Always trying to angle it towards Warren William I was pleased to see TCM schedule Upperworld to air late in the afternoon marking the 116th anniversary of William’s Aitkin, MN birth in 1894. Sure, I was disappointed that he’d only get one movie instead of an entire day, but hey, he must have something to do with all those pre-codes jammed into the Thursday daytime schedule, right? Uh, no, it’s day 1 of TCM’s tribute to their worthy choice for December’s Star of the Month, Mickey Rooney*. Oh well, I’ll at least keep right on thinking some kind programmer got the WW connection when they slotted Upperworld in at 5:30 pm EST.
*I really had a hard time remembering Mickey Rooney in Upperworld — Dickie Moore was the kid — and sure enough checking the IMDb I see they credit Rooney but mention his scenes were deleted.
Warren William really had a great 115th year and all indications are that year 116 is going to be his best since at least the 1940’s! This site continues to grow despite my not paying it nearly enough attention; I’ve noticed other bloggers begin to give Warren William a little extra coverage (The most recent instance that I caught being The Hollywood Review including Skyscraper Souls in their 30 days of pre-code films reviewed throughout November); a second Warren William blog has popped up courtesy of John Stangeland, the man behind the most important element in the Warren William revival going forward, Magnificent Scoundrel, which has been available for about a month now.
Let’s hope it all snowballs and maybe, just maybe, we can get 12 hours of so of Warren William movies next December 2 from TCM. Even better, how about a day for William during August’s 2011 Summer Under the Stars?
Update: December 2, 2013: Well, we got the birthday bash in 2011 and 24 hours during Summer Under the Stars in August 2012. Not too bad! TCM snubbed us for 2013, so here’s hoping we’re back on TV for Warren’s 120th in 2014!
As for December 2, 2010, I’ve chosen to celebrate the day with Warren right from the time his alarm rings:
And what pre-code fella wouldn’t want to wake up next to Joan Blondell? But wait, she’s not there, it’s only a picture. Warren’s startled awake by Joan’s note explaining that she’s just run out for some diced carrots and decides to get this birthday started on the prowl:
Unfortunately this was about as far as our hero could go with Miss Marsh as she was appropriately about a month shy of her 18th birthday at the time of this shot.
Warren swears that Miss Bruce seemed receptive, but Melvyn Douglas had other ideas including playing this MGM lead that Warren surely could have handled himself.
Just not a lucky birthday for this Scoundrel so far, so he even considers the unthinkable:
But he left that Dark Horse candidate behind deciding this would be a wiser option:
The day looking up after having that great spread all to himself, Warren is greeted with a birthday disappointment from Helen Lowell of all people.
Thanking Miss Lowell kindly for the empty box, Warren decides to let his playful side out some and goes sleuthing with Gracie for awhile:
But that just wound up going terribly wrong:
Terrified more by his failure at world domination then the death plunge from several stories high, Warren wakes up to find it was all a dream:
He’d been working too hard! It wasn’t Joan Blondell on his nightstand at all, it was Helen, his beloved wife since 1923.
Off to a real life night on the town with Helen and then back to being a screen louse tomorrow!