Thugs With Ugly Mugs

don't you believe it

Set your thrillometers to overload as I prepare to move amongst you in printed form!

The new film issue of The Believer, out v. soon, features concerted verbiage by myself and the immortal man-myth B. Kite, in a little set of blurbs dealing with the HOT TOPIC of 1930s character actors. Those of you of an American disposition, geographically speaking, should have little trouble laying your fervid fingers upon it. 

The “article”, as I understand these things are called when applied to paper, is copiously illustrated by underground cartoon hero Seth, but even more thrillinger than that, the front cover is by demigod Charles Burns and he’s chosen to feature one of the thesps I worded about, the estimable Eugene Pallette (fat guy, lower right).

“…With the body of a warehouse and a basso-profundo voice which seemed to emerge, with loud echo, from somewhere beneath the floor he stood on, Pallette was often typed as wealthy capitalists, but his weight was seldom explicitly referred to. What we got instead was the perpetual umbrage machine, the tetchiness of a man who knows for certain that his waistline is about to be mentioned or at least thought about…”

Now buy a copy and READ ON.

thundering umbrage

4 Responses to “Thugs With Ugly Mugs”

  1. He is at his most sublime in The Lady Eve

  2. Does this mean I have to go all the way into Manhattan?
    Groan grumble moan…

  3. I think I’ve seen The Believer at Barnes and Noble in Brooklyn, but I may have been hallucinating.

    EP shines in The Lady Eve, but also in Heaven Can Wait and My Man Godfrey, The Half Naked Truth…

    Otto Preminger claimed to have fired him for making a racist remark, which is rather distressing.

  4. You might be able to get The Believer at Barnes and Noble in Brooklyn, I think maybe I’ve seen it there.

    EP shines in The Lady Eve, also My Man Godfrey, The Half Naked Truth, Heaven Can Wait and Shanghai Express.

    Otto Preminger claimed to have fired EP for a racist remark, which is distressing to think of. I don’t necessarily need Ep to have been a NICE man, that might be out of character, but I hate to think of him as a scumbag.

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