Mar 10, 2011

Random Fred Moore

While on a Google search for Wilfred Jackson I happened upon this image, part of a terrific post of screen grabs Michael Sporn did back in December. Here, from 1951's "Operation Wonderland", is Fred Moore and Johnny Lounsbery. Artfully lit, they're looking offscreen as they go through the promotional motions, drawing the soundstage antics of the actors used for reference on "Alice In Wonderland".


As an aside, Mark Mayerson comments on Michael's blog that this might be the latest picture of Moore he'd ever seen. I think that distinction might actually belong to this shot of Fred with John Sibley taken outside the Burbank animation building, posted here in 2006(from the collection of James Walker).
In any case, it's hard to believe that the man shown here is barely 40 years old. This is the visible toll years of hardcore drinking can take.

5 comments:

ScotlandBarnes said...

Interesting picture of Freddy Moore. When I first watched "Mad Men" I thought it was a bit of an exaggeration with the drinking - until you read up on guys like Freddy Moore or any of the guys from the story department that can be found Canemakers' Paper Dreams.

Great pics though regardless!

Jenny Lerew said...

Thanks!

No, "Mad Men" is no exaggeration. My parents were from that generation. My dad worked for D'Arcy (one of the ad agencies that Mad Men's is based on), and in their circle there was a lot of drinking going on, way in excess of what we think of as normal today.
Most if not all of Fred's colleagues drank-they just didn't become as addicted to it.

Steven Hartley said...

Is it me or does Fred look much older than 40 in the last picture. Could that have something to do with his heavy drinking?

David said...

@Steven - Yes, I believe so. That's why Jenny wrote:
"In any case, it's hard to believe that the man shown here is barely 40 years old. This is the visible toll years of hardcore drinking can take."

Sketchees said...

Wow!!! You're right.. he looks way older than 40!

What a sad story..