Monday, 30 May 2016

Eddie Albert: War Hero

Many actors over the years have played war heroes on the big screen; however, there are only a few who actually were the real thing. Among them is Eddie Albert. Best known today as a comic actor, particularly as the lead in the classic sitcom Green Acres, he served in the United States Navy during World War II and performed a remarkable feat of heroism.

Indeed, Eddie Albert performed services for his country even before the war began, even before he was enlisted in the military. In the Thirties Eddie Albert already had an established career in entertainment. He appeared on Broadway in Brother Rat, Room Service, and The Boys in Syracuse. In 1938 he made his film debut in the adaptation of Brother Rat. It was in 1939 while he was sailing off the coast of Baja California that he heard rumours of the Japanese making hydrographic surveys of the region while posing as fishermen. He reported this to United States Army intelligence. In 1939 Eddie Albert toured with the Escalante Brothers Circus in Mexico. While he was performing with the Escalante Brothers Circus Mr. Albert photographed German U-boat activity off the coast of Mexico.

It was in September 1942 that Eddie Albert enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. In 1943 he was discharged from the Coast Guard so that he could become a lieutenant junior grade in the United States Navy. It was in November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa, that Eddie Albert performed an incredible act of bravery. Coral reefs around the Tarawa Atoll made it impossible for the Marines to land directly on the beach. As a result the Marines had to disembark from the landing craft about 500 yards from the shore. Unfortunately they were welcomed by intense gunfire from the Japanese. In a matter of minutes many Marines were wounded or dead. Eddie Albert had been sent to the area to retrieve equipment, but when he saw the Marines being slaughtered he commandeered a boat and saved 47 Marines at incredible risk to his own life. He supervised the rescue of 30 more Marines.

For his bravery during the Battle of Tarawa Eddie Albert was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V". In later years Eddie Albert would be asked about his courageous action during World War II. Rather than talk about himself, Mr. Albert preferred to discuss the courage of the Marines at the Battle of Tarawa and others with whom he served. Today Eddie Albert might be best remembered as Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres, but during World War II he served his country with honour and performed an act of bravery of which many would not have been capable.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

TCM's New Host Tiffany Vazquez and a Suggestion for An Additional Host

If you are a Turner Classic Movies fan there is little way you could have avoided the news this past week that the cable channel has hired a new, permanent on-air host. Tiffany Vazquez is only the third on-air host hired by TCM (after Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz) in the channel's entire 22 year history. At 29 years of age she also happens to be the youngest host hired by TCM (Robert Osborne was 61 when he started hosting TCM while Ben Mankiewicz was 36). She is also the first permanent female host and the first Latina host as well. Miss Vazquez will host TCM's Saturday afternoon programming block.

Tiffany Vazquez was born in the Bronx, but grew up in Queens.  She earned a Masters degree in international studies at St. John's University and a Master's degree in Cinema Studies at New York University. She interned at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Lincoln Centre. She served as Social Media/Web Content Manager at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, New York. She is currently senior editor for film content at Giphy.

In 2014 Miss Vazquez won Turner Classic Movie's Ultimate Fan Contest. She was flown to Atlanta where she introduced the classic procedural The Naked City (1948) with Robert Osborne. This past December she was the host of TCM's Spotlight on Girlfriends in the Movies. At this year's Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival she served as a roving reporter.

As I mentioned earlier, Tiffany Vazquez's hiring is certainly history for Turner Classic Movies. She will be the first woman to serve as a permanent host on the channel. She is also the youngest permanent host TCM has hired. Given how many of my classic film friends are young women belonging to Generation Y, I think it is fitting that TCM has one as a host. Indeed, over the years Turner Classic Movies has continued to draw a younger audience and I am hoping that Miss Vazquez's presence will help continue that trend. Miss Vazquez is also the first Latina to serve as a permanent host on TCM (although not the first host to belong to a minority--Ben Mankiewicz is Jewish in descent). This certainly makes TCM much more diverse. Indeed, Tiffany Vazquez is living proof that not all classic film buffs are old, white, and male.

Tiffany Vazquez will make her debut as a permanent host on TCM on June 4. She will host four movies starting at noon and ending at 8 PM Eastern Time. The first will be Rebel Without a Cause (1955).  I missed Tiffany Vazquez when she was on Turner Classic Movies earlier, but I am certainly looking forward to her debut. My classic film friends have had many good things to say about her and, I must say, anyone whose choice of movie to introduce with Robert Osborne is The Naked City scores points in my book.

Of course, here I must point out that Robert Osborne is much older than when he first started hosting Turner Classic Movies and his health is not what it used to be. Sooner or later TCM will have to hire another permanent host. Here I will play armchair quarterback for a moment and suggest whom TCM should hire as their next permanent host: Bobby Rivers. Mr. Rivers has a long history in broadcasting going back to his days in radio in Milwaukee. Many of you might remember him from his days on VH1, where he interviewed everyone from Kirk Douglas to Sir Paul McCartney to Norman Mailer. He also served as a veejay on the channel. He was later a host on Lifetime Live on the cable channel Lifetime. He was later a host on the Food Network. He maintains the blog Bobby Rivers TV.

I personally believe Bobby Rivers would be a perfect fit for TCM. He has been a classic film buff all his life and has substantial knowledge of classic film. Indeed, many classic film buffs are already familiar with him from Twitter, Facebook, and his blog. I think I can speak for all of us when I say he is both charming and affable. Anyone who saw him during his days with VH1 knows that he is a very fine interviewer. I think Bobby Rivers would be a perfect fit for TCM. Of course, as a matter of full disclosure I must point out that I have been a fan of Mr. Rivers since his days on VH1 and we have been online friends for several years now, so I might just be biased.

Regardless, the hosts of Turner Classic Movies have always played an important role for the channel. They provide much more than simply providing commentary and trivia before and after each movie. Permanent hosts such as Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, as well as occasional hosts such as Illeana Douglas, provide fans with faces for the channel and thus forge a stronger bond between fans and the channel than if it had no hosts. I have no doubt that Tiffany Vazquez will continue that tradition and look forward to seeing for years to come.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's

(This blog post is part of the "Animals in Film" Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Hollywood)

My sister has never liked Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).  For her it comes down to the treatment of Cat (played by Orangey) by the film's protagonist Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn). Cat is easily my sister's favourite character in the movie. He is one of my favourites as well, although I have always had a weakness for Audrey Hepburn, so I tend to overlook Holly's actions with regards to Cat.

Cat plays a central role in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For those who have never seen the film, he is more or less a stray who has adopted Holly as his own. Unfortunately Holly really can't (or won't) develop any sort of emotional attachment to anything or anyone. Indeed, she won't even give Cat an actual name. He simply remains "Cat". That having been said, her friendship with Cat is as close to a real relationship as she has ever gotten. She cares for him and feeds him, and he remains her companion throughout the movie. It is ultimately her relationship with Cat that makes Holly realise she essentially has a fear of commitment, even to the cat for whom she had cared for some time.

Cat was played by Orangey, possibly the most successful feline star of all time. By the time he starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's he was already a star with a good deal of experience. He had made his film debut in the title role of the film Rhubarb in 1951. This made him the first cat ever to play a title role in a film. What is more, he won a PATSY for his performance as Rhubarb (the PATSY is the equivalent of an Oscar for animal actors). Orangey (sometimes billed as Rhubarb) would have a very busy career over the next few years. He was Connie Brooks's landlady's cat Minerva on the sitcom Our Miss Brooks (even though Orangey was male). He played Butch, the cat in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). He also appeared in the films This Island Earth (1955) and Visit to a Small Planet (1960).

Orangey was the first real success for famed animal handler Frank Inn. Frank Inn had served as an assistant to Rudd Weatherwax, who trained Pal, the star of the early "Lassie" fiilms (starting with Lassie Come Home in 1943). He would later go onto train Higgins, the dog who starred on Petticoat Junction and the film Benji (1974), as well as many other animals for TV shows and films.

While Orangey was trained by one of the best known animal trainers in film and television history and Orangey himself would see a good deal of success, he was not always the most pleasant actor to work with. Orangey would behave himself while a scene was being shot, but once it was over it was not unusual for him to bite or scratch his co-stars.  A studio executive actually called Orangey "the world's meanest cat".  And while he would stay on the set while his scenes were being filmed, even if it was for hours,  he was known to flee the set once his scenes were over. Shooting would then have to be suspended until he was found. Frank Inn once posted guard dogs at the exits of the studio to stop Orangey from attempting one of his usual escapes!

Here it must be pointed out that Orangey had a number of "stunt doubles" in most of his films. This was no less true of Breakfast at Tiffany's. While some sources claim that were nine cats used in the filming of Breakfast at Tiffany's, it seems more likely there were only two. In addition to Orangey, who was a mackerel tabby, there is also a classic or marbled tabby. Regardless of how many other cats played Cat, it was Orangey who got all the credit. He won another PATSY for his performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's. He then became the only cat to ever win two PATSYs.

Orangey was not a particularly young cat when he starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Regardless, he continued to work steadily, playing Rusty the Cat on The Beverly Hillbillies and appearing in the film Gigot (1962). His last film credit was Village of the Giants in 1965. It is not known precisely when Orangey died, but it was probably not long after that given the lifespans of cats. He would be given a final resting place worthy of the movie star he was.  Reportedly his ashes were buried with Frank Inn in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. To this day Orangey is probably best remembered as Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's, despite having played many other roles. And I have to suspect that there are many people like my sister for whom Cat is their favourite character in the whole movie.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Julius La Rosa Passes On

Julius La Rosa, the singer who came to fame on Arthur Godfrey and His Friends and had hit songs throughout the Fifties, died on May 12 2016 at the age of 86. 

Julius La Rosa was born on January 2 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17 Mr. LaRosa joined the Untied States Navy where he served as a radioman. He was still in the Navy when his Navy buddies persuaded Arthur Godfrey to give him an audition. Julius La Rosa auditioned for Arthur Godfrey in Pensacola, Florida, where he was stationed. Arthur Godfrey then featured Mr. La Rosa on his TV show and told him he would have a job when he got out of the Navy.

Julius La Rosa was eventually discharged from the Navy and joined Arthur Godfrey's show in November 1951. He appeared on Arthur Godfrey Time, which aired in the morning, and the Wednesday night show  Arthur Godfrey and His Friends. Julius La Rosa soon became one of the most popular performers on Arthur Godfrey's shows. This popularity would soon lead to a record career. Mr. La Rosa was the first performer signed to Cadence Records, a record label formed by Arthur Godfrey's bandleader Archie Bleyer. In 1953 Julius La Rosa had a string of hits, including "This is Heaven" (which peaked at no. 21 on the Billboard chart), "Anywhere I Wander" (which peaked at no. 4), "My Lady Loves to Dance" (which peaked at no. 21), and "Eh, Cumpari!" (which peaked at no. 2).

Eventually Julius La Rosa's popularity was such that he was receiving more fan mail than Arthur Godfrey himself. At the same time, Arthur Godfrey was very controlling with regards to his performers, something which Mr. La Rosa resisted. Arthur Godfrey had not approved of Julius La Rosa signing with Cadence Records and was unhappy when Mr. La Rosa hired Tommy Rockwell as his agent and manager. In the end Arthur Godfrey fired Julius La Rosa on air on Arthur Godfrey Time on October 19 1953.

Arthur Godrey stated in the press that he fired Julius La Rosa for lacking "humility". That having been said, the American public were convinced that it was Godfrey who lacked humility. If the outrage on the part of radio listeners and television viewers was not enough, for a time Arthur Godfrey became the butt of jokes for stand-up comedians, who sought ways to work the phrase "no humility" into their acts. 

If anything else Arthur Godfrey's public firing of Julius La Rosa seemed to help his career in the short term. He soon started appearing on various variety shows and continued to do so throughout the Fifties. Almost immediately after Arthur Godfrey had fired him, Ed Sullivan arranged to have Julius La Rosa appear on Toast of the Town (soon to be renamed The Ed Sullivan Show). Mr. La Rosa would appear several more times on The Ed Sullivan Show. He also appeared on The Martha Raye Show, What's My Line, The Nat King Cole Show, The Polly Bergen Show, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, and Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall. From 1955 to 1957 he had his own show, The Julius La Rosa Show, which served as a summer replacement for Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall. He also appeared in an episode of Matinee Theatre and the movie Let's Rock (1958). 

Julius La Rosa also continued to have hit songs for the remainder of the Fifties, including such hits as "Three Coins in the Fountain", "Domani (Tomorrow)", "Lipstick and Candy and Rubbersole Shoes", and "Torero". His first album, Julius La Rosa, was released in 1956. He released three more albums before the end of the decade. Unfortunately his recording career would decline as rock 'n' roll began to dominate both the radio and recording charts.

In the Sixties Julius La Rosa guest starred on Shirley Temple's Storybook, The United States Steel Hour, and Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine. He released two more albums and had two hits on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. 

In 1980 Julius La Rosa appeared in a role on the soap opera Another World, for which he was nominated for the Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared as himself in an episode of Laverne & Shirley. Mr. La Rosa eventually became a long time disc jockey at  WNEW-AM in New York. He continued to perform and sing, and appeared regularly on Jerry Lewis's  Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons in the New York area.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Godspeed Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner award winning comic book writer and artist who also did substantial work in animation, died on May14 at the age of 53. The cause was lung cancer.

Darwyn Cooke was born on November 16 1962 in Toronto, Ontario. He grew up in Nova Scotia. As a boy Mr. Cooke read comic books, although he would not become a passionate fan of the medium until he was in his teens. His first professional work was a five page crime story entitled "The Private Eye", published by DC Comics in New Talent Showcase #19 (October 1985). Unfortunately Darwyn Cooke did not think he could make a living in the comic book industry. He attended George Brown College in Toronto for a year, then went to work as an art director for various magazines. Eventually he established his own studio.

It was in 1996 that he learned that Warner Bros. was looking for storyboard artists for both The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series. He made a pitch to Warner Bros. that included work that would become Batman: Ego, which would be published in 2000. Darwyn Cooke would then spend the next several years working on various Warner Bros. animated properties. He was a storyboard artist on The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Men in Black: The Series. He directed episodes of Men in Black: The Series and designed the titles for both the the TV series Batman Beyond and Batman Beyond: The Movie.

Darwyn Cooke returned to comic books in 2000 with the publication of the graphic novel Batman: Ego. He worked on the first four issues of the new Catwoman title, launched with a cover date of November 2001. He contributed to 9–11: The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember, Volume Two. In 2002 DC Comics published his graphic novel Catwoman: Selina's Big Score. In 2001 they published the limited series DC: The New Frontier. The limited series was a tribute to the Silver Age set in the Fifties, with Golden Age superheroes Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman encountered the new Silver Age heroes The Flash, Green Lantern, and The Martian Manhunter. DC: The New Frontier won the Eisner Awards for e Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, Best Colouring, and Best Publication Design. It also won the Harvey Awards for  Best Artist, Best Colourist, and Best Continuing or Limited Series. For DC: The New Frontier Darwyn Cooke won the Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (Writer/Artist).

Darwyn Cooke wrote the one-shot Batman/The Spirit (November 2006), in which Batman meets Will Eisner's classic character The Spirit. In 2009 Mr. Cooke began adapting the Parker novels written by Richard Stark as graphic novels. These included Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter (July 2009), Richard Stark's Parker: The Man With the Getaway Face – A Prelude to The Outfit (July 2010), Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit (October 2010), Richard Stark's Parker: The Score (May 2012), and Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground (December 2013). Over the years Darwyn Cooke contributed works about such DC Comics characters as Green Lantern, The Justice League, and Jonah Hex, as well as such Marvel characters as X-Force, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. He provided covers for everything from Weird Western Tales to Painkiller Jane.

Darwyn Cooke did further work in animation in the late Naughts. He served as a storyboard artist, character designer, and creative consultant on Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), which was based on his graphic novel.  He provided art for Batman Black and White episode "Here Be Monsters".

As both a writer and an artist Darwyn Cooke was very talented. What is more he had a wonderfully retro style that hearkened back to both the Golden Age and the Silver Age. What is more, he returned to comic books just when they needed him most. The Nineties saw a trend towards grittiness and darkness in comic books, with superheroes often being portrayed as being extremely flawed. Darwyn Cooke returned the characters to their original heroic proportions, looking to how they had originally been portrayed in comic books. Darwyn Cooke's eye for earlier times also proved useful in adapting Richard Stark's Parker novels. The artwork in the Parker graphic novels look as if they could have easily come from a classic film noir from the Forties or Fifties. Ultimately one could say that Darwyn Cooke simply made comic books fun again. Because of that comic book fans owe him an enormous debt.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Happy Anniversary to The Rap Sheet!

It was back in 2003 that Perseus Development Corporation conducted a survey on blogs. Their findings were very interesting. Fully 66% of all blogs had been abandoned (at least temporarily), not having been updated in two months. Of those abandoned blogs 25% boasted only one post, made the day the blog was created. Given these statistics I think it is safe to say that the majority of blogs created in the Naughts probably lasted only briefly. A blog that has lasted an entire decade is then very remarkable. The Rap Sheet has reached exactly that milestone, having turned ten years old yesterday. It was on May 22 2006 that it was launched.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Rap Sheet, it is a blog dedicated to crime fiction (the blog dedicated to crime fiction, in my opinion). What is more, The Rap Sheet doesn't simply cover the printed word, but also television shows, films, and radio shows as well. Over the years The Rap Sheet has featured articles on The NBC Mystery Movie, the classic radio show Suspense, and the films based on Dashiell Hammett's classic The Maltese Falcon. The Rap Sheet benefits from having multiple contributors, many of who are "top professionals" (to borrow a phrase from the American introduction to The Avengers). They don't simply write about crime fiction, they have actually written crime fiction. Quite simply, among The Rap Sheet's contributors are actual crime novelists.

In 2009 The Rap Sheet won a Spinetingler Award from Spinetingler Magazine for Special Services to the Industry. The Rap Sheet was twice nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Website/Blog.

For years now The Rap Sheet has been an invaluable resource for fans of crime fiction. It has always been both very informative and enjoyable to read. Here is to another ten years! 

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Late Great Alan Young

Alan Young, the actor and comedian who will forever be remembered as Wilbur on the classic TV sitcom Mister Ed and the voice of Scrooge McDuck for the past 42 years, died yesterday at the age of 96

Alan Young was born Angus Young in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England on November 19 1919. His parents were Scottish. The family moved to Edinburgh, Scotland when Angus was only a toddler. They moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada when he was six. From when he was ten to about seventeen he was often bedridden with bronchial asthma. As a result he listened to radio shows, such as The Jack Benny Program, a good deal. He developed a talent for imitating accents. This talent led to him becoming a regular on the Saturday night radio show Bath Night Revue when he was 13. It was not long before he both starred in and wrote scripts for CJOR's programme Signal Carnival. Alan Young also played a wide variety of parts in CJOR's various radio dramas.

In 1942 Alan Young went to the CBC where he appeared on their programme Stag Party. Initially on the show for a 10 minute comedy spot, Mr. Young eventually appeared for the whole duration of the programme. It was in 1944 that he went to New York City to do a summer replacement show for The Eddie Cantor Show on NBC Radio. The Alan Young Show proved successful enough it became a regularly scheduled programme on ABC that fall. The show continued to air on ABC until October 1946, when it moved back to NBC. It was off the air in 1948, but returned for a final season in 1949 on NBC. The Alan Young Show was a situation comedy on which Alan Young played a timid, young man. His girlfriend was Betty, originally played by Jean Gillespie and later played by Louise Erickson. The legendary Jim Backus played  Hubert Updike III, an insufferably snobbish, playboy millionaire, on the show. In 1950 Alan Young was Jimmy Durante's sidekick on the final season of The Jimmy Durante Show.

Alan Young made his film debut while still performing on radio. In 1946 he made his film debut in the comedy Margie. In the late Forties he went on to appear in the films Chicken Every Sunday (1949) and
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949).

It was in 1950 that Alan Young moved to television and CBS. The Alan Young Show was a variety/sketch comedy show that debuted on April 6 1950. Initially The Alan Young Show proved very successful in the ratings. It also won two Emmy Awards, one for Best Variety Show and one for Alan Young for Best Actor (both in 1951). For its final season The Alan Young Show changed formats as well as it title. Under the title Time to Smile it became a sitcom on which Mr. Young played a bank teller and Dawn Addams his girlfriend. It would revert to being a variety show for its last two weeks, but it was too late. The show was cancelled at the end of the season.

In the Fifties Alan Young guest starred on the shows General Electric Theatre, Screen Directors Playhouse, Star Stage, Studio One, Matinee Theatre, Chevron Hall of Stars, Studio 57, The Steve Alan Show, Five Fingers, Encounter, and Startime. In 1958 he once more briefly had his own show. Alan Young ran for six episodes on ITV in the United Kingdom. During the Fifties Alan Young also had a somewhat significant film career. He played the lead role in the films Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952) and Androcles and the Lion (1952). He played multiple roles (Charles Biddle, Mrs. Biddle, and Henry Biddle) in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955). In George Pal's Tom Thumb (1958) he played Woody, a friend of Tom's family. In The Time Machine (1960) Alan Young once more played multiple roles, that of David Filby and David's son James Filby. It was Alan Young who had the film's famous final lines.

The Sixties would see Alan Young appear in what its probably his most famous role. The sitcom Mister Ed was based on a series of short stories by Walter R. Brooks. An earlier pilot with Scott McKay playing Wilbur had failed to sell. After the show was sold into syndication it was retooled and recast, with Alan Young taking over the role of Wilbur Post (it had been Wilbur Pope in the unsold pilot) and Connie Hines cast as his wife Carol Post (Carlotta Pope in the pilot, played by Sandra White). On the show Wilbur was the owner of the horse of the title, Mister Ed, who could talk, but would only do so to Wilbur. Unfortunately Mister Ed was both mischievous and precocious and was constantly getting Wilbur into trouble.  Mister Ed was played by Bamboo Harvester and voiced by Rocky Lane.

Mister Ed proved successful enough in its first season in syndication that it was picked up by CBS as one of the network's new shows for the fall of 1961. While never a ratings smash, the show developed a loyal following while still in the air. Mister Ed was cancelled 1966, but went into syndication that fall, where it has remained ever since.

While still on Mister Ed Alan Young made a guest appearance on Death Valley Days in 1962. He played the lead role of Stanley H. Beamish in the pilot for Mister Terrific, but for whatever reason he did not appear in the series when it was picked up (Stephen Strimpell was cast in the part instead).  In 1967 he appeared on Broadway in The Girl in the Freudian Slip. The play proved to be a failure, closing after two nights. Alan Young then retired from acting. He became communications director for the Christian Science Church's Boston headquarters and he founded a broadcast division for the church.

In 1974 Alan Young returned to acting. For Disneyland Records he wrote and produced an adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol featuring Disney characters in the roles of Dickens's characters. As might be expected, Scrooge McDuck (also known as "Uncle Scrooge") played the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. It marked the first time that Alan Young provided the voice of Uncle Scrooge. In the Seventies Alan Young would find further voice work in the animated series Battle of the Planets (an Americanised adaptation of the anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman), on which he played Keyop and 7-Zark-7. He provided various voices for the Hanna-Barbera series Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo. He guest starred on Gibbsville and The Love Boat and appeared in the TV film Black Beauty. He appeared in the feature films Baker's Hawk (1976) and The Cat from Outer Space (1978).

In the Eighties Alan Young continued to voice Scrooge McDuck, providing the voice for the character in the popular animated series DuckTales as well as the TV movies DuckTales: The Treasure of the Golden Suns and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. He also voiced him on the TV show The Wonderful World of Disney and the film Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983). He was a regular on the TV show Coming of Age. He provided the voice of Farmer Smurf on The Smurfs, the voice of the Cyclops Computer on The Incredible Hulk; and various voices on Rubik, the Amazing Cube; The Dukes; and Alvin & The Chipmunks.  He guest starred on This is the Life; The Love Boat; Down to Earth; St. Elsewhere; General Hospital; City and Murder, She Wrote. He provided voices for the TV movies Beauty and the Beast, Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar, and Alice Through the Looking Glass. He was the voice of Hiram Flaversham in the film The Great Mouse Detective (1986). He appeared in the film Platinum Blonde (1988).

In the Nineties Alan Young continued to be the one and only voice of Scrooge McDuck. He provided the character's voice in an episode of the animated series Raw Toonage, the direct-to-video film Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas, the TV series Mickey Mouse Works, and the direct-to-video film Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. He was the voice of  Haggis MacHaggis on The Ren & Stimpy Show. He was a guest voice on the animated TV shows Batman: The Animated Series, and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man. He guest starred on the shows Doogie Howser, M.D., Party of Five, Maybe This Time, The Wayans Bros., Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, USA High, Kelly Kelly, The Tony Danza Show, Rude Awakening, Hang Time, and ER. He appeared in the TV film Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is. He appeared in the films King B: A Life in the Movies (1993) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).

The Naughts saw Alan Young continuing to voice Uncle Scrooge, not only on television, but in video games as well. He voiced Scrooge McDuck in the TV show House of Mouse as well as the direct-to-video films  Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and Mickey's Around the World in 80 Days. He reprised his role as Wilbur Post on an episode of the animated series God, the Devil and Bob. He was also a guest voice on the cartoons Static Shock and Megas XLR. He guest starred on FreakyLinks and Maybe It's Me. He appeared in the films The Time Machine (2002) and Em & Me (2004).

Alan Young's last credit was the voice of Scrooge McDuck in two episodes of Mickey Mouse (one last year and one this year).

It seems quite likely that Alan Young will always be remembered as Wilbur Post on Mister Ed. There is perhaps good reason for that. It seems to me that Mister Ed has lasted over the years largely because of Alan Young as Wilbur as well as Bamboo Harvester and Rocky Lane as Mister Ed. Alan Young was brilliant as Wilbur, the friendly but often clumsy and too accommodating owner of Ed.  Alan Young and Mister Ed made a great comedy team, so much so that even when any particular episode might not be that good, it is still worth watching simply due to their performances.

Of course, Alan Young will also always be remembered as Scrooge McDuck. Prior to Alan Young only two men had voiced Scrooge McDuck (legendary voice artist Dal McKennon on the LP record Donald Duck and His Friends and Bill Thompson in Scrooge's first on screen appearance in the 1967 short "Scrooge McDuck and Money"). After Alan Young voiced Scrooge in 1974 no one else ever voiced the role. Quite simply, Alan Young made the part all his own. It is then perhaps fitting that Alan Young's last credit was Scrooge McDuck.

While Alan Young will always be remembered as Wilbur Post and Scrooge McDuck, he did so much more. He saw some success in feature films, playing beloved roles in both Gentlemen Marry Brunettes and The Time Machine. Well before his success on Mister Ed, he had a successful radio show and a successful TV show. As a comedian Alan Young had a sense of humour that was both gentle and intelligent, to the point that while his first TV show as on TV Guide called him "...the Charlie Chaplin of television."

The characters played by Alan Young were generally kind, humble, and friendly, if a bit shy. In many ways they were much like Alan Young in real life. His manager for over thirty years, Gene Yusem, said of Mr. Young, "He was an honest, decent man, a pleasure to work with and never a problem." Fans who had the opportunity to meet him always noted his kindness, gentleness, friendliness, and good humour. In interviews he was always humble and often self-deprecating. It seems possible that Alan Young might not have realised how great his contributions to television and radio history had been. After all, it is not every comedian and actor who can boast a successful radio show and two successful TV shows, not to mention played two well known characters. Alan Young was a pioneer in the early days of television and had a very successful career in film and television, as well as a highly successful career as a voice artist. His contributions to film, television, and animation are inestimable. While many actors might be famous for a time, I suspect Alan Young will never be forgotten.