Jack Kruschen (March 20, 1922 – April 2, 2002) was a Canadian-born character actor who worked primarily in American film, television, and radio.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kruschen began his career in the 1940s as staple of West Coast radio drama. He had regular or recurring roles on Broadway Is My Beat (as Sgt. Muggavan), and Pete Kelly's Blues (as Red, the bass player), as well as frequent episodic roles on anthology series, Westerns, and crime dramas. He was heard on such high-profile series as Escape, Dragnet, Gunsmoke (usually as law abiding locals), Crime Classics, Frontier Gentleman, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Nightbeat, and Suspense.
He was better known for his film roles, however, including his memorable performance as neighbor Dr. Dreyfuss in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor). Other film assignments included parts in George Pál's The War of the Worlds (as Salvatore, one of the first three...
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Freebie and The Bean is a 1974 comedy film about two San Francisco police detectives who have one goal in life, bringing down a local hijacking boss. This picture stars James Caan, Alan Arkin, Loretta Swit and Valerie Harper. Harper was nominated for the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. The film was directed by Richard Rush.
Key scenes were shot on location in San Francisco at Candlestick Park then home of the Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants and then and now that of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers.
A short-lived television series based on the film and sharing its title, starring Tom Mason and Hector Elizondo in the title roles, was broadcast on CBS on Saturday nights at 9:00 PM in December 1980 and January 1981.
As of 2007, the movie is out of print on VHS and has yet to be released on DVD.
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This is an article about the 1964 film. For the stage musical, see The Unsinkable Molly Brown (musical).The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a 1964 musical film based on the 1960 stage musical by Meredith Willson. The film was directed by Charles Walters with a screenplay adapted by Helen Deutsch . The film starred Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell (reprising his stage role), Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen, Hermione Baddeley and Harvey Lembeck.
The film uses only 5 of the musical numbers from the stage musical, and adds one new song ("He's My Friend"), with dances by the original choreographer, Peter Gennaro and location shooting in Gunnison National Monument (Colorado). The story is a fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Brown, whose husband made a fortune in the Colorado gold mines, and who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Debbie Reynolds), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, Best Cinematography,...,
The Apartment is a 1960 film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's follow up to the enormously popular Some Like It Hot and was an equal commercial and critical hit, grossing $25 million dollars at the box office, and winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. This was also the film that Marilyn Monroe wanted to be in. She had previously starred with Lemmon in Some Like It Hot. But when she didn't get the part, there is a line in the film that was dedicated to Monroe. When a character needs to use C.C Baxter's (Jack Lemmon) apartment to be with his pretty blonde girlfriend, Baxter begins to leave his apartment in an angry, sarcastic way: "No trouble at all, Mr Dobisch! Be my guest. Never closed at Buddy Boy's. Looks like Marilyn Monroe!"
It was later adapted by Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David into the Broadway musical Promises, Promises.
Jack Lemmon plays C. C. Baxter, a lonely office drone for...,
The Angry Red Planet (aka Invasion of Mars and Journey to Planet Four) is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib Melchior. The director was given only 10 days to shoot the movie and a budget of $200,000 with which to make it.The movie was made with a CineMagic technique which was applied for all of the scenes on the surface of Mars. This was an attempt to make the hand drawn animations appear as real as the live action footage. Although this process was largely unsuccessful producer Norman Maurer would attempt the same technique again in The Three Stooges in OrbitThe first manned flight to Mars the rocketship MR-1, returns to Earth after being thought lost in space. Attempts to raise the crew via radio fail, so a decision is made to land the spacecraft under remote control.Two survivors are found on board, Dr. Iris Ryan (Naura Hayden) and Colonel Tom O'Bannion (Gerald Mohr), the latter's arm covered with a strange alien growth. Racing against time to find...,
Jack Kruschen was born