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I remember Carl Ballantine from "McHale's Navy" and his "The Amazing
Ballantine" routine, which I saw again not too long ago, I think on one of
those Best of Ed Sullivan shows. It's still fabulous. It holds up, just
like the old Marx Brothers movies. I've also heard his voice in cartoons.
I am glad to here he is still around. People that funny should never die
and if he is a friend of Marks, he must be a cool guy in addition to being
I guess he is what Mark called in a CBG article a "one-voice" actor, like
the late Hans Conried, but like Mr. Conried, what a voice! Mr. Ballantine's
is (or can be) the quintessential fast talking shyster. What a perfect
Pal!! See, if only the TV Management yo-yos would just let Mark & Sergio do
their thing, a Groo cartoon would be one of the best ever done!
Take care all -Gary G.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Evanier" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2000 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Groop]Re: "Groo" in McHale's Navy
> On Sun, 13 Aug 2000 14:30:10 -0400, "Main" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >Dear Makr, I seem to recall that he was a sick magician, " Bllentine the
> >Magnificent" who did tricks that never wroked. My dad absolutley loved
> >guy. Fred Vigeant
> ME: He was "The Amazing Ballantine" and did the funniest magic act
> ever recorded. Not one single trick ever worked.
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