Not too many months ago I saw The Tin Star (with Anthony Perkins and Henry Fonda) on cable and laughed out loud at Neville Brand’s character’s name: Bart Bogardus!
Can you point to another character name that is as out-of-place as this?
Better yet, do you know personally anybody named Bogardus?
The closest I can come is Buster Boguskie who played baseball for Nashville’s minor league team back in the 50’s or 60’s. He ran for public office and had hats, buttons, and posters with some slogan like “I’m a Buster Truster.”
I tried to find (by way of Character search at IMDB) another odd name, but must not be spelling it closely enough. It was something like “Phil Phidacter” (sounded like that anyway). I just remember that the guy with that name was played by a middle-aged pudgy guy with a flat-top who was also visible in commercials for stuff like laundry detergent or washing machines or some sort of antacid. This would be going back at least 10 years. I wish I could think of that actor’s name because I could find that “Phidacter” dude’s name that way. It sounded very fake to me. Know any Phidacters?
I believe it may have been Roger Ebert’s complaint about some of Steve Martin’s character names that he was treading on hallowed ground that only Fields and Groucho could safely tread. If it wasn’t Ebert it should have been.
The Ian Fleming names all go into the “highly doubtful” category of phone-book eligibility. However, I would definitely like to meet a Moneypenny in a banking environment.