Cinderfella (1960) starring Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn
Synopsis of Cinderfella
In Cinderfella, Jerry Lewis plays Fella, a good-natured klutz left to take care of his stepmother and her two spoiled sons in a fabulous mansion. Fantasy provides Fella with a way of coping with his life until the day his fairy godmother (Ed Wynn) appears and helps him win the heart of a beautiful princess. (more…)
I’ve been a long-time fan of the original Twilight Zone series – this episode is an excellent example of why. Something that Rod Serling tended to do multiple times throughout the series was to take a comedian/clown, and puts him in an unusual, dramatic role, to great result. The first time that he did this was with Ed Wynn in the second episode for the Twilight Zone season 1, One for the Angels, who puts in a wonderful performance.
As Mr. Serling narrated at the beginning of the episode, “Street scene: summer. The present. Man on a sidewalk named Lew Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Lew Bookman, a fixture of the summer, a rather minor component to a hot July, a nondescript, commonplace little man whose life is a treadmill built out of sidewalks. In just a moment, Lew Bookman will have to concern himself with survival, because as of three o’clock this hot July afternoon he’ll be stalked by Mr. Death.” (more…)
Biography of Ed Wynn (Isaiah Edwin Leopold) (November 9, 1886 – June 19, 1966)
Isaiah Edwin Leopold, known around the world as Ed Wynn, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on November 9, 1886. As a teenager, he ran away from home and used his middle name, Edwin, as his stage name – Ed Wynn. Although he eventually became a headliner in vaudeville, his early years were less successful. At one point, he worked as an on-stage assistant to (then) comedy juggler W. C. Fields. The curmudgeonly Fields caught him ‘mugging’for the audience during Fields’ “Pool Room” routine and knocked him unconscious with his pool cue. Ed Wynn went on to become a headliner in vaudeville in the early-1910s and was a star of the Ziegfeld Follies starting in 1914. In the same year, he married his first wife, Hilda Keenan. (more…)