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Sidney Blackmer Celebrates 50th Year in Show Business

Feb. 5, 1964 - Sidney Blackmer, co-star of the play “A Case of Libel,” is celebrating his 50th year in show business this month. He will be honored at an after-show party on Feb. 21 at Sardi’s. The party will be given by Roger Stevens and Joel Schenker, producers of the drama.

Mr. Blackmer (pictured right in the Broadway production of “Sweet Bird of Youth”), who was born July 13, 1895, started his acting career while a student, appearing in the film serials “The Perils of Pauline” and “The Million Dollar Mystery.” “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine” marked his first stage appearance in 1914 in Charlotte, N.C., approximately 45 miles from Salisbury, N.C., where he was born. His New York stage debut took place Feb. 13, 1917, in “The Morris Dance.” Two years later he achieved stardom in “39 East.” He is a founding member of Actors Equity.

Altogether, Mr. Blackmer estimates that he has performed in 35 plays in New York, among them “Come Back, Little Sheba,” “The Love Child,” and “The Mountain Man.” He has made almost 300 screen appearances, in films such as “Little Caesar” (1931), “The Count of Monte Cristo” (1934), “Duel in the Sun” (1946), “A Song Is Born” (1948), “The High and the Mighty” (1954), “High Society” (1956), and “Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957).


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