Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Forgotten Films: The Good Humor Man

Back in 2009 I did a "Forgotten Movies" post about The Good Humor Man. That wasn't the first time I'd written about it. I first posted about it back in 2005. To save me the trouble of writing a new post, I'll just repeat part of that one:

"When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite movies. . . . Back in 1950 I saw it three times in two days (I sat through two showings back to back and returned to the theater the next day to see it again). When I saw a video of it several years ago, I nabbed it, and I've watched it several times since. It has everything a kid could want: slapstick comedy, a murder mystery, a secret club, Lola Albright, and Captain Marvel. How could I not love it? (George Reeves is in the movie, but he doesn't play Superman. Or Captain Marvel.) Others might find it a quickie, knocked out on the cheap, with a bad script (it's by Roy Huggins and Frank Tashlin) and unfunny humor. Not me. I think I'll watch it again soon."

9 comments:

  1. Now this is an obscure choice. I remember Carson well. He must have been on some TV show.

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  2. Anonymous7:05 AM

    Jack Carson is one of my favorite actors. Remember his “Twilight Zone” episode?

    JTD

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  3. Lots of tv and radio shows, as JTD suggests indirectly, Patti, and not a few films. And Carson did the victimized fiance role in the LUX RADIO THEATER version of HIS GIRL FRIDAY I listened to and wrote about the other week, among many other radio roles. Eugene Levy did a fine Jack Carson for SCTV.

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  4. Jack Carson is one of the many once-famouse names that have just evaporated (sic transit gloria, etc.). I was talking to someone my own age the other day and I mentioned Red Skelton and they looked at me as if I were speaking Esperanto.

    I saw him recently on TCM in a movie (he may have also directed it) that also starred Ronald Reagan. I'm afraid that even for Jack, I couldn't stick it out to the end.

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  5. How could Roy Huggins and Frank Tashlin write a bad, unfunny script? This one needs seeing.

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  6. Richard Heft3:14 PM

    Patti:
    I'm guessing you saw MILDRED PIERCE at some point or other. Jack Carson has a large part in that.

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  7. Jack Carson was the hero's friend in dozens, nay scores, of movies. I've always liked him.

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  8. I've also got this on tape, and watched it again a couple of months ago. A good way to get hold of your inner child.

    Stan

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  9. One I haven't seen. Thanx for the info. Hope I can find it. Apparently not on DVD and on low quality but high priced VHS.

    Carson was ubiquitous in movies & TV in his day. I always enjoyed his performances and thought he was under-rated and under-appreciated as an actor.

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