Thought of the Day

August 5, 2010

Last week I had a dream.   I don’t remember any of the details, except that there was a scene in the dream in which William Schallert (you know, the father from The Patty Duke Show) played a cranky old judge.  This happens to me all the time.  My gray matter dredges up familiar character actors to play parts in my dreams.  The actors mix in with the real people I know.  I forget who he was playing, but I think Bruce McGill appeared in the William Schallert dream, too.  My subconscious is a great casting director.

I like having favorite character actors drop in for a surprise visit while I’m sleeping, but there’s one aspect to it that drives me crazy.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the Internet Movie Database to add these credits to their filmographies.  Go ahead, take a look at William Schallert’s IMDb page.  Is the role of “Cranky Judge” in “Untitled Stephen Bowie Dream of 27 July 2010” listed?  No, it is not.  In fact, the IMDb would have you believe that Schallert hasn’t worked since an episode of Medium in February.

Just another example of the perpetual unreliability of the internet.

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2 Responses to “Thought of the Day”

  1. John Nelson Says:

    Oh my gosh!!! I do that too… Is it some sort of sickness to have had a dream just a couple of night ago in which Robert Emhardt, Henry Jones and Whit Bissell appeared??? Maybe we need help…

  2. Neil Says:

    My dreams seem to be made, alternately, by a crack feature film first unit, or mass media students trying their hand at sitcoms. My dreams do have soundtracks, and are in color, unless artistically it’s better in black and white. And the casting director often makes jokes at my expense. Ever had a dream where the judge was Charlton Heston and your lawyer was an ex-girlfriend? Even some character actors have put in appearances, like Allan Melvin and John Fiedler.


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