DCS: emmaline henry

I'm gonna take you by surprise And make you realize, Amanda

Emmaline Henry began her career as a singer on local Philadelphia radio before heading to Hollywood in the 1950s. She got work in the chorus of several musicals. Producers, though, began to notice that her skills at comedy outshined her singing abilities. She was featured in the touring company of the Phil Silvers musical comedy Top Banana and later Emmaline replaced Carol Channing in the play Gentelmen Prefer Blondes.

Emmaline made the jump to television with numerous guest appearances on shows like The Munsters, Petticoat Junction and  The Red Skelton Show. In 1964, she was cast as John Astin’s wife on the sitcom I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster until the series cancellation after two seasons. She appeared as Mickey Rooney’s wife on the short-lived sitcom Mickey soon afterwards.

After a first season role on I Dream of Jeannie, Emmaline caught the eye of series creator Sidney Sheldon and was given the regular role of “Amanda Bellows,” wife of the ever-suspicious Dr. Bellows on the show. Sheldon noted that Emmaline was “a good actress and very easy to work with.”

After I Dream of Jeannie ended its run in 1970, Emmaline landed small, sometimes uncredited, roles in theatrical films, including Rosemary’s Baby, Divorce American Style and Harrad Summer. She continued to make television appearances including the mini-series Backstairs at the White House. She was up for a possible recurring role as Chrissy’s boss on the popular sitcom Three’s Company, although it never panned out.

In 1979, Emmaline was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She passed away in October of that year, just a few weeks after the broadcast of her final filmed role on an episode of Eight is Enough. She was 50 years old.



DCS: john candy

those aren't pillows

Following a few small, uncredited film roles, John Candy came into prominence with his comic talents in Canada’s SCTV, a skit-based version of the respected Second City comedy group. Portraying such memorable (and hysterical) characters as horror host “Dr. Tongue,” sleazy “Johnny LaRue,” folksy fishin’ musician “Gil Fisher” and talk-show sidekick “William B. Williams,” John was one of the most popular cast members on the show. He gave inspired celebrity impersonations as well, mocking such diverse names as Jerry Mathers, Ed Asner, Luciano Pavarotti, Don Rickles and Curly Howard. His talents soon led to a career in movies.

John was cast in Steven Spielberg’s comedy war epic 1941, and The Blues Brothers, alongside Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. He joined Bill Murray in Stripes and Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation. John hosted Saturday Night Live in 1983, but, according to comedian/writer Bob Odenkirk, John was the “most-burned potential host” of SNL, in that he was asked to host many times, only to be told “no thanks” by the staff at the last minute.

The 80s were a busy decade for John, with roles in over a dozen films, including some of his biggest hits like Splash, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Summer Rental and Uncle Buck. In the 90s, he suffered a few rare bombs, but rebounded with a critically-acclaimed dramatic turn in Oliver Stone’s JFK. His final completed role was “Red Feather,” a turkey in the animated Disney film Pocahontas, a role that was specifically written for him. After John’s death, the character was cut from the film.

John died from a heart attack while filming Wagons East in Mexico. He was only 43 years old. The film was released posthumously, but his death left several projects in negotiation, including big screen versions of John Kennedy Toole’s satiric novel Confederacy of Dunces, Mordecai Richler’s social commentary The Incomparable Atuk and a biopic of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. In Hollywood circles, these projects have been referred to as “cursed” because Candy, John Belushi, Sam Kinison and Chris Farley were each attached to all three roles, but they all died at early ages before these films could be made.



inktober 2017: week 5

inktober 2017 week 5

Let’s cap off Inktober 2017 with the Week 5 drawing of Guy Rolfe as Baron Sardonicus from the 1961 William Castle-produced horror film Mr. Sardonicus.  The film, which began life as a short story in Playboy magazine, included a gimmick in keeping with Castle’s modus operandi. The film was halted at the climax and the audience was asked to vote on the fate of Mr. Sandonicus — either punishment or mercy. The popular vote would be played out as the film’s ending. The thing was, no other endings were filmed.