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Taylor, Robert

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

(1911-1969)

    Billed at MGM as “the Man with the Perfect Profile”, Taylor was a major romantic lead there in the 1940s, developing into a more serious actor later in his career. The Jack Benny caricature in Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940) insists he is wearing the same bathing suit worn by Robert Taylor, the Mary Livingstone spoof responds that the suit worn by Taylor had a better filling. Taylor is also briefly referred to in Elmer’s Pet Rabbit (Jones, 1941), in which one of the signs advertising Bugs in Gumbiners Pet Store reads “A Rabbit is Man’s Best Friend,” signed “Rabbit Taylor.” The princess in A Lad in Baghdad (Howard/Dalton, 1938), disappointed with Egghead, uses the magic lamp to summon Taylor.

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