April 2016

PT 109 (1963) – JFK biopic and not a girl in sight.

April 30, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Most baby-boomers (like me) are familiar with the story of the PT-109, so this precis is for those late-comers who are, perhaps, a little less intimate with the war record of John F Kennedy, the man who would later become the 35th President of the United States, albeit all too briefly, from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Lieutenant Kennedy was posted to the Solomon [...]

M*A*S*H* – A decade of excellence (Pt.2).

April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

    Harry Morgan: (Colonel Sherman T. Potter) – 180 episodes. The photograph of wife Mildred you see on Potter’s desk is actually a shot of Morgan’s real-life wife Eileen Detchon who remained his spouse for 45 years until her death in 1985. Harry appeared as a character actor in over 100 films and his presence always positively contributed to the movie. One of my all-time favorite [...]

M*A*S*H* – A decade of excellence. (Pt.1).

April 26, 2016 // 4 Comments

  M*A*S*H* was a phenomenally successful series that ran for eleven seasons over 251 episodes from 1972 until 1983. It concerned a US Mobile Army Surgical Hospital operating in Korea during the 1950-53 conflict. Only two members of the cast were contracted for all 251 episodes – Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. Only Alda, however, actually appeared in all 251. Loretta missed a few. Eight other [...]

Nostalgia TV #1 – ‘BONANZA’

April 24, 2016 // 6 Comments

    Over 14 seasons (1959-73), none of the sons in Bonanza ever had a steady girlfriend, and little wonder, for they never changed their clothes! It was agreed early in the series to keep each actor in the same clothes so that stock footage could be drawn upon in later episodes and save on filming costs. Any love interest for any of the boys ended in one of three ways: the girl either [...]

Patrick Swayze – A class act.

April 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Patrick Swayze was born in Houston, Texas in 1952 to a devout Roman Catholic mother who was a dancer, instructor and choreographer. He acted in school plays as a teenager and played high school football. A serious knee injury put paid to his promising football career, but he was one of those gifted souls who could do just about anything he tried his hand at. He was also a very determined [...]

The making of ‘West Side Story’ (1961)

April 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

  It has been fifty-five years since Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet was re-located to New York City and transformed into the musical West Side Story. In place of the feuding Montague and Capulet families of Verona we are given two rival New York gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. The white Jets are led by Riff, the Puerto Rican Sharks by Bernardo. Romeo becomes Riff’s best buddy Tony; [...]

Yvonne de Carlo – A rare beauty.

April 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The ravishing (and ravenous) Yvonne de Carlo was at the height of her beauty when Robert Wagner spotted her in her car alongside his at a drive-in restaurant called ‘Jack’s at the Beach’. She nodded for him to come on over, which he duly did, and she invited him back to her place – for sex. After three torrid love-making days at her home he returned to find his car still parked [...]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt 4.

April 16, 2016 // 5 Comments

  Before moving on to 1953 it is worth taking the time to deal with the name Robert Slatzer. Several biographies about Marilyn Monroe speak of him not only seducing her in 1952, but of marrying her as well. They even give a date, (October 3), for their wedding day down in old Mexico, but it is all hogwash. In fact, none of her circle had ever heard of the man until 1974 when he released his [...]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.3

April 14, 2016 // 3 Comments

  In 1955 the director of On the Waterfront and Gentleman’s Agreement, Elia Kazan, wrote a letter of confession to his wife, apologizing for having an affair with Marilyn Monroe in 1950, just after her agent Johnny Hyde had passed away. Kazan came across her when she was distraught and sobbing with grief over the loss of her close friend and occasional lover. He said he felt enormous [...]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.2

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Marilyn met actor John Carroll and his wife Lucille Ryman in December 1947. Lucille was a talent scout for MGM. The three hit it off right away and their friendship resulted in Marilyn moving into their home for a while. Lucille even got her to sign a contract with the Carrolls which saw them financing her acting and singing lessons. John and Lucille had an ‘open marriage’, [...]
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