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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOAN CRAWFORD!

Today is Joan Crawford’s birthday! While the year is much-disputed, this great star is generally acknowledged to have been born today in 1904. Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some go...
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This glamorous portrait still of actress Jean Arthur is from another 1935 picture, Public Hero No. 1. A penciled note scrawled on the back of the photo remarks that the World Premiere of this film is to take place May 30 at Loew's State Theater in St. Louis. The old movie palace has been long-gone. I wonder if Miss Arthur and co-star Lionel Barrymore were in attendance? (c) Columbia Pictures

THESE JUST IN….

  Folks often ask, “Where do you find all those great old stills you run in your posts?” My answer is always–“Everywhere!” I find them at estate sales, flea markets, private individuals, ebay,...
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THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES

  I just saw a teriffic movie yesterday. The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Spring Byington and Robert Cummings. Briefly, the plot involves the curmudgeonly owner of a departmen...
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THE OTHER LADY DAY–DORIS, THAT IS…..

  Happy 91 to singer/actress Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, a/k/a Doris Day. She had a fantastic career. Her voice is still one of most-recognized in modern musical history. Doris was pretty much squandered by her time in Holl...
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This is a piece of early 'Star Trek' publicity that shows the more human side of everyone's favorite Vulcan. Nimoy is obviously at home, grokking on a filk tune or two. (c) NBC

FINAL TREK FOR LEONARD NIMOY

  Buckets of tears have flowed from the public on news of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy. Forever associated with his Star Trek character, the Vulcan Mr. Spock, Nimoy left this mortal earth today at the age if 83. He h...
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Super-Fine, Super-Bad detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) from the classic 1971 film. (c) MGM

RICHARD ROUNDTREE AKA JOHN SHAFT

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN POP CULTURE Actor Richard Roundtree will forever be identified with iconic detective John Shaft. As the hero of the 1971 blaxploitation classic, Roundtree inspired a generation and cemented his pla...
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Ms. Rainer won her second Academy Award for her role as O-Lan in the MGM film, 'The Good Earth,' in 1937. Here she's posed with her co-star, Paul Muni. Both were born Austrian Jews, but convincingly portrayed Eastern characters in this classic movie.

LUISE RAINER GONE AT 104

  Today we lost one of the last links to 1930’s Hollywood. Actress Luise Rainer passed away at the incredible age of 104 in London. She was only 13 days shy of reaching 105. She began making films for the legendary M...
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From the 1932 RKO version. Mitzi Green looks on sympathetically as Matt Moore administers a tonic to Buster Phelps. You can catch this seldom-seen film on TCM from time to time. (c) RKO

ORPHAN ANNIE ON FILM

  With all the comic-strip characters that were put on film in the 1930s and 1940s, you would have thought that Harold Gray’s precocious moppet would have been a huge deal. Actually, there were a couple of Little Orp...
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Faces only a mother could love. Actually it's three of Hollywood's top character actresses, striking an uncharacteristically jovial pose. Left-to-right, that's Almira Sessions, Una O'Connor and Dorothy Vaughan from the 1941 Columbia film, 'Three Girls About Town.' They had the market cornered on playing maids, cleaning women, and other tart-toungued domestics.  Aren't they Precious? (c) Columbia Pictures

TOO FUNNY FOR WORDS

Wow, we sure need some laughter right now. So here’s a collection of some of the funniest movie stills I could round up. Some are intentionally humorous—some are just examples of horrible taste. You be the judge! It...
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NEVER FEAR, SMITH IS HERE!

  I’ve certainly met a lot of colorful characters in my 40-plus years as an entertainment writer, but none was more memorable than actor Jonathan Harris. Today we remember his passing on this date in 2002. He was 87....
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This autographed still is unidentified, but methinks it is probably from one of his 'El Hombre Lobo' series of films.

THE SPANISH ‘LON CHANEY’–PAUL NASCHY

    Only die-hard horror movie fans will recognize the name of actor Paul Naschy (1934-2009). But this Spanish filmmaker has produced, directed, written and starred in literally dozens of foreign terror films. For dec...
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PREHISTORIC HALLOWEEN MONSTERS

  This past weekend I came across this fantastically rare still from the silent film ‘The Lost World,’ made in 1925. This was one of model animator Willis O’Brien’s earliest screen assignments, and ...
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MEET GOGO LOMO-DAVID

  Gogo Lomo-David. Don’t forget that name! SMEF predicts you’ll be hearing a lot from this talented young actor in the near future. You can see Gogo on the big screen starting this weekend in the major motion picture F...
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ROBERT WISE

  A belated birthday wish to the late film director Robert Wise. Wise was best known for his big-budget musicals like West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Star. But this blogger credits the filmmaker for helming one of ...
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A TALE OF TWO POP-CULTURE SHOWS

  I recently attended a couple of pop-culture shows, both which took place in Chicago during the same weekend. One was quite enjoyable, while the other was a hot mess. I’d been looking forward to the annual Chicago Holly...
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