Margaret Hamilton





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Stablemates, 1938


Superb comedy featuring two drifters (Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney) and spinster Margaret Hamilton, who manages to set both of them on the correct path.

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


From the classic favorite '60s TV series, The Addams Family, Margaret returns as Granny Hester Frump in her third (and final) appearance playing this comic role.

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


Dreadful television pilot show that aired just once and was tossed in the garbage bin of history...only to resurface here. Maggie's acting was just all right, and she had the opening line in the series. It was the lead charactor's over-the-top hammy skills that made this show so awful. If you recall, that lead appeared as a daughter in one of those old Lucy series...where she served up the same ham.

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.


Bunny The Brownie Leader, 24 December 1962


Margaret plays a no-nonsense, well-seasoned Brownie Scout leader in this Christmas Eve episode of The Danny Thomas Show. It was the only time Maggie appeared in this series, but what a memorable role she played. This episode is broadcast about once a year on the COZI network.

Nothing Sacred, 1937


Fascinating movie co-starring Margaret playing her usual spinster character, only this time as a drugstore shopkeeper. And it was filmed two years before The Wizard of Oz...in early Technicolor. According to Wikipedia, it was the first screwball comedy filmed in color.

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


Here is Maggie playing a serious role in a color television pilot that was never aired and never sold to a network. A very young Louis Jourdan is in the starring role. The fact that it was made in 1953 and is in color is astounding, since color TV was absolutely new in this country and few people owned one. This pilot was a Christmas show, was well acted, and had a very good, heartwarming storyline.

Gunsmoke Outtake, 1973


Most of this clip is the footage used in the broadcast; it's at the end where Edsel Pry's outtake occurs. Maggie guest-starred on this popular Western-themed show, and was pretty much in character playing the role of fussbudget again. This time, she gets locked in a new safe, where she sits for quite some time before Matt is able to get the combination to open the thing. Miss Pry was none too happy about it.

Safety Plate Glass, 1957


Early commercial featuring Maggie playing a no-nonsense New Englander again, this time promoting Safety Plate glass, which was installed on GM Oldsmobile cars. This ad may have appeared in theaters instead of on television.



Lays Potato Chips, Bert Lahr, 1960s


Even the Cowardly Lion got into commercials in the 1960s. Bert Lahr starred in quite a few betcha-can't-eat-just-one ads for Lays Potato Chips. This particular one, with Lahr as the Devil, was very popular back in the '60s. However, it's nearly impossible to find a good copy of this ad today.

This copy is from a very old VHS tape I had, which is missing. I had captured it to computer (2003?) using a very early (and inferior) capturing device. That capture is the only one appearing on YouTube...and it was hijacked from one of my sites many years ago. Very bad video quality, but a rare ad.


The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, 1976


Long thought to be lost forever after only one over-the-air broadcast, a master tape of The Paul Lynde Halloween Special was discovered in the mid-2000s, and released on DVD by Smore. Now, alas, that DVD is out-of-print. This special, with guest stars Margaret Hamilton, Billie Hayes, and Florence Henderson also introduced KISS to the world.

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


The Daydreamer 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


Where's Charley?, 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.