Films of Emil Sitka: MR. WRIGHT GOES WRONG (1946)
by Saxon E. Sitka
Although the acting jobs were starting to roll in, Emil was still subject to small disappointments. For MR. WRIGHT GOES WRONG, he showed up fully prepared for his role as a chemist who creates a formula of a strong glue, but then sat around all day instead. However, it was a two-day job, and the second day made up for the first. And it helped that Emil was recovering somewhat from his flu.
Emil's diary entry for Wednesday, May 15, 1946:
Move Bit #9
All whiskers and no job!
I felt slightly ill in the tummy from that flu I think I had yesterday, but once on the Columbia lot I became "well" - and stayed that way all day.
A heavy beard was tediously pasted upon my chin and with other details that accompany an old distinguished chemist I was bedecked - only to sit out the entire day thusly, without appearing before the camera at all. I must have appeared as an "extra," except that I didn't do "extra" work.
Many a time, in the past, I'd have paid a good dollar to be permitted to just watch, as I did all day, the shooting of a picture.
Sterling Holloway is the star of this comedy-short called "Mr. Wright Goes Wrong," and although he seems frail, I like his comedy.
With regret and an empty feeling I took off my whiskers at the end of the day. For I love to act & would have done it much sooner than the "sitting out" of the day as I did. Anyway tomorrow is the day and I hope to be ready.
Emil's diary for the next day, Thursday, May 16, 1946:
$100.00 for acting today!
"Mr. Wright Goes Wrong" - and I was ready, whiskers and all. When Jules White called "Emil" I was on my marks before the camera. And then for the entire day long I was thusly kept before the camera until all through with my role in this picture!
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