Ned Glass (1906-1984) – More than just an actor

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The following is my entry in the 4th annual What a Character! Blogathon, being hosted Nov. 21-23, 2015 by the blogs Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club. Click on the above banner, and read bloggers’ tributes to a wide range of character actors throughout the history of movies!

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This is all of the obituary that The New York Times could see fit to give a performer who appeared in 207 movies and TV episodes and four Broadway productions. “Ned Glass, an actor”? That’s kind of like saying, “Charlie Chaplin, a comedian”!

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Glass falls squarely into the category of “I’ve seen that face a million times, but I couldn’t tell you his name.” He must have laughed all the way to the bank, as he made a 50-year career out of playing such anonymous shnooks.

Born Nusyn Glass in Poland to a Jewish family, he emigrated early to America, grew up in New York City, and began his show business career in vaudeville. He acted and directed on Broadway until 1936, when he started his film career as an M-G-M contract player.

Famous actors flitted about Glass’ orbit. Producer-actor John Houseman helped him get early film roles. Glass was also a neighbor-friend of The Three Stooges’ Moe Howard, and he appeared in several Stooges shorts. This led to an “urban myth” that Howard pulled strings to get Glass into the Stooges’ films; in reality, Howard had minimal input into his movies’ casting. Glass made several screen appearance alongside his neighbor nevertheless.

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Glass with Curly and Moe Howard in the Three Stooges short “Nutty but Nice.”

Glass was also a favorite of Stooges directors Jules White and Del Lord. Buster Keaton buffs can easily spot Glass in Keaton’s 1939 Columbia short subjects A Pest from the West and (shown below) Mooching Through Georgia.

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It would take an entire blog to cover all of Glass’ movie appearances. You might remember him as Doc in West Side Story (1961), “Doc Schindler from Chicago” in Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie (1966), and alongside Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963), among countless other movie roles.

Glass also made many TV appearances. He was a regular on “Julia” (1968-1971, starring Diahann Carroll as a widowed nurse) and the short-lived sitcom “Bridget Loves Bernie” (1972-73, about families colliding when an Irish-Catholic girl marries a Jewish guy). Fans of “The Honeymooners” will remember him from the episode “Pal o’ Mine” as Ed Norton doppelganger Teddy Oberman, whom Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) briefly befriends after he has a spat with Norton. (The episode is embedded at the end of this blog entry. Also, click here for a pictorial of some of Glass’ most notable movie and TV appearances.)

For an actor so prominent in movies and on TV, little about Glass’ private life is documented. Apparently, he was briefly blacklisted in the 1950’s, during which time he found work as a carpenter. Glass was married to actress Kitty McHugh, making him brother-in-law to character actor Frank McHugh and bit player Matt McHugh. Kitty McHugh committed suicide in September, 1954, and Glass later married actress Jean (also known as Jhean) Burton. That marriage ended in divorce.

With so little information about his personal life, Glass’ film and TV roles are nearly all we have to go on in order to “know” the man. As noted in the entry on him in Wikipedia, “Short and bald, with a slight hunch to his shoulders, Glass was immediately recognizable by his distinct appearance, his nasal voice, and his pronounced New York City accent.” Judging from his considerable (and mostly memorable) body of work, Glass was content to let his work speak for itself.

(Below is the “Honeymooners” episode where Glass made his guest appearance; he first arrives on the scene at the 17:40 mark.)

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Wrapping up the ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON

It looks as though we had a no-show for the blogathon…but that’s all right, because we also had a may-I-show-at-the-last-minute, and that more than made up for it. So let’s take a final bow with

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We were happy to see Tom & Jerry represented in the blogathon by Dell on Movies, who gave us his angle on the cartoon Jerry’s Cousin. (If you missed this entry, click on the blog’s name, above, to link to it.)

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And 365 Days 365 Classics took a look at Chuck Jones’ fantasy about some drunken musical notes, High Note.

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We want to thank all of the talented and enthusiastic bloggers who gave their time and energy to this blogathon, as well as those who stopped by to read the entertaining entries. You all made the ‘thon a smashing success, and we might just take up one blogger’s suggestion to make this subject an annual tradition. And now, to coin a phrase…

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Day 1 Recap of ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON

Apparently, when you invite bloggers to write for a cartoon blogathon, you open up a door to their second childhood! Find out what we mean as we review the entries from

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Movie Movie Blog Blog has never before had such an enthusiastic response to a blogathon topic; only 3 more entries await submission. We had no idea that others were as eager to chat about their favorite cartoons as we are! If you missed any of yesterday’s entries, click on the appropriate blog name below to link to the blog and read the entry.

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Our first double feature comes from Love Letters to Old Hollywood, who extols the obvious virtues of the Disney movies Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians.

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BNoirDetour extols the virtues — obvious and otherwise — of Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘s fulsome heroine, Jessica Rabbit.

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Epileptic Moondancer appreciates the trippy imagery of the Disney theatrical feature Alice in Wonderland and the TV series “Rick and Morty.”

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Serendipitous Anachronisms enjoys watching Pluto develop a sudden craving for Thanksgiving turkey, in Cold Turkey.

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Take the pop movie quiz offered by Silver Screenings, and see how many legendary celebrities you recognize in Tex Avery’s short Hollywood Steps Out.

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Monsters lead such in-teresting lives, as Moon in Gemini proves when she chronicles Bugs Bunny’s encounters with orange-haired Gossamer in Hair-Raising Hare and Water, Water Every Hare.

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Bugs Bunny strikes again, as VocareMentor.com critiques Bugs’ adventures in Sherwood Forest in Rabbit Hood.

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The Movie Rat covers Daffy Duck’s battle with an unseen animator in Duck Amuck.

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The Wonderful World of Cinema expresses her enjoyment of the rich cats in the Disney feature The Aristocats.

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Mildred’s Fatburgers discusses the unique affection felt by a vociferous bulldog for a nonchalant kitten in Chuck Jones’ Feed the Kitty.

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Sylvester the cat and his friends have quite a rousing evening — much to the consternation of Sylvester’s master, Porky Pig — in Bob Clampett’s Kitty Kornered, the bill of fare for Movie Fan Fare.

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Here’s Bugs Bunny one more time — this time in outer space, as he matches wits with Marvin the Martian in Hare-Way to the Stars, courtesy of The Midnite Drive-In.

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And you didn’t think the blogmeister wasn’t going to chime in on this topic, did you? I had to offer my take on two of my all-time faves, the theatrical Popeye cartoon The Spinach Overture and the Looney Tunes TV spin-off “Tiny Toon Adventures.”

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We still have three more ‘toon entries to go, so keep us bookmarked. And if you’re interested in participating in a Christmas-themed movie blogathon, keep the last weekend before Christmas open on your calendar. As soon as our ‘toon blogathon is over, we have an announcement to make about a new, upcoming blogathon!

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The ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON is here!

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Sorry that our blogathon couldn’t wait for Saturday morning, but we’re so excited to talk about our favorite animated films! Join us over the next three days as a golden collection of bloggers share their favorite cartoon memories with everyone!

If you are one of the participating bloggers:

  1. Please post the names and URLs of your blog and the cartoon you are blogging about, in the “Comments” section below, so that we can link to them.
  2. The only deadline is that we request you post your blog entry by the end of the day on Sunday, Nov. 9 — and the sooner, the better. (Inquiring cartoon buffs want to know!)

If you are one of our visitors, click on the appropriate blog and/or cartoon title below to link to the blogger’s entry about said cartoon. Keep us bookmarked, as we will continue to update the list below throughout the weekend as bloggers submit their entries. This blog will also be doing end-of-the-day wrap-ups of blog entries submitted on each day.

So sit back this weekend, and enjoy a guilt-free line-up of classic cartoons on us!

Here are the blogathon entries:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Popeye in The Spinach Overture (1935) and Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Sleeping Beauty (1959) and 101 Dalmatians (1961)

BNoirDetourJessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Epileptic Moondancer – Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Rick and Morty (2013- )

Serendipitous Anachronisms – Pluto in Cold Turkey (1951)

Silver Screenings – Tex Avery’s Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Moon in GeminiBugs Bunny and Gossamer in Hair-Raising Hare (1946) and Water, Water Every Hare (1952)

VocareMentor.com – Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Hood (1949)

The Movie Rat – Daffy Duck in Duck Amuck (1953)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Disney Studios’ The Aristocats (1970)

365 Days 365 Classics – Chuck Jones’ High Note (1961)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Mickey’s Gala Premiere (1933)

Mildred’s Fatburgers – Marc Antony and Pussyfoot in Chuck Jones’ Feed the Kitty (1952)

Movie Fan FarePorky Pig and Sylvester in Kitty Kornered (1946)

The Midnite Drive-InBugs Bunny in Hare-Way to the Stars (1958)

Let’s Go to the MoviesDisney Studios’ Aladdin (1992)

Silver ScenesDisney’s The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

Dell on MoviesTom & Jerry in Jerry’s Cousin (1951)

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One month to “‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON”!

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We’re exactly one month away from the One of My All-Time Favorite Cartoons Blogathon! Do you have a favorite cartoon that warms your heart or tickles your funny bone? Share your love of it with us! Click on the above banner to get more info about the blogathon and to sign up for it!

Announcing the ‘ONE’ OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CARTOONS BLOGATHON!

Flush with success as I am from my recent See You in the ‘Fall’ Blogathon, I cannot resist jumping on the ‘thon wagon again. Ergo, I hereby announce the

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Here’s your opportunity to sound off about one of your favorite animated films! Does a particular cartoon make you laugh, cry, think, or just plain fill you with joy? Post a blog entry about it here, and share your enthusiasm with the world!

Notice that I said it can be one of your favorite cartoons. This is not a contest in which you have to summon up superior evidence that your cartoon of choice is the greatest one ever made. Just write about the reasons why you like it.

The cartoon you choose can be of any length (short subject, feature film, television special) from movies or TV. It can be in “traditional” hand-drawn format or CGI. If you choose to write about a TV cartoon series, you can write about either the reasons why you like the entire TV series so much, or you can focus on a particular episode of the series. As long as you write an entertaining and reasoned blog in support of your choice, it will be accepted here. Also, duplicate entries are acceptable at this blogathon.

The rules are simple:

  1. Please leave me a message in the “Comments” section below that includes the name and URL of your blog, and the name of the cartoon you choose to write about.
  2. Below are banners to advertise the blogathon. Once you have completed Step # 1, please grab a banner, display it on your blog, and link it back to this blog.
  3. The blogathon will take place from Fri., Nov. 6, through Sun., Nov. 8, 2015. Once you have posted your blogathon entry on one of those dates, please post its URL in the “Comments” section so that I can link our blog back to it.

That’s all there is to it! Have fun with your blog entry, and show everyone that the best cartoons aren’t just for kids to enjoy, but are meant for everybody!

Here is the list of entries so far:

Movie Movie Blog Blog – Popeye in The Spinach Overture (1935) and Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood – Sleeping Beauty (1959) and 101 Dalmatians (1961)

BNoirDetourJessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Epileptic Moondancer – Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Rick and Morty (2013- )

Serendipitous Anachronisms – Pluto in Cold Turkey (1951)

Silver Screenings – Tex Avery’s Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Moon in GeminiBugs Bunny and Gossamer in Hair-Raising Hare (1946) and Water, Water Every Hare (1952)

VocareMentor.com – Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Hood (1949)

The Movie Rat – Daffy Duck in Duck Amuck (1953)

The Wonderful World of Cinema – Disney Studios’ The Aristocats (1970)

365 Days 365 Classics – Chuck Jones’ High Note (1961)

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies – Mickey’s Gala Premiere (1933)

Mildred’s Fatburgers – Marc Antony and Pussyfoot in Chuck Jones’ Feed the Kitty (1952)

Movie Fan FarePorky Pig and Sylvester in Kitty Kornered (1946)

The Midnite Drive-inBugs Bunny in Hare-Way to the Stars (1958)

Let’s Go to the MoviesDisney Studios’ Aladdin (1992)

Silver ScenesDisney’s The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

Dell on MoviesTom & Jerry in Jerry’s Cousin (1951)

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Final recap of the SEE YOU IN THE ‘FALL’ BLOGATHON

Happy first day of autumn! but unhappy last day of blogathon! However, we had some terrific entries devoted to favorite moments in TV and movie physical comedy, so let’s complete the list with our

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Here are recaps from the previous days of the blogathon:

Day 1 recap * Day 2 recap * Day 3 recap

And here are the entries for our fourth and final day! (Click on each individual blog’s name to be linked to the blog entry.)

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Reel Distracted brings us M. Hulot again trying to make sense of modern life, in Jacques Tati’s Playtime.

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Wolffian Classic Movies Digest gives us Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in the classic comedy-drama The Kid.

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In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood examines what happens when a wife (Doris Day) must deal with misbegotten news from her hypochondriac husband (Rock Hudson) in Send Me No Flowers.

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What happens when a monster-smash comedy team meets up with monsters who like to smash things? Critica Retro finds out in her study of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

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And finally, Once Upon a Screen takes a close look at Laurel & Hardy delivering a piano (and lots of laughs) in their Oscar-winning short subject The Music Box.

My heartfelt and feverish thanks goes out to all of the bloggers who contributed their time and talents to making this blogathon such a success, and to the many readers who lapped it up — we couldn’t have done it without any and all of you!

Now that we’re finished, maybe it’s time for a drink…

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