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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.  But I’ll jus...
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CELEBRATING PAM GRIER

    They called her The Queen of the Bs…Bs as in blacksploitation films of the 1970s! The film titles were ludicrous…..The Big Doll House, Sheba Baby, Coffy….but as varying in quality as these pictur...
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FAREWELL JUANITA MOORE

JUANITA MOORE Actress Juanita Moore died in her Los Angeles home  on Tuesday, December 31. She was 99. Ms. Moore began her theatrical career after graduation from Los Angeles Junior College. She was a chorus girl at a number o...
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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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THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

In 1956 Universal-International Studios released another in what was an assembly line of modestly-budgeted science-fiction films. The Incredible Shrinking Man, despite its lurid title, was actually a well-made picture that hand...
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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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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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MOVIE PREMIERE–ST. LOUIS STYLE!

Hollywood came to St. Louis back in 1966 when the stars turned out for a full-scale movie premiere. The new film was The Trouble with Angels, a middling comedy starring the legendary Rosalind Russell and a passel of veteran per...
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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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THE BARONESS BIDS FAREWELL…

Actress Eleanor Parker has passed away today, Dec. 9, 2013, at the age of 91. She died of natural causes in Palm Springs, CA. Ms. Parker was a contract player at Warner Brothers in the 40s and 50s. She achieved great success in...
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LOVELY LANA

Lana Turner is SMEF’s Star of the Month for November. Much as been written about Ms. Turner over the years, especially how she earned her monicker as the ‘Sweater Girl’ of the 40s. The tight garment she wore i...
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SEEN BETWEEN SCENES

Studio publicists call these ‘production shots’. They’re the candid photos of moviemakers in-between actual shooting of a film. Usually they are corny shots of stars visting with each other between takes, enjo...
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An actor rarely has a chance to portray one iconic characters in their career---let alone two--but Karloff accomplished that feat. Not only will he be forever identified with the Frankenstein monster, but also as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. This holiday special has run for years---and will most likely continue to run for decades more. (c) CBS

KAROFF THE UNCANNY

OUR FAVORITE MONSTER Mention ‘horror films’ to any fan, and more than likely he’ll automatically respond ‘Boris Karloff’. The British actor was the quintisesential terror film star. He started it a...
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Lugosi gives British journalists a scare as he arrives in England during the 1950s to make the film, My Son, the Vampire. This production was also known under the titles Vampire Over London, King Robot and several other incarnations.

A MOST HAPPY BELA

  LUGOSI LIVES ETERNAL There’s not much new that can be said about horror film icon Bela Lugosi that hasn’t already been said before. He became ever-identified as Count Dracula. He turned down the role of Frank...
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