“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Dorothy Malone…

January 20th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Actress Dorothy Malone was best  familiar to 1960s television viewers as Constance Mackenzie, the long-suffering mother of Mia Farrow, in the night-time soap  Peyton Place. She also won an Oscar for her work in  Written on the Wind.  After 11 years of roles playing sweethearts and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to gamble on her career. She fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blonde and sought a sultry image, which led to her award-winning performance.

“`In 1942, an RKO talent scout saw her on stage at Southern Methodist University, and recommended her for a film contract. Moving to Warner Brothers in 1945 gave her a great opportunity. In her first film at the studio, The Big Sleep, she was cast as a bookshop clerk opposite Humphrey Bogart.

“`She took on roles in Night and Day, Colorado Territory, Artists and Models, and Battle Cry. During the 1950s, she thrived in biopics, Man of a Thousand Faces and Too Much Too Soon, the scripted tales of Lon Chaney and John Barrymore  (working with James Cagney and Errol Flynn).

“`Malone thrived on television guest-starring in Route 66, Dr. Kildare, The Untouchables, Ellery Queen, Ironside, and Vega$. She also had a prominent role in the mini-series, Rich Man Poor Man. Her final big screen part was in Basic Instinct.  Dorothy got the latter part, after impressing Michael Douglas on an episode of  The Streets of San Francisco, a decade before. They remained friends after her appearance.

“`Malone’s enduring connection to Peyton Place led to co-starring in two made-for-television movies:  Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place – The Next Generation.

“`A lingering memory to Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dorothy Malone (above) was 93.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Bradford Dillman…

January 19th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Bradford Dillman was an actor and author in familiar movies throughout his career. He appeared in film, television, and stage. BRADFORD DILLMAN –>

“`After serving in Korea, Bradford studied at the Actor’s Studios. He spent several seasons as an apprentice with the Sharon Connecticut Playhouse before making his professional acting debut in The Scarecrow in 1953.

“`Dillman began on Broadway career in the Eugene O’Neill play Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 1956, as the author’s alter ego, Edmund Tyrone, and won a Theatre World Award. The production also featured Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, and Jason Robards Jr., and it ran for 390 performances. In 1957, Katharine Cornell cast him in a Broadway production of Robert E. Sherwood’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, There Shall Be No Night.  It was later adapted for television in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production.

“`On screen, Dillman appeared in  Compulsion, Sergeant Ryker, The Bridge of Remagen, JigsawThe Mephisto Waltz,  Escape from the Planet of the Apes, The Way We Were, The Swarm, Love and Bullets, and Sudden Impact. Bradford was cast in the melodrama A Certain Smile, for which he earned a Golden Globe Award.

“`On television, he guest-starred in Kraft Television TheatreAlfred Hitchcock Presents, Wagon Train,  The Name of the GameWild Wild WestColumboThe Big ValleyThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.,  Barnaby JonesThe F.B.I.Marcus Welby M.D.Fantasy IslandMission:  Impossible,  The Streets of San Francisco, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and   Ironside. In eight different episodes, he had a part in Murder She Wrote.

“`Dillman wrote a sports fan book  Inside the New York Giants; and an autobiography Are You Anybody:  An Actor’s Life. He lived for many years in Montecito, California, and helped raise money for medical research. His second wife was actress Suzy Parker.

“`Bradford Dillman was 86.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Val Zavala to Retire at KCET…

January 17th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Val Zavala, the anchor, producer, and an award-winning journalist of KCET  SoCal Connected, is retiring after thirty years of covering Los Angeles. She is known for her collaboration with Ralph Story’s  Things That Aren’t Here Anymore series of documentaries.                                 VAL ZAVALA —>

“`Zavala began her career at KCET in 1987, and has reported on critical topics such as the election of Los Angeles’ first Mexican American mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa;  the tragedy of 9/11; the Democratic National Convention in 2000; and much more.  The winner of 18 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards and eight Golden Mikes,  Val earned a Walter Cronkite Award  for Ballot Brief, an informative digital program on California’s ballot measures in the 2016 election.

“`Although viewers know Zavala from her work as an anchor for the last 10 years, her legacy at the station goes beyond her on-screen talents. From 2014 to 2017, she became executive producer on KCET’s award-winning news magazine show, SoCal Connected; and served as the station’s Vice President of News and Public Affairs.

“`From 2004 to 2008, Zavala was a reporter, producer, and anchor for KCET’s weekday news program Life and Times, in addition to several other news specials and series such as Town Hall Los Angeles and Bracing for a Quake:  A Survival Guide, among others.

“`Zavala’s career will be honored in an episode of SoCal Connected called 30 Years with Val Zavala;  which will air on Tuesday evening, February 13th at 8p on KCET; and will encore on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:30p.

“`Val is an active community leader. She was honored by Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media, and named one of the 100 most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business magazine. Val also serves on the board of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, and one of the regents for Mount Saint Mary’s University.

“`Val plans on spending more time with her family.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- My 2018 SAG Ballot…

January 15th, 2018

“`This is how I voted for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. The movies in 2017 didn’t match the quality of last year’s assortment;  however, there are still wonderful reasons to visit the cinema. My year #9 thoughts on this blog site:


   
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   OUTSTANDING MALE:  Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

This selection is not even close. Oldman embodies Winston Churchill, as John Lithgow did in The Crown; for which, he won many accolades. Denzel Washington was terrific in a flawed production; while James Franco was spot-on in The Disaster Artist. Timothee Calamet will remain in any conversation for future award’s consideration.  Personally, this critical chatter over Get Out is perplexing. Again, we have another glaring omission for Tom Hanks.

   OUTSTANDING FEMALE:  Frances McDormand (3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO)

Count me in the camp that considers Frances McDormand one of four top actresses of our generation. Her performance in Fargo is exceptional; as was her moments in Mississippi Burning. She has a knack for finding quirky assignments. Margot Robbie in I Tonya was totally edgy. And, Judi Dench always delivers. Sally Hawkins is worthy in a visual fantasy. Although I adore Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird’s angst has been done before with far better results. Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone were snubbed.

  OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING MALE: Sam Rockwell (3 Billboards Outside Ebbing MO)

In a really tough field of outstanding actors, Sam Rockwell delivers a career performance. He is a dangerous Barney Fife that emerges as a scene-stealer even when opposite McDormand. Rockwell is THE reason to watch Three Billboards.  Woody Harrelson is also compelling as a redemptive tragic hero; and he was surprisingly good in  LBJ. Richard Jenkins, Steve Carrell, and Willem Dafoe are fine competition. I honestly disliked The Florida Project (with Dafoe).

   OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING FEMALE:  Allison Janney (I Tonya)

Always solid on television, Allison Janney is so raw and really funny in I Tonya. Hong Chau and Mary J. Blige are part of strong ensembles, and hold their weight.  Laurie Metcalf is the bright spot in Lady Bird. Holly Hunter rounds out the field, and always a great contribution co-starring in any motion picture. Octavia Spencer deserved nominee consideration.

   OUTSTANDING CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE:  3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO

Three Billboards is comparable to last year’s Hell or High Water as a sleeper that delivers dark comedy to perfection.  Mudbound has this unfortunate Netflix bias working against it; and the fact it is really a sad story. The Big Sick is wonderfully written, and has a chance at screenplay honors at the Oscars. Lady Bird and Get Out were fair productions. They could have been replaced by The Post, I Tonya, The Shape of Water or Darkest Hour, all with better overall casts.

~ My 2017 Top 10 Movies:  1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO  2. Darkest Hour  3. The Post   4. Molly’s Game  5. I Tonya  6. Mudbound  7. Battle of the Sexes  8. LBJ   9. The Big Sick  10. Victoria and Abdul

“`The SAG Awards will air on January 21st on TNT and TBS. We’ll see how I do this year…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to the Candidate…

January 14th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`John V. Tunney successful campaign for a California seat in the United States Senate became the basis for the 1972 Robert Redford movie The Candidate. Tunney defeated a former star-turned-senator, and became  among the youngest candidates to sit in the senate in the  20th century when he won his seat in 1970 at age 36. And then, John was one of the youngest in recent history to lose the congressional seat when defeated after one term.

“`Tunney was born in New York, and his dad was boxer Gene Tunney,  a 1920s heavyweight champion, whose two victories over Jack Dempsey were among the most renowned fights of the 20th century. The elder Tunney was insistent that his sons pursue professions other than boxing. John chose law and politics.

“`The charismatic young Democrat was often compared to the Robert Kennedy; but, had to swing to the center to beat the 68-year-old Republican incumbent, George Murphy, in 1970. Director Michael Ritchie worked on Tunney’s campaign; and, this generational story, and the machinations of elections contained perfect fodder for the political-minded Hollywood of the day. Redford took on the role of Bill McKay, based on Tunney.  This production was a critical and commercial success, winning an Academy Award for screenwriter Jeremy Larner.

“`In his next primary run, he defeated Tom Hayden. He would lose in the general election to S. I. Hayakawa. Tunney returned to a Los Angeles firm and resumed practicing law.

“`John Tunney (above) was 83.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Whoa Nelly!…

January 13th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Keith Jackson, whose signature phrase, Whoa Nelly!, made him the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a sportscaster. Jackson covered many sports; but, he was best known for college football.

“`After serving four years in the Marine Corps., Jackson broadcast his first college football game in 1952 as an undergraduate at Washington State. He worked in radio and television before joining ABC Sports in 1966.  He also called NFL football games, and was the initial play-by-play announcer on  ABC Monday Night Football before being replaced in the second season by Frank Gifford. He was a member of the Wide World of Sports team.                                KEITH JACKSON —–>

“`Keith called a number of World Series and baseball’s All-Star games, and he was ABC’s lead NBA play-by-play announcer, auto racing, PGA Tour Golf, and worked college basketball with Dick Vitale. Jackson also covered ten Olympics, calling swimming, track and field, basketball, speed skating, and ski jumping.

“`He appeared in the movie, The Fortune Cookie; and on an episode of Coach on television. He also was cast in many commercials throughout his career. The Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University awarded him the Murrow Award for leaders in the communication industry in 1999

“`Jackson first announced his retirement in 1998; but, returned to work. He retired for good after the 2006 Rose Bowl, featuring the Texas University upset of USC in the BCS national championship game. He’s a member of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The Rose Bowl stadium’s radio and television booths were renamed in his honor, two years ago. He is in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame for his contributions to the New Year’s Day game,  which he called a record 15 times; and he nicknamed The granddaddy of them all. He could turn a phrase…

“`My prayers to his family, and especially, his son Lindsey, who was a high school friend. Keith Jackson was 89.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Chaplin Put Montecito on the Map…

January 11th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Montecito,  the California coastal enclave devastated by this season’s deadly mudslides, is known as Oprah Winfrey’s hometown. Ellen DeGeneres, Al Gore, Rob Lowe, Patrick Stewart, Drew Barrymore, and Jeff Bridges either live there or own part-time homes there. Chef Julia Child lived there late in life. But, it was Charlie Chaplin, the biggest star of another era, who helped make it a haven for celebrities.  To the south is the Pacific Ocean; and to the west is Santa Barbara.

“`In his first visit and fell in love with the area and its Mediterranean climate, ocean views, and canyon serenity. At the height of his fame in 1928, Chaplin led a small group of investors, including Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle, who built the Montecito Inn, which he called the cream of the coast, a posh getaway two blocks from the ocean, that became a local landmark.  In 1942, Chaplin, age 53,  married 18-year-old Oona O’Neill, at a Montecito event that scandalized the entire nation. In its hotel lobby, there is a life-size statue of Chaplin. It is a nostalgic reminder.

“`The deadly mudslides that ravaged the town came a month after a massive wildfire drove many residents from their homes and blackened the nearby mountains. With no vegetation left to absorb the rain, the slides came quickly in the midst of a torrential downpour. Tennis great Jimmy Connors was among those stranded and airlifted by the Coast Guard.

“`My prayers to the residents of Montecito.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Resemblance is Striking…

January 10th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The common wisdom is today’s actors do not match up to stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. When making comparisons, modern headliners offer favorable similarities. Here’s my Top 10:

~ Tom Hanks / James Stewart – This is one comparison that is frequently mentioned. With age, Hanks has developed an edge, much like Stewart did in his later career. Who couldn’t see Hanks befriending an invisible rabbit? Stable marriages enhance their popularity

   

~ Daniel Day-Lewis / Paul Muni –  Muni meticulously prepared for roles as he became invisible on screen. He also stepped away from his career at various times. Day-Lewis is a respected actor, and adopted this method-approach that Muni perfected.

   

~ Ralph Fiennes / Laurence Olivier – Comfortable in starring parts, as well as character roles in support of the storyline. Fiennes has the style, grace, and talent of his predecessor. One more thing… The pair could excel in villainy with aplomb.

   

~ Kevin Costner / Henry Fonda – They were realistic on the prairie and within the confines of the Oval Office. Comedic and dramatic opportunities are no issue for Costner, nor for Fonda. The fabric of America suits these screen icons. Either wears plain-spoken heroism well.

   

~ Gene Hackman / Spencer Tracy – You accept each of their characters, and this makes them the best in the business. Clark Gable once called Spencer:  An actor’s actor; Hackman could be described as such. Both were two-time Oscar-winners, and should have won gobs more statuettes.

   

~ Al Pacino / James Cagney –  Ferocity best describes the approach of these two giants of cinema. They portrayed criminals you want to root for. There exists this fatalism in their eyes that transcends the body of their work, making them kindred spirits.

   

~ Michael Keaton / Jack Lemmon – They are at their best equally handling comedy and drama with total ease. Tragic turns have wonderfully funny moments. Each scene gives the audience a full spectrum of emotions with deceptive range.

   

~ Jeff Bridges / Clint Eastwood – Bridges can deliver a performance without uttering a word.  John Wayne’s bravado was too chatty; Gary Cooper had too much of an aw-shucks attitude. Eastwood’s silence sets a scene with such command; so, the comparison is more appropriate.

   

~ Robert De Niro / Edward G. Robinson – It’s natural to compare De Niro to Humphrey Bogart.  However, De Niro is a fine comedian, and his approach better resembles Robinson. Additionally, the two have been pretty remarkable gangsters, as well.

   

~ George Clooney / Cary Grant –  Both are incredibly good looking; however, it belies their undeniable talent. They were willing to play against-type. Plus, Clooney and Grant’s on-screen personas markedly differ from their real-life personalities.

   

“`Your thoughts?

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Best Wishes to Alex Trebek…

January 8th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Alex Trebek has taken a brief medical leave from his duties as host of Jeopardy! following surgery last month. He is set to return to taping in mid-January.

“`He underwent surgery on December 16th for a subdural hematoma, or blood clot on the brain, that Alex incurred from a fall back in October. He was released from the hospital on December 18th. Trebek is expected to make a complete recovery from the procedure.         ALEX TREBEK —>

“`Trebek has been the host of the syndicated quiz show since 1984, when it was revived by creator Merv Griffin and King World Productions. Previously, the show was moderated by Art Fleming. Jeopardy!, with a distinctive format of contestants delivering their answers in the form of a question, has become a prime time television mainstay; as well as Wheel of Fortune, another Griffin production.

“`The only change to the show’s on-air schedule will be the shift of its College Championship episodes from March to April. In a video message, Trebek thanked his fans for their concern, as word of his surgery spread.

“`Viewers of the game show are glad this isn’t Final Jeopardy for the amiable host.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Life in the Shadows…

January 7th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Jerry Van Dyke was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom,  before clicking as the amiable sidekick in  Coach. For his efforts, Jerry received four consecutive Emmy nominations. He also co-starred with Ann Southern in the dreadful sitcom My Mother the Car. He joined  The Judy Garland Show in 1963, to provide comic relief; but, was unceremoniously let go at the end of the season.

“`Jerry knew from childhood that he wanted to be a comedian, and grew up listening to the radio shows of Bob Hope and Red Skelton. Van Dyke entered  Eastern Illinois University. His education was interrupted by service in the  Air Force throughout the Korean War.  Jerry would entertain at military shows with comedy skits and his banjo playing. After his service, he followed his brother to Hollywood.

JERRY VAN DYKE

“`He had his initial break with a recurring role on  The Dick Van Dyke Show as Rob Petrie’s banjo-playing brother. Van Dyke also guest starred on  The Ed Sullivan Show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.Perry MasonThat GirlLove American Style, The Andy Williams ShowThe Love BoatFantasy Island, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. However, he did turn down a chance to replace Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show, and the character of Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island. Jerry also lamented losing a role in 1982 when he was up for a supporting gig in a Bob Newhart vehicle, which would run for eight celebrated seasons.  But, Tom Poston got the part on Newhart. In 1995, Van Dyke appeared in a series of Hardee’s commercials.

“`He was cast in motion pictures, including  McLintock!,  The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Palm Springs Weekend, and Angel in My Pocket. During the 1970s, Van Dyke returned to stand-up comedy. He toured Playboy Clubs around the country, and headlined venues in Las Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City.  Van Dyke was an avid poker player, and announced a number of poker tournaments for ESPN.

“`Jerry Van Dyke was 86.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to Frank Buxton…

January 6th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Frank Buxton was an actor, teleplay writer, television director, and author. He’s best known for his collaboration with Gary Marshall on programs, including Happy Days and Mork and Mindy. He also received critical acclaim for his penned work on The Odd Couple.

“`In the 1960s, Buxton rose to fame as the host and producer of the ABC documentary show  Discovery, teaching tots about the world, often with his trusty bloodhound, Corpuscle, at his side. In 1966, Buxton teamed up with Hal Seeger in the animated cartoon series Batfink. For much of the 1970s, Buxton worked as a writer and director at Paramount Television. Frank served as a story editor for the comedy anthology series Love American Style. He earned a Peabody Award for directing and writing Hot Dog for NBC, which starred Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen, Tom Smothers, and Joanne Worley. 

“`As an actor, he appeared in movies, such as What’s Up Tiger LilyFrankie and Johnny,  Beaches, and Overboard. Buxton remained active in local theater and improv groups in his hometown Bainbridge Island, Washington.

“`Frank Buxton was 87.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Great Director: Michael Curtiz…

January 5th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`UCLA Film and Television Archive  and the  Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program presents Michael Curtiz:  A Life in Film. This retrospective features many iconic motion pictures; and, a series of oral presentations that covers the life and career of the acclaimed director. This airs from tonight to March 17th at the Billy Wilder Theater.

“`The Archive is pleased to celebrate the career of Michael Curtiz with a retrospective of some of the director’s most renowned and seldom shown titles,  including a pair of rare silent movies, and a couple of movies from his production company that were created at Warner Brothers. Each screening includes Four DaughtersCasablanca,  The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea WolfRomance on the High Seas20,000 Years in Sing Sing, Kid Galahad,  The Kennel Murder Case, Yankee Doodle Dandy,  or Mildred Pierce.

“`In-person will be author Alan K. Rode, who will sign copies of his book, Michael Curtiz:  A Life in Film, before each screening (except February 3rd). Curtiz directed over 180 films; 94 of them during more than a quarter-century at Warner Brothers. He was in many ways the anti-auteur, directing tearjerkers, swashbucklers, musicals, melodramas, war epics, historical dramas, westerns, horror flicks, and film noir.

“`For a complete list of screenings, please visit:

https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2018/michael-curtiz-life-in-film

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- GoodFella Offers Tough Talk…

January 4th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`News sources are reporting that  Paul Sorvino has made threatening comments against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly sexually harassed his daughter Mira Sorvino. The GoodFellas actor initially made his wise guy-style comments to TMZ.

“`Sir Peter Jackson claimed last month that  Weinstein actively blocked Mira Sorvino from getting work in Hollywood, which she cited as confirmation of him derailing her career. Sir Peter’s allegation about the black-listing of Sorvino was echoed in a similar claim made by  Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff. Her father has responded to the claims and he’s pulling  zero punches. In response, Mira tweeted much love over her dad’s support.

“`Mr. Sorvino stated he did not know about Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment of his daughter, nor the subsequent alleged career black-listing when Mira fought back.  Sorvino’s response included putting the embattled movie producer in a wheelchair, or leave him lying on the ground. Sorvino also noted Weinstein should go to prison; plus, could be a target while incarcerated. He peppered his comments with a bit of profanity.

“`Mira previously said Weinstein had given her an unwanted massage in the 1990s, and attempted to get more physical. He then allegedly started telling  filmmakers not to cast her. For his part, Weinstein has denied the allegations.

“`Later in the interview, Mr. Sorvino mellowed his outlook, saying that he would just slap him around instead of doing anything too terrible.     PAUL and MIRA SORVINO —->

“`Bulletins as they break.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Original Tomboy…

January 3rd, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`The  Upcountry History Museum brings Hollywood chic to the Upstate as it hosts their Katharine Hepburn-Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit. With a stage and film career spanning six decades, Hepburn is an American icon who dazzled all silver screen, theater, and television audiences with her extraordinary talent, keen sense of contemporary fashion, and fiercely independent spirit.

“`The exclusive exhibition of Hepburn’s private collection will make its Southeastern United States debut in Greenville, South Carolina. Featuring over 35 free-standing costumes, worn in 21 films and six stage productions,  spanning Hepburn’s illustrious career, the 2500 square foot project will be the first major costume exhibition in the Upstate South Carolina region.

“`Hepburn’s sixty-year career is further highlighted through the display of costumes worn for publicity shots and in private life; including Hepburn’s signature look, an ensemble of tailored beige trousers and linen jackets. Also on exhibit are film stills, photographs, posters, playbills and related objects.

“`In addition to introducing visitors to the renowned actress, role model, and fashion icon, the project also showcases some of the best costume designers of the time. Cecil Beaton, Howard Greer, Valentina, and Jane Greenwood, who designed stage costume for Hepburn; Edith Head, Walter Plunkett, Irene, Muriel King, and Margaret Furse, who designed her film costumes.

“`Katharine Hepburn is the most honored actress in the history of American cinema,  with four Academy Awards for Best Actress, and eight other Oscar nominations. Hepburn’s star power appeal, the allure of fashion,  her mystique of Hollywood, and their exhibit’s proven success in drawing large audiences both nationally and internationally ensures both local and out-of-town attendance.

“`On loan from Kent State University Museum, the project will include an extensive list of related programming. The exhibition runs through January 14th.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Film Noir Siren Has Died…

January 2nd, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Peggy Cummins was a Welsh-born stage and screen actress who worked just a few years in Hollywood; but, left behind an indelible performance as the lethal, beret-wearing  femme-fatale in the film noir classic Gun Crazy.

“`A child star in England, Cummins was not yet 20, when brought to the United States in 1945 by studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck to play the title character in an adaptation of one of the decade’s raciest novels, Forever Amber. The petite blonde was passed over in favor of Linda Darnell, allegedly because she was too young. PEGGY CUMMINS ->

“`Secretly co-written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo,  who devised a tale of sex, violence, and love, destroyed by greed. Her co-star was John Dall. The production’s erotic energy and documentary approach eventually made it a cult classic. Admirers included French new wave directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

“`David Newman and Robert Benton were trying to sell a synopsis for what became Bonnie and Clyde. Truffaut arranged a screening of Gun Crazy, and suggested it as inspiration. In 1998, the Library of Congress selected the production for preservation for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

“`She briefly dated then-aspiring politician John F. Kennedy; and, was asked out by Howard Hughes, only to have the wealthy aviator crash his plane and cancel their dinner plans. She would retire after making just a handful of movies.

“`In recent years, Cummins appeared at numerous retrospectives for Gun Crazy, calling this her favorite production, even though she insisted she was nothing like her character. Her only regret was to never play roles that resembled her Hollywood inspiration — Bette Davis.

“`Peggy Cummins was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”