Sunday, August 3, 2008

Freeze Frame! - Henry and Leon

Over forty Hollywood personalities were featured in the 1941 Warner Brothers cartoon Hollywood Steps Out. Among the celebrities caricatured in that particular Looney Tunes short were Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Mickey Rooney, just to name a few. Sitting at a reserved table in the then famous Ciro's nightclub however, were two gentlemen who would have likely gone unrecognized by audiences even back in 1941. The two individuals (left to right) are Henry Binder and Leon Schlesinger. Schlesinger of course was the producer of the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons. Binder, less well know, served as Schlesinger's assistant.