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.