“Forgotten Hollywood”- Two Guys I Knew…

March 18th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Working in broadcasting has afforded me the opportunity to cross paths with successful individuals in our industry. This weekend, we lost two of the nicest…

“`Tom Hatten was a fixture on television and a thespian. He was best known for his hosting chores on The Family Film Festival on KTLA, and for his Hollywood reports on KNX 1070. His Southern California career began in the 1950s.

“`Hatten served in the Navy before attending Pasadena Playhouse on the G. I. Bill.  He was hired as an announcer at KTLA in 1952. An accomplished cartoonist, Tom delighted children as the genial host of Popeye and His Friends show from 1976 to 1988, and on  KTLA’s The Family Film Festival from 1978 to 1992.  He was always ready to hand youngsters his sketches of Popeye, that was completely met with appreciation.

“`On television, Hatten guest-starred in Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., WingsHogan’s Heroes, Get Smart, and Hawaii 5-0. On the big screen, he had a role in Sweet Charity. He also toured in a live theater production of Annie.

“`Tom Hatten (above) was ninety-two.

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“`Dick Dale was dubbed The King of the Surf Guitar. His biggest hit was Miserlou,  recorded in 1962, and it was showcased in Quentin Tarantino’s iconic flick,  Pulp Fiction. Legendary guitar builder Leo Fender customized many of the performer’s instruments.

“`Dale’s raucous guitar style replicated the crashing sound of ocean waves, and his work influenced The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Dick appeared in a couple of beach movies, including Beach Party and Back to the Beach. The latter movie elicited a famous record album that was distributed by 1110 KRLA. I was personally on hand when this iconic photo was shot.

“`A frequent performer at Newport Beach’s old Rendezvous Ballroom, Dale owned his own club in Orange County. He also loved wild animals, and his personal collection included lions, tigers, and jaguars.

“`Dick Dale (above) was eighty-one.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- All That Style…

March 14th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographer, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of her generation.  Together, both re-imagined the nature of American entertainment.

“`Fosse/Verdon, the highly anticipated mini series from FX Networks and Fox21 Television Studios,  is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th at 10p on FX. Get an exclusive sneak peek into the fascinating careers of Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams)  in an exhibition of clothing from the show, designed by Costume Designers Guild Award nominated designer Melissa Toth,  and rare archival video of performances by the artists from the Paley Archive.  Only at Paley Center for MediaBOB FOSSE / GWEN VERDON –>

“`It runs through April 28th. The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located at
465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The exhibition is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Jan Michael Vincent…

March 9th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Jan Michael Vincent was a boyish looking actor, who co-starred with Hollywood’s top stars of the 1970s. For a time, he traveled the globe as a surfer. He is best known for his starring turn on television’s Airwolf.

“`After his tour of duty in California’s Army National Guard, Vincent turned to acting. He found early success in television, guest-starring on Dragnet, Bonanza, and Lassie. Though enjoying a stable film career, Jan revisited the small screen, appearing in Dan August, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby M.D., Police Story, Hotel and Nash Bridges. He was also memorable in Herman Wouk’s adapted mini-series, The Winds of War, which also starred Robert Mitchum and Ali MacGraw. He received Golden Globes attention for his role.     JAN MICHAEL VINCENT –>

“`In cinema, Vincent co-starred in The Undefeated, The Mechanic, Going Home (another Golden Globes nomination), The World’s Greatest Athlete, Bite the Bullet, White Line Fever, Baby Blue Marine, Big Wednesday, and Baby Blue Marine. He shared the screen with John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Charles Bronson,  Tim Conway, Gary Busey, Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Burt Reynolds, and Sally Field.

“`Throughout his career, Vincent suffered from substance-abuse issues. In 2014, his right leg was amputated due to a blood infection.

“`Jan Michael Vincent was seventy-three.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Shawshank Reunion…

March 7th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`This year celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, which movie buffs have adored since its 1994 release. It was filmed on location around Mansfield, Ohio. On August 16th – 18th, fans are invited to join cast members and other Shawshank diehards in Mansfield to immerse themselves with the film’s iconic characters, sets, and history.

“`Many actors from the movie will be in attendance, offering visitors the chance to meet their favorite Shawshank characters in person, including Bob Gunton, William Sadler, and Mark Rolston. Additional guests, events and features are being added as details are finalized.

“`The Shawshank Redemption anniversary will be commemorated with hosting tours and events at over a dozen original film sites throughout Mansfield. First on everyone’s list is the Ohio State Reformatory, which was featured in the movie as Shawshank State Prison. On the Hollywood Prison Tour, guests will go everywhere, from inside Warden Norton’s office to Andy Dufresne’s escape tunnel. Visitors are also invited to travel the self-guided Shawshank Trail driving tour as they visit even more related filming sites.

“`On Friday night, the flick will be screened at the historic  Renaissance Theatre, where the movie premiered in 1994. Saturday afternoon, actors are available for autographs at the Ohio State Reformatory, followed by  The Exclusive Shawshank Reception cocktail party. The fifth annual Shawshank Hustle 7k family fun race also takes place on Saturday. The race features a route with filming sites, T-shirt, custom medal, food, music, and more.

“`Mansfield is home to a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as visiting the working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Friendly Skies…

March 5th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Because of chants to alter the name of John Wayne Airport in Southern California, the late actor’s son has rejected the intent of statements published in a Playboy Magazine interview from the 1970s. Ethan surmised on  CNN’s Smerconish that people should never let comments made almost fifty years ago define us. Ethan added the remarks were taken out of context. JOHN WAYNE ->

“`The younger Wayne was clearly frustrated by adverse publicity this resurfaced interview has caused. But, he did appreciate host Michael Smerconish’s  approach in presenting the interview in its entirety,  as opposed to a mere clip of it.

“`The newly resurfaced interview created an uproar on Twitter. The quote causing the most consternation:

We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.

“`The Duke clearly put himself in harms way. Oh, how the high and the mighty have fallen…

Until next time>                              “never forget”