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Joe Mantell obituary

12 October 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Us actor known for his memorable lines in Marty and Chinatown

The career of actor Joe Mantell, who has died aged 94, could be said to have existed between two memorable lines of dialogue in two movies almost 20 years apart. Neither are great lines in themselves, but the way Mantell delivers them, and their importance as part of the ethos of the two contrasting films, allowed them entry into the lexicon of popular culture. In Marty (1955), Mantell, as Angie, keeps asking his best friend, Marty (Oscar-winning Ernest Borgnine) in a broad Brooklyn accent: "Well, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" only to get the reply: "I don't know, what do you feel like doin' tonight?" and so on. This riff was picked up by a generation.

In Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), Mantell as Larry Walsh utters the film's final enigmatic line as he leads his associate, devastated private eye Jj »

- Ronald Bergan

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"The Sad Sack" @ FanExpo Canada

29 August 2010 8:49 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Wading through the crowds of more than 70,000 comic book/anime/games fans @ the 16th edition of FanExpo Canada in Toronto this weekend, we managed to score some original comic book art from Harvey Comics' "The Sad Sack", circa 1959.

The original character, named after the euphemistic shortening of the military slang "sad sack of shit", was created by Sgt. George Baker during World War II, set in the Us Army, depicting an otherwise unnamed, lowly private experiencing military life.

"The Sad Sack" debuted as a comic strip June 1942 in the first issue of "Yank, The Army Weekly".

This was followed by Harvey Comics publishing original 'Sad Sack' stories in various comic book series, September 1949 to October 1982, including "Sad Sack's Funny Friends" (Dec. 1955 - Oct. 1969) and "Sad Sack and the Sarge" (Sept. 1957 - June 1982).

Supporting characters included "The Sarge", 'Slob Slobinski', 'Sadie Sack', 'Hi-Fi Tweeter', 'General Rockjaw' and 'Muttsy', the talking dog. »

- Michael Stevens

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