The Five Best Carol Channing Movies of Her Career

We’ve either reached the years in which a lot of our favorite stars are starting to pass away or a lot of us have just now noticed that things like this happen in waves occasionally. Carol Channing, known best for her time in the various musicals that she enjoyed so much, passed away on January 15th of this year. While many people might know a great deal about her and have possibly seen more than one of her performances in their lifetime it would be a great idea for those that don’t to look up some of her material on YouTube and find out just why she was such a wonderful person to get to know. Her performances were something that people would laud as being among the best and her personality was something that, on stage, couldn’t often be beat. The world is a little less without her, but for the time she was here it was a pleasure to get to know her through said performances.

Here are some of the best movies of her career.

5. Skidoo

Things were a lot different in the 60s it seems since this whole movie seems like one giant acid trip. Tony is a former hitman that’s ready to hang up his guns, so to speak, and lead a life that’s less dangerous with his wife and daughter. But of course a big-time mobster wants him to take on one last assignment before he’s done. Unfortunately that one assignment happens to be one of his best friends, a job that Tony is sure that he can’t take on and believes will keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Somehow though he manages to escape and is picked up by his wife, which leads to a happy ever after of sorts.

4. Thumbelina

Now this is the kind of kids’ film that can deliver on a lot of promises that are made during a movie and are hardly ever kept in a lot of current films. For one, Thumbelina is a small girl no bigger than her mother’s thumb, hence the name. Since she’s so special she’s bound to find love in some way, shape, or form that will satisfy her. And lo and behold she finds a fairy prince that falls in love with her singing, and upon marrying him she grows her own wings that allow her to stand on even ground with the prince. And at the very end the enemies that were considered so bad finally find their own happiness and everyone lives happily ever after.

3. The First Traveling Saleslady

She was more of a supporting character in this movie it seems but it does tell an interesting tale of a woman that finds as her business is beginning to fail that she needs to come up with a way to sell her products or close up shop, so to speak. This is the kind of movie that makes you wonder how in the world men ever thought to deny women their fair share of the American dream just because of the old ways, and why it took so long for women to get even half of what they have now. But then that would open up a whole new can of worms and let’s just say that the conversation would be a lot longer.

2. Thoroughly Modern Millie

This is an interesting movie mostly for the fact that it’s about two millionaire siblings that are sent out into the world to find people that will love them for who they are, not for their money. Unfortunately they run afoul of a slavery ring that involves young white women being tricked and sold into bondage. When Dorothy finally ends up missing Jimmy goes to look for her only to be nabbed as well. In the end however they do find a way to subdue their kidnappers and are able to find the people that they truly love and end up living happily ever after. A lot of Channing’s movies seem to end this way.

1. Alice in Wonderland

Among the many different ways that Alice in Wonderland has been portrayed this is possibly one of those that stuck closest to the book since the images that were presented seemed like something out of a nightmare or LSD trip in some cases. If you’ve ever read the book however you might swear that the author was indeed inebriated in some manner simply because the imaginative thinking that made its way onto the page was nothing short of inspired and absolutely crazy. With that in mind however it also created a very rich and engaging story that’s managed to attract many a reader and viewer throughout the years. But honestly, the Jabberwocky in this film was absolutely horrifying at one time.

Rest in peace ma’am, you’ll be missed.

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