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AUDREY TOTTER (1918-2013)

We’ve been saying good-bye to way too many iconic stars these past couple of weeks. But it’s with extra sadness that we report the passing of actress Audrey Totter. She was 94. Totter had a long and varied Hollywood...
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This 1943 photo features Myrna Loy dining out with uber-producer David O. Selznick at a Hollywood restaurant.

MAGNIFICENT MYRNA LOY

  Myrna Adele Williams was born in Radersburg, Montana on August 2, 1905. We know her better as actress Myrna Loy and she would be 109 today. Most know her as Nora Charles from the hugely popular Thin Man series of picture...
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PLANET OF THE APES REDUX #dawnoftheplanetoftheapes

  Celebrating the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, here’s a monkeyman flashback to 1972. Here’s a photo of actor Roddy McDowall and Blogmeister Sam on the set of Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Bat...
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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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THE SOUND OF MORE MUSIC

Last night NBC presented a ‘live’ production of The Sound of Music, featuring vocal superstar Carrie Underwood. It was a huge ratings hit for the beleagured network, and therefore I’m sure we’ll be seein...
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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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PASSAGES

On August 10 we lost singer Eydie Gorme, a mainstay since the early ’50s. Like Tony Bennett, who is still going strong, Gorme never succumbed to the onset of rock and roll, and reveled in the fact that she was a singer of...
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This scene is from a 1978 episode of Garner's popular detective series, The Rockford Files. That's guest-star Kathryn Harrold on the ground. Co-star Stuart Margolin stands in the background. (c) NBC

TRIBUTE TO JAMES GARNER

  We lost actor James Garner July 19, 2014. He was a hugely popular TV and movie star who worked constantly since the mid-1950s. He was 86. News of his passing was of little surprise. When I saw actress Margo Kidder (his c...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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BORIS KARLOFF was not the first Fu--actually that was Swedish actor Warner Oland--but he is the first Englishman and the one most remembered. This 1932 MGM film, The Mask of Fu Manchu, came right after Frankenstein. The studio hoped to spark a horror cycle of their own, but the dismal results of this movie put an end to those plans. (c) MGM

A FEW FU-MANCHUS

CASTING AGAINST TYPE…. It must be irresistable for producers to want to cast horror stars in the role of Sax Rohmer’s insidious Eastern foe, the diabolical Dr. Fu-Manchu. But really—! Why choose two dyed-in-th...
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