The lost pianos and guitars - 10/10/2021 - Ruy Castro

The other day, my friend Sérgio Augusto, at Estadão, referred to his mania for keeping information that, who knows, could be useful for great thoughts in the future. Examples: Bing Crosby he was colorblind; Rex Harrison wore a glass eye; Clark Gable had floppy ears. As these thoughts did not happen, they became moldy in the archives and, one day, when they surfaced, they turned out to be simple zucchinis. But if that’s any comfort, Sergio knows he’s not alone—that’s how I am too. In fact, since we met in 1967, we’ve exchanged all kinds of useless information. Here are a few.

Who were Issur Danielovitch, Tula Ellice Finklea and Marion Morrison? Respectively, Kirk Douglas, Cyd Charisse and, yes, John Wayne. And what did Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Bing, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Sean Connery have in common? They were bald and only filmed with a wig. What about Gloria Swanson, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda and Elizabeth Taylor? Despite being immense, they were barely more than 1.50 m.

Who took the most punches on the scene in the entire history of cinema? Roy Barcroft, villain in hundreds of B westerns from the 40s. Which actors did away with false teeth to make their performances more realistic? Walter Huston, in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948), and Walter Brennan, in “Where Hell Begins” (1959). Why was Harold Lloyd even more impressive climbing a skyscraper in “The Flyman” (1923)? Because in real life he had lost the thumb and forefinger of his right hand in an explosion.

How much was Jayne Mansfield’s IQ? 164—bigger even than her breasts. Who was the Oomph Girl? Ann Sheridan, of course. And William Boyd? The Hopalong Cassidy, of course. And Sam Jaffe? Gunga Din.

Sergio, what good was it for us to know everything about Rory Calhoun, Vera Hruba Halston and Mickey Shaughnessy? That’s the problem—we’ve seen too many American movies. And, unfortunately, lesser films with Debra Paget, Lola Albright and Tuesday Weld.

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