Monday, August 6, 2012
"Cecilia Sisson" Skit
The recent excellent post at Self-Styled Siren on the myth about silent star John Gilbert's failure to make it in talkies because of his voice had me recalling some skits that capitalized on this theme. Sid Caesar had a memorable bit in "Your Show of Shows". Though some silent film actors did have difficulty adjusting to sound film, Gilbert wasn't one of them. Comedy skits such as these may have perpetuated the myth in his particular case.
One of my favorite skits on this theme was done by Carol Channing, about the fictional star "Cecilia Sisson". Cracks me up. Have a look: