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CHARACTER ACTOR ARNOLD STANG PASSES

Posted by Billyjam, December 22, 2009 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Character actor Arnold Stang, whose long career in radio, television, and the movies included playing oppisite Frank Sinatra in the 1955 film The Man With the Golden Arm and doing the voice of the cartoon Arnold Stangcharacter Top Cat, died of pneumonia Sunday night. He was 91 years of age.  

Diminutive in stature and readily identified by his recognizable mannerisms and trademark heavy glasses, he was a serious actor who ended up playing more comedic roles than sober ones. He once described his image this way: “I look like a frightened chipmunk who’s been out in the rain too long.”

But his distinctive voice alone could carry him, as evidenced in the Top Cat cartoon clip above, in which Stang played the lead character T.C. (Top Cat), the leader of a gang of trouble making New York City alley cats. He effectively played this character, apparantly styled after Phil Silvers, for the 30 episodes of the Hanna-Barbera animated television series that were made in the early sixties and then ran for many years afterwards. In fact, it still runs on TV to this day.

As well as Top Cat, Stang did the voices for numerous other cartoons, including the 1965 film Pinocchio in Outer Space, for which he did the voice of Nurtle the Turtle. In the Otto Preminge-directed Frank Sinatra film The Man With The Golden Arm, a dark tale of heroin addiction, he played the role of Sinatra’s buddy Sparrow. One of the last acting roles Stang played was as the photographer in the 1993 film Dennis The Menace with Walter Matthau.

ERIC & CHARLES DVD REVIEW SHOW

Posted by Charles Reece, December 22, 2009 01:01pm | Post a Comment

Christmas Gangs and Santa's Village

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 22, 2009 12:05pm | Post a Comment
a christmas festival eugene ormandylawrence welk jingle bells

This Lawrence Welk record inspired me to dig up a little classic LW for your viewing pleasure. It's listed as a "gang" number, a term not usually associated with these kinds of groups. I have a Bing Crosby LP that is a collection of gang songs as well. Below we have Mitch Miller, who was perhaps the most popular of said gang leaders.

ella fitzgerald's christmasholiday sing along with mitch
Christmas in Germany LPgreat songs of christmaschristmas in brazil lp
johnny apollo's christmasheaven sings x-mas
holiday in song lppercy faith music of christmasmerry christmas with the mom and dads
perry como christmas albumorgan plays music for a merry christmas

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Top Electronic Albums of 2009

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, December 22, 2009 11:33am | Post a Comment








Lusine
A Certain Distance
Ghostly International





















Dj Sprinkles
Midtown 120 Blues
Mule























Patrick Cowley
Catholic
Macro























Matias Aguayo
Ay Ay Ay
Kompakt

















IF YOU DON'T LOVE ROBIN WOOD, YOU DON'T LOVE CRITICISM

Posted by Charles Reece, December 20, 2009 09:02am | Post a Comment
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I can't imagine thinking through Hitchcock, Hawks, Queer Cinema or Horror films without Robin Wood. He was the humblest (his critiques were always in a state of potential revision) and most plain-spoken of all the great theoretically driven critics (never letting theory or dogma dictate his own reactions). Although he did tend to overuse the "to not love movie x, is to not love cinema" (e.g., Marnie), that was part of his charm. Truly one of the good guys.

Summary of his career.
David Bordwell's obit.

 
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