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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Alan HewittGrowing up I saw ALAN HEWITT (1915–1986), born Alan Everett Hewitt, on a regular basis in both Disney films and television programs as he appeared in many of my favorite shows, Dr. Kildare; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Perry Mason; Bewitched; Gomer Pyle, USMC; I Dream of Jeannie; Lost in Space; Love American Style; Wild Wild West; and My Favorite Martian. It was on My Favorite Martian that he played the highly suspicious Detective Bill Brennan (1964-1966), one of the show's regular cast members. Much like Detective Brennan who didn't stop trying to find something on Mrs. Brown's tenants that would put them behind bars, during the '60s and '70s, Alan Hewitt was repeatedly cast in Disney films as that same type of serious, sneering guy that never succeeds. Although never a major movie star, Alan Hewitt never stopped developing his craft. He continually acted on the stage, the bulk of which was from 1934 through 1958, appeared in several radio productions, made-for-television movies, and films. What I want you to know as well is how much more Alan Hewitt did with very little credit or applause. He recorded over 225 books for the blind and physically handicapped for the American Foundation for the Blind, Talking Book Program of the Library of Congress, wrote essays on American Acting in the 20th Century in the American Theatre, and served as an unofficial archivist and statistician for the Actors' Equity Association doing invaluable tabulations and chronologies for classic stars. So, I hope you'll pay attention to the work of Alan Hewitt the next time you see him in classic television reruns or films. He is a fine actor, one that I truly wish I could have seen on the stage.

That Touch of Mink (1962)Haven't you seen That Touch of Mink (1962)? Alan Hewitt plays Doctor Gruber, shrink to Gig Young's character "Roger".

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Absent Minded Professor (1961) He plays General Hotchkiss.
Follow That Dream (1962) He plays H. Arthur King.
How to Murder Your Wife (1965) He plays the District Attorney.
Sweet Charity (1969) He plays Nicholsby.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve" Date: Wed, Aug 31 2011 / 17:52:42 PST