“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mad Man Drucker…

April 9th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Mort Drucker was the Mad Magazine cartoonist who spoofed politicians, celebrities, and popular culture. Besides Mad, Drucker drew for Time Magazine, and DC Comics.

“`Drucker was born in Brooklyn in 1929, and he began working professionally as a cartoonist on Bert Whitman’s newspaper strip Debbie Dean in 1947 thanks to the recommendation from legendary cartoonist, Will Eisner. He assembled his portfolio of comics work over the next ten years.


“`Mad Magazine was a cultural institution for many baby boomers. Drucker joined Mad in the mid-1950s, and he stayed there well into the twenty-first century.  Few major events or public figures escaped his satire.  Being drawn by Mort became a show business rite of passage, with Michael J. Fox once telling Johnny Carson that he knew he had made it when he appeared in a Drucker cartoon.

“`Some of his illustrations, including a Time cover drawing of Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong playing table tennis, are featured in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C.  His admirers included Peanuts creator Charles M Schulz and Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas.  The latter personally asked Drucker to draw the poster for his 1973 flick, American Graffiti. In 2017, Drucker was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

“`Mort Drucker was ninety-one.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Memorable Faces on Screen…

April 8th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Allen Garfield was the veteran character actor who was cast in classic 1970s films. He was a dependable addition to any production.

“`The New Jersey-born Garfield started out as a boxer and a sportswriter. While covering sports for the New Jersey Star-Ledger,  he studied acting at night, and he was eventually accepted by the Actor’s Studio. There he became a student of Lee Strasberg.  Performing with naturalism and a method-style commitment, Garfield found he could transfer journalism into acting.   ALLEN GARFIELD –>

“`Garfield would end up appearing in some of the best films of a generation, including The ConversationThe Candidate, The Owl and the PussycatNashville, Bananas, the redux of The Front Page, The Stunt Man, Gable and Lombard, Beverly Hills Cop II,  and The Cotton Club.

“`Allen Garfield was eighty.


“`Honor Blackman was the Bond Girl with the suggestive name. She strutted around in Goldfinger as Pussy Galore. Blackman also co-starred in the weekly British series, The Avengers.


“`An avowed anti-Monarchist, Blackman refused the honor of being named a Dame for the United Kingdom. Outspoken, bold, and fearless, she embodied the feminist fight of the mid 1960s. More recently, she even had a falling out with Sean Connery.

“`Honor Blackman was ninety-four.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Act 2 Film Fest Closures…

April 6th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`My latest visit with John Coleman and Art Kirsch on Celebrating Act 2 finds us discussing how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting live celebrations of cinema. Here is the link:

“`I invite you to check out the Celebrating Act 2YouTube page at:


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“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Head For Medicine…

April 3rd, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`The United States top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead.  The newest creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee shall feature Dr Anthony Fauci wearing a suit as he makes motions showing how the nation needs to collectively flatten the curve in the coronavirus pandemic.

“`The origination of the bobblehead stretches back to the seventeenth century. By the 1950s, bobbleheads had a substantial surge in popularity, with items made of either plastic or bisque porcelain. Major League Baseball began promoting their players with their own bobblehead. Early bobbleads included Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, and Roger Maris.

“`The bobblehead museum plans to donate twenty percent of each Fauci replica that is sold to the American Hospital Association, in support of that group’s effort to get masks and other personal protective equipment for health care workers. The doctor has offered his appreciation for the eventual donation.

“`Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has served as an adviser to every president since Ronald Reagan. The current chief executive has called him a star on his administration’s coronavirus task force.

“`The museum in Milwaukee picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero, We agree!

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Teachable Moment…

March 29th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Elmo and Cookie Monster are doing their bit to help keep children safe as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads. The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while doing simple things as washing hands and sneezing.

   ELMO                        COOKIE MONSTER

“`The content on SesameStreet.org/caring builds on last week’s launch of Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative to help families stay physically and mentally healthy during the health crisis.  This project ranges from messages of comfort to classroom activities in reading, math and science. One of Elmo’s signature numbers, the toothbrush classic Brushy Brush, has been updated to Washy Wash.  The workshop will continue to roll out resources for caregivers and parents on creating new routines, fostering playful learning, and managing anxiety.

“`The innovative commericals will be distributed globally in nineteen languages through their partners, including HBO, YouTube, and Ad Council. FREE on-demand episodes of Sesame Street are offered on PBS KIDS digital platforms, along with over one hundred free Sesame Street ebooks on all major ebook platforms.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Fresh Coat…

March 27th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`The iconic zebra stripe crosswalk outside London’s Abbey Road Studios, which was made famous by The Beatles’ seminal 1969 album Abbey Road, got a much-needed paint job.

“`While the residents in London remain indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, city officials have asked for the zebra stripes to be repainted as the area gets a lot of foot traffic eight days a week. The crosswalk was quietly given a touch-up on March 24th, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a nationwide shutdown.

THE BEATLES / ABBEY ROAD (social distance re-imagined)

“`The Beatles made Abbey Road Studios their place of business between 1963 and 1969, recording all of their albums, from Please Please Me to Let It Be. The Fab Four even gave their farewell concert on the venue’s roof in 1969 before splitting up.

“`The iconic album cover was photographed in August, 1969 after the group had a ten-minute break from recording. Photographer Ian Macmillian only had time to snap six photos. The band opted to use the fourth photo in his series for their album cover, and the rest is history.

“`In 2010, the zebra crossing was given protective status from the government and cannot be altered without official approval.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- After the Intermission…

March 26th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 is a delightful internet podcast that can be found on the YouTube platform. Broadcast industry veterans Art Kirsch and John Coleman are its hosts. I have recently joined the team as their official Hollywood correspondent under the  Forgotten Hollywood brand.

“`In our latest segment, we share a gift of the blarney in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. By the way, a chapter devoted to Irish actors appears in my work, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History.


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“Forgotten Hollwood”- The Bard of American Theater…

March 25th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Terrence McNally was one of our nation’s great playwrights. His prolific career included winning Tony Awards for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, and for musicals,  Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman.  His journey spanned sixty years, and his plays, musicals, and operas were routinely staged all over the world.  Terrence explored how people connect. With wit, he tackled the strains within families, war and relationships. He was an openly gay scribe who dealt with homophobia, love, and AIDS. One of his previous interests… novelist Edward Albee.

“`McNally grew up in Corpus Christi listening to radio broadcasts of The Green Hornet and the Metropolitan Opera. While in high school, Terrence was encouraged to write by his gifted English teacher, Maurine McElroy. He would dedicate several of his plays to her. While at the Actors Studio, he was hired by novelist John Steinbeck.  McNally’s earliest theater attempt was writing the musical adaptation of Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

“`Simultaneously busy in regional and off-Broadway theater, as well as, on Broadway, McNally was one of the few playwrights of his generation to successfully pass from the avant-garde to mainstream acclaim. The Ritz was his breakout work. He eventually collaborated three times with legendary composers, John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb.

“`Some of his Broadway musical adaptations: The Full Monty, adapted from the British film; Catch Me if You Can, based on Steven Spielberg’s motion picture; and a lyrical reworking of Anastasia.

“`In addition to his award-winning plays and musicals, McNally also wrote two operas, multiple screenplays, teleplays, and a memoir.  In 2019, he received a number of Lifetime Achievement awards. The accolade he cherished most:  Queerty named him one of their Pride50 dedicated to:

Trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance, and dignity for all queer people

 This honor marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, considered the watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ Civil Rights movement.

“`A tragic victim from complications of Covid-19, Terrence McNally (above) was eighty-one.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Virtual Film Festival…

March 24th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`The TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition will be an on-air celebration of classic motion pictures and moments from the ten years that fans can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. As a part of the Special Home Edition, TCM is proud to showcase cinema that has been a part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, both from years past and slated for this year’s event.

“`This special edition of the TCM Fest begins April 16th at 8p, continues until April 19th, and includes TCM hosts, special guests, and events to follow on-air and online.  For the complete list of movies, follow the link below:


“`This is for the devotees who trek out to Hollywood every year for the festival. And it could not come sooner for these home bound times.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Dealing’s Done…

March 21st, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Kenny Rogers was a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and became one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

“`His voice was initially heard while fronting The New Christy Minstrels. Rogers would form The First Edition and scored huge hits with Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) and Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town. Kenny later embarked on a long and successful solo career and several successful collaborations, including duets with Kim Carnes, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Sheena Easton, and written compositions with Lionel Richie and Barry Gibb.

“`Rogers’ discography included The Gambler, Coward of the County, She Believes in Me, Lucille, The GreatestYou Decorated My Life, Don’t Fall In Love with a Dreamer, Love the World Away, We Got TonightLady, Islands in the Stream, and  Buy Me a Rose. He also made a series of television films based on the success of The Gambler. Kenny also guest-starred on Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, Touched By an Angel, and How I Met Your Mother.

“`Rogers owned a successful restaurant chain that served up roasted chicken. The chain was memorably featured in an episode of Seinfeld. He knew how to hold ’em… Knew how to fold ’em… and Kenny knew how to roast ’em.

“`The family is planning a private service out of concern for the national COVID-19 crises. A gentleman to the end.

“`Kenny Rogers was eighty-one.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cabin Fever…

March 20th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`With stay-at-home orders becoming the national norm, I offer a respite from boredom. It is the gift of literacy.

“`Indie authors want to support the many readers who face anxiety, economic hardship and social isolation as the world community works to end the spread of the Covid-19 virus. More than ever, ebooks offer readers many hours of low-cost entertainment, distraction, comfort, and knowledge during these trying times.

“`Now until April 20th, pick up an ebook copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at sixty per cent off! You can enjoy my first book for just four dollars, a real bargain.

“`The official website offering the deal is Smashwords. Just click on the widget above. Use the code AGB60 to receive the reduced price.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Turn the Page…

March 19th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Playboy is eliminating its print magazine. The periodical was launched in 1953 by famed founder Hugh Hefner. The economic disruptions from COVID – 19 ended up too much for its already strained print operations to absorb.

“`They went to a quarterly printing schedule after making changes to its editorial output,  including reducing its nudity and moving its content away from targeting male readers. The mag would also no longer select a Playmate of the Year. They also revamped its digital presence and social media channels, which would appeal to diverse audiences.

“`The Playboy business is currently strong, generating three billion dollars in global consumer spending each year. Video subscriptions are up thirty percent, social media engagement is up fifty percent in the last six months, and Playboy has acquired a direct-to-consumer commerce operation. Modern branding techniques have been employed, as well.

“`One added bonus, the magazine will save on the use belly-button staples.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Microcosm of Today…

March 18th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`As we collectively prepare to hunker down for an undetermined period of time (despite assurances suggesting otherwise),  I am reminded of a post-war movie that addressed a similar situation that involved a rapid-moving virus. It was called Isle of the Dead.

“`The 1945 production starred Boris Karloff, and it was produced by Val Lewton. The action takes place on a fictional island in Greece during the 1912 Balkan Wars. The island is quarantined because of the Septicemic Plague.  Visitors start to drop dead after contracting the deadly disease. The eventual eradication of the plague comes when the hot, dry Sirocco winds arrive.

“`Lewton did three Gothic period movies with Karloff for RKO Radio Pictures. The legacy of Val Lewton: He bridged the horror genre between the Universal Pictures era that included Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man, and The Wolfman, and the Hammer monster flicks that starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and the William Castle productions featuring Vincent Price.  Val’s most famous work was Cat People in 1942. His persona was fictionally characterized by Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful.

“`Karloff solidified his ghoulish persona when he collaborated with Lewton. Leonard Maltin and Martin Scorsese have expressed the influence this film had on their careers.

“`A quick reminder to stay healthy during these trying times.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- Passing Parade Adds Two…

March 17th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Stuart Whitman was a character actor who appeared in hundreds of motion pictures and television productions, and received an Oscar nomination in the 1961 drama The Mark. He was popular in many Westerns and war films. He placed himself in the tradition of actors who relied less on versatility than on an established persona.

“`Whitman was a San Francisco native who wanted to act since childhood. He started out as a Hollywood extra, appearing without credit in  The Day the Earth Stood Still, When Worlds Collide and Brigadoon. Featured roles included Darby’s Rangers, The Comancheros, The Longest DayMurder Inc., Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, and Ten North Frederick.

“`His passion for acting made him a natural fit on television. Stuart guest-starred in Highway Patrol, Death Valley Days, Have Gun Will Travel, Cimarron Strip, Fantasy Island, The Streets of San Francisco, Knight Rider, Night Gallery, and Murder She Wrote.

“`Stuart Whitman (above) was ninety-one.


“`Lyle Waggoner used his fine looks to comedic effect on The Carol Burnett Show, partnered with a superhero on Wonder Woman and he was the first centerfold for Playgirl Magazine.  In 1976, Waggoner was appointed as the mayor of Encino. Other holders of the title have included Steve Allen, Ronnie Schell, Mike Connors, Fred Travalena, and Cesare Danova. Lyle Waggoner ->

“`Prolific on television, Lyle appeared in Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby M. D.Lost in Space, Happy Days, Maude, Charlie’s Angels, Mork and MindyThe Golden Girls, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. He was also a finalist to play the lead on Batman, the role that eventually went to Adam West.

“`Lyle Waggoner was eighty-four.

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“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Break in the Action…

March 12th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to shut down gatherings of two hundred and fifty or more people across the entire state, Turner Classic Movies has chosen to cancel this year’s TCM Film Festival in April. Fans from all over the country will not be able to rub elbows with cinematic stars, such as Bruce Dern, Mel Brooks and Lily Tomlin. This is all due to the CoronaVirus pandemic.

“`Ben Mankiewicz offers an explanation:

“`TCM joins NCAA’s March Madness, Disney Theme Parks, and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in delaying or canceling their event.

“`Stay Healthy…

Until next time>                               “never forget”