The Grady in Question

I now have my copy of the 2008 Film Issue of The Believer magazine. Where’s yours?

Butterball rally

“…any era like the ’30s (go ahead, NAME ONE) must balance its tricksters and vamps with a victim class, a clown army of chumps awaiting fleecing, but a populace drunk on Groucho could never be satisfied with any ordinary dope, the kind born every minute. They demanded, and rightly, that Hollywood must and should provide unique and startling specimens of homo sap, from Guy Kibbee (obese rodent, shaved and perspiring) to Billy Gilbert (bursting chimp, eyes like frightened marbles jammed in a heap of dough). And so, to add to the wondrous variety, a mild butterball was born, and they called it Grady Sutton.”

That’s as much as I dare quote from the article within by immortal bard B. Kite and myself (“Yeggs, Grifters and Patsies: A ’30s film Bestiary”). Re-reading it, I was pleased at how well our styles merged, so for those curious about such things, I will just say that B.K. authored the opening section on glib flimflam artist Lee Tracy (worth the cover price alone).

Other attractions include Werner Herzog shooting the breeze with Errol Morris, Nick Hornby on Todd Haynes, Todd Haynes on himself, a look at the late Leonard Schrader’s secret and shameful lobby card collection, and an article by Michael Atkinson whose very title should set all film-dotards a-tremble with the Eight Forms of Sensory Arousal: “Anna Karina and the American Night.”

Plus free DVD of a hairy man raving.

4 Responses to “The Grady in Question”

  1. When I lived in more-or-less central Hollywood — at the edge of West Hollywood — Grady Sutton was a neighbor. I used to see him shopping at “LaBrea Circus” — a marvelous ramshackle discount pit now convereted into a “99 cent Store.” The last time I saw him was at the Beverly Center when Eve Arden was signing her autobiography. Wish it were possible to reproduce the sound of the Great Eve saying “Oh hello Graaaaady.”

  2. Sweet!

    When there were giants on the earth.

  3. Holy Jesus! That just cost me £10! My Zizek DVD better not become unattached or “go missing” from the cover during transit. :)

  4. It’s only $10 in the US. The Zizek is firmly attached, so it should be OK.

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