Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Password Is "Gallimaufry"

I swear this is true: At the end of his days, Stan Laurel, one half of the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, became a big fan of the TV game show Password, yet he strongly disliked Allen Ludden.

6 comments:

Pike said...

Allen Ludden was the sort of man who sparked intense passions, for him and against him, in all who viewed his controversial work.

Eric said...

Tell it to Betty White, my friend. Was there anyone more passionate about his oeuvre than Ms. White?

Pike said...

They were, as you point out, the Burton and Taylor of daytime game-show TV.

T. Nawrocki said...

Burton and Taylor suggests a white-hot, on-again off-again passion that does not adequately characterize the steady, bespectacled union of these two. I'd say they were more like the Lunt and Fontanne of the game-show set, or perhaps the Chico and the Man, with Betty White suggesting the white-haired Jack Albertson; Allen Ludden, like Freddie Prinze, left us much too soon.

Pike said...

I'm sticking with the drunken, lamp-throwing undertones of my Burton and Taylor comparison.

Pike said...

"Aristophanes...."