“Forgotten Hollywood”- Survey Says…

May 16th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Something for the readers of Forgotten Hollywood Blog Site. A chance to be on classic television game shows… On a personal note, I have appeared on six game shows, including twice on The Dating Game.

“`Auditions are going on right now!

Until next time>                              “never forget”  

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Very Funny Man…

May 14th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Tim Conway was a longtime staple on television, with memorable stints on McHale’s Navy and The Carol Burnett Show. His deadpan delivery and a child-like approach to comedy belied his savvy talent.

“`After serving in the military, Conway got his career start on local television in Cleveland in the 1950s, where his duties included comedic spots on a late-night movie show. He was discovered by Rose Marie of The Dick Van Dyke Show, who got him an audition for  The Steve Allen Show. Tim became a regular on the show in the early 1960s.

“`Conway gained attention as the incompetent Ensign Charles Parker on the Ernest Borgnine sitcom McHale’s Navy. When Carol Burnett persuaded him to join her troupe, his fame was assured. His pairing in skits with Harvey Korman was pure magic. He garnered four Emmys on the variety program. Two more would follow, as he guest-starred on Coach and 30 Rock. Tim became a video sensation with his Dorf character. He also lent his voice to  Spongebob Squarepants. In 2002, Conway was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

“`Tim co-starred in motion pictures, with performances in The World’s Greatest Athlete, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Shaggy D. A., Cannonball Run II, and Dear God. His comedic hero was Don Knotts, and was in awe as they collaborated in several films.

“`Tim Conway was eighty-five.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Que Sera Sera…

May 13th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`A major star in cinema, Doris Day was a once-in-a-generation vocalist and THE advocate for four-legged creatures. Her multi-faceted career is comparable to the work of Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Debbie Reynolds, Marilyn Monroe, and Dean Martin. Plus, Doris had a wholesome image her entire life. The running joke attributed to Groucho Marx and actor-composer Oscar Levant was that they had known Day before she was a virgin.

“`At a young age, Day began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, studying the crooner and the subtleties of her voice. She had performed at a Cincinnati radio station, then a nightclub, and then, in New York. A bandleader changed her name to Day (from Kappelhoff) after she had a smash with Day after Day. Doris became the featured vocalist with Les Brown’s band.

“`Jack Carson discovered Doris, and championed her effort to begin a film career. Day initially worked at Warner Brothers. What followed was a litany of box office success, that included leading men, such as Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, James Cagney, James Stewart, Clark Gable, James Garner and of course, Rock Hudson. Her roles included: Romance on the High Seas, April in Paris, Calamity Jane, Young at Heart, The Man Who Knew Too MuchLove Me or Leave Me, On Moonlight BayThat Touch of MinkTeacher’s PetThe Pajama GamePillow TalkMove Over DarlingTea For Two, With Six You Get EggrollThe Glass Bottom Boat, and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.

“`An accomplished singer, Day recorded two tunes that earned an Academy Award for Best SongWhatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) and Secret Love.  Other hits included It’s MagicSentimental JourneyBewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Everybody Loves a Lover and Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps. When her screen career ended, she turned to television with her wildly popular sitcom, The Doris Day Show, which ran for five years.

“`Her personal life was marred with some controversy. Her son, Terry Melcher became a songwriter and record producer, working with such stars as The Beach Boys. He was also famous for an aspiring musician he turned down, Charles Manson. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for a house once owned by Melcher, and instead killed actress Sharon Tate and her guests. Day also stood together with longtime pal, Rock Hudson, as it became public he was dying from AIDS.

“`The Humane Society of the United States, of which,  the Doris Day Animal League is an affiliate, praised Day as a pioneer in animal protection. This became the badge of honor she proudly carried. Day received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.  And in 2011, she was given a lifetime achievement honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.                                            DORIS DAY –>

“`Turner Classic Movies will offer a thirteen-movie tribute to the iconic actress on June 9th. The retrospective will include a Johnny Carson interview of Day on The Tonight Show that took place in 1976.

“`From 1951-1966, motion picture exhibitors picked her one of the most popular stars in the nation in their annual poll. A monumental entertainer of the twentieth century, Doris Day was ninety-seven.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Totally Mod…

May 12th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Peggy Lipton (right) was a groundbreaking co-star of The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks. For a time, she was also married to Quincy Jones.

“`The Mod Squad  was one of the initial efforts to seriously address our society’s counterculture,  and one of the first small screen productions to feature an interracial cast. The show addressed issues such as drugs, the Vietnam War and domestic violence. She was nominated for four Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1971 for her performance. Her role on Twin Peaks cemented her reputation as an actress who was forward-thinking.

“`Peggy guest-starred on several television programs, including  The John Forsythe Show, Bewitched, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Virginian, The Invaders, The F. B. I., and Mr. Novak. Early in her career, she modeled in New York. Lipton additionally was a singer-songwriter. Her biggest hit was a composition she co-wrote for Frank Sinatra, L. A. is My Lady.

“`A self-defined hippie, Peggy Lipton was seventy-two.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Weekend in Long Beach…

May 9th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`I am happy to be spending treasured time in Long Beach on Saturday. I am a guest speaker at the California Writer’s Club of Long Beach. The event takes place at the Ruth Bach Library at 2:30p.

“`CWC members have written novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, non-fiction articles, and books. More than 50% of their members are published. This organization is celebrating over one-hundred years of literary history.

 

“`After my oral presentation, I will be autographing copies of my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Three times the charm! This should be a fun time.

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“`Jim Fowler (right) was the longtime host of the popular television wildlife series, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Jim started as a co-host with Marlon Perkins,  then took over as sole host when Perkins retired in 1985. Fowler did the physical work on the program, such as hanging in crocodile infested water.

“`He was a wildlife correspondent for the Today show and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and Conan.  Fowler was a leading figure for wildlife conservation, designing Chehaw Park, an animal sanctuary in his hometown of Albany, Georgia.

“`Jim Fowler was eight-seven.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Military Honor…

May 7th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Actor Sam Elliott (right) has been tapped to narrate the four-part docu-series Honor Guard, the follow-up to  Time To Kill Productions 2016 documentary The Unknowns.

“`Honor Guard follows Army soldiers who volunteer for the grueling training required to serve at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, aka The Old Guard, the oldest active infantry regiment. Those who pass earn a spot at The Regiment, in the Honor Guard Caisson Platoon, on the Army Drill Team, or participate in a full-honors funeral ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

MANNY PACHECO      ETHAN MORSE

“`Creators Neal Schrodetzki (also writing and directing) and Ethan Morse (my personal friend) will film never-before-documented training cycles. Neal and Ethan met while serving together in the Army as guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, whose training was spotlighted in The Unknowns. It would later allow them exclusive access to film Honor Guard.

“`For his part, Elliott is thrilled to be part of such a worthy exercise.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Celluloid Prayer…

May 6th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Here is a gift idea for folks in your life that have everything. If a loved one in your life were born under the sign of Libra, Virgo or Taurus, you might consider purchasing a Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, or Audrey Hepburn prayer candle. They are available through Etsy.

           

“`In each instance, the candles include artist’s rendition of the iconic actresses and a familiar quote. Hayworth was glamorous, charming, and fascinating. Bacall was humble, considerate, intelligent, and a perfectionist. Hepburn was witty, sensual, and a noted humanitarian.

“`The candle wax is available in differing colors. Get ready to genuflect.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Another Fine Mess…

May 2nd, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`There are few names in the history of comedy which have stood the test of time; acts transcending age and bringing smiles to generations. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were pinnacles of comedic genius for their time. They have been recognized as a template for modern humor and celebrated by today’s most popular comedians.

“`Laurel and Hardy were best remembered during the early classic Hollywood era of American cinema. Stan Laurel was English and Oliver Hardy was American. The duo appeared as a team in over a hundred movies, between 1927 and 1950. The official Laurel and Hardy appreciation society is called The Sons of the Desert, named after the fictional fraternal society in the 1933 film of the same name.

“`Laurel and Hardy are back with brand new nostalgic adventures based on their fan-favorite comedy. They were recently reintroduced through the Stan and Ollie movie, starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan!

“`American Mythology Comics is bringing Laurel and Hardy’s beloved slapstick shenanigans back to their legion of fans with the release of a new comic book.  The publisher will bring new stories to fans with the upcoming series, and also reprints some of their skits from years past. Stories will center on honoring the tone and feel of the original skits made famous by the comedians.

“`Jorge Pacheco returns to Laurel and Hardy for the first time in thirty years, and he delivers beautiful interior and cover art! Laurel and Hardy #1 comes in two covers:  Main and Limited Edition (by Pacheco).

“`Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve a copy with local comics retailers.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Musso and Frank Turns 100…

May 1st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The legendary Musso and Frank Grill along Hollywood Boulevard opened before there was a Hollywood Sign. For one-hundred years, actors, studio heads, and writers have made it their late night and noontime place for a meal.

“`Generations of stars and filmmakers have been Musso regulars — John Travolta, Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt eat here, and decades earlier, you might have run into folks like Mickey Rooney and Ernest Borgnine. Every piece of furniture has a history, whether it’s a bar stool frequented by Humphry Bogart, or the table reserved for Frank Sinatra. There is also the famous Charlie Chaplin booth, the only seating in the restaurant with a window. For a time, Chaplin would ride his horse from his studio at La Brea and Sunset, often traveling to Musso and Frank.

“`At one time, the Screen Writers Guild across the street. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, film studio moguls were hiring novelists to write screenplays.  Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner visited the SAG offices, and then walk across the street and get drunk at Musso’s.

“`For a century, through drought, downpours, mudslides, fires, and earthquakes, there has been Musso and Frank Grill. It remains a way to travel back to Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LitFest in May…

April 29th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Please stop by at LitFest Pasadena taking place Saturday, May 18th. I will be hosting an engaging discussion about Hollywood. Two award-winning experts on the subject are author-friends, Mary Mallory and Jordan R. Young. We will be signing our literary work after a panel discussion. This presentation takes place at the  El Portal Restaurant banquet room in the Pasadena Playhouse District. LitFest goes on all weekend.

 

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“`It is official! I am proud to have sold my first one hundred copies of my latest work:  Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. Just like previous paperbacks, readers cannot get enough of the award-winning Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

Until next time>                                  “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Kate Smith Speaks Out…

April 27th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Two intolerant compositions recorded by Kate Smith in the early 1930s led to a statue of the songstress removed from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and the ouster of her recorded performance of God Bless America at Philly Flyers and New York Yankees games. However, is there a possibility that Kate was actually a voice against racial and religious discrimination?

“`In a forgotten broadcast on January, 1945, the First Lady of Radio offered a wholehearted speech attacking bigotry and racism. As millions listened, Smith called for every church and family to commit to tolerance and understanding. She gave the speech on the CBS program We the People.

Race hatreds — social prejudices — religious bigotry — they are the diseases that eat away the fibers of peace. Unless they are exterminated it’s inevitable that we will have another war. And where are they going to be exterminated? At a conference table in Geneva? Not by a long shot. In your own city — your church — your children’s school — perhaps in your own home.
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You and I must do it – every father and mother in the world, every teacher, everyone who can rightfully call himself a human being. Yes, it seems to me that the one thing the peoples of the world have got to learn if we are ever to have a lasting peace, is — tolerance. Of what use will it be if the lights go on again all over the world — if they don’t go on … in our hearts.

“`The sponsors of We the People received over 20,000 requests for copies of the speech. National newspapers reprinted passages of the statement. President Harry S. Truman likely was influenced by this manner of impassioned plea as he integrated our military in 1948.                                                         KATE SMITH –>

“`The music imposed upon Kate Smith by her managers in the early 1930s was derived from 1920s attitudes. Plus, the 1920s was a race-hostile environment, with a resurgence of the KKK, and fewer opportunities for many African Americans due to the establishment of Jim Crow laws. By the mid-1940s, Kate Smith had evolved and she made her feelings understood. This is not an apology… It is a reminder of an unfortunate time in history.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Death of a Poster…

April 25th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Released in 1915, D. W. Griffith​’s The Birth of a Nation was the blockbuster film about the Civil War and Reconstruction. This controversial movie has been widely criticized for its use of blackface, celebration of white supremacy and its romanticizing of the Ku Klux Klan. President Woodrow Wilson screened the production for guests at the White House.

“`The flick has been analyzed for years for its reflection of certain ideas at the time, and the use of pioneering film techniques such as fade-outs. Many cinematic experts have called it a technically amazing work of horrifically bigoted ideas. The American Film Institute placed the film among the hundred greatest American movies of all time.

“`Chapman University has just removed The Birth of a Nation posters from visible places in its film school after students objected to the centrality of a work littered with racism.  They organized a rally in which they talked about the impact of walking by posters that celebrate a notoriously racist work of art. The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts faculty voted for the posters removal, which officially occurred on Monday. The posters have been returned to the estate of Cecil B. DeMille.

“`The silent film influenced the creation of Jim Crow, encouraged voting disenfranchisement of African Americans, and popularized lynchings. A Chapman spokesperson announced the work would continue to be analyzed in a classroom environment. Motion pictures first blockbuster is cinema that intersects with American History’s sordid past. It is often screened at film schools because of the impact it had on the movie industry when it premiered.

“`Student protests and social media activity became a teachable moment within the confines of Chapman University, and the removal decision made by faculty should be categorized as a profile in courage.

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“`Ken Kercheval played Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J. R. Ewing on the hit television series Dallas. He was in for the full run, from 1978 to 1991, and returned for a revival of the prime-time drama that aired from 2012-2014.

“`He made frequent guest appearances on the small screen, stretching from Naked City and The Defenders in the 1960s to ER and Diagnosis: Murder in the 1990s and 2000s. He also had a role in the movie classic, Network.

“`Ken Kercheval (above) was eighty-three.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Movie Mogul Joins Passing Parade…

April 22nd, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Legendary movie producer David Picker helped bring Ian Fleming’s  James Bond novels to cinema. He guided an X-rated film to Oscars glory and introduced The Beatles to Hollywood with Hard Day’s Night and Help!. He became a studio chief, with stops at United Artists, Columbia, and Paramount in a prestigious run of box-office successes.

                                                      DAVID PICKER

“`David’s favorite film as a kid was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. After serving in the United States Army, he joined United Artists in 1956, and he quickly rose through the ranks, first becoming an assistant, and then, the head of production. His dad ran a chain of theaters, and his uncle was the vice president for United Artists, as well as the finance chairperson for Edmund S. Muskie during his 1972 presidential campaign.

“`David was credited with expanding the careers of legends, including Ingmar Bergman, Bob Fosse, Billy Wilder, and Paddy Chayefsky. He helped launch Woody Allen and Steve Martin, as well. His production choices included  Tom Jones and Midnight Cowboy, which both won a Best Picture statuette. Other movies include Yellow Submarine, Women In Love, Lenny, Saturday Night Fever, Last Tango in Paris, Ordinary People (another Best Picture nod), Grease, Being There, and The Jerk.

“`Not all of his decisions captured gold. He had hoped to find a James Bond story for Alfred Hitchcock to produce. This never happened. He also passed on Robert Altman’s Nashville, and instead, produced the terrible Ishtar.

“`David Picker was eighty-seven.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Tragedy in the House of Gable…

April 18th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`A medical examiner says the only grandson of actor Clark Gable died of an accidental opioid overdose. Gable died in February. The thirty-year-old resided in Dallas, and hosted the reality television show Cheaters, which featured confrontations with people suspected of infidelity. He is survived by his fiancée and their infant daughter.    CLARK JAMES GABLE III –>

“`The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says an autopsy found that Clark James Gable III died from a combination of fentanyl and oxycodone, and the sedative alprazolam. It ruled his death an accident.

“`Gable’s death was the latest in a national opioid crisis that the  Centers for Disease Control says claimed 48,000 lives in 2017. The manufacturer of Oxycodone last month agreed to pay $270 million to settle one of thousands of lawsuits blaming it in the crisis.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Notre Dame Ablaze…

April 15th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Notre Dame de Paris is the thirteenth century Gothic cathedral in Paris. The church was one of the most widely recognized symbols of the city of Paris and the French nation. While undergoing renovation and restoration, the cathedral caught fire and sustained catastrophic damage, including the collapse of the entire roof and the main spire. Many of their artifacts were saved before the fire spread to to other parts of the structure.

“`Popular interest in the church blossomed right after the publication in 1831 of Victor Hugo’s work, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This led to a major restoration project between 1844 and 1864.

“`It has been an architectural backdrop in iconic movies. Glimpses of the structure can be seen during moments in An American in Paris, Midnight in Paris and Charade. The 1939 adapted version of Victor Hugo’s publication remains the definitive reference to the cathedral.

“`The Hunchback of Notre Dame starred Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, and Thomas Mitchell. For this production, RKO Radio Pictures built on their movie ranch the massive medieval city of Paris and Notre Dame Cathedral in the San Fernando Valley.  The finished set was the most expensive ever created at RKO.

“`Local Catholics are contemplating where to pray on Easter Sunday. One prayer can be dedicated towards efforts to restore the cathedral.

“`French President Emmanuel Macron announced that Notre-Dame will be rebuilt.

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“`I am thrilled to announce that thirteen branches of the Los Angeles Public Library is adding my latest work Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The area repositories are located in South Los Angeles, Cypress Park, Brentwood, Los Feliz, Woodland Hills, Pico Union, Reseda, Mid City, San Pedro, West Los Angeles, Mid Wishire, Harbor Gateway, and a main branch located in Downtown. Twenty five national libraries now carry my latest paperback.

Until next time>                              “never forget”