straight-man against his crazy brothers  (understatement) in the first five Marx Brothers’ films…

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zeppo marx and groucho marx, the cocoanutsZeppo and Groucho in The Cocoanuts (1929, directors Robert Florey and Joseph Santley)

In The Cocoanuts, Mr. Hammer (Groucho) runs the Hotel de Cocoanut resort in Florida. Zeppo plays Hammer’s assistant who would much rather sleep at the front desk than actually help Hammer run things….

Jamison (Zeppo): Mr. Hammer, I think I know what’s wrong with this hotel.
Hammer (Groucho): I think I know too. You’re fired…

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groucho marx and zeppo marx, animal crackers, dictation sceneGroucho and Zeppo during the famous dictation scene in Animal Crackers (1930, director Victor Heerman)

In Animal Crackers, explorer Captain Spaulding (Groucho) attends a party at the estate of society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont), and investigates the theft of a valuable painting during the party. Zeppo plays Spaulding’s assistant.

Captain Spaulding (Groucho): Honorable Charles H., uh, Hungerdunger, care of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick… semicolon.
Horatio Jamison (Zeppo): How do you spell semicolon?
Captain Spaulding: All right, make it a comma.

See entire video clip here: Animal Crackers Take a Letter to my Lawyer!

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Marx Brothers in Barrels, Monkey BusinessThe Four Brothers in Monkey Business (1930, director Victor Heerman)

Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, Groucho: Sweet Adeline (singing)…

In Monkey Business, the Brothers—playing stowaways concealed in barrels—harmonize unseen while performing ”Sweet Adeline”.

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margaret dumont, groucho marx, zeppo marx, duck soupZeppo and Groucho in Horse Feathers (1932, director Norman Z. McLeod)

In Horse Feathers, Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) is the new president of Huxley College. Zeppo plays his son Frank, who convinces his father to recruit professional players to help Huxley’s football team.

Frank (Zeppo): Dad, two of the greatest football players in the country hang out in a speakeasy downtown.
Professor Wagstaff (Groucho): Are you suggesting that I, the president of Huxley College, go into a speakeasy without even giving me the address?

See entire video clip here: Horse Feathers Advice for Dad

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The Marx Brothers, Duck SoupChico, Zeppo, Groucho and Harpo in Duck Soup (1933, director Leo McCarey)

In Duck Soup, Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) is appointed president of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania. Zeppo plays Bob Roland, Firefly’s personal assistant. The film culminates in an anarchic battle and general mayhem.

Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho): I’ll show ‘em they can’t fiddle around with old Firefly! Look at ‘em run! Now they know they’ve been in a war!
Bob Roland (Zeppo): Your Excellency!
Rufus T. Firefly: Hahahahahaha, they’re fleeing like rats!
Bob Roland: But sir, I’ve got to tell you…
Rufus T. Firefly: Remind me to give myself the Firefly Medal for this!
Bob Roland: Your Excellency, you’re shooting your own men!
Rufus T. Firefly: What?
Bob Roland: You’re shooting your own men!

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And, no Marx Brothers Tribute post would be complete without a musical clip, so here is Zeppo Marx singing “Everyone Says I Love You” (Harry Ruby, music; Bert Kalmar, lyrics) from Horse Feathers… (followed by Chico and Groucho singing as well)…

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  Last but not least, a few interesting facts:

  • Marman Products produced the clamping devices that were used in the first atomic bomb raids over Japan in 1945
  • Zeppo introduced Jack Benny to his wife Mary Livingstone.
  • The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930) were adaptations of Marx Brothers’  stage plays. They were filmed at Paramount’s Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens. After that, production of all Marx films shifted to Hollywood.
  • Zeppo’s was married to Barbara Blakeley from 1959 through 1973 (divorced). Blakeley went on to marry Frank Sinatra in 1976, remaining married to him until his death in 1998.
  • According to Marc Eliot’s Cary Grant biography (2005): ”While the rest of the country preferred Groucho, Zeppo, the good-looking straight man and romantic lead, was Archie’s favorite, the one whose foil timing he believed was the real key to the act’s success.”

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A Big Thank You to the marvelous Classic Movie Blog Association for hosting this very special event! There are so many more wonderful Classic Bloggers participating in this event so please be sure to check out the other entries.

—Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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A Classic Hollywood “Happy Halloween” Pictorial!

 

Classic Movie Halloween Pin-Ups, PR and More…

Shirley Temple HalloweenShirley Temple

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Veronica Lake HalloweenVeronica Lake

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Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane, Arsenic and Old Lace Publicity PhotoCary Grant and Priscilla Lane (Arsenic and Old Lace)

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Judy Garland HalloweenJudy Garland

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Mary Pickford HalloweenMary Pickford

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Ava Gardner HalloweenAva Gardner

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Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin HalloweenDean Martin and Jerry Lewis

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Ann Miller HalloweenAnn Miller

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yvonne de carlo halloweenYvonne de Carlo

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Myrna Loy HalloweenMyrna Loy

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Bing Cosby and Bob Hope Halloween

Bing Cosby and Bob Hope (cameo appearance in Lewis and Martin’s Scared Stiff)

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Linda Darnell HalloweenLinda Darnell

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Cyd Charisse HalloweenCyd Charisse

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Peggy Ryan HalloweenPeggy Ryan

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Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price, HalloweenBasil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price :)

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Debbie Reynolds HalloweenDebbie Reynolds

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Vera-Ellen HalloweenVera-Ellen

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Vincent Price HalloweenVincent Price (The Bat)

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Joan Crawford HalloweenJoan Crawford

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Anita Page HalloweenAnita Page

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Jackie Cooper HalloweenJackie Cooper

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Donna Reed HalloweenDonna Reed

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Jane Russell HalloweenJane Russell

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Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis Halloween sceneMargaret O’Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis

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Doris Day HalloweenDoris Day

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Paulette Goddard HalloweenPaulette Goddard

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Mitzi Gaynor HalloweenMitzi Gaynor

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Mae West HalloweenMae West

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Marilyn Monroe HalloweenMarilyn Monroe

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Janet Leigh HalloweenJanet Leigh

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Jeanne Crain HalloweenJeanne Crain

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Ida Lupino HalloweenIda Lupino

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Alfred Hitchcock HalloweenAlfred Hitchcock

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Betty Grable HalloweenBetty Grable

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Clara Bow HalloweenClara Bow

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Margaret Hamilton and Oscar the Grouch, Wicked Witch of the WestMargaret Hamilton and Oscar the Grouch

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Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, The Cat and the Canary, HalloweenBob Hope and Paulette Goddard (The Cat and the Canary)

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Bessie Love HalloweenBessie Love

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Carole Lombard HalloweenCarole Lombard

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Judy Garland HalloweenJudy Garland

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Abbott and Costello HalloweenAbbott and Costello and ‘friends’

…..Munsters Halloween, Al Lewis (Grandpa), Beverley Owen (Marilyn), and Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster)Well, not classic movies, but classic none-the-less: The Munsters celebrate Halloween — Al Lewis (Grandpa), Beverley Owen (Marilyn), and Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster)

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And can’t show The Munsters without showing…

Erin Murphy (Tabetha) with Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha) and Agnes Moorehead (Andora), Bewitched HalloweenElizabeth Montgomery (Samantha), Erin Murphy (Tabitha) and Agnes Moorehead (Endora), a “Bewitched” Halloween

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 –Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway (Twitter Contest, Week of October 27)

“Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway — Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest

In celebration of getTV’s Star of the Month, Rita Hayworth, CMH is giving away the last of our Rita Hayworth DVDs this month via Twitter, courtesy of getTV. That said, here’s how you can enter this week’s random drawing…

In order to qualify for this week’s Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the below task by Friday, October 31 at 5PMEST* (i.e. any time between now and October 31 at 5PM EST). A winner will then be selected at random and announced on Twitter and this blog post the following day.

Cover Girl DVD

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win a Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @getTV
BY Friday, October 31, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Rita Hayworth film?

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

Rita Blogathon Banner

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This DVD giveaway coincides with the airing of some of Hayworth’s most popular films on getTV (including You’ll Never Get Rich, You Were Never Lovelier, Cover Girl, The Lady From Shanghai, Gilda and Pal Joey) – as well as a month-long Rita Hayworth Blogathon event hosted by CMH, in which Classic Movie Bloggers will be pay tribute to the lovely and talented actress (see the list of participants here).

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Click here for the get TV Full Schedule

get TV October 2014 schedule

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*Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible. (see contest rules for further information)

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

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And if you can’t wait to win a Rita Hayworth dvd, you can buy them at amazon by clicking below:

           

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Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

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Just for Fun! “Triplets”

“We do everything alike, we look alike, we dress alike, we walk alike, we talk alike…”

Just for fun… a little ditty from The Band Wagon (1953, director Vincente Minnelli)…


Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray and Jack Buchanan, singing “Triplets” (1937, music by Arthur Schwartz music; lyrics by Howard Dietz)

And, if you want to sing along…

Three little unexpected children
Simultaneously, the doctor brought us
And you can see that we’ll be
Three forever and a-e-i-o-
You wouldn’t know how agonizing
Being triple can be
Each one is individually the victim
Of the clinical day e-i-o-
Every summer we go away to Baden Baden Baden
Every winter we come back home to Walla Walla Walla

We do everything alike
We look alike
We dress alike, we walk alike
We talk alike
And what is more
We hate each other very much
We hate our folks
We’re sick of jokes on what an art it is
To tell us apart!

Fred : If one of us gets the measles
Jack : Another one gets the measles
All : Then all of us gets the measles
And mumps and croup.
How I wish I had a gun
A widdle gun
It would be fun to shoot the other two
And be only one.

Fred : Mrs Whipple Poofer loves to talk to
Mrs Hildendorfer of the fatal natal day
She had her silly Willy

Nanette : Mrs Hudson-Cooper loves to talk to
Mrs Golden-Wasser
Of her major operations
When she had her twins.

Jack : But when Mother comes along
She silences the others
She accomplished something
That is very rare in mothers.

All : MGM has got a Leo
But Mama has got a trio
She is proud but says three is a crowd

Oh, we do everything alike
We look alike
We dress alike, we walk alike
We talk alike
And what is more
We hate each other very much
We hate our folks
We’re sick of jokes on what an art it is
To tell us apart!

We eat the same kind of vittles
We drink the same kind of bottles
We sit in the same kind of high-chair
High-chair, high-chair!

How I wish I had a gun
A widdle gun
It would be fun to shoot the other two
And be only one.

–Annmarie from Classic Movie Hub

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Rita Hayworth “Pal Joey” DVD Giveaway (Twitter Contest, Week of October 20)

“Pal Joey” DVD Giveaway — Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest

In celebration of getTV’s Star of the Month, Rita Hayworth, CMH is giving away the 3rd of our Rita Hayworth DVDs this month via Twitter, courtesy of getTV. That said, here’s how you can enter this week’s random drawing…

In order to qualify for this week’s Rita Hayworth “Pal Joey” DVD Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the below task by Friday, October 24 at 5PMEST* (i.e. any time between now and October 24 at 5PM EST). A winner will then be selected at random and announced on Twitter and this blog post the following day.

Pal Joey DVD

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win a Rita Hayworth “Pal Joey” DVD courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @getTV
BY Friday, October 24, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
Who is your favorite Rita Hayworth leading man?

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

Rita Blogathon Banner…..

This DVD giveaway coincides with the airing of some of Hayworth’s most popular films on getTV (including You’ll Never Get Rich, You Were Never Lovelier, Cover Girl, The Lady From Shanghai, Gilda and Pal Joey) – as well as a month-long Rita Hayworth Blogathon event hosted by CMH, in which Classic Movie Bloggers will be pay tribute to the lovely and talented actress (see the list of participants here).

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Click here for the get TV Full Schedule

get TV October 2014 schedule

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*Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible. (see contest rules for further information)

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

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And if you can’t wait to win a Rita Hayworth dvd, you can buy them at amazon by clicking below:

           

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Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

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Rhett Butler: Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence

Rhett Butler,  in Gone with the Wind, as portrayed by Clark Gable

Hold on to your bonnets, because you may declare a resounding “fiddle-dee-dee” to what I’m about to say: The first time I saw the movie, Gone with the Wind, I hated it! Yep. I hated it. I hated that everyone dies: Mrs. O’Hara, Mr. O’Hara, the soldiers, Bonnie Blue, Melanie….even Scarlett’s horse!

It wasn’t until I saw the movie for the second time that I appreciated the grit and determination of the characters to hold on to something they highly prized: their way of life. For me, GWTW is the ultimate movie about change. When we love the life we have, change—especially the unwelcome kind—can be very hard to accept.

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the WindClark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, (1939, director Victor Fleming)

My favorite character in this movie is, of course, Rhett Butler. A) Because he is portrayed by Clark Gable (yum), and B) because Rhett is a man who embodies the power of confidence in the face of change, transforming himself from hound to hero.

Here is one kickass character whose brand of determination and courage–peppered with panache–captures my heart.

I’m smiling, imagining Rhett reading this post right now and saying, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

–Michelle Kerrigan for Classic Movie Hub

 

Michelle Kerrigan is an expert in workplace performance who helps clients achieve success by developing the skills they need to increase their confidence. She shares “Classic Movie Characters with Kickass Confidence” because each of them has inspired her. She hopes that they inspire you too. For more about Michelle, follow  @MKerriganInc or visit www.workplaceconfidence.com.

 

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“What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” Exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image

Celebrating the Incredible and Inimitable Genius of Chuck Jones at NYC’s Museum of the Moving Image…

Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit”… Yes I still have that song in my head! Really! As a matter of fact, I sang the song all weekend long to anyone who would listen as I told them about my delightful visit to the Chuck Jones Exhibit at The Museum of the Movie Image. Did I say ‘delightful visit?’ Well, that would be an understatement…

Whats Up Doc, The Animation of Chuck Jones Exhibit at The Museum of the Moving Image

So, what is it that made the Chuck Jones Exhibit so over-the-top delightful for me? Well, having grown up watching Looney Tunes cartoons every Saturday morning, I certainly expected to revel in fond memories and fabulous silliness, courtesy of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the iconic cast of ‘looney’ characters from my childhood. Mission accomplished. I certainly expected to laugh-out-loud watching these wonderful cartoons from the guise of adulthood, being able to fully appreciate their sophisticated wittiness, zany antics and off-the-wall humor. Again, mission accomplished. I certainly expected to see lots of original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cells, style sheets, photographs and production notes. Yes, again, mission accomplished…

But what I certainly didn’t expect was to feel such a profound and awe-inspired respect for the genius and artistry of Chuck Jones and his collaborators.  What I certainly didn’t expect was to feel like a fly-on-the-wall as I learned about the incredible hard work involved in making inanimate drawings magically transform into living, breathing ‘friends’ that would travel with me throughout my entire life. What I certainly didn’t expect was to realize that I took Chuck Jones, his team, and his creations for granted all of these years… Wow. I am still overwhelmed by these thoughts, even days after my visit.  So I’ll say it again — absolutely over-the-top delightful…

chuck jones exhibit overview

That said, as you may suspect from my above musings, this Exhibit is just so wonderfully special that I am going to find it difficult to convey its scope here in this very limited space… So, the best I can do right now is provide a sampling of its many treasures  — and urge you to visit the Chuck Jones Exhibit either at The Museum of the Moving Image in NYC (through January 19, 2015) — or when the Exhibit travels through a city near you next year…

So, here goes… a whirlwind online ‘tour’ via a smattering of photos taken at the Exhibit…

All photos taken by me, courtesy of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the Museum of the Moving Image and/or Warner Bros.™ Looney Tunes Characters (© & TM Warner Bros.)

Bugs Bunny Model Sheet, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving ImageBugs Bunny Model Sheet

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Degas and the line, guide for Bugs Bunny, Chuck Jones Exhibit

A thorough knowledge of anatomy is crucial in animation because even an imaginary character has to move in a consistent manner and display a real sense of weight and physical presence. To quote Chuck Jones: each character ”has an individual style of movement and of thinking, all subject to the restrictions of their own skeletal structures.”

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Van Gogh as inspiration for One Froggy Evening cartoon, Chuck Jones

In “One Froggy Evening” (1956), Chuck Jones created the construction worker’s bedroom to evoke Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, The Bedroom (1888). Jones often integrated fine art references into his cartoons. “One Froggy Evening” was inducted into The National Film Registry in 2003.

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Michigan J Frog, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving ImageCharacter sketch of Chuck Jones creation, Michigan J. Frog, star of “One Froggy Evening” and WB Television Network mascot from 1995 to 2005.

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Listen: Chuck Jones and the Art of Directing Audio Clips, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving ImageA wonderful array of audio clips from voice over sessions featuring Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer Fudd — complete with music and sound effects — plus marvelous interview clips with Chuck Jones.

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Short Film, From Pencil to Paint, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving Image

Short film, from pencil to paint, chuck jones exhibit, museum of the moving imageScreen grabs from “From Pencil to Paint,” a short film that explores Chuck Jones’ animation process

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Background, Rabbit Seasoning, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving ImageBackground from “Rabbit Seasoning” (1952)

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Character Layout Drawings, The Road Runner and Wiley E. Coyote, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving ImageCharacter Layout Drawings of Chuck Jones creations, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote :)

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Nine Rules for The Road Runner, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving Image

Chuck Jones worked within a clearly defined set of rules for each of his cartoons (as seen above for The Road Runner) to ensure that each of his characters had distinct personalities and behavioral traits.

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Whats Opera Doc Color Guide, Chuck Jones Exhibit

Color Guide for “What’s Opera, Doc?” (1957)

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Elmer Fudd sings I'm going to kill the wabbit, Chuck Jones Exhibit Museum of Movie Image

(couldn’t resist) Elmer Fudd singing “Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!” (from “What’s Opera, Doc?”)

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Model Sheet for Cindy Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving Image

Model Sheet of Cindy Lou Who from the television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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Matinee Program, Chuck Jones Exhibit, Museum of the Moving ImageAn hour’s worth of ‘Big Screen’ Merriment during the Saturday/Sunday Cartoon Matinees :) (see schedule here)

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As mentioned above, these photos represent just a small sampling of what you can see and learn at the Chuck Jones Exhibit. The collection also covers other iconic characters including Porky Pig, Pepe le Pew and Marvin Martian, as well as The Grinch and Horton (Hears a Who). There are music scores, production notes and looped cartoons, plus information on Chuck Jones’ artistry, inspirations and influences. And if that’s not enough, you can learn lots of fun facts as you progress through the Exhibit, such as the perfect number of frames to ensure a laugh when Wile E. Coyote falls off a cliff, and how the cartoon “Feed the Kitty” (1952, starring Kitty and Marc Antony) inspired a scene in Disney’s Monsters Inc (2001). 

All told, the Chuck Jones Exhibit is well worth the time (understatement). And, it’s only part of what The Museum of the Moving Image has to offer — there’s also a marvelous “Behind the Screen” Exhibit that features historic movie/TV cameras and equipment, classic movie/TV costumes and collectables, classic serial screenings, computer-based interactive experiences and more — but more about that another time…

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

More Info:
“What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” is a traveling exhibition that reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
“What’s Up, Doc: The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” at Museum of the Moving Image is the first stop in a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

 

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Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway (Twitter Contest, Week of October 13)

“Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway — Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest

In celebration of getTV’s Star of the Month, Rita Hayworth, CMH is giving away the 2nd of our Rita Hayworth DVDs this month via Twitter, courtesy of getTV. That said, here’s how you can enter this week’s random drawing…

In order to qualify for this week’s Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the below task by Friday, October 17 at 5PMEST* (i.e. any time between now and October 17 at 5PM EST). A winner will then be selected at random and announced on Twitter and this blog post the following day.

Cover Girl DVD

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win a Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @getTV
BY Friday, October 17, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Rita Hayworth dance number?

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

Rita Blogathon Banner…..

This DVD giveaway coincides with the airing of some of Hayworth’s most popular films on getTV (including You’ll Never Get Rich, You Were Never Lovelier, Cover Girl, The Lady From Shanghai, Gilda and Pal Joey) – as well as a month-long Rita Hayworth Blogathon event hosted by CMH, in which Classic Movie Bloggers will be pay tribute to the lovely and talented actress (see the list of participants here).

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Click here for the get TV Full Schedule

get TV October 2014 schedule

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*Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible. (see contest rules for further information)

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

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And if you can’t wait to win a Rita Hayworth dvd, you can buy them at amazon by clicking below:

           

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Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

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getTV Rita Hayworth Blogathon: Separate Tables

 

getTV Rita Hayworth Blogathon: Separate Tables

Without the use of special effects, violence, or even a slick, polished plot, Delbert Mann’s Separate Tables remains one of the most riveting films I’ve ever seen. The 1958 masterpiece weaves together the desperate lives of the lonely, repressed residents of an English seaside hotel. The film offers its audience an intimate portrait of what it means to be a human being; quietly desperate for recognition even while surrounded by the people you call your neighbors. The film is told through a series of vignettes, offering the viewer a peak into the lives of these insular creatures of the hotel and featuring an exceptionally terrific ensemble cast of David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Gladys Cooper, Wendy Hiller and our women of the evening, Rita Hayworth.

Rita Hayworth Seprate TablesRita Hayworth in Separate Tables (1958, Delbert Mann director)

In the film, Hayworth plays Ann Shankland, a beautiful but lonely cover girl who has come to the seaside hotel in Bournemouth to reconnect with her ex-husband, played by Burt Lancaster. Theirs is a simple but common narrative; a narrative of two broken souls so desperately in love, yet so terribly wrong for each other. From their shared scenes, we gather that their marriage was a whirlwind of delirious highs and maddening lows. Both characters seem to bring out the best and worst of each other, culminating in a prison sentence for abuse, and divorce with each character seemingly almost equal to blame.

What I love about Hayworth’s performance in this film is how multi-layered it is. When we first meet Ann, it’s through the eyes of the hotel residents. She is beautiful, cosmopolitan, young and seemingly dismissive of everyone in the hotel. The very model of, well, Model behavior. As the audience, we are meant to believe she is a cool, calm creature of ice and beauty. Like the rest of the residents at the Bournemouth, Ann offers surface airs of politeness, while remaining cold and distant from those she speaks with. All that changes, however, when her ex-husband John (Lancaster) enters the picture.

Burt Lancaster and Rita Hayworth in Seperate TablesI’m really starting to feel the whole ‘separate tables’ symbolism with this pic.

In their first scene together, we get their basic story. They loved, they fought, things turned violent and John went to jail. And during this scene, Ann has most of the control – control over herself, control over John and control over the situation. She, for the most part, remains the ice queen she was when she entered the picture and takes charge of the conversation. Just like with the residents of the hotel, Ann offers nothing but calculated politeness, urging him to give the information she wants – information about his life. Sure, she gives some information about her current life, but it’s clear she only wants to get a rise out of her old husband. She preys on his emotions and, understanding what makes him tick, conceals her true intentions under a guise of false charms and geniality. But right at the end of the scene, right after she gets the information she wants – that John is currently engaged to a women he loves – we see a slight shift in her icy demeanor, a glimmer of disappointment that she keeps repressed, despite its clear efforts to bubble up to the surface.

And it’s this bubbling repression that makes her performance so great, because for the rest of the film, we see those repressed emotions and that carefully-built facade crack until it crumbles. In her next big scene with Lancaster, things play out much the same way. She’s quiet and precise in her manipulation of John, pulling his strings until he rants and raves about their failed marriage and complicated history. However, as the scene progresses, some genuine emotions shine through. She admits to loneliness, softens her speech and still very much appears to be in-love with John despite that fact that he attempted to kill her during one of the most heated moments of their relationship. So, they retreat to her room – number 12.

Rita Hayworth and Burt Lancaster in Seperate TablesRita Hayworth and Burt Lancaster in Separate Tables (1958, Delbert Mann director)

Just as it seems that the two are going to reconcile their relationship, the dynamic shifts. John, still in love with Ann but dedicated to his new fiancee, calls her bluff. It wasn’t just love that brought her back, but the fact that he – her personal emotional play-thing for years – was engaged to someone else and she could lose him forever. And just like that, her masks falls away. The ice queen becomes the desperate beggar,  pleading with John to stay with her – so obviously desperate for his passionate but volatile attention. Gone are the airs of an upper east side fashion model with her false smiles and empty manners. Instead we see the final layer, the very core of Ann’s being – a lonely, sad woman despite the one thing that makes her actually feel, even if the feeling isn’t entirely positive. And with that reveal of her true self, Hayworth gives one of her best performances.

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“This post is part of the “getTV Rita Hayworth Blogathon” hosted by Classic Movie Hub and running during the entire month of October. Please visit getTVschedule to see a full list of Rita Hayworth films airing on the channel this month, and please be sure to visit Classic Movie Hub for a full list of other Blogathon entries.”

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Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway (Facebook/Blog Contest)

“Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway — Entry Task for this month’s Facebook Contest

In celebration of getTV’s Star of the Month, Rita Hayworth, CMH is giving away a “Cover Girl” DVD via Facebook and the CMH Blog, courtesy of getTV. That said, here’s how you can enter this random drawing…

In order to qualify for this Rita Hayworth “Cover Girl” DVD Giveaway, you must complete the below task by Wednesday, October 22 at 5PMEST* (i.e. any time between now and October 22 at 5PM EST). A winner will then be selected at random and announced on Facebook and this blog post the following day.

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ENTRY TASK:

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post by Wednesday, October 22, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Rita Hayworth?

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Facebook or via the blog comment section below.

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This DVD giveaway coincides with the airing of some of Hayworth’s most popular films on getTV (including You’ll Never Get Rich, YouWere Never Lovelier, Cover Girl, The Lady From Shanghai, Gilda and Pal Joey) – as well as a month-long Rita Hayworth Blogathon event hosted by CMH, in which Classic Movie Bloggers will be pay tribute to the lovely and talented actress (see the list of participants here).

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*Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible. (see contest rules for further information)

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

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And if you can’t wait to win a Rita Hayworth dvd, you can buy them at amazon by clicking below:

           

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Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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