You Only Live Once, 1937
Maggie had a small role in the movie, but her acting was good. Her movie-husband "Ethan"—Charles Partlow "Chic" Sale—seemed older than 51 at the time...I thought he was in his 60s. He died before the film was released in 1937. The official year of his death was 1936. They had wrapped up filming already, and it was to be his last film before succumbing to pneumonia...it did seem like he sounded a little hoarse when saying his lines. What a shame; he, too, did a good job in this film.
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The Jitterbug, 1964
The Jitterbug song was originally supposed to be in the 1939 Wizard of Oz, but it ended up on the cutting-room floor and was never included in the film.
With Ray Bolger as guest, it was an opportunity for Judy to introduce the song and its story to the world. This was back in 1963, long before the Harold Arlen home-movie footage of the The Jitterbug surfaced in 1983...so nobody knew that there was this song cut from the movie. Jane Powell—who had one of the best singing voices in the business—is perfectly matched with Garland, and Ray Bolger's brief role as the bug is silly fun.
This clip is from the original black-and-white footage of the show. It has been processed using AI, colorized, and the audio is enhanced with simulated stereo. Fantastic early '60s jazzy music and dancing. There are at least two missteps in the choreography...can you spot them?
The Bat, 31 March 1960
The Bat starred Helen Hayes and Jason Robards, with Margaret playing a small role not even worthy of mention in the opening credits (which are included in this clip).
Decidedly, not her best acting, at times seeming to go over the top with her constant worrying and jitteriness.
Only a terrible-quality kinescope of this show exists; sources say it has never been released in any media format. The kinescope is muddied and full of artifacts. I've cleaned up as many of those artifacts as I could...the periodic vertical lines could not be removed without distorting the rest of the video. The colorization was added because it actually does improve the picture, which is usually steeped in murkiness.
The Trouble With Father: Problem Party, 1950
This scene is near the end of a rather horrible early-1950s black-and-white television series, The Trouble with Father. Margaret is caught snooping through the window of an acquaintance, where fishy-seeming things have been taking place. She gets caught by a local cop, is almost charged as a peeping tom, but is bailed out of trouble by series "father", Stuart Erwin, who teaches his snoopy friend a lesson, a common theme of shows in those days.
It was difficult to sit through this entire show and its travelogue-type music constantly playing in the background. The acting was as cornball as it gets, the storyline silly, and the humor lame. Margaret was a rather refreshing familiar face...one knew that she would at least provide a little snarky comedy relief.
Although the source video for this clip (in the public domain) was very blurry and generally poor, scratches and blips have been mostly cleaned up, and the footage has been slightly colorized...and sharpened as best as possible.
Margaret Hamilton Visits Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, 1975
It almost appears that she brought her own costume. It's likely not the original, as she believed that all of the props from the movie should be in a museum, where everybody could see them. This clip is from an unusually pristine source file and has been processed using A.I.
Bunny, The Brownie Leader, 24 December 1962 (Upgraded 24 Feb 2023)
Note: This video was upgraded to higher definition 24 February 2023.
Ray Bolger Hosting The Hollywood Palace, 1967
Seated to Bolger's left is Tina Cole, a King Family cousin, who also played Don Grady's wife in the long-lived series, My Three Sons. Bolger is wearing the original "Scarecrow" hat he wore in The Wizard of Oz, which he did indeed own. After his death, his wife donated the hat and the rest of the costume to the Smithsonian, where it is preserved in some backroom...no visitors allowed.
A Slight Case of Murder, 1938
A little known fact is that Hamilton was not intended to be in this film. After shooting was completed, they brought her in to film this added scene for the movie. One can only guess that she had already been selected to play the role of the Wicked Witch of the West, and the marketing department wanted instant recognition when the Wizard of Oz was finally released the following year.
Sesame Street 847: The Wicked Witch of the West, 1976
Apparently, this particular show scared the bejeebies out of the tender-hearted kids of 1976...they were terrified of Maggie's performance. PBS received so many angry letters from parents, that the decision was made to never rerun the show again.
If you want to read some of those letters, you'll find them at Muppet Wiki.
Maggie's repeat role of the Witch was spot-on. If anything, her advancing age made her seem even more sinister. You can view or download the entire show at archive.org.
Follow That Man, 1953
This scene--complete with suspenseful music--shows Bellamy stealing glances at the camera so many times, one half-expected him to utter, I'm ready for my close-up.
In this clip, even the sight gags are hilarious...note how Beery appears to have a hangman's noose near him while Margaret ropes him in.
Near the end is a scenario way ahead of its time, showing Margaret proposing to Beery. His response, Well, this is so sudden, is the perfect comedic reversal of male/female stereotypical roles.
Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump, 11 February 1966
Of course, it isn't Maggie on the pogo stick, but the thought of her actually using it is hilarious. This was the kind of role that she loved playing...her comic timing was flawless, and you could tell she got a kick out of playing Granny. Since all of the Addams Family shows were black-and-white, it should be mentioned that this particular clip was slightly colorized for added interest.
Time Out For Ginger, 18 September 1962
The best thing I can say about this clip is the retro opening/closing theme song (both are included). If you like early '60 Hi-Lo-esque music, you'll love Ginger's theme song. It's so bad, it's good.
Nothing Sacred, 1937
Here she is in a brief comedic exchange with reporter Wally Cook, played by dashing Fredric March. One minute of opening credits is included.
A String Of Blue Beads, 1953
Gunsmoke Outtake, 1973
Safety Plate Glass, 1957
Lays Potato Chips, Bert Lahr, 1960s (Upgraded 8 April 2023)
This wasn't the only devilish Lays ad that Lahr made; there was a much longer version...almost too long. Some say that this ad is the same as the other, but briefer due to editing. Not so. This one appears to have been produced earlier in the two-year run of these ads. Lahr is a bit younger in this one, and his lines are not the same as in the longer version. The thumb-pic shown here is from the longer version.
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, 1976
In this clip, Maggie reprises her WWW role, but you can tell that she is unable to do the witch's famous cackle. Billie Hayes, however, totally makes up for it, and it's hilarious.
The Daydreamer Mrs. Klopplebobbler, 1966
Where's Charley?, 1952
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.