Abbott & Costello Meet Mary Wickes

Who Done It?

Director: Erle C. Kenton
1942

 

You've probably experienced something like this. It's four o'clock in the morning and you're watching some dreadful old movie that's full of people you don't particularly want to see. The story isn't holding your attention at all and with an itchy finger on the remote you're actually contemplating switching to a Victoria Principal infomercial. But, wait, this tiresome movie you've been dozing through is suddenly invaded by none other than the great Mary Wickes, that peerless comic character actress of the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! Suddenly this tacky movie is the most fun you've had in weeks, and all it took was for Mary Wickes to show up in just a couple of scenes. She was that good.

We can think of countless other films that could have been rescued by this lady's inimitable style. Think how much better all those stupid Godfather movies would have been if Mary Wickes had been in there mouthing off to Brando and Pacino and even poor Talia Shire, bless her heart. Think how greatly improved the infinitely boring Titanic would have been if Mary had been running around cracking jokes while the silly thing was sinking. Oh the possibilities. Oh the humanity. But, alas, Mary left us in 1995 and the entertainment value of both movies and television has been greatly diminished ever since. Mary Wickes was truly an original. We'll always miss her -- especially at four o'clock in the morning.

 

 

Recommended Films:

1941
The Man Who Came to Dinner

1942
Who Done It?

1954
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home

1954
White Christmas

1966
The Trouble With Angels

1990
Postcards from the Edge

1992
Sister Act


Mary Wickes' countless TV credits include appearances on
I Love Lucy, Here's Lucy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Zorro, Columbo, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Take your pick.



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