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CORNY CHRISTMAS ART #3

….There’s just no end to them! Here’s another corny Christmas photo–once again featuring Tarzan’s Jane, Maureen O’Sullivan! These are the things contract players did when they were in-between...
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Look through the Time-Scope to see what childhood was like back in 1933's short-subject, Forgotten Babies. How many instances of child-endangerment, political incorrectness and other modern non-nos can you spot in this rare still? (c) Hal Roach/MGM

HOLIDAYS ARE FOR CHILDREN . . .

Saying ‘….the Holidays are all about the kids….’ is somewhat of a seasonal cliche. But in many way’s it’s true! To celebrate the approaching holiday festivities, lets give a shout out to the ...
by Sam Maronie
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TURKEY

NO TURKEYS HERE

The character actor is almost extinct in today’s entertainment world. In Hollywood’s past, these colorful performers made even the most pedestrian film that much better with their presence. On Thanksgiving Day, let&...
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ALAN YOUNG CHRISTMAS

CORNY CHRISTMAS PHOTO #1

Actor Alan Young, the then-Wilbur Post of CBS-TV’s Mr. Ed, fills in as one of Santa’s Helpers in this unbelievably corny publicity shot. Leonard Maltin and I agree–we both love this type of Hollywood art that ...
by Sam Maronie
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CHRISTMAS O'SULLIVAN

CORNY CHRISTMAS PHOTO #2

Maureen O’Sullivan was so much more than just Tarzan’s Jane! She was a mainstay of MGM in the 1930s and appeared in many quality productions for that great studio. She was in the original Thin Man, Pride and Prejudi...
by Sam Maronie
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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, proudly displays her pumpkins while promoting the WCW Halloween Havoc of a few years ago. I had the pleasure of interviewing E (actually blonde Cassandra Peterson) several years ago and found her an intelligent, witty woman--and a genius at self-promotion. (c) Queen B Productions. Photo by David Goldner

PUMPKINS….WE GOT PUMPKINS!

  HAVE I GOT A PUMPKIN FOR YOU! Without a doubt, the corniest Halloween art features a celebrity posed with a jack o’lantern. Needless to say, it is one of Hollywood’s favorite photo op. Enjoy these half-dozen ...
by Sam Maronie
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While not a monster, here's an atmospheric portrait of actor Bruce Boxleitner from Disney's experimental film, Tron, released in 1982. While it was considered cutting-edge at the time, the effects are cheesily dated when viewed today. Still, a nice try for the Disney folks, who at that time were content to churn out Herbie movies and cringe-worhy family fare. (c) Walt Disney Company

MONSTER MEDLEY

HAVE WE GOT MONSTERS FOR YOU! What’s Halloween without a monster or two? Here’s a trick-or-treat grab-bag of some of Hollywood’s finest–err….lets say some of the most visually interesting!   &...
by Sam Maronie
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BOOS IN THE NIGHT

…SOMETHING VERY STRANGE GOING ON HERE… Masks and makeup are as part of Hollywood as they are of Halloween. Here’s a collection of frightening faces from cinema and TV that will surprise many of you. Many have ...
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c) Universal Studios

SURELY, HE WON’T BITE…

WATCH THOSE TEETH….. A tried-and-true Hollywood publicity gimmick features movie actors visiting the action on other movie sets currently shooting on the lot. Here’s an especially interesting one for science-fiction...
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Another rare scene from the 1932 Grand Hotel. Here Joan Crawford and Wally Beery (as Preysing) share a dramatic scene. Dig that beautiful Art Deco bed! It's hard to believe this film is over 80 years old. c) MGM

GRAND HOTEL

In 1932 MGM presented Grand Hotel, a big-budget, multi-star adaptation of Vicki Baum’s famous novel. Much has been written about this extravaganza, which featured top studio talent Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lionel and John Ba...
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