El Paso Herald-Post from El Paso, Texas on May 29, 1965 · Page 30
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KL PASO HERALD-POST--Page Eight i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiimniiii] TV Banker's Discovery I 'Money Can Buy Happiness HOLLYWOOD -- Raymond Bailey -- befuddled banker Milburn Drysdale on CBS-TV's Beverly Hillbillies--has seen the- role grow from minor importance to one worthy of star billing. The reason is no mystery to fans of the series who regularly howl over his performance. "FROM A STRAIGHT business man, Drysdale became a buffoon, then a real heel," he laughs. "I'm a hambone so I'm playing him to the hilt." What actor Bailey doesn't know, or is too modest to mention, is that the role grew because Producer Paul Henning was aware of Bailey's talents. When he was 50--he's now GO --Raymond Bailey spent more time traveling around the world than he did acting. Earlier in ~ life he wasn't ev«n an actor. He was a drifter -- "A bum would be more correct," -- who changed jobs as often as he changed addresses." HE WENT from seaman to rancher and back to seaman RAYMOND BAILEY before he ever settled on acting as a career. Marriage didn't even catch up with him until he was 46. "I spent a life of frustration." he says of his erratic life which went from playing "skinny little gangsters" in movies of the '30's to freight clerk, to band singer and Merchant Marine duty during World War II. "My frustration gave me only one goal--to save enough money to get out of wherever I happened to be. My problem was a lack of education--I quit school in the 10th grade, left home when I was 15. I've worked for 30 cents a night doing voices for puppet shows and I've known an empty stomach and tears." WHEN HE WAS 50, the role of Doc in the road company of "Mr. Roberts" and then the Navy captain in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" gave Bailey the first 'steady acting employment he had ever known.- These roles led him to live TV and comedy. As Banker Drysdale his comedy talents came into full bloom. If he had it to do ail over again "I wouldn't," he says. ' I ve discovered that money CAN buy happiness." TV CALLS PR 8-4201 Frfe Loancrs--Terms on Appr. Crcdtt New TV's at Cost Plus Old TV CAMIIVO TV 5042 Atemeda gu.,.,,,,,,..,..,............ O'Connor Tired of Dancing ..............m.."-"«" JHow About Sitting This One Out? A to f i e s t a Favorite Sana! t '«' « Sparkle Eslru Addcat '. Ruiz Trio with Carolyn Lol Vetas dance SUNDAY BREAKFAST OR DINNER FOR THE FAMILY B R E A K F A S T 8:30 A.M. TO 11:OO A.M. Choice of Juice, Country Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Hot Biscuits, Fresh Creamery Butter and Jelly. Coffee or Tea, all you can drink. With 2 Strips of Bacon SUNDAY DINNER SPECIALS 11:30 A.M. TO 8 P.M. BAKED HAM Pineapple Sauce or BREADED VEAL CUTLET Served with Cream Gravy Oven Brown Potato and Mixed Garden Vegetables Continuous Service at the FELTMART CAFETERIA 6600 MONTANA -- By BILL BYERS NEW YORK.--Donald O'Connor says he would do a great deal more television if he didn't have to dance so much. After 30 years, and 80 song- and-tippy-tap-toe films, the 40- year-old .performer from Chicago is carefully t r y i n g to build up a new image. The hardest part of it all is convincing TV producers that he can be entertaining even when he keeps his feet silent. THE OTHER DAY, O'Connor spilled his woes over his liroit- "ed success in the medium. "Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking dancing," he said. "But you can't look very good with only a week's rehearsal. And that's the most you get on television these days." O'Connor said when he hosted The Tonight Show during the interlude between J a c k Paar's resignation and Johnny Carson's take-over, he seldom got a chance to sir down and DONALD O'CONNOR chat with the guests. It was one big production number after another. And when he finally did stop, he was asked to interview ,1 saxophone player who didr.'L have anything to say. "When the people see Donald O'Connor they want to see him dancing," TV wheels have told him over and over again. "BUT, ITS FUNNY when I played in 'Little Me' last summer and didn't dance a step not one person seemed to miss it," said the dissatisfied hoofer, who added that he will do the musical on the strawhat circuit again this summer. "However, I've made errtrs. too, in trying to carve out a different image," continued O'Connor. "I had a chance to cwn the rights to the film, 'The Young Lions,' but turned it down. Instead, I got busy on those Francis, the talking horse f i l m s where I made a lot of money and had fun." His biggest television thrill these days, he confessed, is watching them, and his other "oldies" on the late, late show. GILLESPIE'S STEAK HOUSE 2810 Montana Open Noon 'til 11 P.M. Sundays GENUINE HICKORY CHARCOAL BROILED STEAKS 31 YEARS OF QUALITY AND SERVICE AN AMERICAN PLAN RESIDENTIAL HOTEL Delicious Food Swimming Pool Air Conditioned TV Lounge Game Room ALL THE LUXURIES AT REASONABLE RATES Colonial! 'dfewace 1413 MONTANA ST. PHONE KE 2-6985 'Understanding Wife 7 Has Never Been Wed HOLLYWOOD. -- Peggy McCay is in the throes of adjusting to the first home she has ever owned, and the r u s t i c charms of Laurel Canyon. "Throes" is the word because New Yorker Peggy has been a life - long apartment dweller. The only canyons she has known were formed by skyscrapers. The only garden she has known --vvas a potted geranium on a window ledge. "REALLY, I still don't know the weeds from the flowers out here," she laughed while looking at the profusion of greenery covering the rear of her hillside home. The role of Susan Garrett in ABC - TV's soapy daytime series, The Young M a r r i e d s, brought Peggy to Hollywood and her new Laurel Canyon home. With a record of 1500 d a y- time serial appearances -- she starred in another popular series, Love of Life, for nearly four years--Peggy has been called the queen of television's soapers. But while always playing the understanding wife she has never been married. She lives alone except for Captain Hook, a clown of a parrot, and Mac- Tigger, a Skye terrier. BLONDE, brown-eyed Peggy is delighted with her character in The Young Marrieds, "Paul Picerni plays my husband as a rather rigid, moralistic type. As Susan I have a different point of view with a 'why not look at the other side of it' that makes for an interesting relationship. "I'm pleasantly surprised at PEGGY McCAY some of the way-out comedy scenes the writers come up with. For one I played a Russian spy with an accent. Just 3 bit of playfulness within a scene. We don't do it too often, but for an actress it's heaven." So is Laurel Canyon, she says. FOR THE BEST IN TOWN TUBS OF CHICKEN $2. $3. $4. $5 CREAM OF CHICKEN GRAVY 20 POTATO SALAD .25 COLESLAW 20 HOT BUTTERED ROLLS 05 POTATO GEMS 20 CHICKEN DINNERS 75c I 25 PHONE 778-4429 READY WHEN YOU ARE CHICKEN COTTAGE 900 HAWKINS

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