by Steed Dropout
Oct. 30, 2012
IT’S A CRYING SHAME
It can be tearfully lonely to love everyone, but that is my unfortunate lot. In fact, I’m used to it — probably couldn’t change.
Is it cool to be in love with everyone?
Ask Eddie Bracken, the 1930’s actor for Preston Sturges’ stock company of characters. He starred in two of Sturges’ most successful films, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) and Hail the Conquering Hero (1944).
I met Bracken twenty years later, at the Traverse City Playhouse, one of those star-circuit summer playhouses, like the tented Chicago theater-in-the-round where he had last performed. He was probably in his forties, but looked more than a decade younger. He had great wavy hair. Mine was thinning, at going-on 21 that summer.
I was the press agent for the theater that summer. Bracken was doing a romantic farce for us, “Who Was That Lady?” based on a story that also was made into a film, starring Tony Curtis.
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