Saturday, October 3, 2009
Franklin Pangborn -- "Well, really!"
Pangborn created the beloved character beginning with Hal Roach and Mack Sennett comedies. Known for his rapid patter speech as well as famous manner, he was a staple in feature films of the 30s and 40s. Some of the most well-known films in which he appeared were W.C. Fields' International House and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, Stage Door, Carefree and Sullivan's Travels. He appeared in Bette Davis's Now, Voyager, where he played the ship's cruise director who flutters around the departing passengers saying "Don't anybody say goodbye, just not anybody!" What would movies have been like without dear Franklin Pangborn? Well, really, my dear, they would not have been nearly as much fun!