Hollywood Humor: Cary Grant's Muffins

Written by Stephen Schochet

In 1853 in Saratoga Springs, New York, American Indian Chef George Crum was preparing his specialty French fried potatoes inrepparttar upscale resort he was working at, when he received word that one ofrepparttar 118237 patrons complained they were cut too thick. An annoyed Crum decided to slicerepparttar 118238 delicacy razor thin to teachrepparttar 118239 customer a lesson. To his surpriserepparttar 118240 guest loved it, and that's how we got potato chips.

Nearly one hundred years later another squeaky wheel named Cary Grant was having breakfast atrepparttar 118241 Beverly Hilton Hotel, when he noticed that his bread dish had three half muffins. The very rich but frugal actor called the

Bob Hope Wasn't The Only One Who Used Idiot Cards

Written by Stephen Schochet

When Bob Hope moved into television, he lostrepparttar opportunity to hold his script in his hand , something he had gotten used to working in radio. The presentation would look too stiff to his audience. He tried to memorize his monologues, but that proved to be too cumbersome of a task and it took away from his golf game. The solution was cue cards, or idiot cards as they are known inrepparttar 118236 industry. This worked well forrepparttar 118237 performer, but was hazardous for others. On one of Hope's early NBC broadcasts a well meaning assistant director held uprepparttar 118238 cards so his star could read them, then tossed them back over his shoulder almost decapitating several members ofrepparttar 118239 studio audience.

Idiot cards are a way for performers to loserepparttar 118240 respect of their co-stars. James Caan, Robert Duvall andrepparttar 118241 rest ofrepparttar 118242 cast ofrepparttar 118243 1972 classic, The Godfather , were thrilled to meetrepparttar 118244 star ofrepparttar 118245 movie Marlon Brando. Actor Lenny Montana, who playedrepparttar 118246 thuggish character Luca Brasi was so in awe of Brando he kept fumbling his lines when they both sharedrepparttar 118247 same scenes. Director Francis Ford Coppola made it work by havingrepparttar 118248 character of Luca nervously rehearse what he was going to say prior to meetingrepparttar 118249 Don, makingrepparttar 118250 situation appear seamless. But if Montana was willing, if unable to learn his lines, Brando was not. In his scenes there were cue cards everywhere, causing Duvall to yell at him," Marlon, why don't you learn your lines you fat #*^%*@!"

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