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Happy Birthday Mr. Lane - CinemaDave

Jan. 26th, 2007 08:29 pm Happy Birthday Mr. Lane

Character actor Charles Lane turned 102 today.
If you have ever seen "I Love Lucy" "It's a Wonderful Life" "Winds of War" "Soap" "Maude" "Chico and the Man" or "Gold Diggers of 1933," you have seen Charles Lane.
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P.S. He is still looking for work!

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Date:January 28th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)

Happy 102nd Charles Lane

It's great to hear that Charles Lane is doing well at 102. I hope he has many more happy birthdays and an opportunity to be in more films and TV programs.

I always got a kick out of the character he played in the "Petticoat Junction" TV series in the 1960's. He was the skinflint railroad executive named Homer Bedloe who was forever trying to shut down the train service to the Shady Rest Hotel. The reruns are still playing in many areas, as are many of the other TV shows and movies Charles Lane has appeared in.

North Star
Date:January 28th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Happy 102nd Charles Lane

I'd love to see some reruns of "Petticoat Junction," I remember it was must see tv for this kid. Then in the early 70s, the shows switched from rural to urban and television has not been the same since, especially CBS.
Date:January 28th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Happy 102nd Charles Lane

Ya gotta love a show like "Petticoat Junction" that opens with three naked ladies swimming in a water tank in a town called Hooterville, LOL!

There was quite a lot written about the countrified image purge CBS did at that time. Many of their shows in a rural setting were getting good ratings but the suits felt CBS was becoming too much of a hick network.

"All in the Family", "Mary Tyler Moore", "The Bob Newhart Show" and many other urban comedy show hits and spin-offs became the direction CBS chose to follow, but there is still something to be said in favor of small town country humor.

North Star