Mini Tribute: Character Actor Roscoe Karns

Born September 7, 1891, Character Actor Roscoe Karns!

Roscoe Karns appeared in over 145 roles, many times as a street-wise, wisecracking fellow. My favorite Roscoe Karns role??? Well, that would have to be Shapely in It Happened One Night!

Roscoe Karns as Shapely in It Happened One NightYou know, there’s nothing I like better than to meet a high-class mama that can snap ‘em back at ya. ‘Cause the colder they are, the hotter they get. That’s what I always say. Yes, sir, when a cold mama gets hot, boy, how she sizzles.
–Roscoe Karns (as Shapeley) to poor Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) in Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night

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