Riding on Air (Guy Kibbee)

QUESTION:  What is Guy Kibbee's birthday?
A)  May 24
B)  March 6
C)  July 4
D)  January 1
ANSWER BELOW

The American Treasure Tour blog is taking a bit of a different approach towards our newest subject, the movie Riding on Air, which is advertised on a poster hanging in our Music Room. In the pursuit of accuracy and quality information, we are going to explore multiple facets of this comedic romp as a way to examine the richness of information that can be revealed by looking at one item.  You'll see what we mean over the next few days. Of course, we hope you enjoy the journey.  Riding on Air was released in 1937 in glorious black-and-white. The star of the film, Joe E. Brown, will be discussed in the future. Today, we honor the man who played J. Rutherford Waddington, affectionately known as 'Doc.' His name is Guy Kibbee, and he is a favorite among the staff here at the American Treasure Tour not only because of his acumen as an actor but also because he shares a birthday with the Director of the American Treasure Tour, who goes by the name of Ginni.  Because that's actually her name.

Guy Kibbee was an El Paso, Texas native who started his show business career by performing on riverboats as they traveled up and down the Mississippi River. He was a late bloomer when it came to the film industry, only getting in front of the camera for the first time just shy of his fiftieth birthday, after he made the move to Hollywood and became a member of the Warner Brothers' stock company, a group of actors who did the rounds of supporting rolls. His first year in film was 1931, and he was in eight credited rolls that year alone.  Kibbee often portrayed the befuddled businessman or government official with a jovial disposition who might have been a little bit dim. (And no, we are not drawing comparisons with Ginni here - how dare you even suggest it!)  Kibbee passed away in 1956 due to complications associated with Parkinson's Disease. 

ANSWER:  Guy Kibbee was born on March 6, 1882 and passed away on May 24, 1956. We suspect you knew that, it just slipped your mind when you read the question. We don't judge you.