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Offline GreenCanaries

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R.I.P. Noel Neill
« on: July 05, 2016, 07:52:25 PM »
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  • Noel Neill, the original Lois Lane, has passed away on Sunday at age 95. While she never worked with our boys at Columbia (or at all, excepting a role in HIGH SCHOOL HERO, a 1946 Monogram film featuring Joe DeRita), she did originate the role of the Clark Kent's plucky co-worker in the 1948 serial and the 1950 follow-up Atom Man vs. Superman, and reprised the role beginning in the second season of The Adventures of Superman TV series after Phyllis Coates' departure. A role she was heavily identified with, and defined, she largely retired after the series' end, but continued to pop up in future films and became a regular at fan conventions.

    As a bonus, here she is in the Sterling Holloway Columbia short MAN OR MOUSE (1948).

    R.I.P. Miss Neill.
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    Re: R.I.P. Noel Neill
    « Reply #1 on: July 07, 2016, 12:00:13 PM »
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  • Thanks for the link, GC. 

    I watched a portion of this short and shall watch it again in its entirety when I know I won't be interrupted.  While not very good, it's interesting, and NN was beautiful.  Some of the laughs, in the portion I saw, came from things such as the changes between Noel Neill and the stuntman.  The stuntman's bottom was half again as wide as NN's, and his wig was a different color to her hair, not to mention the difference between male legs and female legs.  Sterling Holloway's role` might have been written for Shemp, in my opinion.  I could just hear him delivering the lines, and imagine his style.  Anyway, I'll watch it all soon.

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    Re: R.I.P. Noel Neill
    « Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 01:40:06 PM »
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  • Thanks for the link, GC. 

    I watched a portion of this short and shall watch it again in its entirety when I know I won't be interrupted.  While not very good, it's interesting, and NN was beautiful.  Some of the laughs, in the portion I saw, came from things such as the changes between Noel Neill and the stuntman.  The stuntman's bottom was half again as wide as NN's, and his wig was a different color to her hair, not to mention the difference between male legs and female legs.  Sterling Holloway's role` might have been written for Shemp, in my opinion.  I could just hear him delivering the lines, and imagine his style.  Anyway, I'll watch it all soon.

    No problem, Signor; agreed on Noel's beauty and Shemp being in Sterling's role.

    And yes, obvious stuntman in drag = always good for a laugh.
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    Re: R.I.P. Noel Neill
    « Reply #3 on: July 12, 2016, 12:11:16 AM »
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  • Here's a movie for you, GreenC:  "Invasion USA."  It's notable for two of its costars, Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates, both of the Lois Lanes.  There's an MST3k version, too, if that's more your style.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg8a9UMqSzY

     


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