Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Screwball Spotlight | Edward Everett Horton is Not a Shoeshine.

If Edward Everett Horton has had to find work as a shoeshine, then maybe we were wrong to mock Starbucks today, maybe it is time that we "Come Together" - for the love of Edward, people!

For.  The.  Love.  Of.  Edward.

If you're not familiar with Edward Everett Horton, here's a little refresher:

On-screen, he was a supporting actor in a number of Astaire/Rogers films (THE GAY DIVORCEE, TOP HAT, SHALL WE DANCE), he was in a few Lubitsch films (TROUBLE IN PARADISE, BLUEBEARD'S EIGHTH WIFE), and he featured prominently in one of my all time favorite films - HOLIDAY.

Off-screen, he has a street named after him.  He owned an estate called Belly Acres, and in the late 1930s F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there as Edward's guest.

That's enough for me, but here's a few other things some folks find impressive about Edward:  He narrated Fractured Fairy Tales, he inspired much of C-3PO's personality, and he was called out by name in a Yosemite Sam rant.

Now that I think of it, if things have gone this far - if the man behind all of that has become a common shoeshine - well, then, we're likely beyond the point where any kind of caffeine fueled togetherness has a chance at making a tangible impact on our collective future.

Gawd have mercy on our souls.

(So great).

Read more about Edward Everett Horton:

Edward Everett Horton's Encino Ranch Estate and the 101 Freeway; How A Celebrity Lost His Ranch to Suburbanization (San Fernando Valley Blog, April 4, 2012)

Horton's House Grew With Film Career (Los Angeles Times, April 12,1997)

Edward Everett Horton Biography via The New York Times

Edward Everett Horton via Rotten Tomatoes