“Forgotten Hollywood”- Rare Home Movie of Amelia Earhart…

Posted on June 9, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   A rare piece of celluloid is destined for the Library of Congress.

   Preparing to launch her ill-fated attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world, Amelia Earhart brought her personal photographer to a California airport in 1937 to document the journey’s beginning. Several still photographs were taken by Al Bresnik, some likely seen by millions in the years since Earhart’s plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean weeks later. Bresnik’s brother, John, however, made a grainy 3.5-minute home movie almost nobody has seen — until now.


                           AMELIA EARHART

   The film, titled Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot, is being released by The Paragon Agency publishing house, along with an 80-page book carrying a day-by-day description of Earhart’s journey. The publisher and author believe it is the final film heralding her departure from California on that final journey. A downloadable copy of the piece is being provided to those who buy the book.

   As the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart was one of the most recognizable celebrities of her time, and plenty of people may have taken her photo during stops on that trip. Dressed in a smart pantsuit rather than her standard flight jacket, she shows people around the plane, climbs on top to pose for still photos and occasionally grins broadly, something she rarely did in her official photos.

   This intimate portrait should continue our multi-generational fascination with the iconic aviator.


   Vincent T. Bugliosi Jr. was an attorney and New York Times bestselling author. During his eight years as a deputy in the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, which included 21 murder convictions without a single loss.

bugliosi   He’s best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and others accused of the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969. Although Manson did not physically participate in the murders at actress Sharon Tate’s home, Bugliosi used circumstantial evidence to show that he had orchestrated the killings. This sensational trial captured the horror and imagination of the nation. It sent the star’s husband, director Roman Polanski, into a dark depression. The story was chronicled in the best selling work, Helter Skelter, which was co-written by Bugliosi. It’s the biggest selling true crime book in publishing history with over 7 million copies sold.                   VINCENT BUGLIOSI —>

   After leaving the district attorney’s office, Bugliosi unsuccessfully ran for district attorney. At the time of his passing, he was considered a highly popular author of political non-fiction. He was a three-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

    Vince Bugliosi was 80.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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