Weaseling and wheedling

Cartoon #3 for today: a Zippy with wonderful words:

We get weaseling and wheedling (my favorite coupling), but also ingratiating and threatening and plead and threaten.

As for Percy Helton, Imdb tells us:

In one of these plays, he was required to shout and scream for much of the performance, and by the end of the run, his voice had become permanently hoarse. He moved by necessity into character roles, working primarily on the stage until the late 1940s. Despite some early work as a juvenile in silent films, it was not until his brief but memorable appearance as a drunken Santa Claus in ‘Miracle On 34th Street (1947)’ that he began to shift primarily into film work. His diminutive physique and unmistakeable voice made him a fixture in a wide range of films and TV programs throughout the next two decades.

Here he is  in the Lone Ranger episode “Dan Reid’s Sacrifice” of 1/6/55:

One Response to “Weaseling and wheedling”

  1. Rick Sprague Says:

    Wow! When I first saw Helton’s picture, I was sure it was Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction/Green Acres/The Beverly Hillbillies). I never realized how much they looked alike in their autumn years.

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