Hi! I just caught the end credits of a Christian sports movie called Reggie's Prayer, and Emilio Delgado is in it as a "Stadium Announcer". A bunch of other people are in it, like Pat Morita and M.C. Hammer, and Rosey Grier and other sports people. I made a place for it in case you or anybody else runs across it. It was a nice surprise, as I'm working on a whole new set of Australian CD's that have come out since last year (20 so far!), and they're making some more next month. What's the story on SS down under? Are they still showing the show, or some form of it? I find it interesting that as we're moving to download-only albums, they're keeping the Sony Wonder era in print on a new series from Universal Australia, but the funny thing is that they're using Koch-era covers, and some of them were never even on Koch here, so they look like US front covers, except for the few titles that are spelled "favourite"!
Yay, a puzzle! Well, it definitely has a 1940s look to it. There's just a passing resemblance to Richard Widmark but it's not him (likely someone of his *type* as they say, perhaps more often seen in noirs or thrillers than a mainstream leading man). Definitely not someone on the Jimmy Stewart/Cary Grant/Bogey/Gary Cooper level of stardom, so either more second tier (Rory Calhoun, Guy Madison, Randolph Scott-level but it's none of them) or a genre specialist or even more in the area of villains/heavies.
I'm going through books I have on studio contract players, and checking with film scholar friends (the editor of Kermit Culture wrote a book called Beyond Casablanca on overlooked classic movies, so I've sent the pic to her). I'll get back to you. Whee!
I do indeed! My editor thought it looked a lot like Van Heflin, and it is close (see here), but I don't think it's quite right (hair part, a couple of details, though it's a little hard to be sure because of the pixels; if I find an exact match of that studio pic for anyone, well, that will settle it right there). That's the right direction to be looking, though, as far as actor types.
Not impossible but extremely unlikely, because producers didn't get glamour photographs and weren't usually shown at all (and also the idea would be to have pictures of a studio's stars on the wall). At most, a really top star director *maybe* (it took a Welles, DeMille, Hitchcock, Capra, or Preston Sturges to really get any kind of exposure), but it still has more of an actor's pose to it than a director (who were usually photographed at work, or with a pipe, like an author's photo). I still have some feelers out.
That said, since it was used as a prop more than anything, fame wouldn't necessarily be a factor and sometimes really inexplicable choices happened. There's a 1945 comedy, It's in the Bag, starring radio humorist Fred Allen with Jack Benny, Rudy Vallee, John Carradine, tons of comedians, character people and radio actors. In a scene in a movie theater manager's office, as discovered by another friend via Blu-ray, there's a framed picture of George Zucco of all people (best known for his work in mystery and horror films, and only ever a top-billed actor in the latter, usually for "poverty row" films, at the time including such really below B-grade stuff as Voodoo Man where he plays a gas station attendant who's secretly a voodoo priest!) He was also in several Mummy films and once played Moriarty. A good actor, really but a) one who never turned down an offer (setting a standard to which Christopher Walken and the like have since surpassed, it seems) and b) definitely not one who any average moviegoer at the time would recognize, and even now it prompted a "No, it couldn't be, could it? Wow, it is! Why???" So it's not impossible that this is something like that.
Still, I have hopes. It may not be a quick resolution, but for example, there are resoures now like Lantern Media History, containing thousands of old film, stage, and media magazines and newspapers, most of which are illustrated, from the early 1900s through about 1964. So I may stumble upon the answer accidentally when searching for something else, or browsing specific years. Keep toes crossed!
Breaking update: We might be nearing an answer! Best suggestion so far, and a very strong contender, Gene Raymond (a name which makes even me go "Who?") He was a second lead mainly, and after 1941, movies were few and far between (mostly because he'd joined up during WWII but wasn't drafted, so he chose to stay longer and by the time he got out, well, star had faded, studio system was changing, etc.)
Especially here. The hair part is almost a perfect match, coloring fits, the eyes and nose. Again, the best evidence would be finding that actual picture, but so far, this is at least a strong probability.
Still looking for an exact match, but I found a very persuasive 1932 photo (still working my way up; by now, based on Raymond's career timeline, if it is him, either late 30s, say 1938 or 1939, or postwar is more likely).
Take a look at the side by side and see what you think.
Hi! Did we know that Frank Langella is going to be in Muppets Most Wanted? The book and CD set came out early, and he's credited with being a minister. (I won't say more than that, in case you're trying to avoid spoilers.) I just wanted to let you know, in case you wanted to do the honors and make him a page. I only know him from playing William Paley in Good Night and Good Luck, which I highly recommend if you've never seen it.
I'm really glad they released this book and CD set a month early, to help generate interest in the movie. I thought it was really odd last time when they didn't put out the book and CD set until the video releases came out.
P.S. I would love to find out who David Jeremiah is, since he came back to narrate the new one. Have you ever seen his name before? I'm pretty sure he's not this guy!
Last time I checked the list of Muppet Characters it said there were 2,785 but now there are 2,787. Could you tell me what characters have been added? It is for my own Muppet picture list that I am updating.
It shows everything that's been added recently. You may have to comb through a couple of pages, but you can usually tell by the article title which are character pages (like Leprechauns) and which aren't. Not every new character page has pictures though.
Hi! Are we putting the categories on things that are still in development? I saw where Scott took it out.
Also, I saw that the Toyota commercials are also in Spanish! Do you know if they were shown today during the game in other countries? I'm also wondering if they show dubbed commercials for people who have SAP (second audio program) buttons on their TV sets.
Hi! Where does the information on Hardware Gonzo come from? Primarily a. the name (it sounds pretty specific, like we pulled it from somewhere), b. that it was designed by Frith, and c. the tagline used as the caption on the photo.
The first two came from the old Henson.com Feature Creature section (I'll see if I can find a URL so I can plumb archive.org for an old version, plus there may be a few we never got around to adding).
The third, I *thought* was on the side of the truck. Clearly it isn't, at least in the movie, so I'll check to see if that too was Creature Feature, *or* I also used the storybook of the movie extensively (I think that's where I got the picture) so it may have come from there. I'll get back to you. The third possibility is it comes from nowhere (since checking the history, the caption comes from 2006, and back then, we were still more apt to use joke captions, before becoming more careful as far as accuracy was concerned).
Hey, did your external drive ever get recovered? If so, are any of the Sesame English episodes you had on there ones we don't have guides/pages for? Steven found a complete list of episodes (in their chrono order!) and I'm looking to build some of them with the tables instead of just text descriptions.
Yes, it did! And yes, I already recognized a few (such as the grandparents' circus episode). I'm going out tonight, but later I'll post a list of the episodes I have (of those that are still just text) and we can work on filling them out. May need some image clean-up (either encoding issues or just brightness) but it's all watchable (you've seen some of the supporting actor pics I added, so on the same level more or less). I'm excited about expanding this!
There was a big post in the ToughPigs forum awhile back (around the time a replica of the original bus showed up in photos from the set of The Muppets, I think) with links to photos, and Muppet Central forum posts, and online auctions, and other sources. The post gave a pretty detailed history of the original bus - from The Muppet Movie to sale to sale to Muppets From Space to ultimately ending up on fire. Sadly, I can't search back that far to find it for you.
Hi! Hey, I don't know how I forgot that Alexis Cruz was on Sesame Street. I mean, he was after my time, but I've read his page before, so I remember knowing about it. Anyway, would his role on Touched by an Angel count on Sesame Street Cast in Other Roles, or is that only for guest starring on other series? He was a semi-regular on TBAA for most of its run.
Hmmm. And I guess subject lines aren't linkable like they are on talk pages.
Yeah, I had to learn that myself, re subject lines and links.
And actually, I'd been meaning to remove Alexis Cruz from the Cast in Other Roles, since when I added his pic, I forgot the rule which I had established myself, to limit it to cast who lasted more than one season (which was partly so as not to track the "before they were famous/as famous" folk like Charlotte Rae and Raul Julia, and I didn't think we cared enough to see every appearance by Buddy and Jim, say).
So I kept meaning to park that one pic on The Cosby Show instead (and he's done enough work post-Sesame that we'd have about forty other images to add if we covered his whole career). So I'm not sure. But it could work (he's still not as widely documented as Rae and Julia, and also *still* more fun to track than Buddy and Jim). If you have a picture of his role on Touched by an Angel, upload it! Since regardless, I actually found a reference which justifies a page for the show! I was going to surprise you with it, but it's a verbal reference so I'm trying to find how best to illustrate it (and from an "Elmo's World" episode, so I don't have it on DVD or anything).
Wow, I can't wait to see what it is! Were you going to make a page, even though it's only one reference? I thought we had to have 3. Anyway, if the show gets a page, I guess we'll have to take down the list on Projects with Muppet Cast Connections. I'll be sorry to see it go, since right now it's "winning" by a huge lead, with 62 people. I've always wondered if any Muppet production had ever referenced TBAA, since it was a hit show between about 1997 and 2001, but it got cancelled in 2003, so it would have been before Disney bought the Muppet Show Muppets. If you can believe this, they didn't even get to show reruns the week after it was cancelled, so the entire final season was aired only once! Thank God the DVD's are finally finished, and now things like Newhart are finally starting up again! Oh, and they're going to reissue Little House on the Prairie-uncut this time!
Hey, Andrew! I ran across some of the records that go to issues of Sesame Street Music Magazine, and Fran Brill and Caroll Spinney talk on them! So now I'm wondering how long the magazine was in production. Worldcat doesn't bring up any libraries that have them, and I'm drawing a blank as to what library reference books would have information. I haven't used it in years, but would the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature be any help? Is there some kind of periodical reference work (or database) that lists years for defunct magazines? I figured you'd be the one to ask. Thanks!
Belated hi! Readers Guide to Periodical Literatures are harder to find than they used to be, as so many libraries and universities have sadly dumped them. I'll see if I can find one to check, though (and sometimes, specialty reference indexes covering articles and periodicals related to specific subjects are out there; there was one for subjects related to comics and animation which I used extensively, only one book, never updated, but still useful and it helped track the tenure of discontinued animation magazines, for example).
Outside of the Reader's Guide (I have to see if UTEP still has any, and even then it's been awhile since I've been to their library; by now I might actually have to go to Las Cruces to get my hands on a copy, and books classified as reference can't go through inter-library loan).
If I find anything that might cover music, children's magazines, or school-targeted magazines, I'll let you know.