Don’t Bother to Knock

Today’s Zippy:

Zippy is musing about Richard Widmark on the streets of Dingburg; note the sign for Poindexter Bar Bats. The movie he’s musing about is Don’t Bother to Knock (1952).

(Downtown Dingburg MD from a different viewpoint is here.)

On Widmark:

Richard Weedt Widmark (December 26, 1914 – March 24, 2008) was an American film, stage and television actor.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death… Early in his career Widmark specialized in similar villainous or anti-hero roles in films noir, but he later branched out into more heroic leading and support roles in westerns, mainstream dramas and horror films, among others. (Wikipedia link)

And, on the cast of the movie:

Lyn Lesley (Anne Bancroft), the bar singer at New York’s McKinley Hotel, wonders if airline pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) will show up. She had ended their six-month relationship with a letter. When Jed does register at the hotel, she explains that she sees no future with him because he lacks an understanding heart.

Meanwhile, elevator operator Eddie (Elisha Cook Jr.) introduces his shy niece, Nell Forbes (Marilyn Monroe), to guests Peter (Jim Backus) and Ruth Jones (Lurene Tuttle) as a babysitter for their daughter Bunny (Donna Corcoran).  (Wikipedia link)

Finally, notice the word play in the strip’s title, “Way off the Widmark”.


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