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  • Hi


    On this day 2nd May


    98 years ago the actor William Bakewell was born he appeared in Seven Sinners


    Jut-jawed, light-haired American juvenile actor of the 30s, including his best known film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), but whose career dwindled for the most part into bit roles by adulthood..


    111 years ago the actress and columnist Hedda Hopper was born she appeared in Reap the Wild Wind.
    Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of films, becoming known as "Queen of the Quickies". In 1936 she started a gossipy radio show and two years later commenced a 28-year stint as a newspaper gossip columnist, rival of Louella Parsons. In her last films she mostly played herself, a tribute to her influence in Hollywood. Her son became famous as investigator Paul Drake in the "Perry Mason" (1957) series.


    81 years ago Roscoe Lee Brown was born he was in the Cowboys. A former college professor and completely opposite in politics to John Wayne the pair got on famously during the making of the film.


    55 years ago the director Edwin L Marin died aged 52 he directed Tall in the Saddle


    103 years ago Bing Crosby was born , this is a very loose connection as both he and John Wayne had cameo roles in Cancel My Reservation.


    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this Day 3 May


    127 years ago the director of photographyA.F. Ericson was born he worked on Rough Romance


    52 years ago the actor Tom Tyler died aged 50. The villain Luke Plummer in Stagecoach this is what IMDB has to say about him.


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    Popular American star of silent and early sound Westerns and serials. Raised in Michigan, he went through a number of strenuous jobs (sailor, boxer lumberjack, coal miner, etc.) before landing in Los Angeles and getting work as a movie extra and stuntman. His good looks and athletic physique (he was a champion weight-lifter) led to an offer to play the lead in a series of silent Westerns, which he filmed under the stage name Bill Burns. In 1925, FBO signed him and changed his name to Tom Tyler. He became one of the studio's most popular action stars and initially made a smooth transition into talking pictures, for which he worked hard to lose his natural Lithuanian accent. As the Thirties progressed, however, he began to face stiff competition in the arena of B-Westerns and started taking supporting roles in larger budget pictures such as Stagecoach (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939). In 1941, he took on perhaps his most famous role as the eponymous hero of Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941). This serial and several others brought him new fame, but within three years of playing Captain Marvel, Tyler's career was almost erased when his health failed. Rheumatoid arthritis crippled him and he was reduced to occasional minor supporting roles, often for 'John Ford (I)', for whom he had worked in a number of films prior to his illness . Nearly destitute, he returned to live with his sister in the Detroit area and died there of heart failure at the age of 50 in 1954.



    34 years ago the actor Bruce Cabot died aged 68. He played good guys and bad guys in a number of John Wayne pictures including Chisum, Angel and the Badman, The War Wagon, Hatari, Big Jake, The Comancheros.


    30 years ago the actor David Bruce died aged 62. He was in Flying Tigers



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    Arthur

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    On this day 4th May


    103 years ago the actor Luther Adler (See Insert) was born he was the villain in Wake of the Red Witch. A very good actor this is what IMDB has to say about him


    96 years ago the actor James Ellison was born he had a minor role in Central Arport.


    32 years ago the actor John Wengraf died aged 77 he also appeared in Wake of the Red Witch.


    Regards


    Arthur

  • Hi Arthur -
    I remember Luther Adler vividly in a three-part "Hawaii 5-0" episode as the head of the (ficticious) Vashon crime family. Though this was one of his later roles, he still had a mesmerizing demeanor that added greatly to the story.
    Cheers - Jay :D

    Cheers - Jay:beer:
    "Not hardly!!!"

  • Hi Jay


    Luther dler made two pictures with John Wayne his second cast A Giant Shadow many years after their first. I suppose the main difference was that while in the first they were nearly always on screen together, in the second I doubt if they even met.


    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day 5th April


    34 years ago the actor Kenneth MacDonald died aged 70 he was in Back to Bataan


    From IMDB

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    Kenneth MacDonald began his career as a stage actor in the 1920s. In the early 1930s he came to Hollywood to break into motion pictures, but after several bit parts, he found employment difficult to come by. He hit upon the idea of a little self-promotion, and wrote a pamphlet called "The Case of Kenneth MacDonald," and distributed it to as many producers as he could find. The ploy worked; he started getting jobs at most of the studios in Hollywood, and became a regular fixture in Columbia's Charles Starrett series of "Durango Kid" westerns. He is probably best remembered, however, as a foil for many of Columbia's comedy teams in the studio's two-reelers, particularly with The Three Stooges. His suave demeanor and rich, booming voice fit perfectly the role of the con man, crooked lawyer or gang leader he often played, and he showed a surprising flair for physical comedy, taking a two-finger poke in the eyes from Moe Howard, a pie in the face from Larry Fine or an iron bar on the head from Curly Howard with the best of them. He left the Columbia shorts department in 1955 and semi-retired. He had a recurring role as a judge in the "Perry Mason" (1957) television series.


    118 years ago the actor Lee Prather was born he appeared as an attorney in Reap The Wild Wind.



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    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day 6th May


    93 years ago Stewart Grainger was born. He played George, John Wayne's partner in North To Alaska.


    98 years ago the cinematographer Lucien Ballard was born. At one time married to the actress Merle Oberon when she had a near fatal car crash that threatened to end her screen career he developed a camera which he called an Obie (Oberon's nick name) which reduced the dramatic lighting and hid her scars. He was director of photography on True Grit and the Sons of Katie Elder.


    14 years ago the actress Marlene Dietrich died aged 90. Much has been said and written about Marlene and Duke but she appeared in three pictures with him.



    Regards


    Arthur

  • Hello all
    Hello Arthur do you or anyone know what year central airport was released?

    Greetings from North of the 49th

  • Hi Kilo6


    Central Airport was released as follows


    US 15 April 1933
    UK 25 September 1933
    Finland 11 October 1933
    Denmark 21 May 1934.


    The following is from Fred Landesman's book


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    Filmed under the working title 'Grand Central Airport' over a period of twenty-four days from November 21, 1932, to february 10, 1933. Negative cost of the film was $421,000. Shot at locations in West Los Angeles, the Jeffries Ranch, Alhambra Airport (substituting for Havana Airport) and the wettank on the Warners backlot in Burbank. The film earned domestic rentals of $393,000 and a furter $354,000 from foreign sources.


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    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi



    I have to start with both a confession and an apology I have just looked back one year to on this day and found that for some reason I didn't post on May 7th.
    The next day the 8th I put in all the details that should have been in on the previous day but credited them with the 8th of May, confusing but I'm sorry for that and the confusion it must have caused. Now hopefully one year late I can correct this.
    So here goes.


    On this Day 7th May


    98 years ago the actor Edmund Macdonald was born


    63 years ago the actor Wade Botela died age 54.


    100 years ago the stuntman John Epper was born he stunted in a number of John Wayne's pictures and his sons Gary and Tony followed him into the busines.


    121 years ago George 'Gabby' Hayes was born

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    As a young man, George Hayes (insert) worked in a circus and played semi-pro baseball. He appeared in vaudeville and on the legitimate stage, primarily in stock companies. Retired in his 40s, he lost much of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and was forced to return to work. He had made his film debut prior to the crash, and continued working steadily until his second retirement in his late 60s. He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby", and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films he alternated between whiskered comic relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne Roy Rogers and Randolph Scott. After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the old West for children, "The Gabby Hayes Show" (1950). Offstage an elegant and well-appointed connoisseur and man-about-town, Hayes devoted the final years of his life to his investments.



    118 years ago the actor Selmer Jackson was born a veteran of almost four hundred pictures beginning from the 1920 he played doctors and lawyers and featrured in Dakota and The Shepherd of the Hills.


    6 years ago Sir Douglas Fairbanks jnr (insert) died aged 90.





    Regards


    Arthur

  • Hello All
    Thanks for the info Arthur. I was enjoying Mr Fairbanks recently in Gunga Din, which I purchased. As for May 7th etc you have contributed an incredible amount of related information and being human should not focuss on any insignificant mistake. Although some would contest it even the Talmud Koran or Bible have been known to contain the odd unintentional slip. Thanks again. :)

    Greetings from North of the 49th

  • Hi


    On this day May 8th the rain is hammering down on the conservatory roof and in half an hour I have to leave for work.


    However:-


    125 years ago Lorin Raker was born he was in Without Reservations


    91 years ago John Archer was born. Named Ralph Bowman he had wide staring eyes which made him perfect for playing eccentric types in pictures. He appeared in Overland Stage Raiders.


    88 years ago the Critic and columnist Hedda Hopper married de Wolf Hopper snr.


    82 years ago in Dublin Charles B Fitzsimons was born, the brother of Maureen O'Hara he appeared in The Quiet Man.


    66 years ago the singer Ricky Nelson was born he appeared in Rio Bravo.


    28 years ago the |Irish actress Eileen Crowe died aged 80 she was Mrs Playfair in The Quiet Man.


    12 years ago George Peppard died aged 65 he had one of the major pivotal roles in How The West Was Won.



    Regards


    Arthur-

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day May 9th


    123 years ago the actor Guy Usher was born. During his career he appeared in almost 200 pictures including In Old california, Lady For A Night and Reap the Wild Wind.


    96 years ago Al Rosen was born and actor and also a production managaer he appeared in Without Reservations.


    38 years ago the actor Phil Arnold died aged 58, he featured inThe Conqueror, Jet Pilot and The Comancheros.


    31 years ago Phillip Dorn (Insert) died aged 73. Born in Holland he was in The fighting Kentuckian.


    21 years ago Edmund O'Brien (Insert) died aged 69. Dutton Peabody in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, he also played General Barton in The Longest Day.


    Regards


    Arthur

  • Hi


    On this day it looked at one time as if it would be a soley musical day.


    102 years ago the composer Dimitri Tiomkin as born. Who can forget his stirring Were off to Missouri from Red River, his gentle ballad Green Leaves of Summer from The Alamoand the rollicking along theme from the War Wagon, one of the truely great film composers.


    and another great


    35 years ago Max Steiner died aged 83 Like Tiomkin his music covered some of the mightiest and majestic pictures including The Searchers Trouble Along the Way and Big Jim McLain.


    36 years ago the actress Mari Blanchard died aged 43 she featured in McLintock.


    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day 11th May


    79 years ago the Scottish actor Bernard Fox was born well known on American television for playing pompous British types in F Troop, McHales Navy and Hogans Heroes, in Big Jake he was the shepherd who is rescued from hanging by Duke.


    86 years ago the actor Denver Pyle was born see hem in The Alamo and The Horse Soldiers.


    95 years ago the comediene Doodles Weaver was born he was the sheriff in Cancel My Reservation.



    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day the 12th May


    113 years ago the actor James P Burtis was born he played Detective Hemingway in The Hurricane Express.


    11 years ago the director Arthur Lubin died aged 96 he directed four pictures with John Wayne straight on the trot:- Idol of The Crowds, Adventures End, I Cover the War and California Straight Ahead.



    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day 13th May


    114 years ago the actor Frank Rice was born he made almost 130 pictures through the 1920s and 30s, including The Oregon Trail and Somewhere in Sonoa.


    125 years ago the actor Duke R Lee was born. Often working for John Ford. Toward the end of his career he appeared in The Oregon Trail and was un-credited in Stagecoach.



    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi


    On this day 14th May


    72 years ago the actress Sian Phillips was born in Wales. A gifted actress she played a WREN in The Longest Day


    69 years ago the actor Lloyd Battista was born he appeared as Neemo in Chisum and has this memorable exchange with John Wayne:-

    Neemo: So if you want these horses, I sell them to you. Did you bring some gold with you?
    John Simpson Chisum: No.
    Neemo: Silver?
    John Simpson Chisum: Just lead!


    57 years ago the western actor Chuck Baldra was killed in an auto accident at the age of 49 during the 1930s he appeared in eleven of John Wayne's pictures including many of his films made at Monogram.


    8 years ago Frank Sinatra died aged 84 he appeared in Cast A Giant Shadow.


    3 years ago Robert Stack died aged 84 he was in The High and The Mighty and made his reputation starring in he title role in the Batjack production The Bullfighter and the Lady.


    2 years ago the actress Anna Lee died aged 91. One of the grand old ladies she was a particular favourite of John Ford and appeared in many of his films.


    Regards


    Arthur