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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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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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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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Here's birthday girl June Lockhart in 'The She-Wolf of London'. This came at the tail-end of the Universal wartime horror cycle. It's not a bad movie at all. Not to take away from June, but note famed character actress Sara Haden giving our girl the stink-eye in this photo. Ms. Haden was playing against type here, as she usually portrayed spinsters, school marms, and dear 'Aunt Millie' in the Andy Hardy films at MGM. (c) Universal

PASSAGES

Live is full of passages and change. And today is no exception. We celebrate a birthday and a passage this day of two of the entertainment world’s most beloved talents.   FAREWELL, ELI WALLACH (1915-2014) Actor Eli W...
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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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Jane's pictured with some horror-film royalty! To her left is Lon Chaney, Jr. and Onslow Stevens. The chap strapped to the table is Glen Strange as the Frankenstein monster. (c) Universal Studios

FAREWELL, JANE ADAMS (1921-2014)

  Unfortunately, the passing of some of the ‘lesser’ Hollywood performers gets unreported in the mainstream press. It’s only recently that word has come that lovely actress Jane Adams passed away May 21, ...
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Maybe not such a rare image, but I haven't seen it around. Here's a funkadelic publicity shot from the beginning of Season 3. Dig that far-out background!

BATMAN ’66 RARITIES!

The iconic Batman TV series (known as ‘Batman ’66’) is hotter than ever now! There are current comic-books featuring sixties versions of the Dynamic Duo, a whole line of action figures, high-priced statues, an...
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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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A TITANNIC TRIO!

  Talk about star-power! Here’s Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Charles Boyer all together! The caption on this photo is dated August 12, 1948. This troika of cinema royalty had just arrived in New York, having sailed...
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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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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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DIRECTOR KEVIN WILLMOTT RECOVERING

  We’re sorry to report acclaimed writer/director, Kevin Willmott, was involved in an automobile accident today en route to a screening and lecture in Kansas City. Willmott is the director of the critical hit, ‘...
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The Great One in a scene with Sheila MacRae from a 1960s Honeymooners episode. Gleason, MacRae, Art Carney and Jane Kean put on an hour-long musical literally every week! Only talented vets like they could pull that off over and over! (c) CBS

HOLLYWOOD MOTHER OF THE YEAR

    Actress Sheila MacRae passed away the other day at age 89. Most casual readers will ask, ‘Who was she?’ Ms. MacRae was not a name that often fell off the lips of Hollywood fans. She was actually an ama...
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Debbie Reynolds thanks her millions of fans for her Academy Award---at least her character does in the 1953 MGM musical film 'I Love Melvin'. Despite the awful title, the movie is a delight if for no other reason than to watch Ms. Reynolds and Donald O'Connor sing, dance, and otherwise entertain us royally! (c) MGM

OSCARPALOOZA

  While everyone’s priming up for the Big Night this Sunday, let’s take a walk down Oscar memory lane. Here’s a potpourri of interesting Academy Award pix and facts about the upcoming ceremony.   &nb...
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Harold Ramis (l) confers with former hair-bender-turned-producer Jon Peters on the set of the 1980 mega-hit Caddyshack. (c) Warner Brothers

Harold Ramis, 1944-2014

Film fans mourn the loss today of Director/Writer/Producer/Actor Harold Ramis. He was 69. Ramis was born in Chicago, where his creative flair for comedy brought him into the orbit of other avante garde comedians.  He connected...
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