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Screen Snapshots: Famous Cartoonists (1950)

Ralph Staub zooms his Screen Snapshots camera in on many of the most famous newspaper comic-strip cartoonists and creators of the era. Notable in that all of the comic-strip characters ... See full summary »

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George Baker ...
Himself - 'The Sad Sack' cartoonist
Merrill Blosser ...
Himself - 'Freckles' cartoonist
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Himself - 'Mickey Mouse' creator
Gus Edson ...
Himself - 'The Gumps' cartoonist
Bill Holman ...
Himself - 'Smoky Stover' cartoonist
Cecil Jensen ...
Himself - 'Our Debbie' cartoonist
Lank Leonard ...
Himself 'Mickey Finn' cartoonist
Renny McEvoy ...
Himself - 'Dixie Dugan' cartoonist (as Rennie McEvoy)
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Himself - 'Bringing Up Father' cartoonist
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Himself - Narrator
Rick Yeager ...
Himself - 'Buck Rogers' cartoonist
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Ralph Staub zooms his Screen Snapshots camera in on many of the most famous newspaper comic-strip cartoonists and creators of the era. Notable in that all of the comic-strip characters referenced, with the exception of "Our Debbie" and "Smoky Stover", appeared in films or cartoons at some point or another, ranging from the silent years past 1950. Gus Edson's "Dondi" while not mentioned in this short, was also made into a feature film. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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25 May 1950 (USA)  »

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See Them in the Funny Pages
19 March 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This Columbia Screen Snapshot is about cartoonists: not the ones who make animated cartoons, even though Walt Disney is prominently displayed, but the ones who draw the well known comic strips of the day, more than sixty years from today. Alas, all are gone and almost all o their comic strips. Shrinking space in newspapers and dying newspapers, as well as the evolution of comic books, have put paid to the beautifully drawn five-panel daily strip and the full page Sunday feature in color.

If you're a fan of these old-time comic strips, you'll enjoy seeing them at some sort of gathering in Hollywood. Each gets an average of five seconds of screen time as Don Wilson, better known as Jack Benny's announcer, calls out their name and their strip and that of their companion in mostly two-shots.


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