I am going to have several weeks of free time soon. I originally planned to do a study of an actor, like Japeman mentioned a while back (what happend to that thread?). I chose Rodney Dangerfield because he is my all time favorite actor and comedian. But too many of his films are not available (4 of them used to be on youtube and have been removed) so I decided against it. I did interview Harry Basil (director of The 4th Tenor and Back By Midnight and co-writer on Ladybugs) to ready myself for the project. Here is a bit of what he said:
“The 4th Tenor was Rodney’s idea. He was a singing waiter when he was young. We wrote it together right before we did Ladybugs in 92. Took 10 years to make it. Rodney financed it himself. It was his pet project. Too bad he was a bit too old to play the romantic lead by the time we did it.
Back By Midnight was fun to make. It was a bit cheesy and corny, but Rodney and I got to work with a lot of our comedian buddies. He was getting a bit frail on that one. 2002. Nell Carter was very funny. It was one of the last things she did. I had actually worked with her back in 1986, I starred in a TV pilot that was a spin off of her show Gimmie A Break. She was kind of mean and bossy back then. But on BBM she was sweet and a lot of fun. Her, Rodney and Tony Cox worked great together. I think it was Rondey’s best scene in the movie, comedically."
When you have time off you set goals (Here are mine on my blog). The main one related to mubi, I am going to read all the plays of Arthur Miller. I have collected nearly all of them and am seeking out the rest right now. While I read those, I also plan to see and do write ups on his screen projects. Many films have been made of his work, but he has only been involved in three directly: Everybody Wins (1990) and The Crucible (1996), adapted from his plays then most importantly The Misfits (1960) written directly for the screen.
damn muffed up the title
Goodbye for four or so days mubi.
for those curious about my progress, my fiancee will update it here
As Rodney Dangerfield said before surgery:
“If all goes well I will be out in about four days. If not, about an hour and a half.”
Well, the surgery should be behind you, Dennis. I’ll be checking the blog to see how it is all going along. Good luck with everything. Hope all is going well and look forward to your return on mubi.
Yeah, seeing that citrate bottle on your blog brought back some, err, memories. I bet Rodney could do a funny routine on it. The effects for me were sort of like drinking a whole bottle of vodka all at once – but without the nice buzz first. I have had it a couple of times with surgeries and procedures. Nice blog, btw. Make the most of your free time and get all the TLC you can.
Let us know how your ‘projects’ with Dangerfield and Arthur Miller are coming along. Interesting combo! The Misfits has been one of my favorite films since my teenage years – same with the original Death of a Salesman with Frederic March.
Take care, mate.
Doing okay cept passed out when walked yesterday
will be out by Tuesday or Wednesday
Great news that it’s all over with, Dennis, and now you can recover. I’ve been reading the informative blog your fiancée has posted, too. Reminds me of my own hospital stays (yech!). Thanks for keeping us posted and hoping for the best for all your results.