This post is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to the What a Character! Blogathon that will be jointly hosted from September 22-24 by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. A complete list of the participants and the “amazing characters” (to borrow a phrase from Sydney Greenstreet) which they’ve written about can be found here.
Regular readers of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear are probably familiar with some of the jokes I crack about my father (Ivan, Sr.), and how his discriminating television viewing habits have deteriorated in his twilight years. He’s more apt to watch shows in which pawn shop owners and auto repossession companies acquire heroic status as opposed to a silly sitcom or an innovative drama. He’s also a huge political and news junkie, and he tends to watch a lot of MSNBC because it’s a little more in line with his politics.
I don’t live in
(flatlanders!) and don’t know either gentleman, but Mandel’s argument against
turning Brown out seems to be that, according to his website, Brown “was ranked
number one Most Liberal Senator two years in a row.” But if I were an Ohio
voter, I would not let that deter me from re-electing the Senator. That, and if I close my eyes—Sherrod Brown
sounds just like Charles McGraw.
“Without the voice, we’d be living in a two-room flat somewhere,” was his response.
|One of McGraw's more obscure tough-guy showcases, Roses are Red (1947)...which also features bits by James Arness, Jeff Chandler, Joe Sawyer and Charles Lane.|
|Charlie and Adele Jergens in Armored Car Robbery (1950)|
|Charlie confronts his drinking buddy Robert Mitchum in His Kind of Woman (1951).|
|A trade ad for McGraw's syndicated TV venture The Adventures of the Falcon (1954-55).|
|Charlie as a sheriff in The Man in the Net (1958).|