February 2, 1884 ~ January 12, 1955 S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall
Catastrophe- pronounced Cat-A-Strof – is an ongoing joke at my house, courtesy of S.Z Sakall and his inability to understand Barbara Stanwyck’s predicament in Christmas in Conneticut. Whether it be creating Goulash out of Irish Stew, teaching Barbara how to flip flapjacks, or trying to spill soup on Errol Flynn’s dates, S. Z Sakall lent humor, and strategy to many a great comedy in his time. His distinctive Hungarian accent, and excellent comedic timing often helped loosen the mood .
Whether it was helping out Errol Flynn get back his ex wife in Never Say Goodbye, or attempting to understand Barbara Stanwyck’s street slang in Ball of Fire, Cuddles also adds a nice bit of flavor to those classic romantic comedies we know and love. Happy Birthday!