In Steve Martin's last non fiction book, he wrote about The Amazing Ballantine's influence upon his comic persona. We lost Carl Ballantine two years ago, but his final words of wisdom can be found in the documentary "Troupers."
Directed by his daughter Saratoga Ballantine, "Troupers" interviews 12 familiar faces from the acting profession, among the most recognizable; Kaye Ballard Betty Garrett Pat Carroll Harold Gould Marvin Kaplan Allan Rich
While the fame and fortune of a Steve Martin may have alluded these individuals, one gets the feeling that these performers enjoyed their work. Among the topics discussed includes; parental disapproval The black list divorce debt rejection disappointment bad acting teachers nasty and ignorant casting directors.
Most importantly, these "Troupers" impart the wisdom of the ages to a new audience.