The Talking Mail Box

A Talking Mailbox- Oh My, How Useful!

Read, Seen, Heard

I have no idea why the Talking Mailbox didn’t catch on. This publicity photo is said to be from 1943, taken in California, and the young lovely listening to the mailbox is Lynn Baggett, whose story is a cautionary tale for young women with stars in their eyes. Miss Baggett was “discovered” at the age of 19 by a Warner Brothers talent scout while walking to work in downtown Dallas, and came to Los Angeles where she landed a movie contract and appeared in 24 films.

She was, however, credited in only three of them. She is remembered in some circles as a beautiful but silent waitress in Mildred Pierce (1945), as a jilted beauty in Douglas Sirk’s Lured (1947), and as the widow Mrs. Philips in the film noir D.O.A. (1950).

Her real role was as a studio beauty. Playwright Arthur Laurents said of her: “She was very sweet…

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So Anyway… The West Wing

I really like The West Wing.  Yes, now that it’s over, it’s fairly easy to punch holes into it.  But wow, what great writing.

I always enjoyed the tension between Danny ConCannon and C.J. Craig.  Low and behold, I’m watching the film Stripes (because that shit is funny), and who do I recognize in the scene?  The scene where some pleeb fires a mortar rocket at the observation deck where Sgt. Hulka is standing?  Yep.  Danny ConCannon.