Riffs Obits
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Published October 8, 2007
Red, White or Blue
Charles B. Griffith 1930 - 2007

Beloveds, I hoist a satchel filled to overflowing with sad drag on to the table in front of Thee. Prince Charles B. Griffith, late of His Lordship's Royal Court is now late of this swingin' sphere.

Griffith known to the planet as the writer of many Roger Corman films including the original "Little Shop of Horrors", "Bucket of Blood", "The Wild Angels", "Attack of the Crab Monsters" and "Rock All Night", a film that was suppose to (but didn't) feature Lord Buckley, took a cab on September 28, 2007 in San Diego, California. He did not say where he was headed.

Charles B. Griffith was a very bright and eager young hipster breaking into the business as a screenwriter when he encountered His Lordship at actor Mel Welles apartment in Hollywood in the 1950's. Griffith remembered that first meeting in a June 2000 interview with Michael Monteleone and Roger Mexico in Punta Banda, Baja:

  He came in the door. Sat himself down, looking very prim with his moustache curled and – he looked like a British lord or racetrack tout perhaps. And sat down and [imitates Buckley in British manner] started talking to the Royal Court [returns to normal voice] and expecting everyone to respond properly. He was always on. I never saw him once when he wasn’t on. Even if he was speaking sentimentally or about the past or telling a story of someone, he was still in the Lord Buckley character. I imagine he went through many metamorphses before that.  

Griffith became a bemused member of the Royal Court and even contributed to Buckley's famous reworking of "The Gettysburg Address":

  I was very proud to get a line in there where he said, “And all you studs, cats and kitties –“ and he [Buckley] stopped and I said, “Red, white or blue” and he kept right on going from that point, you know, and that was great. And that was in the routine.  

Upon hearing of Prince Charles' flip documentarian Roger Mexico said, "I fondly remember our time with him and how invigorated and alive he was around the camera. And I'm reminded of something Scottish Poet Thomas Campbell wrote: 'To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.'"

Charles B. Griffith was a kind man, an incisive thinker, had one of the greatest laughs and was very hip to the mother lode vein of irony that embraces this mad modern world of ours. LBC bows deeply before the beautiful and uplifting spirit of this real tight stud (Red, white or blue.)