Thursday, June 16, 2011

Apropos of nothing.

Speaking of great film directors, the clip above is from Preston Sturges' apotheosis, "Sullivan's Travels." It features the great "negro" actor Jess Lee Brooks. Brooks, who died at the age of 50 in 1944, made dozens of films for the "chitlin' circuit" but never really broke in to "white" movies. His last film was Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend" but it was a bit part, and he was uncredited. He was also, tragically, uncredited for the performance above.

Sometimes, I'm sad to remark, that despite your talent and your presence, you don't get credit. Sometimes, I'm sad to remark, life sucks.

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