Monday, May 17, 2010
Very Sissy Man: Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everett Horton
March 18, 1886 - Sept. 29, 1970
Ah, the avuncular Edward Everett Horton. He was the uncle you should have had. At ease in slippers or a tuxedo. Pleasant, dry-witted, careful when stepping (or being dragged) into potentially treacherous situations that will affect the romantic outcome for the leading man and lady, which he commented on with a rapid-fire, “Oh dear oh dear oh dear tsk tsk tsk...” He was usually the hero’s best friend, dispensing droll advice and quiet predictions of doom to the likes of Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. And as the movie made its way to the end, there was always Edward Everett’s double-take, one of the best in the business: a contented smile which disintegrated into an alarm verging on horror.
Listen for him as the not always unflappable narrator of the Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons. There you can hear his nonchalant acceptance of the unconventional, with an unspoken C’est la vie!
SISSY METER: 6
at 4:29 PM