THE MANNER IN which comedian/writer Bill Dana rendered his character for presentation on stage, in stand-up and in the world of the sitcom was truly a most remarkable example of total immersion into the every aspect of the character. It was not just a case of mastering a dialect, for we've seen others in the field who did just that. But, as amused as we were by Guido Panzinni (Pat Harrington, Jr.), Father Guido Sarducci Dom Novello) or even Chico Marx (Leonard), none mastered it like Dana.
WE RECALL HEARING Bill relate how he had encountered actual men of Latin American descent while in the U.S. Army. They provided him with an up close and one completely devoid of any fees, course in dialect. One case in particular (which was a post army encounter)involved a man who said he was the "Dutch" representative in a part of Latin America. After some time and further revealing conversation, it was ascertained that this guy was in the automotive business as the "Dodge" rep.
AFTER HAVING DONE a character of an Hispanic elevator operator on THE DANNY THOMAS Show, a series was THE BILL DANA Show in which he portrayed Jose Jimenez, an elevator operator. Most of the humor revolved around his having trouble with the Queen's English and his character's outstanding innocence and undiluted honesty. His characterization put us in mind of Andy Griffith's rendering of Will Stockdale in NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS. Thus, the protagonist is a case of pure innocence incarnate, rather than being classified as just plain stupid!
THE SERIES AS we recall it was always entertaining and did manage to generate both a respect and sympathy for the "little guy" who was caught in the middle. It would really Be great to see the series once again. But alas no; the dictates of the Political Correctness people would never let this see the light of day again!
SO IT IS that Jose Jiminez, along with the likes of AMOS 'N' ANDY, DUFFY'S TAVERN, LIFE WITH LUIGI, THE GOLDBERGS (original with Gertrude Berg) and the animated SPEEDY GONZALEZ are all destined to languish in the Limbo of broadcasting history!
AND THAT IS truly a shame, Schultz! For these were programs were innocent, well intentioned and had no malice toward anyone. Also they were genuinely F-U-N-N-Y!!)
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