They arrived in Los Angeles it was 26th February 1930. The date happened to be Grandma's 176th birthday so the family gave her a very special present to mark their arrival in their new home, her old leg back. The shovel leg was worn down to a nubbin and Grandma walked with a pronounced limp for the rest of her life, which was roughly another three hours. The end of their tunnel came up in the back garden of Shirley Temple's house. The young girl saw what she thought were giant moles coming out of her lawn and danced on their heads with her tap shoes on. A passing movie producer saw the commotion and instantly recognised a huge talent, and a star was born! Arthur was hired for a starring role in "Attack of the Killer Molemen."
Arthur was suddenly in high demand in Hollywood. Realising that his name was too long to fit on the front of most theatre marquees he decided to change it for the betterment of his career. His stage name Veronica Yanniviclovacistienberg was soon on everybodies lips, and his lips were soon on everybody elses. However it was his new stateside friends that had taken to calling him Yannie. He worked steadily for the next 30 years and pioneered many aspects of movie making, that are now taken for granted, through many iconic roles. All this and at the same time never being recognised for his efforts.
It was Arthur laid the way for modern stunt work when he played an in intigral role in Laurel and Hardy's "The Music Box". His part as the piano helped win the picture an Oscar, although hurling himself down the long flight of stairs over and over again left him with a life threatening broken left eyelid.
Arthur was also to lead the way for the popular "method" style of acting. When preparing for his role in the 1940 movie "The Great Dictator" as Charlie Chaplin's mustache he spent months hanging himself from the noses of passing strangers, never coming out of character until a violent sneeze shook him free.
Arthur often took roles behind the camera, it is a little known fact that it was his genius that saw him single handed choreograph all the non dancing elements for "Singin' in the Rain". In one particular scene Donald O'Connor was required to walk from one end of the set to the other, but the star was forbidden to perform the sequence because of insurance restrictions. Arthur was used as a stand in and his performance is considered to have set the standard in filmed perambulation. In the following scene every move made that isn't a dance move was composed in minute detail by Arthur. Please take paticular note how during the scene the diction coach is sitting down for a a great deal of the routine. Arthur spent weeks putting together the posture required for actor Bobby Robson's performance, which took Bobby a staggering 87 takes to perfect such was the required detail.
Arthur's career finally came to a tragic end in 1959 when, during the filming of the classic chariot racing scene in Ben Hur, he was crushed to death. Charlton Heston sat on him whilst he was bending down to tie up his sandals.
Arthur Veronica "Yannie" Yanniviclovacistienberg has so many amazing credits to his long movie career and yet his name is unknown to all but the most avid motion picture historian. All of his accomplishments that still resonate in modern motion picture production today and yet he did not receive a single award.
Blog Paper is proud to bring to you The Yannie Award, named after this great pioneer. The award will presented to those involved in the production of any motion picture in the year previous that has otherwise gone unrecognised by any of the other major award ceremony. So, sit back, relax and enjoy all the glitz and glamor of the very first Yannie Awards and remember it would not have been possible had it not been for the lost golden era great that was Arthur Yanniviclovacistienberg.