Collect 'Em All #7


Wallace Beery
No. 43 out of a series of 48 from Gallaher Tobacco, Virginia House, London & Belfast
"I guess I was never cut out to be a stool-pigeon. A guy like me needs real he-man, out-door stuff--and if I couldn't get a kick out of playing in the Technicolor production 'Northwest Passage,' my name wouldn't be Beery. The book's a best-seller, and believe me, it's a rare treat to land the opportunity of playing in such a great yarn. My favourite part? You bet!"

2 comments:

Vanwall said...

What a curiously interesting entry - actually closer to the player than the usual offerings in this set - even a bit of Sweedie there. ;-) One of the greatest individual Studio products, the perfect big palooka. Wally the best of the plug-uglies, IMHO, and was a force majeur on every picture he did, - a good example was in Wellman's "Beggars of Life" - his outsize persona competed successfully, or at least on even terms, with the incandescent Louise Brooks when they were onscreen,(and that ain't easy!!), to say nothing of burying poor Dick Arlen in the potter's field of scenes-stolen-losers. Even his most threatening roles had a bit of a wink about 'em, the old ham. Great selection!

swac said...

Thanks! It's certainly not the most flattering image of Beery they could have chosen, although maybe there aren't many of those to begin with.

I'd still love to see him in The Bowery one of these days...