Larry Hankin: Sometimes Jones learns that “Frogs Never Lie”

By on September 4, 2015

It’s Friday, and today we have a classic fairytale to share about the talking female frog who happens upon a hapless hitchhiker on a lonely stretch of country road in the middle of nowhere.

Sometimes Jones (Larry Hankin) isn’t having much luck getting  the cars to stop for him, despite holding up a series of clever signs (well, some of them are clever).


A semi-friendly frog approaches and tells him she needs to find a human male to kiss her on the lips before 3:30 that afternoon in order to be turned back into a woman (she’s not a princess, just a normal person, she tells him).

Sometimes Jones figures that a request like that is worth something, and he thinks it deserves three wishes and a new pair of shoes, so Miss Semi-Friendly Frog promises to provide him with the secret how to get a ride, plus she says she’ll grant him two wishes if he’ll just plant one right on her mouth.

Does our warm beer-drinking hitcher follow through with sloppy kiss for Miss Semi-Friendly Frog? Well, you’ll have to watch to find out, we’re not going to spoil it for you, but trust us, there’s more to the fable.

This one originally aired on “Night Flight” back in the 80s (we have the proof right here in this original taped-off-the-TV version), back when Larry first started directing his own short films.


About Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin is a writer, performer, director, producer and Oscar-nominee - and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces in the world of character actors. A graduate of “Second City”, an original member of “The Committee”, Larry has gone on to play roles in such diverse projects as “Laverne and Shirley”; Charlie Butz in "Escape From Alcatraz": the convict Clint Eastwood left behind. He stole the raisins on "Seinfeld"; he was Mr. Heckles, The downstairs neighbor on "FRIENDS"; on "Breaking Bad", Larry was the junkyard owner who destroyed the "Meth" Winebego and supplied the huge electro-magnet this season.   Larry's been seen in over 120 other TV shows and movies along the way, including Michael Bey’s: "Pain & Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (“In the film, my character ultimately gets the crap beat out of him by Dwayne Johnson, and I consider it a milestone and an honor in my acting career”, Larry was quoted as saying). But comedic storytelling is where his heart lies: all along, Larry's also been writing short, satiric fables which he‘s been turning into film shorts (30, at present), then directing and starring in them as “Emmett Deemus”, an old, street savvy homeless poet. In Larry’s first film short: “Solly’s Diner,” he introduced his younger, comedic street character, “Sometimes Jones” to audiences here and abroad and was nominated for an Academy Award.   Larry's written and starred over 30 of his own shorts – including Larry's second incarnation of his Sometimes Jones character: Emmett Deemus: basically Don Quixote on a motorcycle: a heroicly inclined, odd elderly biker on a battered old motorcycle with a sidecar: ”The Outlaw Emmett Deemus”. At present, Larry's writing a feature and TV series for Emmett. -xxx-