Monday, September 08, 2014

Happy 100th Birthday, Hillary Brooke!

Today the Jack Buchanan top hat tip goes to actress Hillary Brooke (1914-1999), largely known as the statuesque, classy, charming and always ladylike foil for rough-and-tumble comedians Abbott & Costello.

Hillary Brooke complemented those working with her in movies and TV adeptly, and by all accounts was a nice person offscreen as well. She was the only element of class and refinement in Abbott & Costello's TV show.

Her presence proved quite the counterpart to the raucous hijinx from Bud & Lou, Sidney Fields, Joe Besser as "Stinky", Gordon Jones as "Mike The Cop" and others.

Her calming presence in feature films, The Abbott & Costello Show and other programs (My Little Margie with Gale Storm and Charles Farrell) was invariably most welcome.

Ms. Brooke also did numerous TV ads. The commercials she appeared in and narrated promoting Kelvinator Foodarama (ONLY 47 inches!) no doubt had viewers ready to purchase one of these mammoth machines about 23 seconds into the pitch!

September 8 is also the birthday of comedy legends Peter Sellers and Sid Caesar. Today's post wraps with a few choice trailers and clips from their prolific careers.

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