Archive for October 7th, 2008

“The Runaway” on TCM…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Turner Classic Movies’ Ongoing Lost & Found Series Presents World Television Premiere of “The Runaway”


Long-Unreleased Family Adventure, Starring Cesar Romero, Anita Page and Roger Mobley, To Premiere Sunday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. (ET)


October 7, 2008

Film Begins Double-Feature Tribute to Cinematographer Haskell Wexler.


In the latest installment of its ongoing film series Lost & Found, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the world television premiere of The Runaway (1962), a family adventure starring Cesar Romero, Anita Page and Roger Mobley. The film never received theatrical release because of difficulties producer Arthur Rupe had in obtaining distribution.


The Runaway will air Sunday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. (ET) as the first part of a double-bill celebrating the work of legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). It will be followed at 9:30 p.m. by a telecast of Bound for Glory (1976), the Woody Guthrie biopic that earned Wexler the second of his two Oscars.


The Runaway is an unfortunate victim of distribution problems that have kept it from the public eye for decades,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. “This is a charming family adventure, beautifully filmed by Haskell Wexler and featuring enjoyable performances by a good cast. TCM is the only network that can bring this kind of Lost and Found classic to movie lovers.”


The story of The Runaway opens with a delinquent youngster named Felipe (Mobley), who lives by his wits in a small Mexican border town while scheming to cross into California to search for his long lost father. The opportunity arrives when the boy and a greyhound he has stolen sneak aboard a truck driven by Father Dugan (Romero). Once they manage to cross the border, however, the dog falls out of the truck and is severely hurt.


Two orthopedic surgeons take on the task of repairing the dog’s injured leg using a silver staff from a statue of St. Michael. Felipe and Father Dugan decide to train the greyhound, now named St. Mike, to be a championship racer. But when St. Mike wins an important race, it catches the attention of the man from whom Felipe had stolen the dog, setting the stage for a heart-tugging finale in which Felipe must decide whether to run away again or admit to his crime and give St. Mike back to his rightful owner.


The Runaway originally began shooting under the title St. Mike. Once shooting was finished, producer Rupe took the film around to several studios to obtain distribution, but the amount of upfront money the studios were willing to put up didn’t meet with Rupe’s expectations. They were also not willing to give him full control of the negative. He eventually decided to distribute the film himself, even creating a full comic book version of the story as a promotional item. But that effort proved fruitless, as well, and the film has been languishing in storage ever since.


Errol Flynn Book…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Errol Flynn’s daughter recalls actor’s ‘family man’ side in self-published book


Rory Flynn at her father’s star on the
Walk of Fame (Old Books on Front Street)



October 6, 2008


Errol Flynn, who would have turned 100 next year, is known as a swashbuckling classic movie actor of films such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood. Seven decades after those movies premiered, he is still remembered for both his acting and rakish good looks.


Flynn was known for his rowdy, behind-the scenes pastimes as well as his adventures on the silver screen. (After all, his autobiography is called “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.”) But the image of Flynn as a father and family man is the motivation behind “The Baron of Mulholland: A Daughter Remembers Errol Flynn,” a selection of photos and writings by his daughter – and Pender County resident – Rory Flynn, who is signing copies of the book at noon Saturday at Old Books on Front St. in downtown Wilmington (North Carolina).


“Errol Flynn and ‘family man’ aren’t usually used together,” Rory Flynn said. “But that’s how I remember him.”


The Baron was a popular nickname for Errol Flynn. And Rory recalls that life with him in Mulholland was “very ‘Mommie Dearest’ without the bad stuff.”


She remembers lavish parties, for both adults and his children, fencing matches between her dad and Gary Cooper and him recreating an Australian ranch at his California home.


Her book combines family photos with hand-written letters to showcase Errol Flynn’s life and that of his family. She self-published the 160 pages as a kind of scrapbook; it includes pictures given to her by her grandparents and the love letters written by Flynn to her mother, Nora Eddington.


Although Rory Flynn spoke with publishers, she said they wanted something different than what she had in mind. “I kept hearing from his fans that they wanted something like this, something personal,” she said. “I didn’t want to exploit my father, but offer something more to the fans than what was already available.”



The book also devotes several pages to Flynn’s son (Rory’s brother), Sean Flynn, a photojournalist captured and killed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.


After years working as a model, Rory Flynn also became a photographer and has worked in that capacity on films such as “The Return of the Living Dead” and “Invaders from Mars.”


“I call myself the Ed Wood of still photography,” she said. “It seems I’m always working on these low-budget horror movies.”


Flynn’s family is still very much connected to Hollywood and the film business. Her husband, Gideon Amir, is a film producer. Son Sean Flynn is a singer/songwriter and star of the teen sensation Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon.


Although Flynn’s family has made their home in California for 21 years, they recently purchased nine acres in the Burgaw area.


“I looked on a map and knew I wanted to go straight across to the other side of the country from L.A.,” she said. She thought the mild North Carolina weather and Wilmington’s connection to the movie industry would be a good fit for the family – and hopes the book signing will be a way to meet people in her new hometown.


It might be a while before Flynn can really settle in, though. Since the book came out in 2007, she’s been on book tours and is planning several trips to her father’s native Australia as they prepare to celebrate his 100th birthday next year.


“My dad still has so many fans,” she said. “He is an icon, and he’s really been imbedded in Western culture.”



Tim Robbins Gets Walk of Fame Star…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008


Time Robbins



Tim Robbins is set for a 50th birthday gift he’ll always cherish – a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


The movie star will unveil the 2,370th star on Friday, October 10th, just six days before he celebrates his landmark birthday.


Robbins’ partner Susan Sarandon and pal Jack Black will be on hand to help him celebrate the honor.


His star will be situated right next to Sarandon’s.



Celebrity Recipes…Carole Lombard

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008


Carole Lombard








Heat ½ cup olive oil in skillet and add the following:


2 small onions chopped fine

1 clove garlic

1 bell pepper chopped fine

Round steak rolled into little balls



Braise meat slowly and then add seasonings, 1 can of tomato soup and ½ cup of chili sauce. Let simmer for 2 hours, adding a little water.


— Carole Lombard