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Marsha Hunt at one of the Memphis Film Festivals from the late 1990s

MARSHA HUNT’S SWEET ADVERSITY

  There are documentaries of all shapes and sizes. Some are total fluff, others are dry and pedantic. But Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity(MHSA) is a fascinating piece about a totally fascinating lady. Marsha Hunt was an ac...
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BROADWAY AT THE MOVIES

  I’ve just viewed two of the oddest movies I’ve seen in quite a while. What makes them so strange is that they are both filmed versions of Broadway shows. I mean that literally. They are two theatrical product...
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O'Bryan to Ryan to Goldberg! Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) was a terffic MGM musical featuring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams. No water ballets, but Esther warbles the title tune while splashing in a hotel pool. Betty Garrett sings the knock-out song, 'It's Fate, Baby, It's Fate!'. (c) MGM

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PLAY BALL!

  Baseball season is here at last! The ball-parks are alive with fans! Lots of hot dogs are being eaten and beer guzzled. Hollywood has always carried a love-affair with America’s Greatest Past-time! Baseball-themed ...
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Jane Adams never appeared in many Universal horror films, but she appeared in one with the most monsters! In 'House of Dracula' (1945) she starred opposite Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man---and a mad scientist. Plus she had to wear a deforming hump on her back. Whew! That's gotta be a record! (c) Universal

HORROR HEROINE AUTOGRAPHS

  When I was a lad I literally devoured each issue of the horror fan-magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. I loved when editor Forry Ackerman ran a signed photo of some monster film celebrity. I wanted to start my own col...
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This prehistoric couple walks among New York's Finest in the Big Apple. The unidentified duo is from the Hugh Hefner-produced film, 'The Naked Ape'. It was loosely based on the Desmond Morris international best-seller. (c) Universal

BIGFOOTS, NEANDERTHALS, AND OTHER HAIRY DUDES

    The cinema has always been fascinated with cave-men, yeti, and other missing links. Whether you’re a subscriber to Charles Darwin or not, here’s a smattering of hirsuite Hollywood players for your peru...
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It's more than a little disturbing to see the Archieverse thrust into real-life grimness. The last time I read an Archie book, Betty and Veronica were wiping up nothing more serious than a spilled chocolate shake. (c) Archie Comics Company

ARCHIE ANDREWS….DEAD? NAHHH!!

  A lot of ink has been spilled recently over the announcement that perennial teen-ager, Archie Andrews, is scheduled to ‘die’ in the coming months. Well, don’t believe what you see there, folks. It’...
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The man behind that monkey mask is no less than famous director John Landis! This was his first commercially released film in 1973. Landis, of course, went on to bigger and better things like 'An American Werewolf in London,' 'Animal House,' 'The Blues Brothers,' and many more classics. We'll forgive him for 'Oscar!' The makeup for this movie was by the great Rick Baker, Monster Maker. (c) Jack H. Harris Enterprises.

MAD, MAD MONKEY MONDAY

  Simians in the cinema have been great fun ever since the silent era. We’ve seen everything from men in suits, elaborate make-ups, and stop-motion animation. No matter how they’re served, we can’t get en...
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The late, lamented Whitney Houston, in a glamorous portrait from a TV version of 'Cinderella'. Doesn't she look gorgeous here? (c) Disney

BLACK SUPERSTAR ROUND-UP

Black History Month is almost gone….and we’ve only scratched the surface bringing you pictures of the greatest african-american performers. So here’s a round-up of talented people we didn’t have a chance...
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Submitted for your approval is a trio of great photos of Sidney Poitier the Director working on the set of 1980's Stir Crazy. I didn't care much for the movie as a whole, but no question that Sidney brought the best out of the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder teaming.  Here Poitier and Pryor share a life during rehearsal. (c) Columbia

SIDNEY POITIER AT WORK

  We’ve been writing way too many obituaries here at The Funhouse as of late. So lets take a turn and celebrate an icon who is still with us. We marked filmmaker Sidney Poitier’s birthday recently. But let̵...
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This great color portrait of Sidney Poitier is from one of his rare television appearances in the film, Separate but Equal.  In this 1991 TV film, Poitier portrayed Judge Thurgood Marshall. (c) ABC

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. POITIER!

  He’s an actor, director, humanitarian, ground-breaker….Sidney Poitier is all that—and much, much more. Mr. Poitier is 87 years young today. He is a true icon of African-Americans in the cinema, the firs...
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HAPPY 74 TO SMOKEY ROBINSON! Here's the singer/writer/performer/executive Robinson (r), flanked by The Cos. From a 1985 TV special. (c) NBC

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SMOKEY ROBINSON!

  Happy #74 to William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr!  Smokey  is a legendary R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. He was the founder and leader of the Motown vocal group The Mi...
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Lady Sings the Blues was a 1972 biopic of legendary singer Billie Holiday. The picture made movie stars of Ms. Ross and Richard Pryor. (c) Paramount

Call Her MISS Ross….

Much has been written about performer Diana Ross over the years—a great majority of that has been controversial. All that aside, it’s important to focus solely on her tremendous talents as singer, actress and stage ...
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NICHELLE NICHOLS

Actress Nichelle Nichols will forever be identified as Lt. Nyota Uhura, communications officer on the star-ship U.S.S. Enterprise. Her role in the classic 1960s Star Trek series made the performer an instant international icon....
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R.I.P. MAXIMILIAN SCHELL

It was announced today that actor Maximilian Schell has passed away. He was 83. The actor was born in Vienna on Dec. 8, 1930. He made his stage debut in 1952 and lensed a few German films before relocating to the US in 1958. He...
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