“Forgotten Hollywood”- Same Marilyn… Different Day…

August 13th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The legend of Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate us many decades after her passing. In celebration of her enduring artistic legacy, the Paley Center for Media is proud to showcase Essentially Marilyn: An Exhibit. It goes on from August 18th to September 30th.

“`Presented by Profiles in History, its an extraordinary private archive of Monroe treasures, including signature costumes from her movies Gentlemen Prefer BlondesThe Prince and the Showgirl, and How to Marry a Millionaire, personal artifacts, such as hand-annotated script from 1955’s The Seven Year Itch (a  window into her artistic process), wardrobe, and much more.

“`The exhibition is framed by beautiful large-format photographs of Monroe captured by her friend, famed fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H Greene, and unique historic video from the Paley Archive chronicling the icon’s contributions to television.

“`The mere mention of her name conjures up a million dazzling images—flickers of light that capture the incandescent glamour of arguably Hollywood’s greatest icon.

“`The Paley Center for Media is located at 465 N. Beverly Dr. in Beverly Hills.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mickey is Ready For His Closeup…

August 8th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Mickey Mouse is turning ninety this year. ABC has announced Mickey’s 90th Spectacular, a two-hour prime-time special, will air on November 4th.

“`The program features tributes and never-before-seen shorts of Walt Disney Company’s global ambassador, who made his film debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928. The list of performers participating in the celebration will be released at a later date.

“`Don Mischer will produce and direct the televised gala, which is taking place at the Shrine Auditorium. Mischer notes that Walt Disney inspired him to pursue his work in television.

“`The beloved rodent is ready for his closeup.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Something Fishy…

August 7th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The son of Stephen King has turned detective in efforts to solve a cold-case murder. And it has a connection to the Steven Spielberg classic, Jaws. Joe Hill fleshed out this theory after watching the flick on the big screen in 2015.

“`The comic book and horror writer had only recently been reading about the Lady in the Dunes, an unknown woman found brutally murdered in the sandy dunes of Provincetown, Massachusetts in late July 1974, while Jaws was being filmed one hundred miles away in Martha’s Vineyard. The female extra in Jaws is almost a twin of the figure presented in a composite sketch of the victim.

“`Fifty-three minutes into the movie, a woman with a blue bandana over her auburn hair is seen briefly waiting to board a ferry in a non-frightening scene. The Lady in the Dunes was believed to be in her mid-20s to 30s when she was murdered in late June or early July. The naked woman’s hands were removed, preventing fingerprint identification.  Plus, her head, which suffered a fatal blow, was resting on jeans and a blue bandana. Hill has goosebumps when now watching the scene.

“`The theory is making the rounds on the internet. One added complication… the casting director for the film died in 2009. Local investigators are now pondering Hill’s speculative analysis.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Facts of Death…

August 5th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Charlotte Rae was a character actress, comedian, singer, and dancer. Her career spanned six decades. She worked as a Broadway performer and as a television staple before landing the part of housekeeper Mrs. Garrett on the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes in the late 1970s.  Charlotte starred as the same character on the spinoff series The Facts of Life, which aired for almost a decade, and earned Rae two Emmy nominations.     CHARLOTTE RAE –>

“`Rae pursued music and acting while she attended Northwestern University, near Chicago. In addition to performing in summer stock productions, she found work on local television and radio programs in Chicago.  In the late 1940s, Rae made the move to Manhattan. She created a nightclub act and played such venues as Village Vanguard. On Broadway, she had featured roles in The Threepenny Opera, Li’l Abner, and Pickwick.

“`On the small screen, Rae remained busy in guest-starring roles on The Phil Silvers Show, Car 54:  Where Are You (in a recurring part), The Partridge Family, McMillan and Wife, Love American Style, All in the Family, Phyllis, Barney Miller, Murder She WroteSt. ElsewhereThe Love Boat, Good TimesDiagnosis:  Murder, and ER. Rae was Molly the Mail Lady on Sesame Street for one season. Charlotte received Emmy consideration for her performance in the television film, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.

“`Rae sporadically appeared in several movies, including Bananas, The Hot Rock, and Hair. There was the reunion of the entire cast of The Facts of Life in 2001.

“`Charlotte Rae was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cheers!

August 3rd, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`A couple moving into a Massachusetts home have found a stash of Prohibition-era booze. The Patriot Ledger is reporting that the new homeowners  discovered dozens of dusty glass bottles and clay jugs shelved behind a false wall in their Quincy home.

“`A contractor uncovered the hidden compartment while working in the basement in July after the couple had moved from Connecticut. Some of the fifty-six bottles still contain liquid appearing to include beer and moonshine, and give off a vinegary smell.

“`The head of the Quincy Historical Society says it is still too soon to know how long the bottles were hidden. Quincy banned alcohol sales in 1880 amid the temperance movement. The house was built in 1910.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Literary Booty…

August 2nd, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`An Ernest Hemingway story from 1956 will be published for the first time. A Room on the Garden Side appears this month in the summer edition of The Strand Magazine, a literary quarterly that has released obscure works by Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, and others.

“`The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative:  Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine, and the scars of battle. War was a longtime muse for Hemingway. He served as an ambulance driver during World War I, and draws upon a vast experience for his classic work A Farewell to Arms. The Spanish Civil War inspired For Whom the Bell Tolls. He was a soldier and correspondent during World War II, and was on hand in Paris in August, 1944 for the liberation from Nazi occupation, described by the author in reports published by Collier’s magazine.

“`Hemingway wrote several World War II stories over the final decade of his life. In 1956, he told his publisher Charles Scribner Jr. that he completed five: A Room on the Garden Side, The Cross Roads,  Indian Country and the White Army, The Bubble Reputation, The Monument. Until now, only The Cross Roads had been widely seen.

“`Ernest left a number of unpublished work at the time of his suicide in 1961. A Moveable Feast, his celebrated memoir on Paris in the 1920s, came out three years after his passing. Other posthumous books include  The Garden of EdenIslands in the Stream, and The Dangerous Summer, a nonfiction account of bullfighting.

“`Kirk Curnutt, a board member of The Hemingway Society, contributed an afterword for the Strand, saying that the story contains all the trademark elements readers love in Hemingway.

“`I guess it remains important being Ernest.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Coming Soon…

July 30th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The long awaited third book in the Forgotten Hollywood series of paperbacks is almost here!

“`Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History features twenty character actors and hundreds of stories that tie Hollywood’s Golden Age with Americana. Actors featured include Edward Everett Horton, Charles Laughton, George Sanders, Keye Luke and Judith Anderson.

      

“`It will soon be available at your local bookstores and other locations that carry the Forgotten Hollywood book series.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Now That’s Funny…

July 29th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`You can tickle your funny bone in New York. The National Comedy Center is set to open on August 1st.

“`The nonprofit center in Jamestown was inspired by their hometown hero, Lucille Ball, who had envisioned a permanent location where comedy could be celebrated. The city is already home to the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum.

“`Located in a re-purposed 1930 art-deco train station,  this center is part museum, hall of fame, and video arcade, keeping visitors smiling as they move through displays of comedic artifacts. The 37,000-square-foot, $50 million center received funding from New York state, along with private and federal support. Congress unanimously approved a bill designating it the nation’s official comedy center.

“`United States Senator Charles Schumer’s cousin is comedian Amy Schumer, who is in the opening week lineup. The grand opening week also includes appearances by Lily Tomlin and members of the initial Saturday Night Live cast Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, and Lorraine Newman.

“`There also are plenty of chances to laugh. A club-like comedy lounge airs stand-up bits, and a movie theater has clips of classic scenes with celebrity commentary. A retrospective provides a linear history from vaudeville to YouTube.

“`Lucille Ball’s formidable legacy continues even after her passing, and is a fitting posthumous tribute.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Disney Going Green…

July 27th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`The Walt Disney Company’s total commitment to environmental stewardship dates back to their establishment more than sixty years ago.  Today, they are offering another important step in a journey to environmental goals. By mid-2019, The Walt Disney Company will stop using single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all off their owned and operated locations across the globe. A mission statement outlines their complete commitment to going green.

“`Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has allocated over seventy million dollars to stop the decline of wildlife around the world. They have also reduced company net greenhouse gas emissions by forty-one percent in 2017,  and have diverted almost fifty percent of waste from landfills and incineration in 2017, making significant progress on a long-term goal of attaining a net zero greenhouse gas emissions and zero waste, while conserving water resources.

“`In addition, over the next few years, they are transitioning to refillable in-room amenities in their hotels and on their cruise ships, reducing plastics in guest rooms by eighty percent. They will also lower the number of plastic shopping bags at their owned and operated parks and on their cruise line, offering their guests the option to purchase reusable bags at a nominal price. Finally, they will eliminate polystyrene cups across their global businesses. These simple steps are part of an effort to reduce single-use plastics, and responsibly dispose of single-use waste that cannot be eliminated.

“`Looking ahead, they will continue to make progress on their long-term sustainability goals.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- S. O. S. …

July 26th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Globally,  folks reported hearing radio distress calls from Amelia Earhart in July 1937. Many of them at the time were dismissed as fake.  A research group just published a comprehensive report of all distress calls, days after Earhart vanished, and concludes that fifty-seven of them are legitimate.

“`The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) says the calls prove their theories that Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan survived at least a week after crashing onto a remote Pacific island. Based on timing of the messages, researchers believe that Amelia returned to the wrecked plane during low tide to send her pleas for help. These were the only times she could run the engine without the risk of flooding it.

Waters high… water’s knee deep… help us quick…

Plane down on uncharted island…

“`How could people so far away hear the messages from Earhart? TIGHAR points to harmonic frequencies that skip off the ionosphere and can carry great distances.  The most harrowing of the calls deemed legit is the final one:

Can you read me? This is Amelia Earhart. … please come in… 

We have taken in water… my navigator is badly hurt. … we can’t hold on much longer…

“`TIGHAR says the calls disprove the Navy’s long-held conclusion that Earhart’s aircraft had crashed in the ocean and sank immediately.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Why Does a Beatle Cross the Road…

July 25th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Next month will mark the 49th anniversary of the iconic photograph that serves as cover art for The Beatles’  Abbey Road. Photographer Iain Macmillan captured the fab four as they were crossing Abbey Road outside London’s EMI Studios on August 8, 1969.

“`Nearly five decades later, Paul McCartney is gearing up for the debut of his new solo album. And to promote the impending release of Egypt Station, he played a surprise gig at the venue (re-named Abbey Road Studios).  While on his way to the performance, Paul again crossed Abbey Road for the cameras.

   

ABBEY ROAD (then and now)

“`McCartney’s eldest daughter captured a video of the moment and posted it to Instagram. Paul decided to forgo crossing the road barefoot, and opted for sandals this time around.

“`Incidentally, I did not forget the question… The answer: …to get to the other side.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gondola Ride of a Lifetime…

July 24th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`Vanessa Redgrave will receive a prestigious Golden Lion lifetime achievement prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The Brit actress is no stranger to acclaim. Plus, Redgrave is a member in good standing of Hollywood royalty.

“`The Venice Biennale annually awards two accolades to honor career work in cinema; one to a filmmaker, and the other to an actor or actress. Along with Redgrave, David Cronenberg will receive a Golden Lion, which runs August 29th to September 8th.

“`Redgrave, a six-time Oscar-nominated actress, won the  Academy Award in 1978 for her performance in Julia. She won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in Long Day’s Journey into Night in 2003. Her other work includes prestigious roles in  A Man for All Seasons, Camelot, Blowup,  Murder on the Orient Express, and Howard’s End.

“`Cronenberg is known for cinematic work in horror, such as The Fly, Scanners, and The Dead Zone. His most memorable production was Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen

“`Venice festival organizers is set to release their 2018 line-up for the film festival on Wednesday.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye Vietnam…

July 19th, 2018

Manny P. here… 

“`Adrian Cronauer was the broadcaster whose military radio antics inspired the character played by Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam. Robin made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer’s time in Saigon.     ADRIAN CRONAUER —>

“`Cronauer was Pittsburgh native, the child of a steelworker and a schoolteacher. He attended the University of Pennsylvania’s law school, which let to employment in communications law, and then, handling prisoner-of-war cases for the Pentagon. After the military, Adrian worked in radio, television and advertising.

“`The military brass wanted conservative programming.  American youths, however, were not into sterile announcements with middle-of-the-road music, and a battle over the airwaves was in full swing. In the movie, Williams quickly drops Perry Como and Lawrence Welk from his 6a playlist in favor of the Dave Clark Five.

“`This flick was a departure from other  Vietnam war movies that focused on bloody realism, such as the Academy Award-winning Platoon. Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the 1960s fighting the military. The production was inspired after Cronauer watched Apocalypse Now and determined that his service had little to do with combat.

“`Initially, producers nixed an idea of developing a screenplay about the subject matter. The film was pivotal in changing the way Americans thought about the Vietnamese and the war; similar to a style of comedy presented in M*A*S*H and WKRP in Cincinnati. For his role, Williams received an Oscar nomination.

“`During his service as a United States Air Force sergeant in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, Good morning, Vietnam! He loved the movie, but said much of the film was Hollywood make-believe.

“`Adrian Cronauer was 79.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Here’s Two Stories…

July 18th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch is for sale for $1.885 million. The agent says the home attracts 30 to 50 visitors a day.

   

                           THE BRADY BUNCH

“`George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000. A rock-wall fireplace, wood-paneled walls and floral wallpaper are vintage touches of what homes looked like in the 1970s.

“`The house has been updated and upgraded, but the interior layout does not resemble what was shown on the show, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Interior scenes were shot in a studio.

“`The owners died, and their children are selling the property.

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“`A new PBS American Masters documentary explores the life of baseball legend Ted Williams and his volatile relationships with family and the press. Ted kept his Mexican-American heritage a secret at the time when no black players were allowed in the major leagues and the Red Sox were owned by Tom Yawkey, a controversial person, who was the final owner to integrate a major league baseball team.                                      TED WILLIAMS –>

“`He was born to Samuel Stuart Williams and May Venzor, a Mexican-American Salvation Army devotee who often volunteered in Tijuana, Mexico. Ted’s Mexican family ended up in San Diego as tensions simmered before the 1910 Mexican Revolution.  For decades, Williams shunned his ethnic heritage. As Ted campaigned on behalf on the inclusion of black ballplayers to the Major Leagues, he chose to reveal his connections to Mexican-American Southern California family.

“`Williams, called by some, the greatest hitter who ever lived, was followed by sports writers thanks to his superb slugging skills and John Wayne-esque persona as a foul-mouth outdoors man. But the future Hall of Famer regularly clashed with journalists and had public spats with his numerous wives. The slugger also lost prime years because of service in World War II and the Korean War — something that angered him.

“`The San Diego-born Williams played nineteen years as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox where Ted won two American League Most Valuable Player Awards, and twice took the Triple Crown. He finished his career with a .344 batting average and 521 home runs, both of which rank among the top in baseball history. Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as soon as he became eligible.

“`American Masters Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived will air on most PBS stations on Monday.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Two-Bit Thimble Rigger…

July 17th, 2018

Manny P. here…

“`A con artist blows into town to warn citizens about the TROUBLE invading the community due to modernization that might corrupt the youngsters of any hamlet. Along the way, this two-bit thimble rigger bamboozles the mayor and his spouse, the school board, a librarian, and parents and children. I’m not referring to current politicos selling a collection of hotels from Mar-a-Lago to Scotland… Actually, this is the underlying story of The Music Man.

“`In the early 1960s,  a number of anti-heroes were the subject of important cinema that spoke to the gullibility of small town and big-city America. What emerged from Hollywood were films such as A Face in the Crowd, Elmer Gantry and of course, The Music Man. These tales border on satire, with characters working themselves into a fervent frenzy.

“`The Music Man was written by Meredith Wilson and his purposeful theme was to lampoon the modest values of any collective. For the record, Professor Harold Hill is oft described as a bang beat, bell-ringin’, big haul, great go neck-or-nothin’, rip-roarin’, ever’time-a-bull’s-eye, salesmanas a fast-talking, self-centered, woman-chasing traveling man; and road agent, highwayman, and a pickpocket. In one instance, the Iowa townspeople are labeled as neck-bowed Hawk-eyes. When apprised of their gullible foolishness, the town fathers suggest tar-and-feathers as an appropriate punishment for this so-called spellbinder.

“`The real crime is that Robert Preston (Professor Hill) was snubbed by the film academy for his larger-than-life performance. Others in the perfectly cast musical include Buddy Hackett, Shirley Jones, Ron Howard, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold, Pert Kelton and superb barbershop quartet, The Buffalo Bills.

“`Just after the turn of the twentieth century, our young industrialized society was shaken to its core by an arrival of Halley’s Comet. The Book of Revelations speaks of fire and brimstone that might befall our planet. And in the late 1930s, the entire Eastern seaboard were terrified by a martian invasion, which was descriptively penned by H. G. Wells in War of the Worlds. The radio broadcast presented by  Mercury Theatre on the Air employed techniques similar to those in The March of Time newsreel. The result was frightening in its presentation, and in its aftermath.

“`The difference of oft-told parables and the current political climate is the redemptive happy endings designed to keep audiences satisfied. Let us hope that we as a culture will be just as lucky during these turbulent times. Rejecting false prophets is a great start.

Until next time>                               “never forget”