FUNNK & MUNDAIGNE !
What a thrill it's always been to introduce Frank Funnk. We were both kids together on the radio. He was the older kid, and already had a cushy series of programmers going for him over at Paranoid Pictures when I came on the lot to direct some war-time musicals for movie mogul Gus Lemming. Frank did a few "Hollywood Madhouse" broadcasts with Lillie and me, mostly when he was touring with that WW2 Coast Guard musical, "Loose Lips". He did some dynamite monologues from the stage show as "Gramps", an old guy spinning elaborate stories of his military service. It seems God actually was his co-pilot!
Of course that was a few years before Frank met Margot. Nobody was more surprised than I was at Frank's sudden desire to return to Broadway in a dramatic role. As everyone now knows, "Waiting for No Exit" was a smash. and Frank's performance as "Lefty" left nothing but a streetcar to be desired. Frank "accidentally" stumbled into Margot at some boite in the East 70s. Who would have guessed that Broadway's leading light - an actress of such skill she could star simultaneously in three productions, playing "Private Foxes", "Hedda Lives" and "The Little Gabbler" with Vincent Price and Roddy McDowell as her co-stars - could fall for a schlubb like Frank? But fall she did. It was "Kismet".
Firezine is to be commended for getting Frank & Margo to sit still (and remain martiniless) long enough to tape the remarkable interview you're about to hear. Ladies and gentlemen, Funnk & Mundaigne: