Maybe you saw these movies for the first time at a drive in, or on lazy Sunday-afternoon TV. Maybe an older relative showed them to you, or maybe you sought them out after seeing their likeness in Bugs Bunny cartoons, or parodies like Young Frankenstein. Whatever the case, these movies hold a different place for everyone.
They might remember an unassuming, polite old man on a talk show or a familiar voice from an animated movie. They might think of him as a novel vestige of the past, who faded out of obscurity and will soon pass back into it… but that would be a mistake.