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Happy Birthday William Frawley
february 26, 2014

Posted on 02/26/2014 5:04:49 PM PST by lowbridge



TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: ilovelucy; williamfrawley
Born: William Clement Frawley February 26, 1887 Burlington, Iowa, U.S.

Died: March 3, 1966 (aged 79) Hollywood, California, U.S.

1 posted on 02/26/2014 5:04:49 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

So sorry to learn that he has passed.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 5:07:23 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: lowbridge

Happy B day Fred

Happy B day Bub O’Casey


3 posted on 02/26/2014 5:07:44 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: lowbridge

Desi Arnaz did right by him.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 5:10:02 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: lowbridge; Fred Mertz
*Fred Mertz Ping*


5 posted on 02/26/2014 5:10:16 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: lowbridge

YES! Have to get to bed so I can’t explain. He was a wonderful talent!


6 posted on 02/26/2014 5:10:35 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: lowbridge
He was also great in Miracle on 34th Street and many other films.
7 posted on 02/26/2014 5:13:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: prisoner6
I loved him in I love Lucy, but also thought he was great in Miracle on 34th Street.
8 posted on 02/26/2014 5:14:32 PM PST by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: lowbridge

He was great as Fred Mertz and also a good actor.


9 posted on 02/26/2014 5:16:15 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: lowbridge

I loved this guy as a kid...he is still the greatest in my book.


10 posted on 02/26/2014 5:16:30 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Misterioso

“So sorry to learn that he has passed.”

I read about that..... 47 years ago.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 5:18:36 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: lowbridge

Happy 127th Birthday, Fred!


12 posted on 02/26/2014 5:19:14 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: All

when television had judges who were white, Christian males


13 posted on 02/26/2014 5:22:18 PM PST by willywill
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To: lowbridge

One interesting tidbit about “I Love Lucy” was that Ethel was actually younger than Lucy.

Several years ago, I saw Lucille Ball in an old B&W movie and was surprised just how pretty she was.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 5:23:42 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lowbridge

I actually always found Frawley to be more funny in the 1930s, when he was doing comedic character roles, especially at Paramount. Often played cynical, street-smart con-men, and usually wore a bowler.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 5:25:54 PM PST by greene66
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To: yarddog
...She was in a few Three Stooges shorts when she was pretty young...very attractive..
16 posted on 02/26/2014 5:27:58 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

She sure looks good in that picture.

Interestingly, I never did think she was that attractive until I saw that B&W movie.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 5:30:23 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: lowbridge
Burlington Iowa. I can see the glow from Burlington out my window right now. Spend a lot of time there. Had never heard that it was his home town.
18 posted on 02/26/2014 5:33:49 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: yarddog

And Vivian Vance had it written into her Desilu “agreement” that she always weigh a certain weight (that kept her 20+ lbs more than Lucy). VV was also very pretty in her own right.

ALL 4 of them were iconic. I wanted to name my daughter “Lucy” but PaDad didn’t agree. She ended up as one of 6 “Melissas” in her graduating class...there were NO Lucys!


19 posted on 02/26/2014 5:34:11 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom ( Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: lowbridge

My opinion of Frawley was lowered when I learned he treated Vivian Vance like crap.


20 posted on 02/26/2014 5:34:39 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: jazusamo

I always thought Fred was the funniest one in the show.

My Mother always thought Lucy was just silly.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 5:35:12 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

My Sister named her Daughter “Jennifer”. I think at one time half of all girls were named Jennifer.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 5:41:12 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

I was a kid when I Love Lucy came on TV. I have to agree with both you and your Mom but at that time it was the combination I guess that’s made the show so popular. I definitely thought the humor of Fred was the best.

Even as a kid I thought Desi was funny but couldn’t understand how he’d been a singing and musical talent, he couldn’t carry a tune in a basket. LOL


23 posted on 02/26/2014 5:46:22 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
My opinion of Frawley was lowered when I learned he treated Vivian Vance like crap.

IRC I've read that he wasn't particularly well liked by anyone associated with the show.He apparently had a liking for the bottle which,if true,would lend credence to stories of unpopularity.

24 posted on 02/26/2014 5:47:04 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

He was very difficult to work with according to many affiliated with the show. Just an SOB on and off the set.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 6:12:45 PM PST by huckfillary
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To: yarddog
I was reading some comment about Fred and his pants on the I Love Lucy show.

They couldn't get over how he buckled them so high up his belly.

"I was waiting for the episode where Fred's pants were buckled so high up that they covered his head."

26 posted on 02/26/2014 7:04:11 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He was also on My Three Sons before William Demarest.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 8:07:29 PM PST by ohiobushman ( If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?)
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To: ohiobushman

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“”Actor (135 credits)
1965 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
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- Lucy and the Countess Have a Horse Guest (1965) ... The Trainer
1960-1965 My Three Sons (TV Series)
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- A Woman’s Work (1965) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- Divorce, Bryant Park Style (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- Robbie and the Nurse (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- The In-Law Whammy (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- You’re in My Power (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
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Det. Gladwin
- Doctor Is In (1964) ... Det. Gladwin
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Cameo
- The Apartment House (1964) ... Cameo
1962 Safe at Home!
Bill Turner
1960/I No Place Like Home (TV Movie)
1957-1960 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Fred Mertz
- Lucy Meets the Mustache (1960) ... Fred Mertz
- The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959) ... Fred Mertz
- Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos (1959) ... Fred Mertz
- Lucy’s Summer Vacation (1959) ... Fred Mertz
- Lucy Wants a Career (1959) ... Fred Mertz
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1959 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
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1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
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- The Comeback (1959) ... Joe Grady
1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Thomas
- Freddie and the Turkey Dinner (1958) ... Mr. Thomas
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Fred Mertz
- The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Lucy Raises Tulips (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Country Club Dance (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Building a Bar-B-Q (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Housewarming (1957) ... Fred Mertz
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1956 I Love Lucy Christmas Show (TV Movie)
Fred Mertz
1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- Bunny on the Beach (1955)
1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Gabby Mullins
- High Pitch (1955) ... Gabby Mullins
1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Sam
- Dear Madge (1954) ... Sam
1954 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Fred Mertz
- Episode #6.23 (1954) ... Fred Mertz
1954 The Dirty Look (Short)
1953 I Love Lucy
Fred Mertz / Himself
1952 Rancho Notorious
Baldy Gunder
1951 Rhubarb
Len Sickles
1950-1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Room for Improvement (1951)
- The First Hundred Years (1951)
- Papa Romani (1950)
1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
Gloomy Willie
1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Det. Roberts
1950 Pretty Baby
Corcoran
1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Byers
1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- The First Hundred Years (1950)
- Papa Romani (1950) ... (as Bill Frawley)
1950 Kill the Umpire
Jimmy O’Brien
1950 Blondie’s Hero
Marty Greer
1949 East Side, West Side
Bill the Bartender
1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor
Oliver Harker
1949 Red Light
Hotel Night Clerk
1949 Home in San Antone
O’Fleery
1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
- The Lady or the Tiger (1949)
1949 The Lone Wolf and His Lady
Inspector J.D. Crane
1949 Chicken Every Sunday
George Kirby
1948 The Girl from Manhattan
Mr. Bernouti
1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Knobby Walsh
1948 Good Sam
Tom Moore
1948 The Babe Ruth Story
Jack Dunn
1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Agent
1947 My Wild Irish Rose
William Scanlon
1947 Blondie’s Anniversary
Sharkey, the Loan Shark
1947 Down to Earth
Police Lieutenant
1947 Mother Wore Tights
Mr. Schneider
1947 I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
Jim Mason
1947 Miracle on 34th Street
Charlie Halloran
1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Jean La Salle
1947 Hit Parade of 1947
Harry Holmes
1946 Crime Doctor’s Man Hunt
Police Inspector Harry B. Manning
1946 The Inner Circle
Det. Lt. Webb
1946 Rendezvous with Annie
Gen. Trent
1946 The Virginian
Honey Wiggen
1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Martin (’A Sweepstakes Ticket’)
1945 Lady on a Train
Desk Sgt. Brennan
1945 Hitchhike to Happiness
Sandy Hill
1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
Wolf Wylie
1944 Lake Placid Serenade
Jiggers
1944 Minstrel Man
1944 Going My Way
Max Dolan - the Publisher (uncredited)
1944 The Fighting Seabees
Eddie Powers
1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
Detective Ramsey
1943 Larceny with Music
Mike Simms
1943 We’ve Never Been Licked
Traveling Salesman
1942 Gentleman Jim
Billy Delaney
1942 Moonlight in Havana
Barney Crane
1942 Wildcat
Oliver Westbrook
1942 Give Out, Sisters
Harrison
1942 It Happened in Flatbush
Sam Sloan
1942 Roxie Hart
O’Malley
1942 Treat ‘Em Rough
‘Hotfoot’
1942 The Yankee Doodler (Short)
1941 Public Enemies
Bang
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
Sheriff McGee
1941 Cracked Nuts
James Mitchell
1941 Blondie in Society
Waldo Pincus
1941 Footsteps in the Dark
Det. ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins
1941 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga
Chauncey Beheegan
1940 Sandy Gets Her Man
Police Chief J. A. O’Hara
1940 Dancing on a Dime
Mac
1940 One Night in the Tropics
Roscoe
1940 The Quarterback
Coach
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Mr. Westlake
1940 Golden Gloves
Emory Balzar
1940 Untamed
Les Woodbury
1940 Those Were the Days!
Prisoner (uncredited)
1940 Opened by Mistake
Matt Kingsley
1940 The Farmer’s Daughter
Scoop Trimble
1939 Stop, Look and Love
Joe Haller
1939 Night Work
Bruiser Brown, the Family Friend
1939 Grand Jury Secrets
Bright Eyes
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Mushy Harrington
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Harry Long
1939 Persons in Hiding
Alec Inglis
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1936 Three Married Men
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1936 Three Cheers for Love
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Briney O’Brien
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1935 Welcome Home
Painless
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1935 Alibi Ike
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Sunshine Joe
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1935 Car 99
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1934 Here Is My Heart
James Smith
1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
William Dunhill
1934 Shoot the Works
Larry Hale
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Jury Foreman
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Fraser
1934 Bolero
Mike DeBaere
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Captain Murphy
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Milton J. Bunsey
1933 Moonlight and Pretzels
Mac
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Percy
1929 Turkey for Two (Short)
Convict
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Beat Cop (unconfirmed)
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Billy
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28 posted on 02/26/2014 11:43:19 PM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: yarddog

A very young (and blonde) Lucille Ball was in the FIRST Three Stooges short film.


29 posted on 02/27/2014 4:13:47 AM PST by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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To: huckfillary

I remember reading somewhere that he was an alcoholic. Not sure if true or not but that might explain why he was difficult to work with.


30 posted on 02/27/2014 7:38:02 AM PST by midnightcat
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To: fredhead

Well, if you’re talking about the football-themed short, prominently featuring Ball, “Three Little Pigskins,” it was actually the 3rd or 4th Three Stooges short.

In the first short, “Woman Haters” (also from 1934), Marjorie White was the blonde. A funny little comedienne, she died in a car wreck the following year. But technically, this Columbia film, even though starring the Stooges, was really part of a “Musical Novelties” series of shorts that the studio did. It was still packaged in with the syndicated Stooge films years later, though. The next short, the first ‘official’ Stooge one, would have been “Punch Drunks.”

Of course, even before those were the dozen or so MGM Stooge shorts, which featured Ted Healy lording over them. Never thought too much of those.


31 posted on 02/27/2014 8:15:54 PM PST by greene66
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