“Forgotten Hollywood”- Loss of Classic American Actress…

August 4th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   Coleen Gray was an actress that appeared in fine cinema. Her list includes Red River, Nightmare Alley, and The Killing. She  won a 20th Century Fox contract in 1944.

Coleen_gray   After appearing in State Fair in 1945, she became pregnant and briefly retired from acting. Upon her return, she had roles in Kiss of Death, Apache Drums, Kansas City Confidential, and Father is a Bachelor. She was a mainstay on television, guest-starring in Perry Mason (four times), Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Mr. Ed, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, Have Gun Will TravelFamily Affair, IronsideThe Name of the Gameand Branded. Gray was a regular on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives.    COLEEN GRAY –>

   She was active with the non-profit organization, Prison Fellowship, founded in 1976 by Chuck Colson, a convicted felon in the Watergate scandal. Prison Fellowship assists the church in ministering to prisoners and their families and victims. In 1964, along with actors Victor Jory, Gray testified before the United States Congress as part of Project Prayer, arguing in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing school prayer.

   Coleen Gray was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- And the CMH Winners Are…

August 3rd, 2015

Manny P. here…

   In conjunction with the website, Classic Movie Hub, I am giving away 6 paperbacks in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series in their Summer Giveaway Twitter / Facebook online contest. The winners are from all over the country. Here’s the list:

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   CONGRATULATIONS to these fine enthusiasts of classic cinema.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Rose Parade Includes Downton Abbey

August 1st, 2015

Manny P. here…downton abbey

   Downton Abbey, the PBS show, is getting its own float in the Rose Parade, two days before the premiere of its sixth and final season on January 3rd. PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger made the announcement Saturday at a bi-annual panel for television critics.

   She said that PBS has been accused at times of not having a sense of humor and whimsy, but the float plan will have those qualities. As for the specifics: It will have a lot of flowers on it, and it will contain a Downton Abbey theme. One of the show’s stars, Michelle Dockery, said she had never heard of the Rose Parade; but joked, there would be a lookalike of her riding the float.

   Funding for the float will come from the PBS marketing budget, unless a sponsor can be found. The Rose Parade is held every year on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.

   I hope they will toss free samples from their kitchen. Mrs. Patmore puts out a delightful spread…

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   With Downton Abbey coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up big-screen movie is at least a possibility. By ending the television drama several years shy of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, producer Gareth Neame said rich territory is left to be mined if a film is made. He told critics Saturday that it’s been discussed, but there’s no script or a firm plan.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Hemingway Contest Winner…

July 27th, 2015

Manny P. here…

    A white-bearded Florida man has won the Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his 15th attempt. Retired air traffic controller Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens prevailed this weekend at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a hangout of Ernest Hemingway during his Key West residency in the 1930s.

   A panel of former contest winners chose Boice, who said he shares Hemingway’s passion for marlin fishing. Celebrity cook Paula Deen’s husband, Michael Groover of Savannah, Georgia, finished in the top five. The contest attracted 122 entrants. It’s a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days festival honoring the author’s literary legacy.

ErnestHemingway   During his Key West years, Hemingway wrote the novel To Have and Have Not. Howard Hawks adapted the book into a screenplay that starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Walter Brennan. Other works by Hemingway translated to the screen include For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms.

   Ever been stung by a dead bee?  If you have seen To Have and Have Not, you understand the reference.  ERNEST HEMINGWAY ->

   And so it goes…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TherapyCable Episode #8 is Live…

July 22nd, 2015

Manny P. here…


TCLogo   Episode #8 of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD on THERAPYCABLE features guest Dean Ghaffari, who portrays Sal Mineo, an openly bisexual actor. His story resonates today because of the recent decision by The Supreme Court on marriage equality.

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picgallerycollage   Sal Mineo’s roles in Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Exodus, The Longest Day, and other films put an unwelcome spotlight on his private life. By the early 1960s, he was becoming too old to play the type of role that made him famous, and his public announcement of bisexuality led to him being not considered appropriate for leading roles. Sal was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment near the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood in 1976. The assailant never offered a reason for the attack. Mineo was 37.

 bruckmann-poe-portrait  Ghaffari was in a recent live stage production that also featured an actor portraying Edgar Allan Poe (left). The writer’s life was filled with his own demons, and often wrote his best work while staying alone in cheap hotel rooms. Known as the Father of Detective Fiction,  his poetry and stories told in the gothic mystery genre thrilled readers; but his fame infringed on his personal life in an unwelcome manner. At age 40, Poe died; the cause of his death remains unknown, and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and/or other agents. Prior to his demise, he was found on the streets of Baltimore, delirious, in great distress, and in need of immediate assistance.

800px-El6bw   By the way, (E)dgar (L)awrence Doctorow, the author who wrote Ragtime, was named after Poe. Doctorow died on Tuesday. He was among the most honored authors of the past 40 years. The film versions of his Ragtime and Billy Bathgate were disappointments. Doctorow was 83.                      E. L. DOCTOROW  ——–>

   Two iconic artists who seemingly have little in common. Yet, Mineo and Poe intertwine in a fabulous presentation.

    To enjoy the interview on THERAPYCABLE CHANNEL, click (or cut-and-paste) to view our latest program:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Theodore Bikel is Gone…

July 21st, 2015

Manny P. here…Theodore Bikel

   A great character actor, who I had the pleasure to meet, has died. Theodore Bikel was a Tony and Academy Award-nominated actor and singer whose passions included folk music and political activism. He sang in 21 languages, appeared on numerous television shows, recorded books on tape, and performed in opera productions.            THEODORE BIKEL —->

theodore bikel 2   In 1945, Bikel moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Early in his career, he played opposite Vivien Leigh in a West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Bikel starred on Broadway as Capt. von Trapp in the original 1959 production of The Sound of Music. Theodore may be best known for his portrayal of Tevye in stage productions of Fiddler on the Roof. Although he did not appear in the original 1964 Broadway version or the 1971 film, he played Tevye more than 2,000 times on stage from 1967 onward. His latest film was a documentary about interpreting the work of Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, who wrote Fiddler on the Roof.

   Bikel received an Oscar nod for his 1958 portrayal of a Southern sheriff in The Defiant Ones, the acclaimed drama about two prison escapees. Other on screen roles include The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady, I Want to Live, The Enemy Below, The Pride and the Passion, A Dog of Flanders, and The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming. He worked with Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Susan Hayward, Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Donald Crisp, and Curt Jurgens. He often referred to himself as the poor-man’s Peter Ustinov.

   He guest-starred on television in The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, Charlie’s Angels, Cannon, Little House on the Prairie, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, Dynasty, All in the Family, Knight Rider, Murder She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Law & Order.

    Bikel became increasingly involved with Civil Rights issues and progressive causes, and was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention. In 1962, Bikel co-founded Actors Federal Credit Union, and became the head of Actors Equity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to serve on the National Council for the Arts in 1977 for a six-year term.

   The immensely talented Theodore Bikel was 91.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- New Million Seller…

July 20th, 2015

Manny P. here…

Books Harper Lee    Most critics dismissed it as just a rough draft for To Kill a Mockingbird, and readers despaired over an aging, racist Atticus Finch. But Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is still a million seller.

   HarperCollins has announced Monday that Go Set a Watchman in its combined print, electronic and audio formats has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States and Canada, a figure which includes first-week sales and months of pre-orders. The publisher stunned the world in February when it revealed that a second novel was coming from Lee, who had insisted To Kill a Mockingbird would be her only book.

  HarperCollins, where award-winning authors have included Michael Crichton and Veronica Roth, is calling Watchman its fastest seller in history. Truth be told, other books have sold much faster: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published by Scholastic in 2007, sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours.

   Watchman was completed before Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Mockingbird, but is set in the same Alabama community 20 years later. Critics and readers were startled to find Atticus disparaging blacks and condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw segregation in public schools.

   Watchman was released July 14th and as of early Monday remains at #1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, with Mockingbird also in the Top 10. HarperCollins has increased an initial print run of 2 million copies for Watchman to 3.3 million.


Carol_Burnett_charwoman_character_1974   The Screen Actors Guild is recognizing Carol Burnett for her six decades in entertainment. The actors’ union announced Monday that Burnett will receive its 52nd Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SAG Awards in January.

   Union President Ken Howard said that the 82-year-old entertainer is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. Burnett got her start on stage, where television talent bookers spotted her. She joined the cast of The Garry Moore Show in 1959. She launched The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, which ran for 11 years and won 25 Emmy Awards.

   Burnett is working on a book about the success of her show set to be published next year.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Honor For Walter Mirisch…

July 14th, 2015

Manny P. here…Walter Mirisch

   Legendary filmmaker and producer Walter Mirisch (right) is set to receive the KCET Cinema Series Lumiere Award this evening at a special screening event of the classic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven at 7p at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The award recognizes excellence, artistry, and innovation by a filmmaker or actor for their outstanding contribution to film. Mirisch will be interviewed by Pete Hammond of Deadline.com. Expected luminaries include actress Susan Blakely, James Coburn Jr., and KCET’s Val Zavala.

   Mirisch has had a long and successful motion picture career, producing some of the industry’s finest and most memorable films, such as Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, West Side Story, The Pink Panther, and Fiddler on the Roof. He produced In the Heat of the Night, the Best Picture of 1967. Mirisch served as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1973-1977. He won the Irving G. Thalberg Award in 1977, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982.

   Walter is still active in Hollywood with his role as President and Executive Head of Production at The Mirisch Corporation, an independent filmmaking organization.

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   The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica.

Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Is Harper Lee’s Hometown Ready?

July 13th, 2015

Manny P. here…

  More than 7,000 copies of Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman are headed to Madrie’s Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe, located in a converted three-bedroom house near the courthouse square in Monroeville, Alabama. The owner had to buy a new building across the street just to store all the books, many of which he will ship to online purchasers. It’s doubtful people anywhere care more than the town of 6,300, and the model for Scout Finch’s hometown of Maycomb in both books.

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   Madrie expects to get his first shipment of 4,000 books in an 18-wheeler on Monday, and the store will open at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to begin selling books at the first moment allowed by the publisher. Each novel sold by Madrie’s shop will come with an embossed emblem and a certificate showing it was purchased in Lee’s hometown. Madrie has strung lights across the store’s front lawn for an early-morning shindig and is bringing in an Atticus Finch impersonator who also sings Dean Martin songs on the side. Madrie hopes to close around 2 a.m. before reopening the shop a few hours later for more sales, but he isn’t counting on it.

   A couple blocks away, volunteers will begin public readings at 7a Tuesday of Go Set a Watchman in the old county courtroom, a childhood hangout for Lee, and a model for the court in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Walking tours will be conducted around town pointing out sites mentioned in both books.

Gregory_Peck_in_Roman_Holiday_trailer   There will also be talks, refreshments, an evening cocktail hour with mint juleps and story-telling at the public library, which was a hotel 55 years ago when actor Gregory Peck came to town with his wife to get a feel for his character in the movie, Atticus Finch, who was based on Harper’s father, the late A.C. Lee.

   Scout has a boyfriend named Hank in the new novel, Atticus struggles with his own racist beliefs, and her older brother Jem is dead, according to an excerpt released Friday by the publisher. As in To Kill a Mockingbird, the new book parallels parts of Lee’s life. The author lives in an assisted living home just a few miles from downtown.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cold Case File in Oz…

July 12th, 2015

Manny P. here…StealingRR_red

   An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible info leading to a pair of Judy Garland’s sequined, ruby red slippers stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown. The late actress wore the slippers in The Wizard of Oz. Three other pairs of shoes still exist, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

   John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, says the donor is from Arizona and is a huge fan of Garland and the 1939 movie. The reward offer requires the recovery of the slippers and the perpetrator’s name.

   The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August. The slippers were insured for $1 million. Kelsch says they could be worth $2 million to $3 million now. An actual book was written about the crime.

   I can guarantee that the thief did not have a green face and ride a broom…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Omar Sharif…

July 11th, 2015

Manny P. here…

Omar_Sharif_1963   The Egyptian-born actor’s Hollywood debut in Lawrence of Arabia immediately enshrined him as a smoldering leading man of the 1960s, transcending nationality. He was already the biggest heartthrob in his homeland, where he played brooding, romantic heroes in multiple films in the 1950s — and was wed to Egyptian cinema’s reigning screen beauty.

    He wasn’t Lean’s first choice to play Sherif Ali, the tribal leader with whom Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence teams up to help lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Lean had hired another actor, but dropped him because his eyes weren’t the right color. The film producer, Sam Spiegel, went to Cairo to search for a replacement and found Sharif. After passing a screen test that proved he was fluent in English, he got the job. The film brought him a supporting actor Oscar nod.         OMAR SHARIF —–>

   His international stardom was cemented three years later by his starring turn in another sweeping historical epic by Lean, Doctor Zhivago. He was also the Jewish gambler Nick Arnstein opposite Barbra Streisand’s Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. The 1968 film was banned in his native Egypt because he was cast as a Jew. Other movies include Mackenna’s Gold, Funny Lady, and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

   Sharif spent much of his later years at a hotel in Cairo and at the Royal Moncean Hotel in Paris. In 2005, Sharif was awarded the inaugural Sergei Eisenstein Medal by the UNESCO in recognition of his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity. Sharif’s son Tarek revealed in May that his father had Alzheimer’s. In fact, he’d been suffering from the disease for three years.


   On Sunday, GET-TV will celebrate his life with Funny Girl and The Horsemen.  Check your local listings for times.

   The gallant Omar Sharif was 83.

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   Roger Rees was a Welsh actor, best known to American audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord on Cheers; and Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He won a Tony for his performance in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other screen roles include Star 80, Frida, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He guest-starred on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Good Wife.                         ROGER REES —->

   Roger Rees was 71.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- It’s Called Satire…

July 10th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   The Discovery Channel presents Shark Week each year to boffo ratings. Of course, the classic movie channels and classic Hollywood websites see things a wee bit differently. Let me present a couple of scenes from West Side Story (the second photo is letter boxed):

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                                    GEORGE CHAKIRIS

   Taking a bite out of Donald Trump’s commentary!

   Just sayin…


   Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, UCLA Film and Television Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve, and showcase moving image media and is dedicated to ensuring that the collective visual memory of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. A public arts unit of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, the Archive is a unique resource for media study, and one of the largest repositories of moving image materials in the world. The Archive’s Research and Study Center provides free access to its holdings to international researchers from all disciplines. The Archive is well known for its moving image restoration efforts, and many of its projects are invited to screen at prestigious events around the globe, as well as screening locally at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater.

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   A Turner Classic Movies tribute  on July 15th will be hosted by Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film and Television Archive since 2007. In addition to his long career in archiving and curating, Horak has taught at universities around the world and is the author of several film-related books. Horak will present a series of classic celluloid restored by the Archive, including shorts, newsreels, and The Night of the Hunter.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Hollywood Sign Lawsuit…

July 9th, 2015

Manny P. here…

   89.3 KPCC is reporting a local group, Homeowners on Beachwood Drive United, comprised of people living in the Hollywoodland neighborhood, is taking the city of Los Angeles to court over access to the Hollywood sign. The city’s most iconic landmark is at the center of a fight between tourists who snake through neighborhoods to see it and residents who live there.


hollywood sign   Currently, hikers can travel up along N. Beachwood Dr. and cut through a gate near Sunset Ranch Hollywood to access a trail leading up to the famous marker. However, the path is dangerous due to no designated parking – they must park on the street – nor are there any sidewalks. Because of heavy congestion, emergency vehicles might have trouble maneuvering around cars.

   The route published online has driven up awareness. Plus, former city councilman Tom LaBonge promoted the sign as a top tourist spot. This tourism boom is pretty recent.


   All the residents really want is the city to invest in other routes with infrastructure  such as parking and public bathrooms. Hence, the lawsuit…

   Bulletins as they break…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TherapyCable Episode #7 is Live…

July 8th, 2015

Manny P. here…


   Episode #7 of FORGOTTEN HOLLYWOOD on THERAPYCABLE features guest Sharyn Case. She is currently directing The Miracle Worker for live performances set to begin on July 10th – July 25th at The Attic Community Theater at 2834 S. Fairview in Costa Mesa. Because of the inspirational nature of the story, The Attic will present one signed performance each weekend, and will be encouraging schools for the deaf and other organizations for the hearing impaired to come and see the play.

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   The Miracle Worker is the true story of Helen Keller, an Alabama girl born blind and deaf, and her partially blind instructor Annie Sullivan, who, by teaching her sign language, would set Helen on the path of becoming one of the world’s most accomplished and remarkable women; writing books and winning international acclaim for her story and her determination to not let her disabilities stop her from a well-documented path. Keller and Sullivan remained lifelong companions. The Broadway production led to an award-winning 1962 motion picture, and Oscars for Anne Bancroft, who played Sullivan; and Patty Duke portraying Keller.

   To enjoy the interview on THERAPYCABLE CHANNEL, click (or cut-and-paste) to view our latest program:


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   I want to personally invite our Southern California audience to this remarkable live show. To purchase tickets for this remarkable play, click (or cut-and-paste) on the link below:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Book Contest on Classic Movie Hub…

July 7th, 2015

Manny P. here…

I don’t do this often… So, this is special! In conjunction with the website, Classic Movie Hub, I will giving away 6 paperbacks in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series through August 1st.

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   There are two ways to enter through Twitter and Facebook. Just answer the following question and follow the instruction at the page link listed below:

Who is one of your favorite Character Actors and why?


The following dates on Twitter, announcements on the random winners will made:

  • Saturday, July 11: “Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner
  • Saturday, July 18: “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner
  • Saturday, July 25: “Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner
  • Saturday, August 1: “Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History” One Winner

For more info on the Classic Movie Hub Summer-Giveaway contest, click (or cut-and-paste) on the link below:



   My latest noted reader of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History is Steve Hodel. His name should sound familiar to you, since he is the distinguished author of the Black Dahlia Book Series. He is also a private investigator. One of the longest cold-case files in Los Angeles Police Department history, I’ll make mention of this particularly gruesome crime that occurred in the late 1940s in my upcoming new book in the chapter on Arthur Lake.


   I’m thrilled to have one of my peers own a copy in my book series.

Until next time>                               “never forget”