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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, April 30, 2011


Jack CarsonJACK CARSON (1910-1963), born John Elmer Carson in Manitoba, Canada, came to Hollywood in 1937. He worked first as an extra for RKO and later developed into a character actor in musicals, comedies, and westerns. I first saw Jack Carson in one of my favorite Cary Grant films playing one heck of a dopey policeman. He was hilarious. Later, I found him in other Doris Day films. He has great comedic timing.

Haven't you seen Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)? This is a delightful horror spoof. The script is great and the cast is wonderful. See also Cary Grant and Peter Lorre.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Romance on the High Seas (1948) This may be my all-time favorite Jack Carson/Doris Day romantic musical comedy. Jack Carson plays Peter Virgil, Private Detective. My favorite part in the picture is a musical number that Jack Carson does. It never fails to make me laugh.
My Dream is Yours (1949) In this Doris Day musical comedy, Jack Carson plays radio agent Doug Blake.
Mildred Pierce (1945) Along with Joan Crawford and Zachary Scott, Jack Carson stars. He plays realtor Wally Fay.
Gentleman Jim (1942) In this Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith film about Jim Corbett's rise to the top of the boxing world, Jack Carson plays Jim Corbett's friend Walter Lowrie.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 / 10:36:18 PDT