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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

The Lady Takes ... an Umbrella!

The Lady Takes ... an Umbrella!

I've always liked this photo of my late Aunt Margaret. I found that the movie whose advertising poster she is standing in front of is promoting a movie titled "The Lady Takes a Flyer," starring Lana Turner and Jeff Chandler. It wasn't until a few minutes ago, though, that I noticed the "Loew's Capital" emblem above the poster. Since there's nothing you can't find out about on the internet, I've just learned that "The Lady Takes a Flyer" premiered at this now-demolished theatre (formerly located at 1328 F Street NW, Washington, DC) the week of February 26, 1958. Must have been a rainy February, given Aunt Margaret's head scarf and umbrella!

Mr Boynton

Jeff Chandler played Mr Boyton on the radio, while Robert Rockwell had the role on the radio and TV. Why Connie Brooks never guessed that Mr B was not interested in women I'll never understand!

Yes Boyington

Jeff Chandler did indeed play Mr. Boyington on "Our Miss Brooks. The confusion comes because he played Boyington on radio from 1948 to sometime in the 1950s. In the television version of the series, which ran for 130 episodes from 1952-1956, Boyington was played by Robert Rockwell, who also took over the radio part at some point. It wasn't Chandler's only radio part either. In 1952 he was doing a series called "Frontier Town" where he was billed as "Tex Chandler."

It generally comes as a surprise to a lot of people how many genuine movie stars also had weekly radio programs - Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in "Bold Venture," and Jimmy Stewart in "The Six Shooter" just to name two - but when you think about it radio was ideally suited to a film actor - a regular paycheck, a few hours of rehearsal a week and half an hour of work with no makeup, no costumes and no hot lights.

Where's Chandler?

Philip Boynton in "Our Miss Brooks" was played by Robert Rockwell, not Jeff Chandler.

Where's MacDougal?

For me, Jeff Chandler will always be Philip Boynton, the bashful biology teacher of "Our Miss Brooks," who paid more attention to his frog MacDougal than to Madison High's favorite English teacher, Connie Brooks.

This is a fantastic picture. Love the juxtaposition of real life and Hollywood poster.

 
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