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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, August 26, 2006


Edward Everett HortonEDWARD EVERETT HORTON (1886-1970), born Edward Everett Horton Jr., has a voice you probably know. When I first heard him, he was narrating the "Fractured Fairy Tales" portion of "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show." He appeared on many television shows I watched as a kid, "Nanny and the Professor", "Love American Style", "It Takes a Thief", "Batman", "F Troop", "Dennis the Menace", and "I Love Lucy". His portrayal of Mr. Ritter in the "I Love Lucy" episode, "Lucy Plays Cupid" is one of my favorite Horton roles. Edward Everett Horton was in so many comedies of the 1930s that it was hard to select only five films to represent him. He worked a lot with Ernst Lubitsch and Frank Capra. His filmography on imdb.com lists over 120 entries. If you haven't been already acquainted with him, you really should learn of him now. He's wonderful.

Lost Horizon (1937)Haven't you seen Lost Horizon (1937) [aka: Lost Horizon of Shangri-La (USA: TV title)]? He plays Alexander P. 'Lovey' Lovett.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) [aka: Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (USA: complete title)] He plays Mr. Witherspoon.
Holiday (1938) [aka: Free to Live (UK); Unconventional Linda (UK: reissue title)] He plays Professor Nick Potter for the second time. He is also in the 1930 version of Holiday with Ann Harding and Robert Ames in the roles Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant play in this 1938 remake.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) He plays Hutchins.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) He plays Messenger 7013.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Sat, Aug 26 2006 / 07:27:28 PST


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