“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Maureen O’Hara Documentary…

December 19th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`A brand new documentary on the life of Maureen O’Hara is set to air on Christmas Day. The program celebrating her life will mark O’Hara’s centennial. The production will explore all aspects of her life, from her birth in Dublin to a career as an actress, singer,  and businesswoman, as well as being a champion for women’s rights. MAUREEN O’HARA ->

“`Featuring archival footage and interviews with her family, friends, and co-stars, including Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, and Hayley Mills and her grandson Conor Beau Fitzsimons, the program unveils the woman behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It is a must-watch for fans of O’Hara.

“`Maureen O’Hara:  Banríon Hollywood  (Queen of Hollywood) and will delve deep into the life of the feisty, colorful, energetic, accomplished, talented, no-nonsense Dubliner. The special will air in her native Ireland on Christmas, and is expected to be distributed worldwide.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Meet the Cast of Wonderful Life…

December 16th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Here is the program that lists the cast for the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center production of It’s a Wonderful Life. This is airing December 17th – 19th (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). It streams through Broadway on Demand. Just click (or cut-and-paste) the link!

https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/X3P1VZzSviyB-its-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play-full-version–carlisle-regional-performing-arts-center?fbclid=IwAR2v5cekp72qofpjtiOkw_96o0aKoGFuGmB_yc-zOuszuNrvUOYzUgoPFpw

“`This is the perfect holiday treat for folks across the country hunkering down at home as Christmas approaches. Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- LOC National Film Registry 2020

December 14th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`The 2020 selections of the Library of Congress National Film Registry have just been announced. Entrants including recent productions such as: The Hurt Locker, The Dark Knight, The Joy Luck Club, and Shrek.  Plus, there were popular selections, including Grease and The Blues Brothers. Notable motion pictures from Hollywood’s Golden Age include:

~ THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY (1927) –  This is a timeless Laurel and Hardy silent short comedy unseen in its entirety since its original release. The comic bits include a renowned pie-fighting sequence.  Only excerpts from reel two of the film had survived for many years. Critic Leonard Maltin discovered a mostly complete nitrate copy of reel one at  Museum of Modern Art in the 1970s.  In 2015, movie collector Jon Mirsalis located a complete version of reel two as part of a film collection he purchased from the estate of Gordon Berkow. The two-reeler still lacks brief scenes from reel one, but the film is now almost complete.

*** Hollywood Heritage historian Stan Taffel (and my good friend) has just announced that this film will have its United States television premiere Tuesday on TCM at 5p (PST). This is not listed anywhere!

 

~ CABIN IN THE SKY (1943) – This film adaptation of the 1940 Broadway musical marked the directing debut of renowned director Vincente Minnelli.  His talent for blending in dazzling musical numbers is on total display. Applauded at the time for showcasing an all-Black cast in a major Hollywood film when many theaters were still segregated, the film also demonstrates limited opportunities and acting compromises  African Americans endured during Hollywood’s studio era. It stars Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, and Eddie Rochester Anderson.

~ THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (1955) – Drug addiction has been addressed in films many times before, dating back to the silent era. Few dared to be as honest, blunt, or graphic as this Otto Preminger treatment, which featured Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. Along with its still topical subject and powerful storytelling, the movie is further enhanced by its eye-popping Saul Bass opening credits sequence and Elmer Bernstein’s remarkable jazz score.

   

~ LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963) – The flick serves as a parable highlighting mutual respect via common purpose, an austere Arizona desert landscape, the impoverished nuns, and a lad they believe God sent to help them.  For his portrayal, Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Oscar for Best Actor.

~ A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) – Based on a book by Anthony Burgess, director Stanley Kubrick’s brings this movie to life in his own avant-garde style.  Set in a not-so-distant future, that is equal parts dystopian and cartoonish, the production remains disturbing, controversial, and startlingly unsettling.

“`Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the  Library of Congress names to the National Film Registry twenty-five motion pictures that are culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. The films must be at least ten years old.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Curtain Call for Wonderful Life…

December 13th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Broadway on Demand will air It’s a Wonderful Life. According to the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center press release:

 

Our Broadway on Demand link for our virtual radio performance of It’s A Wonderful Life: a live radio play is now available! This is the link you will use to claim your free ticket to the show once it is live this week. (Thanks to M&T Bank)

https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/X3P1VZzSviyB-its-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play-full-version–carlisle-regional-performing-arts-center?fbclid=IwAR3W-OuGKnZpXybnELAVNgIOAIhW8vV4ByGVnSltWUlPo4f4a3rJGtEzYGc

Families can listen to this show whenever they choose on December 17th, 18th, and 19th — you select the time you want to listen! We recommend pairing this performance with a cozy blanket, a tasty hot drink, and your favorite spot on the couch.

All week, we will be posting information about the cast and our community, so be sure to keep an eye out as we count down to our opening this Thursday! We will kick off the week tomorrow with an interview with the original Zuzu (right) herself–Ms. Karolyn Grimes!

“`Radio drama is a wonderful opportunity to listen to talented productions as your imagination immerses itself into the story and the impact of the words. It is called Theatre of the Mind.

“`Please allow yourself to celebrate Christmas at home with your loved ones by enjoying this performance of It’s a Wonderful Life (with yours truly as Clarence the Angel).

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Irving Thalberg…

December 12th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`I am thrilled to join Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2 as we discuss the life and times of former MGM production chief Irving Thalberg. His determined efforts would transform their lot into the most successful of the big-five studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Here is Thalber’s story:

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Angel Earning His Wings…

December 8th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`As you know, I am in rehearsals for the  Carlisle Theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life. Soon, I shall provide the link for you to get your virtual ticket to this radio play that will air on Broadway On Demand dot com very soon.

“`I put together this whimsical promo piece for you to enjoy!

“`Looking forward to having you relax at your homes to listen to this fabulous production.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Righteous Stuff…

December 7th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles Yeager was a World War II fighter pilot ace and a quintessential test pilot. In 1947, he became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. His achievement was documented in The Right Stuff, the 1983 grand historical drama that was adapted from Tom Wolfe’s best-selling novel about the Navy, Marine, and Air Force test pilots (including Yeager) who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base and later, about the seven military pilots chosen to be astronauts for Project Mercury.

“`Yeager enlisted in the Army Air Corps after he graduated from high school in 1941. He later regretted that his lack of a college education prevented him from becoming an astronaut. He started off as an aircraft mechanic and, despite becoming airsick during his first airplane ride, signed up for the program that allowed enlisted men to become pilots. He shot down thirteen German planes on sixty-four missions during World War II, including five on a single mission.

“`After his service, he became a test pilot at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Among the flights he made after breaking the sound barrier was one on December 12, 1953 when he flew an X-1A to a record of more than sixteen hundred miles-per-hour. Chuck also commanded Air Force fighter squadrons and wings and the Aerospace Research Pilot School for military astronauts.

“`Yeager was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. President Harry S. Truman awarded him the Collier air trophy in December 1948 for his breaking the sound barrier. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985. West Virginia named bridges, schools and Charleston’s airport after him.

“`Yeager retired from the Air Force in 1975 after he flew missions in Vietnam, and moved to a ranch in Cedar Ridge in Northern California where he continued working as a consultant to the Air Force and Northrop Corp., and became well known to younger generations as a television pitchman for automotive parts and heat pumps.

“`An aeronautic icon who surely stands tall with Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager (above right) was ninety-seven.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Warren Berlinger…

December 2nd, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Warren Berlinger was a character actor with Broadway runs, film, and television credits. He was a familiar face during Television’s Golden Age.

“`Berlinger performed in the original 1946 Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun, with Ethel Merman, Come Blow Your Horn, and the London stage production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Hollywood came calling.

“`The early days of television provided opportunities for Berlinger.  He guest-starred on the original Howdy Doody,  and followed with parts on Kraft Television Theatre and other programs. Later appearances included  Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of ColorHappy DaysThat Girl, ColumboCharlie’s Angels, Emergency!Murder She Wrote, and Friends.

“`Berlinger was content providing support in profitable cinema, such as The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Because They’re Young, Spinout with Elvis Presley, The Long Goodbye, Lepke, The Cannonball Run, The World According to Garp, and That Thing You Do! A couple of short-lived situation comedies didn’t work out for the talented actor.

“`Warren Berlinger (above right) was eighty-three.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Dear Abby…

November 30th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Abby Dalton was an actress best known for her television roles, The Joey Bishop Show and Falcon Crest.  She was also a favorite of producer Roger Corman for his independent films.

“`Dalton was busy on the small screen and guest-starred in programs such as Have Gun Will Travel, Maverick, Barney Miller, Hotel, Murder She Wrote and The Rifleman. She earned an Emmy nomination when she co-starred with Jackie Cooper in Hennesey.  Interestingly, her character wed Hennesey on the final episode,  two days after she appeared on The Joey Bishop Show as the new bride to the title character (the only instance in television history that one actress was married twice in the same week on different programs). Dalton was a panelist on Match Game and appeared in the early years of Hollywood Squares.                ABBY DALTON –>

“`Her six years on Falcon Crest was special as she played the daughter of Jane Wyman and her future real-life son-in-law, Lorenzo Lamas.  Her daughter met Lamas while on the set of the prime time soap opera.

“`Abby Dalton was eighty-eight.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Pigskin Follies…

November 29th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`It is football season. I join Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2 as we discuss movies that featured the pigskin. Also, there are a number of actors that have come from the ranks of the NFL.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Loss Times Two…

November 23rd, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`I decided to catch Art Kirsch and John Coleman with a surprise topic during my latest visit on Celebrating Act 2. When we lose celebrity on the same day, it is twice the grief and twice the heartache. Here is the engaging conversation…

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- It’s a Wonderful (Virtual) Fest…

November 20th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Many people have come together to create three days of special presentations and events as part of this year’s It’s a Wonderful Life Virtual Festival.  A full program and information on how to register (free admission) will be available on their website soon:

www.wonderfullifemuseum.com

“`On a personal note, you can pick up a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at the museum gift shop.  The paperback features chapters that capture personal stories of many of the original cast members in the 1946 production.

“`Plan now to spend the It’s a Wonderful Life weekend, virtually, in Seneca Falls . . . the real Bedford Falls.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Christmastime is Here…

November 18th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`After a deal made with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to network television. Viewers can be thankful that their efforts made this seasonal tradition once again available for kids of all ages.

     

“`Last month, Apple TV+ became a brand new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. Good grief! That sparked an outcry from viewers accustomed to annually tuning in on network television. Apple offered each special to stream for free for a handful of days, but that did not stop online petitions from gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures.

“`Today, Apple bowed to the backlash, announcing it had teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on November 22nd, and A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 13th.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Mad as Hell…

November 12th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`A team of media brokers are contemplating ways to find a way around a political decision that sinks their future legacy. Losing is too awful to contemplate. Drastic (dare I mention), unlawful decisions are reached to save their collective butts. No, I am not referring to strategy applied to alter a recently decisive election. I am analyzing a visionary screenplay that predicted current ways  we consume news and information. Network was released in 1976.

“`Paddy Chayefsky used his written words to draw lines in the sand about culture.  A scathing look at broadcasting predicted the rise of reality television, live audiences that can embolden questionable behavior in front of a camera and the creation of the partisan twenty-four-hour news cycle.

“`Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, Ned Beatty, and Robert Duvall were pitch-perfect as heathens to media ratings. As the narrative progresses, their decisions become more reprehensible as they develop programming featuring revolutionaries-as-stars, and an unbalanced mad as hell news anchor. An ultimate decision involves a live assassination on television during network sweeps. The moral compass of the film is played by the dependable William Holden.

“`Network is special for accuracy in its prediction that television is a sometimes reckless and even dangerous way to consume information. Plus, 1976 was a special year for movie making with productions, including All the Presidents Men, Bound for Glory, Taxi Driver, Carrie, Marathon Man, Silver Streak, The Shootist, and of course, Rocky. Adaptations of A Star is Born and King Kong were also released.

“`Satire remains a steadfast platform as a way to examine cracks to our democracy. Network is the reliable seed from films such as Citizen Kane, Ace in the Hole, A Face in the Crowd, among others. And this might be the finest of the bunch.  It also served to inspire the creation of My Favorite Year, Broadcast News, Quiz Show, and The Social Network.

“`Well, that is all I have. Now, I am prepared to travel to a press conference in Pennsylvania at the Four Seasons something-or-other.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Everybody Take Two…

November 10th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`If you missed my recent appearance on Everybody with Angela Williamson, a program that airs Wednesdays at 10:30p on KLCS (PBS). Here is a special opportunity to re-visit this fun interview. I am the second guest on the show.

“`Just click on the YouTube link and enjoy!!

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”