Here are more photos of former USC professor Frank Baxter.
Imagine the good publicity USC got from this opening scene of “The Mole People” in 1956 (above).
And below, here is Baxter with actor Richard Carlson in the 1957 TV Movie, “The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays.”
- Today is Ward Bond’s birthday.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how Bond was a starting offensive lineman on the 1928 USC national championship team. He was in 13 films nominated for best picture, including three winners: “It Happened One Night” (1934); “You Can’t Take It With You (1938) and “Gone with the Wind” (1939).
And he was the star of the TV series, “Wagon Train.”
But he probably wasn’t a great guy to hang around. Comedian Robert Wuhl said in a podcast when actor Martin Landau appeared on “Wagon Train,” Bond learned that Landau was a Jewish actor from New York. Instead of throwing a fake punch during a fight scene, Bond cold-cocked Landau.
Syd Kronenthal, who was a supervisor at a rehab center for U.S. Army veterans and helped Marlon Brando play a paraplegic in his first film role, said, “Ward Bond was anti-Semitic as hell.”
Actor James Lydon said, “Ward Bond was a thick-headed loudmouth.”
Remember, at Bond’s funeral, the legendary director John Ford walked up to actor Andy Devine and said, “Now YOU’RE the biggest a—— I know.”