Manny P. here…
With the start of the Turner Classic Movies - 2010 Film Festival, I know classic film buffs are looking forward to four glorious days of restored motion pictures, appearances by screen legends, and a conglomeration of fans in one historic locale. To honor this moment in Hollywood history, I’d like to offer a small token of my appreciation.
Thanks to my good friend, Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register, we have been made aware of a six-minute portion of a lost TV program that ties Forgotten Hollywood with Forgotten History. Writer Wayne Federman unearthed this piece of cinema celluloid, while compiling artifacts for the Ronald Reagan Library Centennial Celebration of the former President’s movie and television career. It’s a rare kinescope from the anthology drama series General Electric Theater. The segment is called The Dark Dark Hours, and featured Reagan, and an up-and-coming actor - James Dean! It aired on December 12, 1954 as a live-television feature, and prior to the release of Dean’s wildly popular motion pictures. Dean would die in a car-crash less than a year later on September 30, 1955.
Here is the link to the clip…please enjoy!
Wayne Federman is a writer for Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night program. Information and the clip link derived in this blog piece came from John Maroney from The Atlantic (on-line magazine).
Until next time> “never forget”