Post by Head Kluck on Jul 31, 2007 22:17:31 GMT -5
First of all....what a great name she had!
Now there something's sticking in my craw. I seem to remember reading or hearing SOMEWHERE that Zeffie was completely blind when she filmed "Second Childhood". I think it was on a commentary from "AMC" when "Little Rascals" was airing about 7 years ago but heck I am 47 and can't remember where I left my toothbrush these days. ;D Can anyone confirm or dispel this rumour? And how may I have heard it to begin with? On a funny note..."Grandma" was suppposed to be 65 years old in this ep. When you look at people like Cher and Tina Turner (in their 60's) this ep gains even more comic appeal as how "elders" were viewed "back then".
Yes, she was in fact blind. Leonard Maltin and Richard Bann's book says that's true. They also said that at first, Buckwheat didn't know that what Zeffie Tilbury was only acting, so he did have a slight fear of her.
Post by Head Kluck on Jul 31, 2007 22:49:29 GMT -5
Ah yes! Of course! I just looked it up, and that anecdote appears at the bottom of the page and not as part of the main entry on the episode. Thanks for jogging my memory!! She was more amazing than we thought!
Post by bigshotjones on Aug 1, 2007 8:34:54 GMT -5
Two other thoughts:
She is hardly recognizable compared to her “Second Childhood” appearance as Grandma Joad in “Grapes of Wrath” (1940).
Similarly, Angelo Rossitto, who played the “Master” part of Master-Blaster (the little man with the knowin’s of a lotta things) was also supposedly blind. One of his earliest roles was in the “Freaks” (1932), playing the little person who led the macabre “Gooble Gobble” song.
It is entirely too bad that Tilbury was not in the deathless tear-inducing "I'll be there" scene from "Grapes...", one of the most extraordinary passages in American cinematic history. John Ford shot it in ONE TAKE.