Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mantan Moreland

I am a big fan of the grossly underrated Mantan Moreland. Sure, it's easy to point at the obvious racist sterotypes - but get past that, and marvel at his incredible comic timing, physicality, and how he walks away with every scene he's in. He made the best of what he had ... and one of these days I'm gonna get my hands on that "party record" he made in the 60s. Marky and I pay regular visits to Mantan's grave.

Here's some screengrabs from Cabin in the Sky, where he plays Lucifer Jr's "First Idea Man" (with the forgotten Willie Best as the Second Idea Man.)

I love the cel phone pics - they're much more surreal.
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