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Sparks, Ned

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(1883-1957)

    Cigar-smoking character actor with a dour face who was well-known and often imitated. His movie appearances include 42nd Street, Golddiggers of 1933 in which he playeed the producer, the live-action Alice in Wonderland as the Caterpillar, and Wake Up and Live.

    Caricatures of Sparks appear in:

        Hollywood Steps Out (Avery, 1941) greeting the table of stonefaces
        Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940) being buried in sand by Baby Snooks/Fanny Brice
        Slap-Happy Pappy (Clampett, 1940) indicating his joy (?) at the news that Eddie Cackler (caricature of Eddie Cantor) is going to be the father of a boy
        Fresh Fish (Avery, 1939) as an old crab

    It is quite possible that the Rip Van Winkle character in Have You Got Any Castles? (Tashlin, 1938) is a Sparks caricature as well, given the character’s voice.

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