Wednesday, March 20, 2013

His father's name was Hymie

Dick Gautier is a man of many talents. Don't recognize the name? Would you believe, he's one of the characters in this photo? In addition to his many acting talents, Dick is a great caricature artist. Check out the art on his web site. I'll post a link to the story and interview with him here, when it's published shortly. Anyone remember this show? Hint - KAOS vrs CONTROL.
               Update: Story now in the Best of Times.
Hilary from the Smitten Image reminds us of the TV show Dick starred in called "When Things Were Rotten." Basically, it's Mel Brooks running amok in Sherwood Forest. The show was released on VHS but so far not on DVD. Only 13 episodes aired on ABC in 1975. The show featured some other greats. Talk about men in tights!

And Dick shared this story with me. He has a cane collection which, he says, he has developed more of an appreciation for due to a bad back:    

“My cousin came down from Canada and asked me what cane I would really like to have in my collection. I said I’ve always wanted the cane that Claude Rains used to kill Lon Chaney Jr., in the original Wolf Man (1941). It was a beautiful cane, and the top was a wolf’s head. Well about a month later [my cousin] walked into my house and handed me the cane! I said ‘Wow, how did you get that?’ He said there was a guy named Bob Burns who has all sorts of movie memorabilia, including the original cane which was made out of foam rubber and was sprayed silver – so that Claude Rains wouldn’t really kill Lon Chaney Jr.! So my cousin had someone make a mold of the original cane in brass and chrome, and made a beautiful cane for me. It’s amazing and looks just like the one in the movie.” Now that's my kind of cousin!

18 comments:

Hilary said...

Oh yes, I remember the name well. I LOVED the show When Things Were Rotten.

fishducky said...

Would you believe GET SMART was one of my all time favorite shows?

richies said...

I had never heard of the show When Things Were Rotten. Based on the premise I think I would have liked it.
An Arkies Musings

Belle said...

What a thoughtful gift!

Janie Junebug said...

Cool post. I like men in tights.

Love,
Janie

The Desert Rocks said...

What a lovely cousin. Truly special.
I wanted to invite you to my luau since you're a follower of The Desert Rocks. Stop on in for a drink if you have the time!

Desiree said...

Hello! Thank you so much for your comment. I also saw you added my blog to your list "Blogs Worth a Look" Thank you again... and I also love that her picture with her son Lance is on the book (?) about the interviews of children of movie stars. Is this a book or is it just the article? :)

Desiree said...

Doy! Just re-read that article title and it is a book... where can this book be purchased? :)

Christina said...

Oh I must look for this!

Leslie: said...

Nice cousin! Can't say I'm familiar with the show though.

Leslie
abcw team

Mar said...

Kaos vs Control!! I loved the show, that's a super agent :)

K is for...

Roger Owen Green said...

Would you believe this is the 2nd blogpost this month that mentioned When things were rotten?

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kara Claflin said...

I don't remember when things were rotten but it must have been a riot. I do remember watching Get Smart.

Leovi said...

Funny and endearing frames.

Meryl said...

Oh how wonderful... I will have to go back and check the links. I do remember Hymie, Max and 99, Koas vs. Control. I loved those shows!

Murr Brewster said...

Weird. The theme song from Get Smart just shot through my brain and dislodged the smell of Breck shampoo along the way. Saturday night, jammies with My Heart Belongs To Daddy printed on them.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a thoughtful cousin you have very nice gift!
Kaleidoscope
Catching up with letter K (again).
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Hilary said...

I'm glad I returned. That's a fine article, Nick. I had no idea there were so few episodes. I hope they become available digitally. Thanks for the linkage.