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  1. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Hoping that, towards the end, Tracy assembles all of the suspects on stage and then explains, in no uncertain terms, “Whodunnit!”

    I had pointed out when the first body was found that this story seemed very “Agatha Christie.”

  2. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 3 days ago

    This reminds me of Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Wood had filmed some scenes of Bela Lugosi but when Lugosi died, he hired his wife’s chiropractor to stand in for Lugosi. The problem was, Tom Mason, the chiropractor, did not resemble Lugosi whatsoever in either looks or body stature. Instead, the tall slim Mason simply held his cape over his face.

    A similar thing happened when Shemp Howard died and the Stooges had several more films left on their contract. They hired another actor to stand in for Shemp and only filmed him from the back of the head. Ever since then, hiring a second actor to stand-in for the main actor who has died has been called, “using a fake Shemp.”

  3. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 3 days ago

    This much we sorta saw coming.
    I agree. This was such a predictable development that no one suspected Mike would go there. But since he did, I’m along for the ride.

  4. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 3 days ago

    Gives Tracy a role to play, the part not such a stretch
    For one thing, he won’t need much makeup to look like himself.

    You’ve brightened my day again, Pequod.

  5. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    @Gweedo – It’s legal here !!! – Murray

    He just turned 85 and he still turns up as himself as the mayor of Quahog on “Family Guy”. He played a very serious character on “Batman”.

    According to the documentary, West along with Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, and James Dean were all hired by Warner Brothers about the same time as young leading men. They all appeared in nearly every TV program Warner produced during the 50s (mostly westerns). West and the others specialized in playing the angry, troubled young rebels (the stereotype of young sex-symbol men at the time). West was considered to be quite handsome and charming and had many Hollywood affairs.

    Batman was to be West’s star vehicle, and it was, making him one of the most famous actors in the world in just 3 seasons of the series. But he played the part so well and his show created such a world-wide fad that he could never escape the monster he created.

  6. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 6 days ago

    I just realized that “The Eyebrows” is such a famous character that several actors have played him and Orlock played him for several years. I’m actually thinking that this character is a little like James Bond. Being typecast as James Bonds has been a worry of several actors.
    Iconic characters can often overpower the actor playing them. On the other hand, the actor may play the character so well that it becomes impossible for the public to think of them playing anything else.

    I saw a documentary on Adam West the other day on TV. West’s portrayal of Batman was so well conceived and unique that he is, for many people, THE Batman. Despite the fact that the Batman TV show was basically a comedy portrayal, West rose to the occasion without losing the core of the character.

    During the period the show was on the air, West was the top actor in Hollywood. When the show was cancelled, he was so typecast in the part that he could not get other acting jobs. He could only get hired if he appeared as Batman, which he was forced to do at low-paying Car Shows and Mall openings. He even had to take bookings crashing cars through brick walls at race tracks.

    The actor who had once been on top of the Hollywood food chain could barely make a living for his family. It took him over 40 years before producers would once again begin hiring him. And even now—over 50 years since the Batman series—when he appears in anything the first thought of the audience is, “That’s Batman,” even though he is now over 80 years old.

  7. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    Despite any opinion anyone may have concerning homosexual marriage, I do not believe the strip either condemns it or condones it one way or the other in this sequence. I believe it just reflects modern society as it currently exists. Tawara is based upon George Takei who is in a homosexual marriage in real life. What would be preferable to today’s strip? Should Tracy have acted disgusted in rejection? Should he have jumped for joy in acceptance? He did neither. Tracy is a professional and keeps a professional demeanor of respect for all citizens. Police must maintain a neutral position and accept situations and people as they are rather than what anyone wishes they might be.

  8. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    They just might have “language” and other stuff that is not doable on broadcast networks, much like the Star Trek fan fic Hidden Frontier site I have linked in the past.
    The series is being produced by CBS and I have read that they are attempting to take their network into the digital age.

  9. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    I understand that the new Star Trek series will be shown on Amazon Prime not network TV.

  10. Ray Toler commented on Dick Tracy 10 days ago

    we should have clued in quicker to the fact that George Tarawa/Tawara was coming up again
    We were thrown a swerve. Yes, Takei/Tawara is a Hollywood actor but he is now on Broadway in Allegiance, the show he was planning when we last saw him. He is getting very good reviews.