“Forgotten Hollywood”- Radio Raven…

October 1st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Record label Caedmon Audio specialized in spoken-word recordings, pairing great literary works with fine actors. James Mason reading the poetry of Robert Browning, Walter Brennan bringing Mark Twain to life, and Sir Laurence Olivier as Winston Churchill.

“`The month of October is the perfect time to remind you that Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price also interpreted the works of Edgar Allan Poe over the course of five hours. Rathbone was, of course, a South African-born Shakespearean actor who is most famous for playing Sherlock Holmes in a string of films and radio plays. And he was also a veteran star of low budget horror cinema like Tales of Terror. Vincent Price was an iconic villain in dozens of gothic adaptations, including Roger Corman’s campy cinematic adaptations of the author – The House of Usher and The Raven.

“`The Caedmon recordings are now available on Spotify. Poe’s gothic approach pairs well with Rathbone and Price’s sinister baritone voices.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cue the Titles…

September 30th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Wayne Fitzgerald was a film title designer.  Over a career that spanned fifty-five years, he designed close to a thousand motion picture and television main and end title sequences for top directors at Warner Brothers, MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox.

 

“`Fitzgerald graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1951, and began his career at Pacific Title and Art Studio. Wayne would not get screen credit for his early work including Raintree County, The Three Faces of Eve, The Music Man, Pillow Talk, My Fair Lady, and Imitation of Life. After delivering on Bonnie and Clyde, he formed his own company, Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign.

 

“`Other titles include  Judgment at Nuremberg, Cat Ballou, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Funny Girl, The Conversation, Chinatown, The Godfather: pt. II, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, The Big ChillCity Slickers, Scent of a Woman, Groundhog Day, Grumpy Old Man, Terms of Endearment, and dozens of others. He was also prolific on television.

 

“`Fitzgerald was a two-term governor in the  Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and he represented title designers. He lectured at UCLA and AFI, and participated in panel discussions in Los Angeles and New York.

“`Wayne Fitzgerald was eighty-nine. Role credits…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Six Keys to Imagination…

September 25th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Fathom and CBS Home Entertainment will be celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Expect digitally restored screenings of six memorable episodes in theaters nationwide on November 14th.

“`The six episodes include Walking Distance with Gig Young; The Invaders with Agnes Moorhead; Time Enough at Last with Burgess Meredith; Eye of the Beholder with Donna Douglas;  The Monsters are Due on Maple Street with Jack Weston; and To Serve Man with Richard Kiel.
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“`The one-night only event also presents a new documentary, Remembering Rod Serling. Over six hundred cinematic palaces will participate in The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration.  It is the initial time any Twilight Zone episode has been presented on the big screen, according to Fathom. Tickets go on sale Friday.
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Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Spoonful of Sugar…

September 21st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`The American Film Institute is honoring Julie Andrews with its Life Achievement Award. The organization said that Andrews will receive the award at the Gala Tribute on April 25th in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast on TNT.

“`Andrews acting career has spanned several decades, winning an Oscar in 1965 for her starring role in Mary Poppins. She also starred in The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, 10, and The Princess Diaries.             JULIE ANDREWS –>

“`Andrews received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She also garnered two Grammys for Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.

“`The eighty-three-year-old actress will be the 48th recipient of this prestigious honor from the AFI, joining Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and George Clooney. This year’s honoree was Denzel Washington. Andrews shall become one of the oldest recipients of this accolade. Only Brooks and Lillian Gish were older.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- I Think I’ll Pass…

September 20th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`I am not sure you would call this escapism; however, here goes…

“`Throughout the year, On Pins and Needles hosts terrifying F13: Survive Jason nights. This event requires you to solve puzzles to try and find a way to escape the nightmare that is Jason Voorhees.

“`One can expect twenty five-minute sessions throughout the evening. In each game, eight players that can team up against Jason, or individuals can try surviving solo. Tickets are $25 per person and it includes a pre-game campfire cookout.

“`The upcoming events are on September 28th, October 5th and October 19th, from 6p -11p. The campground site is usually located around the Flagstaff and Prescott area. You have to be eighteen years or older to participate in the game. Machetes will provided… to Jason!

“`What could possibly go wrong?

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Dear Abbey…

September 19th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`It’s finally here! Downton Abbey made its New York movie premiere this evening; it is on tap to make its West Coast appearance on Friday. After six seasons on PBS, global fans have been waiting for a big screen adaptation with wonder and enthusiasm. The British red carpet was met with adoring fans and great critical acclaim.

“`I have my tickets for a Monday matinee. My sister Virginia will join me after binge-watching the entire six seasons to be up to speed, and prepared for the cinematic experience.

“`The entire Crawley family, the Dowager Countess, Mr. Branson, and their servants, including Mr. Carson, Mrs. Patmore, Mr. Barrow, Mr. Bates, and Daisy await. Let us not disappoint them.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sander and Cokie…

September 18th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`News correspondents are mourning the loss of two iconic reporters.

“`Sander Vanocur was a television newsman who for decades covered events, from political campaigns to assassinations, the Vietnam War to the civil rights movement. His storied career put him on the front lines of the biggest political stories of the 1960s. His frank reporting landed him on a White House enemies list.               SANDER VANOCUR –> 

“`Vanocur covered city news for the New York Times, and ultimately ended up at NBC in the late 1950s. As national political correspondent in the 1960s, he was a panelist at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. He eventually covered the Kennedy administration as a White House correspondent.

“`Politics and war took up much of his time, but Civil Rights was Sander’s favorite subject to cover. He interviewed Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he was assassinated shortly after winning the California Democratic primary in his run for president in 1968. He was probably most familiar to television viewers from his reporting on the floor of political conventions, including the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago.

“`Sander Vanocur was ninety-one.

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“`Cokie Roberts was a daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News. Cokie co-anchored the ABC Sunday political show This Week with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002.    COKIE ROBERTS ->

“`Roberts devoted lots of her attention to covering Congress, where her father Hale Boggs was a House majority leader,  who died in 1972 when his plane went missing over Alaska. Her mother, Lindy Boggs, took over his Louisiana congressional seat and served until 1990,  later becoming ambassador to the Vatican.`

“`While at NPR, Cokie started working at PBS on NewsHour and in 1988 she joined ABC News. She settled into a role as analyst and commentator at both news organizations.

“`A trailblazer who forever transformed the role of women in the newsroom, Cokie Roberts was seventy-five.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Osborne Estate…

September 13th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`A 1936 Academy Award is among the items going up for auction next month from the collection of the late Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. His vast movie memorabilia collection will be auctioned on October 10th.                     ROBERT OSBORNE –>

“`This collection of the TCM host and movie historian,  who died in 2017, includes a 1936 Oscar statuette given to art director Richard Day for work on the movie, The Dark Angel, which starred Fredric March and Merle Oberon. It should sell for up to $100,000.

“`The Osborne collection also includes a copy of 50 Golden Years of Oscar, a 1979 book he wrote that was signed by over three hundred movie stars, including Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Laurence Olivier, and James Stewart.  This work is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000. The auction will also include thousands of Osborne’s signed photos, posters and letters from early Hollywood.

“`Owning a piece of Osborne’s collection will tie each recipient to Hollywood’s Golden Age and the legacy of Turner Classic Movies.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Lilies Lost…

September 8th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Over twenty-three relatives of Sidney Poitier are missing after Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas last week. Around five hundred Bahamians belong to the extended family of the iconic Hollywood actor, who also grew up on the Caribbean island.

“`Poitier was born in Miami to Bahamian parents, but he moved to Nassau, Bahamas as a young child. His nephew has gone public in hopes to find the missing relatives.            SIDNEY POITIER —>

“`The acclaimed actor has not been available for comment.

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“`Please join me on Wednesday for my visit to the Hawthorne Public Library. I will be providing my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series to the patrons of the repository. The program starts at 6p.

“`The library is located at 12700 Grevillea Ave. in Hawthorne. I hope to see you there!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Carol Lynley is Missing…

September 5th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Carol Lynley was a child model and screen star. She is best known for co-starring in Bunny Lake is Missing and The Poseidon Adventure. Lynley began acting after appearing on the cover of LIFE Magazine in 1957. She posed for Playboy Magazine in 1965.  CAROL LYNLEY –>

“`Lynley distinguished herself on the Broadway stage and Hollywood film versions of the controversial Blue Denim. For her performance, she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

“`Her screen roles included The Cardinal, Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Harlow. On the small screen, she guest-starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., It Takes a ThiefThe Big Valley, Night Gallery, The Invaders, Charlie’s AngelsKojak, Hawaii 5-0, MannixHart to Hart and Fantasy Island. Carol appears to be singing The Morning After in a scene from The Poseidon Adventure. The tune won an Oscar.

“`Lynley had an eighteen year affair with noted broadcaster and writer, David Frost. He was his frequent guest at many of the galas he attended.

“`Carol Lynley was seventy-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Proud Digital Media…

September 3rd, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Here is a recent interview I did at the studios of Proud Digital Media in Upland. I had a chance to talk about my career as a broadcaster and author of the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Champion for the Ages…

September 1st, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Marge Champion is a dancer, choreographer, and actress. With her husband and partner, Gower, they formed a dynamic dance team. On Monday, she will reach her 100th birthday.

“`While in her teens, Marge was hired as a dance model at  Walt Disney Studios for their long-form animated films. Her movements were copied to enhance realism of the animated title character in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She would model for characters in other animated movies: the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, and the Dancing Hippo in Fantasia.

 SNOW WHITE                   MARGE CHAMPION

“`After marrying Gower Champion, they co-starred in a number of MGM musicals, including Showboat. In the summer of 1957, they starred in their own television series, The Marge and Gower Champion Show. Buddy Rich played a drummer named Cozy. In 1982, Marge made an appearance in the small screen adaptation of Fame.

“`Marge appeared in several stage musicals on Broadway as a performer. She also worked as a choreographer in a number of productions, including the initial run of Hello Dolly.

“`On Tuesday, she will reach the century mark. Many happy returns to Marge Champion.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Good Fight…

August 30th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`Valerie Harper became a breakout star on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, then the lead of her own series, Rhoda. More recently, her courageous struggle against cancer, and defying medical predictions of a quick demise,  was an inspiration for anyone with the disease.

“`In high school, Harper was taking dance lessons in Manhattan several times a week. By age fifteen, she was dancing at Radio City Music Hall. Three years later, she was in the chorus of the Broadway musical Li’l Abner. She followed by appearing in the film adaptation. Valerie also danced in the musicals — Take Me Along starring Jackie Gleason and Wildcat starring Lucille Ball. She began working with a group of Chicago Second City players when they moved to Greenwich Village. VALERIE HARPER –>

“`In 1970, Valerie auditioned for the part of a Bronx-born Jewish girl who would be a neighbor and pal of Minneapolis news gal Mary Richards on a new sitcom for CBS. It was a long shot for the unknown thespian. She eventually won three consecutive Emmys as a Supporting Actress on The Mary Tyler Moore Show,  and another one for Outstanding Lead Actress for Rhoda, which ran from 1974-78.

“`On the big screen, Valerie co-starred in  Freebie and the Bean, Blame It on Rio, and an adaptation of Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. On television, she guest-starred on Melrose Place, Sex and the City, and Desperate Housewives. She continued working despite her illness.

“`On a personal note, I met Valerie Harper in 1989 while traveling on a plane with A-List stars to Washington D. C. for a walk in support of eradicating the homeless crises in the nation. She was committed to providing accurate information regarding the protest march. And I offered a report on FM 92 The Beat where I worked in Los Angeles. Val and I developed a bond due to our candid conversation.

“`Valerie Harper was eighty.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The MGM Songbook…

August 26th, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`There is absolutely no debate. MGM provided decades of movie music that was memorable. Its cinema soundtrack is their lasting legacy.

“`Michael Feinstein will open the vault of MGM film magic for a Pasadena POPS symphony season finale. This live concert takes place at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia on September 14th. Your invited to attend at 5:30p for picnicking. The event starts at 7:30p.

“`Celebrate the eightieth anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz with the original arrangements from the classic soundtrack, including If I Only Had a Brain, Over the Rainbow and The Cyclone. Plus, enjoy classic scores, such as That’s Entertainment, Singing in the Rain, The Trolley Song, and so much more!

“`In 2007, Feinstein founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, which celebrates and preserves the art form through educational programs and their annual High School Songbook Academy.  Michael also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.

The POPS season finale provides the quintessential Feinstein experience with Broadway’s best singers, dancers, vintage costumes from Hollywood Revisited, and rare original arrangements from the golden age of the silver screen, as only Michael Feinstein can deliver.

“`What a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Cinecon Returns Labor Day Weekend

August 23rd, 2019

Manny P. here…

“`It is back!! The 55th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival and memorabilia show in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend, August 29th through September 2nd. This is the oldest and the grandest of all movie related fan festivals, and Cinecon 55 promises to offer an outstanding five day package of program of obscure movies, celebrity guests, and one of the premiere movie memorabilia marts in the nation.

“`This year, it will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., next to the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex. As in recent years, all movies will be presented in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the restored Grauman’s Egyptian on Hollywood Blvd.

“`This will be sixth visit to Cinecon, and I will offer my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, autographed for readers who love Hollywood’s Golden Age. You can visit with me on Friday, August 30th from 10:30p to 2:30p.

“`Come by and say hi!

Until next time>                               “never forget”