McHugh Two

Over at The Chiseler, an old piece on character actor Frank McHugh (lovingly illustrated by Tony Millionaire) has been promoted to the front page, so to celebrate I wrote another, inspired by a recent re-viewing of the Reinhardt-Dieterle MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

I’m always excited by quixotic attempts to reinvent the science of acting, which everyone in that film is involved in, but even more exciting is that McHugh invents a method of his own, distinct from the rest…


7 Responses to “McHugh Two”

  1. David Ehrenstein Says:

    Cagney and McHugh were a tem in a number of pictures.

    Mickey Rooney’s Puck was an inspiration to Gore Vidal who saw the film when it was first released ad took I him on as a Role Model.

  2. Jeff Gee Says:

    Rooney’s Puck has always been the Puck to beat as far as I’m concerned, although Stanley Tucci’s version is a lot of fun.

    Speaking of Puck, did that promised Jerome Charyn/Richard Harris anecdote from some time last summer ever show up? Did I miss it? It was from someone named Lenore, I think.

  3. David Ehrenstein Says:

    Jerome Charyn was a substitute English teacher back when I went to Communist Martyrs High (aka. The High School of Music and Art) back in the early 60s. He was brooding and “Heathcliff”-like in a way that drove the girls wild.

  4. So right on Rooney’s Puck — stunning, feral, unbearable. It’s such a strange movie.

    I saw a National Theatre Live production a few years ago where, among other things, Oberon and Titania’s lines were reversed — so it was Oberon who falls in love with Bottom, etc.

  5. I emailed Lenore (one of those high school girls) but I don’t think I ever got the story from her. This is her address:

  6. So when Oberon says “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania”…? do they change it to “proud Oberon?”

    The first production I saw had the same actors who played Oberon and Titania play the Duke and the Queen, which worked well.

  7. David Ehrenstein Says:

    Many yeasago there was a famous off-Broadway production directed and designed by the artist Jim Dine in which Oberon was played by a black cape that hung in mid-air.

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