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Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #4 (of 6)

Brian Wood (W), Vanessa R. Del Rey (A), Lee Loughridge ©, Matthew Woodson (Cover), and Robert Sammelin (Variant cover)
On sale Sept 13
FC, 32 pages • $3.99 • Miniseries
Abbie Briggs married into the family, and no matter what, she can’t shake her outsider status—she will never truly be one of them. While driving a desperate teenager to an out-of-state family planning clinic, she is given the perfect opportunity to return to her old life and leave the Briggs dogma behind.
“Given the current political state of the country, this series feels very relevant indeed.”—IGN

anonymous asked:

Hello, Susie! I hope you are having a good day. So I was wondering if you could please suggest FCs that could pass as someone with a theatrical personality? Someone who is very expressive and all that. Thank you!

Here are my ideas! You didn’t specify a gender, so I tried to include a variety.

  • Elise Bauman
  • Mary Kate Wiles
  • Kathryn Prescott
  • Gal Gadot
  • Tyler Oakley
  • Miguel Ángel Silvestre
  • Tom Ellis
  • Emma Watson
  • Diane Guerrero
  • Angel Haze
  • Gerard Way
  • Amandla Stenberg
  • Dan Howell
  • Zoey Deutch
  • Isabelle Fuhrman
  • Grace Phipps
  • Madelaine Petsch
  • Ross Butler
  • Jamie Chung
  • Lucy Hale
  • Taron Egerton
  • James McAvoy
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Matt Bomer
  • Thomas Brodie Sangster
  • Alisha Boe
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Bella Thorne
  • Aja Naomi King
  • Lindsey Morgan
  • Kerry Washington
  • Kaitlyn Alexander
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Katherine Langford
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Annie Briggs
  • Camila Mendes
  • Victoria Justice
  • Dane Dehaan
  • Jung So Min
  • Emeraude Toubia

I hope one of these works for you!

Lucy the Gun Moll

S4;E25 ~ March 14, 1966

Synopsis

In an “Untouchables” parody, a Federal Agent says that Lucy looks just like the chanteuse gun moll of a bank robber about to be released prison.  For a $5,000 reward, Lucy agrees to become the gun moll and help find the hidden loot.  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carmichael / Rusty Martin, below), Gale Gordon (Theodore J. Mooney)

Mary Jane Croft (Mary Jane Lewis) does not appear in this episode.

Guest Cast

Robert Stack (Federal Agent Briggs) played Eliot Ness on “The Untouchables.” He was in the series pilot for Desilu and (along with Walter Winchell) was the only actor to appear in every episode as well as the pilot.  In 1957, he earned an Oscar nomination for Written on the Wind. When he took the role of Eliot Ness, he expected that the pilot would fail.  From 1987 to 2002 he was the host of TV’s “Unsolved Mysteries.”  Stack died in 2003 at age 84.

Bruce Gordon (Big Nick) played Frank Nitti on “The Untouchables” in 30 episodes. Gordon had appeared on Broadway in the long-running play Arsenic and Old Lace (1941-1944) with Boris Karloff. He was also on Broadway with Charlton Heston and Katherine Cornell in Antony and Cleopatra (1947-1948). His heavy-featured look and gravelly voice led him to be typecast as gangsters. He died in 2011 at age 94.

Steve London (Detective Lane, left) appeared as Agent Jack Rossman on “The Untouchables” for 63 episodes, although he often had little or no dialogue. After this his career waned he attended law school he practiced under his birth name Walter Gragg. He died in 2014 at age 85.

Walter Winchell (Narrator Voice) was a journalist and radio host who was the narrator of “The Untouchables.”  Along with Robert Stack, he was the only person to be part of every episode as well as the show’s pilot.  His voice was heard (uncredited) in the 1949 Lucille Ball film Sorrowful Jones. Winchell is said to have coined the phrase, “America - love it or leave it.” He died in 1972 at age 74.

Duke Fishman (Domino Club Audience) was also an extra in 8 episodes of “The Untouchables.”  His birth name was Marcus, but he was known as “the Duke of Catalina” so he adopted Duke as his first name.

Background performers play the other members of the Domino Club audience. There is also a jazz quartet playing back-up for Lucy / Rusty.

In the episode’s title the term ‘gun moll’ refers to a female companion of a professional criminal.  The word ‘moll’ derives from ‘molly,’ a euphemism for ‘whore’ or ‘prostitute’ in 17th century England. In real life Bonnie Parker (companion of Clyde Barrow) and Mae Capone (wife of Al Capone) were gun molls.  Fictional gun molls include Breathless Mahoney (Dick Tracy) and Tallulah (Bugsy Malone).  

This episode was filmed on Thursday, February 10, 1966.  On that evening, Lucille Ball (and singer Kate Smith) appeared on “The Dean Martin Show” on NBC in return for Martin’s appearance on “Lucy Dates Dean Martin” (S4;E21), which would air four days later, on Valentine’s Day.  Less than 24 hours before filming, Sophie Tucker died.  Tucker co-starred in the 1938 Broadway show that introduced “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” which Lucy sings in this episode. Lucille Ball would play Tucker on a Bob Hope TV special in 1977.  

“The Untouchables” started out as a two-part pilot episode of “Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse” in April 1959.  The show was introduced by Desi Arnaz and starred Robert Stack and the voice of Walter Winchell, both of whom were cast in the series, which began in October 1959 on CBS. The final episode was aired in May 1963.  Lucille Ball, who was then the President of Desilu, got an angry letter from Frank Sinatra (their only interaction) about the show’s negative depiction of Italian-Americans.  

“Lucy Show” actors who also appeared on “The Untouchables” included: Harvey Korman, Richard Reeves, Lou Krugman, Oscar Beregi, George DeNormand, Joe Mell, Stanley Farrar, Byron Foulger, Nestor Paiva, Louis Nicoletti, Ross Elliott, Beverly Powers, Amzie Strickland, Eleanor Audley, Alan Hale Jr., Jay Novello, Bert Stevens, Hans Moebus, Bess Flowers, Leoda Richards, Bernard Sell, Norman Leavitt, Sam Harris, Hal Taggart, George Barrows, Steve Carruthers, James Gonzales, John Banner, Stafford Repp, Hazel Pierce (Lucy’s stand-in), Charles Lane, and Joan Blondell.  In 1987 the series inspired a feature film starring Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness and Robert DeNiro as Al Capone.  A 1993 TV reboot of the series lasted two seasons on CBS.

“The Untouchables” theme music is also heard in this episode.  It was composed by Nelson Riddle. Riddle was born in Oradell, New Jersey, but grew up in nearby Ridgewood.  Riddle wrote music for four TV movies with Lucille Ball, including “Lucy Gets Lucky” (1975) with Dean Martin.

In 2007, “The Untouchables” Season 1 DVD included a bonus track of this episode of “The Lucy Show.”  This was before “The Lucy Show” episodes were restored and released on DVD, making it this episode’s first appearance on home video.

Although he had nothing against comedy, Robert Stack said he always refused to play any sort of satire or parody of Eliot Ness. Apparently, when his boss (Lucy) asked, he relented and did this one-off episode. This could be the reason that the characters are all given very different names than their “Untouchables” counterparts, despite there being three years since its cancellation.  

Lucy didn’t want Walter Winchell to be part of the episode at all because of how poorly he treated her during the Red Hunt of 1953. Her ex-husband, Desi Arnaz, told her that Winchell’s narration was strictly business, and she eventually agreed. In the 1940s, Winchell had reported that newlyweds Lucy and Desi were expecting a baby when no one else knew.  She lost the baby. Still, Desi slyly incorporated Winchell’s name into his song “We’re Having a Baby” written for little Lucie’s birth:  “You’ll read it in Winchell, that we’re adding a branch to our family tree.” Further adding to this ‘in-joke’, in “Ricky Has Labor Pains” (ILL S2;E19) the script mentions an article in Winchell’s column that is all about Lucy Ricardo having a baby, but very little about Ricky’s career.

All the members of “The Untouchables” guest cast receive entrance applause from the studio audience.

The name 'Rusty Martin’ was probably derived from Lucy’s hair color and the surname of Mary Martin, who introduced the song “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” (music and lyrics by Cole Porter) in the 1938 Broadway musical Leave It to Me. Marilyn Monroe sang it in the 1960 film Let’s Make Love.

Lucy wants an apple vending machine for the employees at the bank.  Mr. Mooney says they already have a cigarette machine, a candy machine, a coffee machine and a soft drink dispenser.  Although vending machines offering fresh fruit are rare in today’s world, the Fruit-O-Matic Company started to manufacture such machines around 1950.  Before that, fruit was also generally available available in Automats (a sort of cafeteria of vending machines) located in big cities. Fruit-O-Matic Apple Machines were made in California and were mostly found in schools and other youth and health oriented locations.

Mr. Mooney vouches for Lucy’s identity to Agent Briggs, saying they were neighbors back in Danfield.

Lucy intimates that Briggs looks like someone famous.  Although she doesn’t say the name Robert Stack (or Eliot Ness), that is the inference. At the end of the episode, Briggs talks about Big Nick’s 'series’ of crimes and 'series’ of arrests. Lucy says she thinks Briggs should give Nick a break because they’ve spent so much time together in the same 'series.’  

Rusty’s dressing room is decorated with black and white photographs of Lucille Ball performing.  Behind Stack is a photo of Lucy singing “Jitterbug Bite” in the 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance. Ball met Desi Arnaz while filming this movie.  It was filmed at RKO, the studio that became Desilu.  

Lucy would again play a 1920s flapper named Rusty in the episode “Lucy and the Lost Star” (S6;E22) which co-starred Vivian Vance and Joan Crawford.

Lucy breaks the fourth wall at the end of the episode and addresses the audience, something of a rarity for Ball and her shows.  The last time this happened was on the “I Love Lucy Christmas Special” and the previous Christmas tags, where the cast turned to the camera to wish the viewing audience a Merry Christmas.

Callbacks!

Lucy Ricardo pretended to be a gun moll to ‘The Brains’ (aka Ricky) in “Lucy Wants to Move to the Country” (ILL S6;E15).  Ethel Mertz is gun moll to 'Fingers’ (aka Fred) who “packs a rod” (aka gun) which turns out to be a water pistol.  

Blooper Alerts

An intentional blooper!  Robert Stack’s character Agent Briggs 'mistakenly’ hands Lucy a card that says “Rose Marie’s School for Models.” Stack’s wife was named Rosemarie. Born Rose Marie Bowe, right out of school she became a model and cover girl as the winner of pageant titles, including “Miss Tacoma”. Eventually she relocated to Los Angeles, where she ultimately made the cover of Life magazine and started working in  films. She ended her career to raise a family after marrying Stack in 1956.

“Lucy the Gun Moll” rates 4 Paper Hearts out of 5

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3rd Annual Just Another Movie Award (JAMA) Nominations: Best Character Written for an Animated Film

Baymax (Based on “Big Hero 6” concept and characters created by Man of Action; written for the screen by Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird; head of story Paul Briggs and Joseph Mateo; portrayed by Scott Adsit; Big Hero 6)

Emmet (Written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman; portrayed by Chris Pratt; The Lego Movie)

Hiccup (Based on the character created by Cressida Cowell; written for the screen by Dean DeBlois; poerformed by Jay Baruchel; How to Train Your Dragon 2)

Hiro (Based on “Big Hero 6” concept and characters created by Man of Action; written for the screen by Jordan Roberts; Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird; head of story Paul Briggs and Joseph Mateo; portrayed by Ryan Potter; Big Hero 6)

Manolo (Written for the screen by Jorge R. Guiterrez & Douglas Langdale; portrayed by Diego Luna; The Book of Life)

For more about the JAMAs, here’s a description.