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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Joe E. BrownJOE E. BROWN (1892-1973), born Joseph Evans Brown, joined a circus at age 10, later went into Vaudeville and finally to Broadway before being discovered by Hollywood. His cavernous mouth and siren-like yell became his trademarks, as well as his athletic ability. He spent the years of World War II entertaining the troops letting his film career go down. In the 1950s he returned to theater and worked in television before being rediscovered by an entire new generation at the movies.

Some Like It Hot (1959)Haven't you seen Some Like It Hot (1959)? Brown is millionaire Osgood Fielding III who falls for "showgirl" Daphne. He ends the movie with one of the funniest lines in Hollywood history.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Show Boat (1951) Brown had the role of Captain Andy Hawks in this third filming of the Edna Ferber story. It was inspired casting.
Earthworm Tractors (1936) Brown starred as Alexander Botts in this film based on the popular stories from the Saturday Evening Post.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) The casting in this adaptation of Shakespeare's play was quite peculiar, but it is still a delight. Brown plays Flute the Bellows-Mender.
The Comedy Of Terrors (1964) In his last role in a feature film Brown has an amusing cameo as the Cemetery Keeper, sent into panic by bodies moving around on their own. It was a nice way to be remembered and Brown got to play to yet another new audience.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Mon, Jul 24 2006 / 16:18:35 PST

Autographed photo contributed by: Eric Jamborsky
Inscription reads:
To the
Imperial Theatre
With my very best wishes
Joe E Brown.