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2021-05-11 3:09:23 PM  
It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.
 
2021-05-11 3:31:57 PM  
Apparently, she could learn Jive, but not the names of the actors she worked with.  Nice.

Al and Norman, in case you were curious.
 
2021-05-11 3:41:39 PM  

Bslim: It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.


It was a completely different kind of script
 
2021-05-11 4:09:31 PM  

SurfaceTension: Bslim: It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.

It was a completely different kind of script


And one, like Blazing Saddles, that you couldn't make into a film today.
 
2021-05-11 4:21:06 PM  

dittybopper: SurfaceTension: Bslim: It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.

It was a completely different kind of script

And one, like Blazing Saddles, that you couldn't make into a film today.


You could, but roo many people would side with Headley.
 
2021-05-11 4:21:30 PM  
My momma didn't raise no dummies, I dug her rap!
 
2021-05-11 4:23:46 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Apparently, she could learn Jive, but not the names of the actors she worked with.  Nice.

Al and Norman, in case you were curious.


Chumps don't want no help, don't get no help!
 
2021-05-11 4:28:11 PM  

houstondragon: Ker_Thwap: Apparently, she could learn Jive, but not the names of the actors she worked with.  Nice.

Al and Norman, in case you were curious.

Chumps don't want no help, don't get no help!


Dammit.  What I came here to post.
 
2021-05-11 4:33:31 PM  
I love that she's wearing pearls, June Cleaver-style, in this interview.
 
2021-05-11 4:45:23 PM  
Jive Speak Aeroplane!
Youtube RrZlWw8Di10
 
2021-05-11 4:51:09 PM  
Anyone with any interest in TV history owes it to themselves to look at the collection of interviews at https://interviews.televisionacade​my.c​om/interviews, which is where the entire interview with Billingsly is archived. There are hours and hours of interviews with stars, writers, directors, and producers of all sorts of shows from the golden age to the present.

The one with Jerry Lewis is fascinating. Did you know that Jerry Lewis is one of the most innovative, creative, successful and important entertainers in Hollywood? You will once you watch Jerry Lewis talk about Jerry Lewis.*

*It is actually a fascinating watch, but I can only imagine what it must be like to have had to work with that guy.
 
2021-05-11 4:54:28 PM  
She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.
 
2021-05-11 5:00:15 PM  
The Making of Jive Talk from Airplane!
Youtube 7fkZdz4Vz10
 
2021-05-11 5:02:20 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: My momma didn't raise no dummies, I dug her rap!


Cut me some slack, Jack!
 
2021-05-11 5:17:10 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.


Wet and ready?
 
2021-05-11 5:22:01 PM  
Ward.  You really need to take care of the Beaver.
 
2021-05-11 5:28:19 PM  
Love how the last thing one of those guys says is translated as "Golly!"


/Funny there, but annoying as hell when Fark does it...
 
2021-05-11 5:29:12 PM  

cepson: Anyone with any interest in TV history owes it to themselves to look at the collection of interviews at https://interviews.televisionacadem​y.com/interviews, which is where the entire interview with Billingsly is archived. There are hours and hours of interviews with stars, writers, directors, and producers of all sorts of shows from the golden age to the present.

The one with Jerry Lewis is fascinating. Did you know that Jerry Lewis is one of the most innovative, creative, successful and important entertainers in Hollywood? You will once you watch Jerry Lewis talk about Jerry Lewis.*

*It is actually a fascinating watch, but I can only imagine what it must be like to have had to work with that guy.


Thank you! Bookmarked.
 
2021-05-11 5:52:41 PM  

cepson: Anyone with any interest in TV history owes it to themselves to look at the collection of interviews at https://interviews.televisionacadem​y.com/interviews, which is where the entire interview with Billingsly is archived. There are hours and hours of interviews with stars, writers, directors, and producers of all sorts of shows from the golden age to the present.

The one with Jerry Lewis is fascinating. Did you know that Jerry Lewis is one of the most innovative, creative, successful and important entertainers in Hollywood? You will once you watch Jerry Lewis talk about Jerry Lewis.*

*It is actually a fascinating watch, but I can only imagine what it must be like to have had to work with that guy.


I had a friend who was Jerry Lewis's Soundguy and he said the guy was completely insufferable.
 
2021-05-11 6:03:54 PM  
Can't watch the video from the work computer. Does she mention how Al White (the bearded Jive dude) told her that Leave it to Beaver was one of his mother's favorite shows and asked her if she wouldn't mind giving her a surprise phone call? Of course, she didn't mind at all. Can't remember from the interview I read if it specified if Mrs Billingsley called his mother up as herself or in character as June Cleaver.
 
2021-05-11 6:05:47 PM  
cepson:

You will once you watch Jerry Lewis talk about Jerry Lewis.*
*It is actually a fascinating watch, but I can only imagine what it must be like to have had to work with that guy

*I think it was on the Dana Gould Hour*  they interviewed someone who got to work with Lewis and some other era comics such as George Burns. Anyway, definitely, Lewis was very strange piece of work. Capable of great charity and compassion towards others but also moody as all get out. Dude could get real nasty.
 
2021-05-11 6:09:34 PM  

detonator: cepson: Anyone with any interest in TV history owes it to themselves to look at the collection of interviews at https://interviews.televisionacadem​y.com/interviews, which is where the entire interview with Billingsly is archived. There are hours and hours of interviews with stars, writers, directors, and producers of all sorts of shows from the golden age to the present.

The one with Jerry Lewis is fascinating. Did you know that Jerry Lewis is one of the most innovative, creative, successful and important entertainers in Hollywood? You will once you watch Jerry Lewis talk about Jerry Lewis.*

*It is actually a fascinating watch, but I can only imagine what it must be like to have had to work with that guy.

I had a friend who was Jerry Lewis's Soundguy and he said the guy was completely insufferable.

the day the clown cried

 
2021-05-11 6:10:55 PM  

Flappyhead: dittybopper: SurfaceTension: Bslim: It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.

It was a completely different kind of script

And one, like Blazing Saddles, that you couldn't make into a film today.

You could, but roo many people would side with Headley.


That's Headl... oh, wait... ;-)
 
2021-05-11 7:00:02 PM  
Don't be so naive, Arthur.
 
2021-05-11 7:08:33 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.


Hey, I lived in Anadarko for ten years!  It was 35 years ago, but still
 
2021-05-11 7:55:12 PM  

cepson: Anyone with any interest in TV history owes it to themselves to look at the collection of interviews at https://interviews.televisionacadem​y.com/interviews, which is where the entire interview with Billingsly is archived. There are hours and hours of interviews with stars, writers, directors, and producers of all sorts of shows from the golden age to the present.

The one with Jerry Lewis is fascinating. Did you know that Jerry Lewis is one of the most innovative, creative, successful and important entertainers in Hollywood? You will once you watch Jerry Lewis talk about Jerry Lewis.*

*It is actually a fascinating watch, but I can only imagine what it must be like to have had to work with that guy.


It is great website. I loved Leonard Nimoy talking about how he was the pro from Dover to take over directing 3 Men and a Baby after the first one split. He discussed how he used  Jack Webb's utilitarian methods to keep reshoots down and to treat the movie as a stage play.

Another good one is Quincy Jones talking about how he worked as hard as did on the Roots soundtrack, even blowing out the music budget. You could tell that he had a lot of pride in it.
 
2021-05-11 8:02:21 PM  

dittybopper: SurfaceTension: Bslim: It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.

It was a completely different kind of script

And one, like Blazing Saddles, that you couldn't make into a film today.


I'll take lazy internet commentary for 200, Alex (RIP).

/Quentin Tarantino and Matt and Trey make a lot of money using objectionable language and humor to make fun of bigots.
 
2021-05-11 9:47:32 PM  
I'm not convinced the characters are mocking or deregulatory.

They're heavy handed, but in a movie that features all sort of absurdist jabs is the joke at their expense?

There's racism there, but more or less than say Kentucky Fried Movie? That shiat is unwatchable.
 
2021-05-11 9:53:54 PM  

NathanAllen: I'm not convinced the characters are mocking or deregulatory.

They're heavy handed, but in a movie that features all sort of absurdist jabs is the joke at their expense?

There's racism there, but more or less than say Kentucky Fried Movie? That shiat is unwatchable.


Heh - deregulatory?  Now I'm trying to envision the republican version of that sketch.

/Ewwwwwww
 
2021-05-11 9:56:59 PM  

Snapper Carr: dittybopper: SurfaceTension: Bslim: It was a completely different kind of script, altogether.

It was a completely different kind of script

And one, like Blazing Saddles, that you couldn't make into a film today.

I'll take lazy internet commentary for 200, Alex (RIP).

/Quentin Tarantino and Matt and Trey make a lot of money using objectionable language and humor to make fun of bigots.


They, also, admit that they're bigots towards gingers (especially girls)... because one broke Matt's heart in Jr. High.

/BROMANCE level (7) Over9000!!!
 
2021-05-11 10:02:39 PM  

UberNeuman: Ward.  You really need to take care of the Beaver.


Ward, you were a little hard on the Beaver last night.
 
2021-05-11 10:03:25 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: NathanAllen: I'm not convinced the characters are mocking or deregulatory.

They're heavy handed, but in a movie that features all sort of absurdist jabs is the joke at their expense?

There's racism there, but more or less than say Kentucky Fried Movie? That shiat is unwatchable.

Heh - deregulatory?  Now I'm trying to envision the republican version of that sketch.

/Ewwwwwww


...It'd be the same.

/The black people would be played by black people, though. They'd just pay them as standard cast, and tell them, "This is offensive as HELL!... wannadoit?"

"FARK YEAH! Tell those white-ass suckas to shove it!"
"...I'm white..."
"You cool. We're talking about whip-crackas."
"FARK THOSE DOUCHEBAGS!"

/Lincoln: 2024.
 
2021-05-11 10:15:51 PM  

NathanAllen: I'm not convinced the characters are mocking or deregulatory.

They're heavy handed, but in a movie that features all sort of absurdist jabs is the joke at their expense?

There's racism there, but more or less than say Kentucky Fried Movie? That shiat is unwatchable.


I always thought the Jive talkers were parodying the foreign businessmen that were always in those disaster movies. The need for a translator when one of them got sick or injured is a standard plot device.

If you substituted Jive for an African language or French , it just makes the pair just African businessmen. The Jive talkers are never considered to be the butt of the joke. They are played pretty straight.

In the absence of other black characters on the plane, it could be seen as tone-deaf or mildly racist. It the writers had other black characters that didn't speak Jive, the Jive talkers are just international businessmen.
 
2021-05-11 10:48:45 PM  
This scene is pretty similar

English English
Youtube hWUaT5ovZ50
 
2021-05-11 11:04:07 PM  

Wyckyd Sceptre: Optimal_Illusion: She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.

Hey, I lived in Anadarko for ten years!  It was 35 years ago, but still


You probably knew my main family branch to some degree or other then. You can't swing a cold frybread without hitting someone from the Ware family.
 
2021-05-12 10:40:02 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Apparently, she could learn Jive, but not the names of the actors she worked with.  Nice.

Al and Norman, in case you were curious.


I don't know whether to Golf clap. clap or salute the virtue flag, Someone PC please help me.
 
2021-05-12 12:28:18 PM  

B0redd: Ker_Thwap: Apparently, she could learn Jive, but not the names of the actors she worked with.  Nice.

Al and Norman, in case you were curious.

I don't know whether to Golf clap. clap or salute the virtue flag, Someone PC please help me.


You're farking kidding, right?

You don't offhand know the names of every black person with a speaking part in every movie ever made?
 
2021-05-12 12:44:10 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: Wyckyd Sceptre: Optimal_Illusion: She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.

Hey, I lived in Anadarko for ten years!  It was 35 years ago, but still

You probably knew my main family branch to some degree or other then. You can't swing a cold frybread without hitting someone from the Ware family.


Please tell me you have a relative named Bea
 
2021-05-12 1:42:34 PM  
As far as I can remember there were no black people on Leave it to Beaver, and it was the 50s, so it wouldn't surprise me if Ward and June were racist as fark.
 
2021-05-12 6:10:21 PM  

Mega Steve: Optimal_Illusion: Wyckyd Sceptre: Optimal_Illusion: She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.

Hey, I lived in Anadarko for ten years!  It was 35 years ago, but still

You probably knew my main family branch to some degree or other then. You can't swing a cold frybread without hitting someone from the Ware family.

Please tell me you have a relative named Bea


Kiowas are smarter than that.
 
2021-05-12 7:21:30 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: Wyckyd Sceptre: Optimal_Illusion: She had family down towards Lawton, OK. Once during a local carnival in Anadarko, where most of my Kiowa side lives, she actually stopped by to check out the pow-wow and art exhibits. She was a really nice person, and exactly what you hoped Mrs Cleaver would be like if you got to meet her.

Hey, I lived in Anadarko for ten years!  It was 35 years ago, but still

You probably knew my main family branch to some degree or other then. You can't swing a cold frybread without hitting someone from the Ware family.


I seem to remember a girl named Donna Ware(?)

mmmm.....frybread.  That takes me back.
 
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