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Something You Never Knew About "Some Like It Hot"

Every film fan agrees that Tony Curtis did a marvelous job imitating Cary Grant when his character was pretending to be a millionaire in the classic film comedy Some Like It Hot.

What most don't know is that Curtis had to be dubbed when he was in drag pretending to be female saxophone player Josephine. That's right. Curtis' attempts to sound like a woman sounded pretty bad. So director Billy Wilder called in veteran Hollywood voice artist Paul Frees.

If the name is not familiar, you most assuredly have heard Frees' voice. He provided the voice for literally hundreds of cartoons characters including Boris Badenov, Ludwig Von Drake, and Inspector Fenwick as well as both John Lennon and George Harrison in those Saturday morning Beatles cartoons. To this day, you can also hear Frees as your "ghost host" in the Haunted Mansion and as several of the pirates in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attractions at the Walt Disney theme parks.

So the next time you watch Some Like It Hot, try and imagine that it's really Boris Badenov in drag!

R.I.P. Rose Marie (1923-2017)

Few performers have had as long a career as Rose Marie had. She began performing as Baby Rose Marie at the age of 3. At the age of 5, she had her own radio show on NBC.

A multi-talented singer, dancer and comedienne, she was one of the acts that opened the famous Flamingo hotel & casino in Las Vegas.

We Baby Boomers remember her best as Sally Rodgers, the man-hungry comedy writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Her character was actually based on Selma Diamond who had worked with Carl Reiner (the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show) on Sid Caesar's variety shows.

While Sally never got the guy, in real life Rose Marie was married to jazz trumpeter Bobby Guy from 1946 until he passed away in 1964.

Rose Marie's career spanned 9 decades and included multiple guest star roles on TV shows as varied as The Monkees and S.W.A.T. She was also a regular on the long-running game show The Hollywood Squares.

Her life and career were recently the subject of a documentary, Wait for Your Laugh.

Gilligan to the Rescue!

There were 7 regular cast members of that deathless TV classic Gilligan’s Island; yet during the first season, the show’s catchy theme song only mentioned 5 by name. The Professor and Mary Ann were just lumped together as “the rest.”

When the show was renewed for a second season, Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells asked that their characters’ names be included in the song. At first, the network flatly refused, claiming re-recording the song would be too expensive. Then suddenly, they changed their minds and had the song revised.

What happened?

The show’s star, Bob Denver, had gone to the network and said if the song wasn’t changed, he wanted his name removed from the opening credits. The network panicked and gave in.

The rest of the cast did not find out what Denver had done until 20 years after the show went off the air!

The TV That Time Forgot: Supercar (1962)

Before the Thunderbirds were GO… before David Hasselhoff got behind the wheel of KITT… there was Supercar, the first of the Supermarionation series produced by Gerry Anderson!

Supercar was a bit of a misnomer because the vehicle had no wheels and spent more time flying like a plane or diving underwater like a submarine than it ever did cruising down the highways like a car.

The main character on the show was Supercar’s pilot, Mike Mercury, but the car itself was supposedly the creation of Professor Popkiss and Dr. Beaker who helped guide the vehicle from their headquarters in Nevada. Actually, the car was a way that Anderson could avoid having to have his puppets walk – which never looked very convincing.

In the first episode, Supercar rescues a young boy named Jimmy Gibson. Jimmy has a pet monkey named Mitch (because why not?). They are then invited to live at Supercar headquarters and take part in the adventures. A young boy living alone in the dessert with 3 grown men apparently raised few eyebrows at Child & Family Services back in the day.

Read more: The TV That Time Forgot: Supercar (1962)

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