I cobbled together a pretty strong Edward Edward Horton biography about a year and a half ago, which still read pretty good when I checked it out again Sunday evening. You'll find that post by clicking HERE.
Seemed like a good day to recycle it, especially for newer subscribers!
But the fun for me is to keep digging, so I couldn't resist scanning the online archives to add something fresh about Mr. Horton. You'll find a handful of old newspaper quotes from Edward Edward Horton below the complete TCM schedule, which follows for your convenience:
Edward Everett Horton on TCM, March 18, 2013
Note: TCM US Schedule; All times EST.
- 6:30 am - Wide Open (1930) starring Edward Everett Horton, Patsy Ruth Miller, Louise Fazenda, D: Archie Mayo
- 7:45 am - The Front Page (1931) starring Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian, D: Lewis Milestone
- 9:30 am - Lonely Wives (1932) starring Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Laura La Plante, D: Russell Mack
- 11:00 am - Smarty (1934) starring Warren William, Joan Blondell, Edward Everett Horton, D: Robert Florey
- 12:15 pm - Success at Any Price (1934) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Genevieve Tobin, Frank Morgan, D: J. Walter Ruben
- 1:45 pm - That's Right, You're Wrong (1940) starring Kay Kyser, Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball, D: David Butler
- 3:30 pm - Cinderella Jones (1946) starring Joan Leslie, Robert Alda, Edward Everett Horton, D: Busby Berkeley
- 5:00 pm - Faithful in My Fashion (1946) starring Tom Drake, Donna Reed, Edward Everett Horton, D: Sidney Salkow
- 6:30 pm - Her Husband's Affairs (1947) starring Lucille Ball, Franchot Tone, Edward Everett Horton, D: S. Sylvan Simon
After that marathon comes TCM's third Monday night in March to feature the movies of Star of the Month Greer Garson.
While I like Julia Misbehaves (1948) the best of the bunch (weak ending though) I do want to point to the rarely aired sequel to Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Miniver Story (1950), airing at 1:30 am EST. It's bit of a bummer and doesn't hold a candle to the original, but fans of the first movie probably should check it out.
Edward Everett Horton Quotes, 1960-62
On young actors in 1960 -- "Gee, they start out with so much. I had nothing--no looks, no voice, no clothes. All I had was this burning desire to be an actor" (Thomas).
"I never started out as a comedian. In fact, when I did stock in the early days I avoided comedy at every turn. It can be so deadly if it doesn't go over" (Heffernan).
"I was lighting up a cigarette in one of my early pictures. Meantime, someone just off the set was telling a story. I became so engrossed in it that the match burned my finger. I jumped and did what was to become my famous double-take. Everyone howled. The director asked me to repeat it for the scene. After that everything they wanted me for was basically comedy" (Heffernan).
"The first butler I ever played was in "Ruggles of Red Gap" in 1923. And everybody remembers me for that part. I guess you might say I was typed" (Finnigin).
"I'm still using the same three facial expressions I've used for forty years" (Finnigin).
"I don't know of people come to see theater, or me as a museum. 'Look, it walks,' they must say" (Finnigin).
On adding rooms to his Encino mansion over the years in 1962 -- "We called them the Lubitsch room, the RKO room, according to where the money came from" (Thomas).
- Finnigan, Joseph. "Edward Everett Horton 'Buttles' Back to Hollywood." Schednectady Gazette 11 Jul 1961: 13. Google New. Web. 17 Mar 2013.
- Heffernan, Harold. "Edward Everett Horton Tells How Mishap Made Him Comedian Against His Will." Toledo Blade 8 May 1960: 2. Google New. Web. 17 Mar 2013.
- Thomas, Bob. "Edward Everett Horton: 50 Years Of Sly Tricks." The Evening Independent 13 Jun 1960: 7-B. Google New. Web. 17 Mar 2013.
- Thomas, Bob. "Edward Everett Horton Likes His Home--'Last of Monstrosities." Daytona Beach Morning Journal 10 Oct 1962: 5. Google New. Web. 17 Mar 2013.