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Apr.16.2014
The Keystone Film Company, under the able guidance from producer and director Mack Sennett, was the birthplace of classic American slapstick comedy. This historic studio was at one time home to a staggering number of silent screen luminaries, including Mabel Normand, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle,...
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Mar.14.2014
Bob Thomas was a film industry biographer and reporter who worked for the Associated Press since 1944. Acclaimed as the dean of Hollywood reporters, Thomas has been writing about the movie business for the AP since the days when Hollywood was run by the men who founded it: Darryl F....
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Jan.24.2014
The big-budget biopic Grace of Monaco will hold its world premiere at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in May, after its original release date was twice delayed. With stars Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth, the film assures Cannes of a glitzy opening night with a film fittingly set just down the...
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Aug.13.2013
This summer has definitely had its downs for me personally. I am grateful though: Dad is doing better, although he has a scar on his neck. We joked it made him look like a James Bond/Alfred Hitchcock villian. He kept on quoting Marlene Dietrich when she showed off her scar and said “You want to...
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Jun.21.2013
With Oregon Festival of American Music 2013, they begin a two-year celebration of the classic American Songbook in Hollywood. This summer, they focus on the 1930s and early 1940s–those early years of the Hollywood’s Golden Age when the motion picture industry was maturing into the...
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Feb.24.2013
It happened some years ago. A yard sale in Pacific Grove, California. Several hangers. Strong, sloping shoulders. Handsome pants holder. Made of, I don't know, oak or elm (pictured right, detail). The woman hosting the sale gave me a look then moved closer. ``Those belonged to Gable,'' she said...
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Jan.30.2013
Patty Andrews, the lead singer of the Andrews Sisters, has passed away. The Andrews Sisters were the most popular singing group of the Swing Era, surpassed in record sales by only Bing Crosby in the 1940s.    THE ANDREWS SISTERS (Patty in center) As I noted on my Forgotten Hollywood...
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Sep.28.2012
If you happened to hear Bing Crosby singing White Christmas in a store in September what would you do? Would you sing along? Get all misty-eyed?  Dream of marshmallows and tinsel? Drool in nostalgia or run like a mad demented person out onto the warm street to escape the racket, the haunting...
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Jul.04.2012
My wife Laurie and I are spending our 4th of July at a movie theater, enjoying the boffo classic documentary, That’s Entertainment. Produced by MGM in 1974, this epic  feature was hosted on the backlot by Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, James Stewart, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra,...
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Nov.30.2011
(#6 in a 12-part series to be printed at the beginning of each month)  WHITE CHRISTMAS - Inspired by the biggest selling holiday song in modern history, this 1954 Technicolor gift, wrapped in tinsel, stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Dean Jagger. This was the...