Thursday, June 2, 2011

Brooklyn Goes To Cleveland

Statistics say that half the population of the United States live 500 miles from Cleveland.

And the other half wouldn't be seen within a thousand miles of it.

Is this thing on?

Fivel Feldman (March 29, 1913 – July 8, 1985) wrote and directed several comedy shorts for Universal-International, playing a character only known as Brooklyn, writing his sweetheart Myrtle back home about his adventures. He visited Detroit, San Francisco, Paris, Rome, Philadelphia, Chicago ... and even Cleveland.

These shorts from the mid-50s were credited to "Arthur Cohen" as the writer and director, a name he used early in his career, though by this time he had adopted the stage name Phil Foster, after Foster Avenue in Brooklyn.

People my age best know Phil Foster as Frank De Fazio in Laverne and Shirley.

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