Frankly, no. (Frank speaking.)

But Joe does.

Jules Munshin only made about two dozen films, but he was more or less a unique presence.

A born and bred New Yorker, he (literally) died there of a heart attack in 1970, at in the relatively young age of 54. He was a seasoned vaudeville performer before starring on the Broadway stage in the 1946 musical, Call Me Mister.

He also worked as an all purpose song and dance man and comedian at the New York Catskills summer resorts — at the time a traditional entry into mainstream show biz for generations of Jewish aspirants, notably including Danny Kaye.

By 1948 , Munshin found himself on the MGM lot playing a “headwaiter Francois” in the Judy Garland, Fred Astaire musical, Easter Parade. It was the beginning of many roles as a second and third banana.

His obvious claim to posterity, however, is that wonderful 1949 musical, On The Town.  It was the closest he came to full blown stardom. His somewhat nerdy interpretation as one of three sailors — Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are the other two — in New York, remains appealing and distinctive.

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Munshin also made appearances in other star-laden musicals including the Astaire-Cyd Charisse pairing in 1957’s Silk Stockings. Typically, his character was named “Bibinsky.”

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Munshin had a certain ethnic appeal which landed him in European roles, usually as a Frenchman.  For example, he turns up opposite a very young Audrey Hepburn in a 1953 French production, We Go To Monte Carlo (aka Monte Carlo, Baby). The picture was made in two versions, one in French and one English, with Munshin appearing in the latter.


Munshin also worked extensively in television, and finished his movie career with something titled Mastermind, a Charlie Chan spoof filmed in 1969 — and released a few years after Munshin’s death.  A minor player, to be sure, but an interesting one.

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