Hollywood Stalwart Update
It’s Flag Day:
Last night Movies!, channel 5–2 on OTA in NYC, ran back to back westerns I’d never seen: Count Three and Pray (1955), starring Van Heflin and Joanne Woodward, and Gun Fury (1953), starring Rock Hudson and Donna Reed. The former is unconventional, almost without shooting; the latter has a lot of action. In researching the casts, I discovered another of those actors whose list of credits is astonishing. There is not much info on Herman Hack, born Hackenjos, other than the name of his wife and daughter and his death of a heart attack at 68 in 1967. He is listed as “Fight Spectator on Horse” in Count Three… There are 814 titles under his name at IMDb in a career that spanned 1929-’67. All but seven of his roles are listed as uncredited. The rest are cited as “Henchman,” “Barfly,” “Townsman,” “Juror” and the like. If the multiple appearances he made on TV shows (60 on Gunsmoke, 34 on Bonanza, etc.) were counted, his tally would probably be in the vicinity of 1000. What would it have been had he lived another five or ten years? In my unofficial list of the most prolific actors, he moves in to the number two spot behind Bess Flowers, who had 975 titles beneath her name. Harold Miller, 722, Frank O’Connor, 674; and Franklin Farnum, 660 round out the top five. The latter two switched positions since I last checked. Photo from IMDb, Herman Hack:
Bess Flowers, IMDb:
Harold Miller, Google Images:
Frank O’Connor, IMDb:
Franklin Farnum, IMDb:
Headline from foxnews.com: “Tennessee sheriff’s office warns people not to pick up folded dollar bills because they may contain fentanyl.” So long easy money.
Not much action at the floating book shop on this pleasant day. My thanks to the old timer who bought Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell, and to the young man who purchased Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle; and to the man who chose Angels and Demons by Dan Brown; and to the elderly woman who selected Fine Things by Danielle Steel; and to Alice, who took home Married Lovers by Jackie Collins; and to the guy who donated six DVDs.
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