Robert Earl Jones, father of James Earl Jones, appeared in Oscar Michaeux films, on Broadway and with Robert Redford in The Sting. In the 1930s, he was a boxer and the sparring partner of Joe Louis. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he appeared in an uncredited role as the club employee who offers Harry Belafonte a “piece of iron” in the 1959 film noir Odds Against Tomorrow. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
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Paul Lynde drops in on Dean Martin - 1970Dean was a helluva straight man... Forty years ago, the censor would bleep out any overly-suggestive words with a cukoo sound or a bleep. Anytime Paul sauntered onto Dean's show for a little campy fun, I'm sure the network was on full guard - and there's plenty of subtext going on in this clip... If you care to know, the censored word is "piece"