El Brendel Died Too Soon

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El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Rob Farr » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:17 am

Because if he had lived another year or so he almost certainly would have had a nice supporting role in Bob Hope's I'll Take Sweden, which seemingly gave employment to every actor in H'wood who could fake a passable Swedish accent. It just aired on TCM and I need to watch a Road picture as an antidote.
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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Richard Finegan » Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:34 pm

Rob Farr wrote:Because if he had lived another year or so he almost certainly would have had a nice supporting role in Bob Hope's I'll Take Sweden, which seemingly gave employment to every actor in H'wood who could fake a passable Swedish accent.

Good point, Rob.
I also sometimes wonder why El wasn't given a part somewhere in 1963's IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD. He WAS alive for that one.
Perhaps our resident El expert can offer some insight.

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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Louie Despres » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:22 pm

Richard Finegan wrote:Good point, Rob.
I also sometimes wonder why El wasn't given a part somewhere in 1963's IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD. He WAS alive for that one.
Perhaps our resident El expert can offer some insight.


I guess that's directed at me. I'm frazzled from my trip, can't someone else be the Brendel expert now???

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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Rob Farr » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:29 am

Louie, when you started down this road, you had to know it would be a lonely one.
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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Louie Despres » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:20 pm

Rob Farr wrote:Louie, when you started down this road, you had to know it would be a lonely one.


It's true, but an exciting one!!!

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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Paul F Etcheverry » Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:20 am

An El Brendel opus I'd like to see: the Vitaphone 3-strip Tech musical short What, No Men! with Wini "Lullaby Of Broadway" Shaw http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025977/

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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Louie Despres » Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:51 am

Paul F Etcheverry wrote:An El Brendel opus I'd like to see: the Vitaphone 3-strip Tech musical short What, No Men! with Wini "Lullaby Of Broadway" Shaw http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025977/


It certainly does survive and was restored last year by WB & UCLA to all its Tech glory, according to what I have heard. A clip of an Indian Dance from the short was included in the WB 2-reeler "Musical Movieland" and is available on the "Night and Day" DVD : http://www.amazon.com/Night-Day-Cary-Gr ... B0001WTWXS

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Re: El Brendel Died Too Soon

Postby Paul F Etcheverry » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:09 pm

Thanks for the tip! Now, if I can only find Lillian Roth singing "Little Alimony Sal" in Story Conference, another stellar 1934 Vitaphone musical comedy short, on DVD.

I've read about that Cole Porter biopic: alas, written without Algonquin Round Table support (don't know what Dorothy Parker was doing in 1945-1946, but Benchley and Woolcott by then had gone to the expensive restaurant in the hereafter) and filmed without Fred Astaire and Oscar Levant in the cast. Also hear that Arthur Q Bryan and Mel Blanc are contributors, but that there is no scene with Bryan singing "It's All Wight WIth Me"

Wonder if Cary Grant sings as well as Vernon Dent does in Good Morning, Eve - and El does in various films.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Av6maPocI


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