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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Edgar Buchanan: Holding a Dental Mirror Up to Nature by Trav S.D.

Three cheers for one of my favorite western character actors Edgar Buchanan (1903-1979), whose birthday it is. I just did something I have never done before: watched an episode of Petticoat …

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Monday, March 19, 2018

David Horsely: Founder of Centaur and Nestor by Trav S.D.

English-American immigrant David Horsely (1873-1933) was a cinematic pioneer many times over: founder of America’s first independent film studio, founder of the first film studio in Ho…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Funnies: 2 Dozen Comic Strips That Became Silent Comedy Films by Trav S.D.

A treat for your Sunday, the traditional day of the week when all the comic strips come out in color and stretch their legs for a bit. In my books No Applause and Chain of Fools, I wrote a l…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mike Bernard: “Ragtime King of the World” by Trav S.D.

Legendary ragtime piano player and composer Mike Bernard (Michael Barnet Brown, 1875-1936) was born of a St. Patrick’s Day. Like Ben Harney, who introduced him to ragtime circa 1896, B…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down? by Trav S.D.

Happy birthday to the late, lamented Jerry Lewis. I wrote an earlier appreciation of the comedy auteur here and I hope to do much more at some point. His work merits a book length examinat…

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On the Original Harrison Ford by Trav S.D.

What are the odds that there would be two major Hollywood screen idols by the same name, completely coincidentally, and with no relation at all between them? I’m thinking pretty remote…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

For the Ides of March: Several Cinematic Caesars by Trav S.D.

Ah, the Ides of March! When several Roman Senators slew Caesar rather than see him crowned king and the Republic laid waste. The act only led to more chaos, civil war and Empire anyway, leav…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

More from Milberger on Mrs. Maisel, Part Two by Trav S.D.

And now, part two of the thoroughly thorough Milberger’s breakdown of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Part One is here. Episode 5: “Doink” B. Altman and Company was a high-end departmen…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fragments on Ed Lee Wrothe, Sometime Partner of Bickel and Watson by Trav S.D.

Ed Lee Wrothe was one third of the burlesque comedy trio that also included Harry Watson, Jr. and George Bickel. If his cohorts have become hugely obscure, Wrothe has become tenfold so, for …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

The Insufferables, or Sanctimony in the Seventies: How Hollywood Helped Make Liberalism Unpopular by Trav S.D.

For anyone with a memory or a mind, the present informational landscape where there are hundreds of cable and streaming channels, and thousands of news and culture related websites and blogs…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Clare Boothe Luce and “The Women” by Trav S.D.

Today is the natal day of the extraordinary Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987). It is convenient for us marketing-wise that her birthday falls within Women’s History Month, but in reality, …

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The Brief But Significant Stardom of Muriel Angelus by Trav S.D.

March was the birthday of Muriel Angelus (Muriel Findlay, 1912-2004). But a single performance intrigued me enough to begin exploring her background for Travalanche: she plays the wife of th…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

S. Sylvan Simon: Boss of Late Comedy Classics by Trav S.D.

Film director and producer S. Sylvan Simon (1910-1951), who worked with such comedians as the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton, W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen,  et al, was born on…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Greetings from The Once and Future Nirvana (Great Neck, New York) by Trav S.D.

Last week,I wrote a tribute to the community I was then leaving; today an introduction to the one I have moved to. I mentioned that my new home inspired me romantically almost or about as mu…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Of Superman and Kellogg’s Pep by Trav S.D.

When I saw that it was National Cereal Day, one thing sprang immediately to mind to blog about, almost a no-brainer. One of the first Old Time Radio shows I ever listened to was The Adventur…

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When Charlie Chaplin’s Hippie Son Published a Tell-All Book by Trav S.D.

Michael John Chaplin was born on this day in 1946.  Michael is Charlie Chaplin’s third surviving son, and the oldest son from his marriage to Oona O’Neill. His older sister is …

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Julius Zancig and Partners: Mentalists by Trav S.D.

March 7 is the birthday of famed mentalist Julius Zancig (Juius Jorgenson, 1857-1929). Zancig was an iron smelter from Copenhagen who developed an elaborate verbal code with his wife Agnes (…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The 55 Year Career of Henry Travers by Trav S.D.

Born today: beloved character actor: Henry Travers (Travers John Heagerty, 1874-1965.) Tarvers’ gentle presence distinguished such classic Hollywood films as The Invisible Man (1933), …

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hardeen: The Other Houdini by Trav S.D.

Born today: Ferencz Dezso Weisz (1876-1945), the younger brother of Harry Houdini, professionally known as “Hardeen.” Called “Dash” by his family, Hardeen was, like h…

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Miracle of Barney Martin by Trav S.D.

Character actor Barney Martin (1923-2005) was born on this day. When I learned the name of the face I knew so well, it made me laugh: could there be a more Barney-Martin-looking Barney Marti…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Fare Thee Well, Brooklyn by Trav S.D.

Something seismic is happening to me today: I am moving out of my beloved Brooklyn, the borough where I have lived for nearly a quarter century and almost half my life. I don’t do such…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

More from Milberger on Mrs. Maisel, Part One by Trav S.D.

Huzzahs resounded here at Travlanche when we heard the news that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had been picked up for a full season by Amazon a few months ago. For Women’s History Month we…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Travalanche Turns Ten Years Old! by Trav S.D.

Say “Happy Birthday” to Travalanche, which turns ten years old sometime between today and tomorrow! Travalanche is a Leap Year Baby, born on February 29, 2008. The first post was…

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Say it Loud: “It’s Gavin MacLeod!”! by Trav S.D.

Happy birthday, Gavin MacLeod (Allan George See, b. 1931). MacLeod is a pretty Scottish surname, but it isn’t his; he took it to honor his acting teacher Beatrice MacLeod. He’s a…

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Billie Bird: From Vaudeville to the Verge of the 21st Century by Trav S.D.

February 28 was the birthday of Billie Bird (Berniece Bird Stowell, 1908-2002).  Bird was in show business for over 80 years, so there’s something skewed about using the photo above a…

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Geraldine Farrar and Her Gerry Flappers by Trav S.D.

Opera soprano Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967) crossed over into pop culture so we thought we’d give her a little attention here. Farrar spent the beginning and end of her life in New Engl…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Reginald Gardiner: He Trained and Then He “Trained” by Trav S.D.

h Many happy returns of the day to Reginald Gardiner (1903-1980). We thought to fit to treat of him today, for his clipped British diction, and poised demeanor grace many a classic comedy. H…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Ricky Covette, the World’s Tallest Exotic Dancer by Trav S.D.

Born February 26, Irene Lydia Siewert Jewell a.k.a. Ricki Covette (1925-2016). Originally from British Columbia, Ricki eventually grew to a height of 6’8″, making her easily the …

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Godfrey Cambridge: A Man for His Moment by Trav S.D.

Godfrey Cambridge (1933-1976) is badly missed. There’s no way in hell Cambridge didn’t help to drastically rewire the white American public’s impressions of black America, …

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The Tony Randall Show by Trav S.D.

Born today: Aryeh Leonard Rosenberg (1920-1984) known better to the world by his stage name Tony Randall. We’ve already paid tribute to Randall’s co-starring turn on the origina…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Larry Gelbart: Comedy Writer for Ages by Trav S.D.

Happy birthday, Larry Gelbart (1928-2009)! Among Sid Caesar’s list of legendary writers, Gelbart’s is normally noted somewhere after Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and cast …

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