I had to look up scenes from a 1945 B-film called Radio Stars on Parade at work, and I noticed poor Jack Grey not just billed as Rear End of Horse, but Rear End of Horse (scenes deleted), which is the most pathetic thing I have ever read.
Plus, that was his last film: after 20 years, it was the point where his horse’s ass scene hit the cutting room floor that Jack Grey realized it was time to hang it up. He’d been in movies since the 1910s, and had played such diverse and memorable roles as Detective (Beast of the City), Bank Guard (Skyscraper Souls), Townsman (Fury), Courtesan (Marie Antoinette—do you suppose IMDB knows what a Courtesan is?), and Reporter (Mexican Spitfire’s Baby). Then came the heartbreaking debacle of Rear End of Horse, and it was all over for Jack Grey. What did he do for the remaining eleven years of his life? My next bio may be Horse’s Ass (Deleted): The Jack Grey Story.
Do you suppose Jack Grey took his wife and kids to see Radio Stars on Parade? “This is finally Daddy’s big break—oh, no, where’s my scene?” Then back—silent in the car the whole way—as Jack Grey realized it was Just Not Going to Happen for him, he would never be the next Bill Frawley.
And Charlie Hall, the sonofabitch who played the front end of the horse? He went on to act for another ten years, including a prime job as Man With Pool Cue on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I’ll bet Jack Grey went to his death cursing the name of Charlie Hall. “Man With Pool Cue? I could have acted the hell out of that.”