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CONVENTION BLUES

We’re now nearing the final gasp of the convention season. The behemoth known as Comicon San Diego has come and gone. Wizard World Chicago and Dragon Con Atlanta are coming up fast and promise to be huge fan conclaves. Th...
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DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO

One of the star presentations of the 2013 St. Louis International Film Festival was filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s satirical movie, Destination: Planet Negro. A spoof of 1950s low-budget sci-fi flicks, DPN involves a trio of ...
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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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This image is from the first season of Fresh Prince in 1990. From left to right is Will Smith, Tatyana M. Ali, Janet Hubert and James Avery. The series lasted until 1996. (c) NBC

GOOD-BYE TO JAMES AVERY

  JAMES AVERY The Funhouse has been delivering way too many obituaries as of late. And it’s our sad duty to add two more tho the list. Actor JAMES AVERY, “Uncle Phil” Banks, passed away on December 31 fro...
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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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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANS CONRIED

  Many people won’t know who Hans Conried is. But I’m betting most of them will remember how he sounded! The popular comedian, voice artist, actor, etc., etc. was born on this day in 1917. Conried was one of th...
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Fields indulges in his penchant for playing the ponies. This candid, unretouched photograph dramatically shows the ravages of alcohol on the comedian's face.

THE GREAT MAN

    William Claude Dukenfield, aka W.C. Fields, was one of the cinema’s greatest comedians. He left a relatively small, but impressive body of work that still delights his many fans. Fields was a big star in vau...
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Mickey's series of 'backyard musical' films with Judy Garland are all classics. They gave Rooney the perfect opportunity to sing, dance, act and play comedy. (c) MGM

MICKEY ROONEY LEAVES US AT AGE 93

  Born Joseph Yule, Jr. in 1920, Mickey Rooney passed away yesterday, April 6, 2014 at the age of 93. Spanning an incredible career of over 9 decades, Rooney was one of the last remaining links of Old Hollywood. So much co...
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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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Shirley faces down her future political mentor, Ronald Reagan, in a tense scene from That Hagen Girl. Even audiences back then hooted at the melodramatic tale of 'illegitimacy'. (c) Warner Brothers

WORLD MOURNS SHIRLEY TEMPLE

She hadn’t made a feature film for over 65 years, but Shirley Temple’s death at age 85 made international headlines. The net has been flooded with photos and stories about the former child star. ┬áBut I’ll jus...
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'I Married An Angel,' was the last teaming of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Eddy is down on one knee with MacDonald, while a bevy of costumed beauties look on. (c) MGM

COLOR ME HOLLYWOOD!

Fans don’t see a lot of color photography from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Sure there are color portraits of that era’s stars circulating around. But you don’t find a lot of scene stills from an actual movie ...
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HAPPY 82, PEPPER! Actress Angie Dickinson turns the Big 8-2 today. She's a Hollywood survivor, starting out as cinema eye-candy and ultimately morphing into a very popular TV star. Her 1970's series, Police Woman, was a huge hit at the time. Many more birthdays to you, Angie! (c) NBC

BIRTHDAY BONANZA!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 We’ve got bunch of birthday wishes to distribute today. Let’s wish a happy natal day to the following celebs.                         &n...
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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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