The Daydreamer Mrs. Klopplebobbler, 1966
is one of the best unknown movies for kids and grown-ups I've seen in a long time. It was made in 1966 and features many classic actors, most of whom have passed away. Maggie plays an animated, crotchety thing who desperately needs her shoes fixed. Ray Bolger is also in it, playing the pie maker. If you haven't seen it, go buy it right now...it's out-of-print but still widely available.
The theme song was recorded by Robert Goulet, a song I've never heard before until I discovered this movie. Here is an alternate
opening-credits video, with Goulet singing. The way the actors and animations introduce themselves here just tickles the heck out of me...and I love this song.
And then there is the star of the movie, Paul O'Keefe, who played the younger brother on the Patty Duke Show
(Patty is also in this movie). He, too, sings and is surprisingly good. In this clip, which is a Fantasy Video (see My Attic Treasures for a description of fantasy videos), Ray Bolger, the pie-maker, is also featured.
Where's Charley?, 1952
, starring Ray Bolger, is one of those films that has attained cult status: Never been released on home video, hasn't seen the light of day for decades due to a studio wife not liking the film. So it's been sitting in a vault somewhere all this time.
A few years back, there were rumors it would be released; nothing happened. On the above-left is the opening theme song for the movie; video/audio quality is poor and muddled. Note the end of this clip and how reminiscent it is of Maria running back to the abbey during the Maria
number in The Sound of Music
. Makes me wonder if they got the idea from THIS movie.
Ray Bolger said that this was his favorite role; I'm not sure if he meant this movie or the stage productions of it. Here he is singing Once In Love With Amy
. I never knew where this song was from; we used to sing it in choir, and it was always the favorite of everybody in the class due to the teacher's arrangement of the song and harmonies of the chorus. I always thought it was a turn-of-the-century song. WARNING:
Do not put these clips on YouTube; they are not permitted there or anywhere else.
13 Ghosts, 1960
Maggie scored another cult favorite with this spooky spoof. She is so deliciously into her role in this movie, it can't be contained, especially when Buck asks her if she's really a witch. That little out-of-character smile at the end is the icing on the cake.