Sam Maronies Entertainment Funhouse (Maronie Creative Services, LLC)
IT'S POP-CULTURE PARTY-TIME!

 
 

 
There are no stars in this vintage still. It's a cute and corny publicity shot of Warner Brothers chorines publicizing the then-new 'Golddiggers of 1935.' Whew! The still photographer choreographed this shot like one of Busby Berkeley's elaborate dance routines! (c) Warner Brothers

RARE MOVIE TREATS!

  A great part of attending film fests are the many treasures I pick up along the way. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of these gems I’ve just acquired with you, the fans! For some reason they all rev...
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As the card says, this is the next Cinerama presentation (1955), following the initial entry, This is Cinerama (1952).  Basically a travelogue, the film features sequences such as a point-of-view bobsled ride and other thrilling footage. Long considered lost, this has been rediscovered and recently released on Blue-Ray.

THIS IS CINERAMA!

  In the early 1950s, movie producers were desperate to get people off their fannies from their new TV sets and back into theater seats. They experimented with several novel processes to entice their audience back.  Among...
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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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HAPPY NATAL DAY, ROBERT YOUNG

Actor Robert Young was born on this day, February 22, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois. Though born in the Windy City, Young actually grew up in California. He began acting with the Pasadena Playhouse and segued into movies in 1931. A...
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The always-glamorous Hazel Scott performs in a segment of the all-star Waner Bros. film, Rhapsody in Blue. Ms. Scott appeared in several Hollywood films. Unfortunately these performances were confined to 'segments' that could be edited out of prints shipped to sensitive Southern states. 
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HAZEL SCOTT

  Hazel Dorothy Scott  was an internationally known American jazz/classical pianist and singer. Ms. Scott also appeared in several films. Unfortunately, as was the case in those segregationist years, her screen appearance...
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THE HORN

    How can you best describe Lena Horne? Skilled actress…fantastic vocalist….social activist….ground-breaker…? Ms. Horne was all this, and so much more. One thing you can say for sure, she was...
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Look at the top, and you'll see a youthful Debbie Reynolds at the tip of this football pile-up. It's actually an esoteric production number from tge 1953 MGM film, I Love Melvin. This clever sequence featured Ms. Reynolds as 'the football', whom the players tossed through the air and over the goal-post. Boy, I bet she was bruised by the time this was shot! (c) MGM

SUPER SUNDAY

This Sunday, the world will be eating up the Super-Bowl match-up in huge numbers. Hollywood, too, has carried on a love affair with pigskin action. Here’s a handful of interesting stills that give a Tinsel Town spin  to ...
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OUR JOAN

Much has been written about actress Joan Crawford over the years–some good, some bad—most of it bad! But I come here today not to bury Joan, but to praise her! Turner Classic Movies has elected Joan Crawford their S...
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WHOOP! THERE IT IS!

I’m often asked “Where do you find your entertainment memorabilia?” Well, the answer is: In the unlikliest of places! I was browsing in an antique mall today, where I came across a playbill from St. Louis̵...
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An amazingly rare candid, unretouched photograph of Boris Karloff (l) and Basil Rathbone from Universal's 1939 Tower of London. It was the same year that the duo co-starred in Son of Frankenstein, which ignited another cycle of Universal horror films. (c) Universal Studios

TOWER OF LONDON

Universal’s 1939 entry, Tower of London, is part of the studios horror heritage while not exactly being a ‘monster’ film. It starred genre icons Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone (who also played together in So...
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