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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The indisputable leader of the gang

Reader/listener Carol passed on this exhaustive article from the priceless WFMU's Beware of the Blog on Arnold Stang, who among many other things in his comedic career voiced the lead character of the cartoon Top Cat, whose TTRH connection we talked about way back in August of 2ooo and 6.

As the article notes, Stang had a weird and wacky career, with turns in everything from the straight drama The Man With the Golden Arm (playing opposite Frank Sinatra), to roles on Bonanza and Wagon Train, to a wonderful battle (aided by the equally funny Marvin Kaplan) with Jonathan Winters in that hommage to slapstick and vehicle for nearly every comic working before or during 1963, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

As a piece of useless trivia for IaMMMMW fans, I lived at the Palos Verdes compound where the Big W was located, although it was seven years after the filming. The Big W had been damaged in a wind storm before my tenure, and more resembled a Big Lopsided V than W by that time.

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