The Actor´s Workbook:A Practical Guide to Training, Rehearsing and Devising + Video. 1. Auflage Alex Clifton
Clifton Webb was one of those rare motion picture actors who became a major box-office star when he was in his mid-50s.Indeed, his first sound movie was Laura (1944), and his role as Waldo Lydecker in that classic film noir earned him the first of three Oscar nominations. Four years later, Clifton Webb became a household name when he played Lynn Belvedere and poured a bowl of mush onto a baby´s head in Sitting Pretty. He would appear as Belvedere in two subsequent films and also star in such memorable entertainments as The Razor´s Edge, Cheaper by the Dozen, Stars and Stripes Forever, Titanic (1953), and Three Coins in The Fountain. Webb was no novice when he began his motion picture career. He started his journey in show business at age five, when his stage mother, Maybelle, left her husband in Indiana and took young Clifton to New York. Maybelle would remain the most important and influential person in her son´s life until she died when Webb was in his 70s. Over the years, Webb would become one of the most revered actor-dancers in nightclubs, on Broadway, in London, and in Paris. He introduced Irving Berlin´s Easter Parade to the public and worked with the likes of Noel Coward, Fred Allen, and The Dolly Sisters, as well as enjoying troubled relationships with actresses Jeanne Eagels and Libby Holman.Michael B. Druxman´s one-person play, Clifton Webb, finds the actor in his Beverly Hills home, still mourning the death of his mother. He ponders returning to work in a new film while, at the same time, struggling with his and Maybelle´s unsettled relationship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John A. Boulanger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153276/bk_acx0_153276_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Duffy´s Tavern was a radio comedy series featuring tavern manager Archie, his get-rich-quick schemes, and his well-known guest stars. The familiar opening song ´´When Irish Eyes Are Smiling´´ is interrupted by the ring of a telephone and actor Ed Gardner´s New Yorkese accent as he answered, ´´Hello, Duffy´s Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin´. Duffy ain´t here - oh, hello, Duffy.´´ Duffy´s Tavern, first heard in 1940, was co-created and written by Ed Gardner, who played Archie, the manager of Duffy´s Tavern, which was a flea-infested dive in New York City. Archie´s abuse of the English language quickly became a favorite feature of the show. Regulars on the show included Duffy´s man-hungry daughter Miss Duffy; Clifton Finnegan, the classic village idiot, played by Charlie Cantor; Eddie the waiter, played by Eddie Green; and Clancy the cop, played by Alan Reed. Duffy himself was never heard on the show; he was an absentee owner who left the daily operations to Archie. Archie was always trying to get rich quick, and his harmless schemes often involved weekly guests who were well-known stars, including Shelley Winters and Vincent Price. Some of radio´s sharpest comedy was penned for Duffy´s Tavern by top Broadway and TV veterans, including Abe Burrows, Larry Marks, Larry Gelbart, and Dick Martin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ed Gardner, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009266/bk_blak_009266_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Duffy´s Tavern, an American radio situation comedy which ran for ten years, often featured top-name stage and film guest stars but always hooked those around the misadventures, get-rich-quick-scheming, and romantic missteps of the title establishment´s malaprop-prone, metaphor-mixing manager, Archie, played by the writer/actor who co-created the show, Ed Gardner. In the show´s familiar opening, ´´When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,´´ either solo on an old-sounding piano or by a larger orchestra, was interrupted by the ring of a telephone and Gardner´s New Yorkese accent as he answered, ´´Duffy´s Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin´. Duffy ain´t here ´´oh, hello, Duffy.´´ Duffy, the owner, was never heard (or seen, when a film based on the show was made in 1945 or when a bid to bring the show to television was tried in 1954). But Archie always was bantering with Duffy´s man-crazy daughter, Miss Duffy (played by several actresses, beginning with Gardner´s real-life first wife, Shirley Booth); with Eddie, the waiter/janitor (Eddie Green); and, especially, with Clifton Finnegan (Charlie Cantor), a likeable soul with several screws loose and a knack for falling for every other salesman´s scam. 16 Half-Hour Episodes: The Pilot Episode Auditioning Cast Members Guest Star: Clifton Fadiman Guest Star: Dinah Shore Archie´s Taxes Guest Star: Dennis Day Guest Star: Charles Coburn Audit Trouble Archie Takes Up Reading Guest Star: Joan Bennett Guest Stars: Minerva Pious & John Anthony Miss Duffy´s Coming Out Party Archie Has Three Days to Live Schoolmate Visits Archie Wants to Patent Electricity Guest Star: Shelly Winters Digitally remastered from the original on-air recordings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ed Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003204/bk_acx0_003204_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.