Szöke Szakall and Doris Day

Dutch postcard by Takken / ‘t Sticht, no. AX 631. Photo: Warner Bros. Publicity still for Lullaby of Broadway ( (David Butler, 1951).

 

Cute, chubby-jowled Hungarian actor Szöke Szakáll (1883-1955) started his film career in the German and Austrian silent cinema. From 1940 on, he became known as S.Z. Sakall in Hollywood. He was memorable as Carl, the waiter in Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz) and played many more supporting roles in comedies and musicals, often as a lovable somewhat befuddled uncle, businessman or neighbourhood eccentric.

 

American actress and singer Doris Day (1922) sang with several big bands before going solo in 1947. In the 1950s, she made a series of popular film musicals, including Calamity Jane (1953) and The Pajama Game (1957). With Rock Hudson, she starred in the box office hit Pillow Talk (1959). On TV, she starred in the sitcom The Doris Day Show (1968-1973).

 

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