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Day 17: Wallace Beery

Thanks to yesterday’s contributors for Ann Blyth day. Please make sure you head over and read the fantastic posts. 

For the next 24 hours we honor a man with a commanding presence: Wallace Beery.

Some Wallace Beery trivia:

  • Before he started acting, Beery worked for Ringling Brothers Circus as an elephant trainer. (TCMDB)
  • Beery and Fredric March both won Best Actor Academy Awards for their performances in 1931. Beery for The Champ and March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. (IMDb)
  • Beery as the Wizard?  Supposedly Beery was offered the title role in MGM’s The Wizard of Oz but it just wasn’t meant to be. (IMDb)


On to the blogging…

Giles from Sometimes They Go to Eleven returns with a shot-by-shot analysis Renault’s suicide in Dinner at Eight

Cagey blogathon veteran Cliff from Immortal Ephemera is back with a fine assortment of Beery facts and pics.

And Carley keeps bringing it with a look at Beery’s performance in China Seas…at The Moviola. 

There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.



He was one of my favorites. If he was in th movie, I definitely watched it!

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