Every now and then, Cliff Edwards (a.k.a. Ukulele Ike) found himself noticed in the news. Sometimes happily, other times less so. A few examples follow:
Ukulele Ike was in “Gone with the Wind” contrary to earlier reports in the Milwaukee Sentinel (April 3 1940), the famed ukulele player did appear in the classic film — he played the wounded soldier in the Atlanta hospital, talking to Melanie about his life before the war.
Ike does Disneyland — the St Petersburg Times told readers on 11 July 1946 about Cliff Edwards’ 5 year contract with the film company, and on September 1956 it reminded people that, thirty years ago, Cliff had been as big as Elvis (Presley). In 1956 he was on the comeback trial with the release by Disney of an LP of Ukulele Ike standards. Cliff had dealings with Disney in the past, when he took the roles of ‘conscience’ as Jimmy Cricket and chief Crow in Dumbo.
A bit too much like Dumbo in the Champagne scene, Cliff was caught under the influence in Burbank, Feb 12 1957, as the Miami News reports. Police found him in charge of a motor vehicle ‘dodging imaginary objects’. He was released on $250 bail.