Friday, November 23, 2018
In the 1930's, thin, henna-headed John Dehner popped from show biz industry job to show biz industry job, jockeying discs and drawing cartoons for Disney. He even played some piano. One can see him dreaming of being in front of the camera, and it may have been the part of the villain he craved. That's what he's known for, anyway.
Dehner often played a crooked bank owner or a leader of a band of desperadoes in movies and TV Westerns. He was booked to play various bad guys in the radio version of Gunsmoke.
However, he wasn't always a villain or a one-time character. He landed the role of playing Paladin on the radio version of Have Gun--Will Travel. He co-starred with Ben Wright and Virginia Gregg.
We love the pencil-thin mustache, John. Thanks for the memories!
Monday, July 29, 2013
The Bogey to the Bacall of Myrna Loy, William Powell was born today, 1892.
William Powell and Myrna Loy paired up for no less than fourteen movies, including TheThin Man, The Great Ziegfeld, and Manhattan Melodrama.
It's enough to keep a man busy, but WP still had time to play roles in nearly a dozen episodes of Lux Radio Theatre, one of them an adaptation of The Thin Man. He also lent his acting chops to The Cavalcade of America and The Kraft Music Hall. And if you think Loy's partner never appeared on Suspense, think again. He starred alongside John Dehner and Joseph Kearns in a 1953 adaptation of "The Man Who Cried Wolf." Other Suspense appearances teamed him with Anne Morrison, Paula Winslowe, and Jack Kruschen.
We salute the birthday of the late William Powell.