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Feb 14, 2018 - 11:00:55 AM
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3492 posts since 7/28/2008

I was surfing the channels and came upon "Popeye", which I haven't seen in over 3 decades.
After a few minutes I saw this...

..and I immediately knew that grin! Could it be?

Well, I'm sure many of you already knew about it.

Anyway I fast-forwarded thru the movie on the DVR and couldn't find any more.
I don't know where it was in the movie. But I searched YouTube and found it here...

and captured these 2 very brief images (but heard none of his picking)...

Then, from the DVR I found the "proof" as if I didn't already know...

Edited by - robbif on 02/14/2018 12:22:42

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:28:14 AM

191 posts since 5/30/2016

Pretty cool

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:28:27 AM

1054 posts since 1/16/2010

Oh was just a brief “panning” of the camera across Doug for about 1 second.....such a shame....they couldn’t even give him 10-15 seconds of decent banjo picking? Oh well.


Feb 14, 2018 - 12:44:19 PM



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That's great, never noticed that. If you search really hard you can catch a glimpse of Steve Martin in The Jerk, but he's not playing a banjo frown

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:57:30 PM


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1512 posts since 4/29/2012

I must have fallen asleep by that point. Possibly the most tedious film I've payed for in a cinema.

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:23:15 PM



3492 posts since 7/28/2008

Originally posted by AndrewD

I must have fallen asleep by that point. Possibly the most tedious film I've payed for in a cinema.

That's why I fast-forwarded the DVR!

Feb 14, 2018 - 3:37:44 PM

2209 posts since 11/15/2003

I saw Bryon Berline, playing concert violin "in uniform" on an episode of
"StarTrek The Next Generation"

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:14:14 PM



3492 posts since 7/28/2008

I have the video clip but don't think I can legally put it online.


Feb 15, 2018 - 12:51:26 AM



1234 posts since 11/8/2010

I love cameos (who doesn't?). I had a similar surprise once watching "Conspiracy Theory" starring Mel Gibson when I suddenly realised there was Paul Simon as one of his taxi passengers. Only a split second but no doubt it was him. There were others, too, like Anthony Quinn.

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:15:27 AM



3492 posts since 7/28/2008

Here's one of my favorite pics of Doug. I'd just gotten back from Vietnam and went with Byron Berline to Las Vegas where he was playing with Dillard and the Expedition...One of the very few times he wasn't grinning!

He was sure grinning here, with Billy Ray Lathum and Roger Bush...

Edited by - robbif on 02/15/2018 07:22:27

Feb 15, 2018 - 5:21:15 PM
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117 posts since 5/9/2003

I grew up in Southern California and saw the original Dillards several times. Doug was my inspiration to play banjo, as it was for people like John McEuen and Steve Martin. Years later I interviewed him in Madison, Wisconsin when he brought the Doug Dillard Band into the area. The first question to him, that surprised him, was how he had gotten the gigs in Popeye and The Rose. He said it was through Harry Dean Stanton, who was a friend both personal and musical. It is sometimes forgotten that both Doug Dillard and the Dillards (with him and without him) were central to the Folk-Rock and Country-Rock movements on the west coast. I was always gratified that I had a chance to tell him how much he meant to my musical life.

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