Ernest Truex was an American actor of stage and television. Born in Kansas City, Truex started acting at age five and toured through Missouri at age nine as "The Child Wonder in Scenes from Shakespeare", his Broadway debut came in 1908, he performed in several David Belasco plays and portrayed the title role in the 1915 musical Very Good Eddie. Truex played the lead role in the disastrous 1923 premiere of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Vegetable. In 1927, he created the role of Bill Paradene in Good Morning, adapted by P. G. Wodehouse based on a play by Ladislaus Fodor. In 1926 he performed for the first time in London's West End, he played a leading role in The Fall Guy at the Apollo Theatre. He continued to perform in plays in London for the next three years while his two sons attended Leighton Park boarding school in Reading. In 1927 he acted in Good Morning, Bill at the Duke of York's Theatre and in 1928 he performed in Sexes and Sevens at the Globe Theatre, he did not work in film full-time for another twenty years.
He tended to play "milquetoast" characters and in The Warrior's Husband he played a "nance". In the 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo, he played Marco Polo's comical assistant, opposite Gary Cooper. Early in television, Truex guest starred on CBS's Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town. In 1949, Truex played Caspar Milquetoast on the DuMont Television Network's Program Playhouse Series. From 1953 to 1954, he co-starred with a young Brandon deWilde in Jamie on ABC, he played aging Grandpa McHummer striking a bond with young Jamie, his orphaned grandson. In life, he became known for playing elderly men on television in works such as Justice, Mister Peepers and Father Knows Best, he had the main role in the "Kick the Can" episode of Rod Serling's original The Twilight Zone. In another Twilight Zone episode, "What You Need", he played a traveling peddler who just happened to have what people needed just before they knew they needed it, he starred in the first season of CBS's The Ann Sothern Show as Jason Macauley, the manager of the swank Bartley House hotel in New York City.
Reta Shaw played Flora. In 1960, Truex appeared with Harpo Marx in the episode "Silent Panic" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson, he guest starred on Dennis the Menace, with Jay North as the series lead. His first wife was Julia Mills with whom he had two sons, Philip in 1911 and James in 1912. Philip had an acting career until the early 1950s. Philip Truex's greatest success in the theatre was when he landed the starring role of Og in the Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow in 1947, his most famous film performance is the title role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry as Harry, the corpse dragged all over the countryside by several other characters in this film. Philip had expected to have substantial lines to speak in the role but Hitchcock decided to kill off the character of Harry before he could utter one word. After this disappointment Philip decided to give up acting and turned his hand to landscape gardening. A widower, Ernest married stage actress Mary Jane Barrett, appearing with her in New York in such plays as The Third Little Show, The Hook-Up, Fredericka.
They had Barry Truex, who had an acting career of his own from 1949 to the early 1960s. His career began in 1949 when he played the role of Ernest's youngest son in the TV situation comedy The Truex Family broadcast on WPIX New York. All of Ernest Truex's immediate family had acting parts in this show, co-written by his second son James Truex. In 1962 Barry would again play opposite his father Ernest in the episode "Kick the Can" of the TV series The Twilight Zone. Barry's most memorable film roles were in The Benny Goodman Story playing the young Benny Goodman, Rockabilly Baby, Dragstrip Riot, he acted in numerous TV productions. In 1934, Ernest Truex directed, co-produced, starred in the play Sing and Whistle, which co-starred actress Sylvia Field who would become his third wife upon his divorce from Mary Jane Barrett. On June 26, 1973, Truex died of a heart attack at the age of 83. Ernest Truex on IMDb Ernest Truex at the Internet Broadway Database Ernest Truex at Find a Grave
Arlene Martel was an American actress and acting coach. Prior to 1964, she was billed as Arline Sax or Arlene Sax. Casting directors, among other Hollywood insiders, referred to Martel as "the Chameleon," because her appearance and her proficiency with accents and dialects enabled her to portray characters of a wide range of races and ethnicities; the daughter of Austrian Jewish immigrants, Martel was billed as "Arline Sax" during the early years of her television career. Two of her earliest appearances were in The Twilight Zone TV series; the first was the episode ``. She appeared, billed as Arline San, in the episode "Twenty Two", as a nurse who utters the sinister phrase "Room for one more, Honey!" at the entrance to a hospital morgue and at the door of a doomed airplane. She appeared in a 1960 episode of The Rebel titled "The Hunted" in which she had a scene with Leonard Nimoy, before Star Trek, she was featured in two 1961 episodes of Route 66: "Legacy for Lucia", in which she had the title role of a Sicilian girl who inherits an American soldier's estate, "The Newborn," in which she played a mother who dies in childbirth.
She appeared in an episode of the TV series Hong Kong opposite Rod Taylor. In 1962, she made the first of two appearances on Perry Mason, as Fiona Cregan in "The Case of the Absent Artist." She guest starred as Sandra Dunkel in "The Case of the Dead Ringer", in which, aside from his role as Mason, Raymond Burr played the actual murderer, Grimes. Other roles includes princess Sarafina on Have Gun – Will Travel, the evil witch Malvina on Bewitched, the French Underground contact Tiger in five episodes of Hogan's Heroes, a female cosmonaut on I Dream of Jeannie, a Hungarian immigrant on The Fugitive episode "The Blessings of Liberty". Martel's best known science fiction roles were in The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" and in the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" as T'Pring, Mr. Spock's "wife". In the Columbo series Martel played Gloria West, mistress of murder victim Tony Goodland, in season 2 episode 2 "The Greenhouse Jungle". Then as the stunningly beautiful Salesgirl the episode "A Friend in Deed".
In 1974, she was billed as "Tasha Martelle" for the role of secretary "Marty Bach" in The Rockford Files, episode "Trouble in Chapter 17." She appeared as a featured actress in the Gunsmoke episode titled "The Squaw". Other shows on which Martel appeared included The Man from U. N. C. L. E; the Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, Here Come the Brides, The Wild Wild West, Battlestar Galactica, The Monkees and The Six Million Dollar Man. Martel appeared in feature films, including Angels from Hell and Chatterbox, she received top billing as the commandant in charge of a Russian road crew in Zoltan, Hound of Dracula, although it was only a bit part lasting less than five minutes. Martel semi-retired from acting in the mid 1980s, but continued to work sporadically in acting after that, she appeared in some unsold TV pilots in the early 2000s. She stated in interviews that in her early career, she got most of her work through word of mouth and not through talent agents. In her years, she remarked, "I don't have a good agent who will get me the plum roles."Late-life roles included playing a Vulcan priestess in the Star Trek fan film "Of Gods and Men" in a scene with her "Amok Time" suitor Lawrence Montaigne reprising his role as Stonn, as one of the narrators for the 2015 documentary film Unity, released one year after her death.
Martel attended the Performing Arts High School in New York, on which the movie Fame was based, graduating in 1953. She studied method acting and was a member of The Actors Studio. Martel divorced three times, her first marriage was to Robert Palmer, with whom she had Adam Palmer. Her second marriage was to actor Jerry Douglas, with whom she had two children, Avra Douglas, journalist and designer Jod Kaftan, her third marriage was to Matthew Schoen. She had three grandchildren. In her years, Martel wrote a screenplay, Whisper Into My Good Ear, based upon the one-act play of the same title by William Hanley, she began work on a second screenplay, Mrs. Dally Has a Lover by Hanley. Neither was produced, she was a regular at Star Trek conventions worldwide from 1972 to 2014. Her last convention appearance was at TrekTrax Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia on April 25–27, 2014 – four months before her death. On August 12, 2014, Martel died from heart bypass surgical complications at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.
She was 78 years old. She had been battling breast cancer for the last five years of her life, although this was not the cause of her death. Arlene Martel on IMDb Arlene Martel at the Internet Broadway Database
A bellhop or hotel porter is a hotel porter, who helps patrons with their luggage while checking in or out. Bellhops wear a uniform, like certain other page boys or doormen; this occupation is called bellman and bellboy in North America. The job's name is derived from the fact that the hotel's front desk clerk rang a bell to summon an employee, who would "hop" to attention at the desk to receive instructions; the term "porter" is used in much of the English-speaking world. "Bellboy" or "bellhop" is an American English term. This employee traditionally was a boy or adolescent male, hence the term bellboy. Today's bellhops must be quick-witted, good with people, outgoing. Bellhops will meet a variety of different people each day and must have the social skills to deal with them. Duties include opening the front door, moving luggage, valeting cars, calling cabs, transporting guests, giving directions, performing basic concierge work, responding to the guest's needs, they must be able to escort guests into their rooms while carrying luggage, or help move any baggage a customer needs.
In many countries, such as the United States, it is customary to tip such an employee for their service. Brandon Flowers, the frontman and primary lyricist of the Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers, served as a bellhop at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Ted Serios was a Chicago bellboy who gained notoriety in the 1960s by producing "thoughtographs" on Polaroid film, which he claimed were produced using psychic powers. Karl Ernst was a Sturmabteilung Gruppenführer who, in early 1933, was the Sturmabteilung leader in Berlin. Before joining the Nazi Party he had been a bouncer at a gay nightclub; the Belgian comic strip character Spirou was a bellboy. Throughout many of his albums he always wore a red bellhop suit. In stories this was reduced to him just wearing his bellhop cap. In the 1918 comedy short The Bell Boy Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton play bell boys. In the classic 1955 "I Love Lucy" episode "Hollywood at Last", Bobby the Bellboy, portrayed by Bob Jellison, makes his first appearance.
The Bellboy is a 1960 comedy film starring Jerry Lewis. The 1962 film The Bellboy and the Playgirls features a bellboy; the 1973 song Bell Boy by The Who has the character Jimmy discover that someone he looked up to is now a bell boy. The 1992 film Blame It on the Bellboy features a hapless bellboy. In the 1995 film Four Rooms Tim Roth plays a bellhop; the 1997 film Tower of Terror The ghost bellhop "Dewey Todd Jr." is portrayed by John Franklin The 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel The Lobby Boy "Zero Moustafa." is portrayed by Tony Revolori Porter Skycap Media related to Bellhops at Wikimedia Commons
The Hitch-Hiker (The Twilight Zone)
"The Hitch-Hiker" is episode sixteen of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It aired on January 22, 1960 on CBS, it is based on Lucille Fletcher's The Hitch-Hiker. It is considered by some to be among the series' greatest episodes. Nan Adams, 27, on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Los Angeles, gets a flat tire on U. S. Route has an accident. A mechanic puts a spare tire on her car, comments that he's surprised she survived the accident, saying "you shouldn't've called for a mechanic, somebody shudda called for a hearse" and directs her to follow him to the nearest town to fix it properly. Just before she leaves, Nan notices a shabby and strange-looking man hitchhiking, but the mechanic doesn't see him when she mentions it. Unnerved, she drives away; as she continues her trip, Nan sees the same hitchhiker thumbing for a ride again in Virginia at several other points on her journey. She grows frightened of him; when she sees him on the other side of a railroad crossing, she tries to drive away but gets stuck on the tracks and is nearly hit by a train.
She becomes convinced. She continues becoming more and more afraid, stopping only when necessary; every time she stops, the hitchhiker is there. Nan gets stranded when she runs out of gas, she reaches a gas station on foot but it's closed, the proprietor refusing to reopen and sell her gas due to how late it is. She gets startled by a sailor on his way back to San Diego from leave. Eager for protection from the hitchhiker, she offers to drive the sailor to San Diego; the sailor persuades the gas station attendant to provide gas. As they drive together and discuss their mutual predicaments, she sees the hitchhiker on the road and swerves toward him; the sailor, who can't see him, questions her driving, she admits she was trying to run over the hitchhiker. The sailor begins to fear for his safety and leaves her, despite her efforts to have him stay offering to go out with him. In Arizona, Nan stops to call her mother; the woman who answers the phone says Mrs. Adams is in the hospital, having suffered a nervous breakdown after finding out that her daughter, died in Pennsylvania six days ago when the car she was driving blew a tire and overturned.
Nan realizes the truth: she never survived the accident in Pennsylvania and the hitchhiker is none other than personification of death and persistently waiting for her to realize that she has been dead all along. She loses all concern, feeling empty. Nan looks in the vanity mirror on the visor. Instead of her reflection, she sees in her place the hitchhiker, who says, "I believe you're going...my way?" Inger Stevens as Nan Adams Leonard Strong as The Hitch-Hiker Adam Williams as Sailor Russ Bender as Counterman Lew Gallo as Mechanic George Mitchell as Gas Station Man Eleanor Audley as Mrs. Whitney In the original radio play by Lucille Fletcher, the character of Nan was a man named Ronald Adams; the Hitch-Hiker was first presented on The Orson Welles Show, Philip Morris Playhouse and The Mercury Summer Theater. All of these radio productions starred Orson Welles as Ronald Adams. Serling named his character "Nan", after one of his daughters. Nan's car is a light-colored 1959 Mercury Montclair four-door hardtop that had the inside rear-view mirror and front door vent windows removed.
However, in the scene where Nan swerved toward the hitch-hiker, the car shown is a black 1957 Ford two-door sedan. When the teleplay was adapted for radio on The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas in 2002, the role of Nan Adams was played by Kate Jackson. DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 "The Hitch-Hiker" on IMDb "The Hitch-Hiker" at TV.com Suspense — The Hitch-Hiker
Henry Kuttner was an American author of science fiction and horror. Henry Kuttner was born in Los Angeles, California in 1915. Naphtaly Kuttner and Amelia Bush, the parents of his father, the bookseller Henry Kuttner, had come from Leszno in Prussia and lived in San Francisco since 1859. Henry Kuttner's great-grandfather was the scholar Josua Heschel Kuttner. Kuttner grew up in relative poverty following the death of his father; as a young man he worked in his spare time for the literary agency of his uncle, Laurence D'Orsay, in Los Angeles before selling his first story, "The Graveyard Rats", to Weird Tales in early 1936. It was while working for the d'Orsay agency that Kuttner picked Leigh Brackett's early manuscripts of the slush pile. Alfred Bester told this anecdote about Kuttner: "Mort Weisinger introduced me to the informal luncheon gatherings of the working science fiction authors of the late thirties. I met Henry Kuttner", whom Bester described as "medium-sized", "very quiet and courteous, without outstanding features.
Once I broke Kuttner up quite unintentionally. I said to Weisinger,'I've just finished a wild story that takes place in a spaceless, timeless locale where there's no objective reality. It's awfully long, 20,000 words, but I can cut the first 5,000.' Kuttner burst out laughing."Kuttner met numerous fellow writers of the time, including E. Hoffman Price and Clark Ashton Smith. Kuttner was known for his literary prose and worked in close collaboration with his wife, C. L. Moore, they met through their association with the "Lovecraft Circle", a group of writers and fans who corresponded with H. P. Lovecraft, their work together spanned the 1940s and 1950s and most of the work was credited to pseudonyms Lewis Padgett and Lawrence O'Donnell. Both admitted that they collaborated in part because his page rate was higher than hers. In fact, several people have written or said that she wrote three stories which were published under his name. "Clash by Night" and The Portal in the Picture are sometimes attributed to her.
In the mid-1940s Kuttner contributed numerous scripts to the Green Lantern comic book. L. Sprague de Camp, who knew Kuttner and Moore well, has stated that their collaboration was so seamless that, after a story was completed, it was impossible for either Kuttner or Moore to recall who had written what. According to de Camp, it was typical for either partner to break off from a story in mid-paragraph or mid-sentence, with the latest page of the manuscript still in the typewriter; the other spouse would continue the story where the first had left off. They alternated in this manner as many times as necessary. Among Kuttner's most popular work were the Gallegher stories, published under the Padgett name, about a man who invented high-tech solutions to client problems when he was stinking drunk, only to be unable to remember what he had built or why after sobering up; these stories were collected in Robots Have No Tails. In her introduction to the 1973 Lancer Books edition, Moore stated that Kuttner wrote all the Gallegher stories himself.
In 2007, New Line Cinema released a feature film loosely based on the Lewis Padgett short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" under the title The Last Mimzy. In addition, The Best of Henry Kuttner was republished under the title The Last Mimzy Stories. Marion Zimmer Bradley is among many authors, her novel The Bloody Sun is dedicated to him. Roger Zelazny has talked about the influence of The Dark World on his Amber series. Kuttner's friend Richard Matheson dedicated his 1954 novel I Am Legend to Kuttner, with thanks for his help and encouragement. Ray Bradbury has said that Kuttner wrote the last 300 words of Bradbury's first horror story, "The Candle". Bradbury has referred to Kuttner as a neglected master and a "pomegranate writer: popping with seeds—full of ideas". William S. Burroughs's novel The Ticket That Exploded contains direct quotes from Kuttner regarding the "Happy Cloak" parasitic pleasure monster from the Venusian seas. Mary Elizabeth Counselman believed that Kuttner's habit of writing under varied pseudonyms deprived him of the fame that should have been his.
"I have wondered why Kuttner chose to hide his talents behind so many false faces for no editorial reason... Admittedly, the fun is in pretending to be someone else, but Kuttner cheated himself of much fame that he richly deserved by hiding his light under a bushel of pen names that many fans did not know were his. Seabury Quinn and I both chided him about this."According to J. Vernon Shea, August Derleth "kept promising to publish Hank's and Catherine's books under the Arkham House imprint, but kept postponing them." This may have formed another factor in the situation that Kuttner's work has been forgotten. A friend of Lovecraft's as well as of Clark Ashton Smith, Kuttner contributed several stories to the Cthulhu Mythos genre invented by those authors. Among these were "The Secret of Kralitz", "The Eater of Souls", "The Salem Horror", "The Invaders" and "The Hunt". Kuttner added a few lesser-known deities to the Mythos, including Iod
Third from the Sun
"Third from the Sun" is episode 14 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It is based on a short story of the same name by Richard Matheson which first appeared in the first issue of the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction in October 1950. Will Sturka, a scientist who works at a military base, has been producing a great number of H-bombs in preparation for imminent nuclear war. Sturka realizes that there is only one way to escape—steal an experimental, top-secret spacecraft stored at the base, he plans to bring Sturka's daughter Jody. The two plot for months, making arrangements for their departure; when production of the bombs increases, Sturka realizes. He and Riden decide to put their plan in action—take their families to the craft to tour it, overpower the guards and take off. Sturka's superior Carling overhears the two men talking; that night, everyone gathers for a game of cards where Riden reveals that he has found a place to go—a small planet 11 million miles away. During the game, Carling unexpectedly appears at the door and hints that he knows what the group is planning.
He hints at trouble: "A lot can happen in forty-eight hours." After he leaves and Riden inform the women that they must leave that moment. When the five arrive at the site of the spacecraft and Riden spot their contact, who flashes a light; when the contact steps forward, though, he is revealed to be Carling, armed with a gun. He prepares to call the authorities; the women, who have been waiting in the car, watch as Carling orders them out. Jody throws the car's door open, knocking the gun from Carling's hand and giving the men enough time to overpower him; the group rushes into the ship. That evening, the group has safely escaped their doomed planet and are on course. Sturka comments. Riden smiles as he points out on the ship's viewer their mysterious destination, 11 million miles away—the third planet from the Sun, called "Earth". Todd VanDerWerff of The A. V. Club rated it A and called the twist "justifiably famous". "Probe 7, Over and Out", another Twilight Zone episode with a similar plot. "The Invaders", another episode in which a farm woman encounters tiny "alien" astronauts, who are Earthlings.
"Death Ship" is a TZ episode again featuring the Forbidden Planet Cruiser, where explorers find their ship E-89 has somehow crashed on the alien planet they have just found. Ancient astronaut theory DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 "Third from the Sun" on IMDb "Third from the Sun" at TV.com Matheson, Richard. "Third from the Sun". Galaxy Science Fiction. P. 61. Retrieved 17 October 2013
A World of Difference
"A World of Difference" is episode 23 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. You're looking at a tableau of reality, things of substance, of physical material: a desk, a window, a light; these things have dimension. Now this is Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, real, he has flesh and blood and mind. But in just a moment we will see how thin a line separates that which we assume to be real with that manufactured inside of a mind. Arthur Curtis is a businessman planning a vacation to San Francisco with his wife Marian. After arriving at his office and talking with his secretary Sally, after finding that his telephone is not functional and hearing someone yell "cut," he discovers his office to be a movie set on a sound stage, he is told that Arthur Curtis is a role he is playing, that his real identity is Gerald Raigan, a movie star, caught in the middle of a brutal divorce from a hostile wife Nora, his own alcoholism, a declining career. He leaves the studio with Nora, he tries in vain to locate Arthur Curtis's house, mistakes a little girl for his daughter, scaring her.
Nora drives him to their actual home. Inside, he meets his agent, who tells him that if he fails to continue work that day, he will drop him as a client. Curtis still protests that he is not Raigan, tries to call his workplace, but the operator cannot find any listing of it, his agent believes that he is having a nervous breakdown, shows him the shooting script of a movie called The Private World of Arthur Curtis. He tells him that the movie is being canceled due to his outburst in the studio. Raigan/Curtis rushes back to the set, being dismantled, pleads not to be left in the uncaring world of Gerald Raigan. Curtis reappears in his office. Sally gives Arthur his plane tickets; as Arthur hears echoes of the studio sounds, he tells Marian that he never wants to lose her, that they should leave for their vacation immediately. Meanwhile, in the other world, Raigan's agent shows up on the set to find; as the set is being dismantled, a teaser shows the "Arthur Curtis" script left on a table, waiting to be thrown into the rubbish bin.
In the last scene and Marian board a plane, which takes flight and fades away into the sky. The modus operandi for the departure from life is a pine box of such and such dimensions, this is the ultimate in reality, but there are other ways for a man to exit from life. Take the case of Arthur Curtis, age thirty-six, his departure was along a highway with an exit sign that reads, "This Way To Escape". Arthur Curtis, en route to the Twilight Zone. DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 "A World of Difference" on IMDb "A World of Difference" at TV.com the-croc.com episode page