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14th Amendment to the Constitution…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 21st, 2008
Nov 21


14th Amendment

Citizenship Rights.

Ratified July 9, 1868



1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.



Alistair Cooke’s Birthday…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 20th, 2008
Nov 20

Happy 100th Birthday

Alistair Cooke!





  • BORN: November 20, 1908, Salford, Lancashire, England
  • DIED: March 30, 2004, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lung and bone cancer
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered (bones stolen before cremation)



“The More the Merrier” Screening

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 19th, 2008
Nov 19


The More the Merrier (1943)



November 20 at the Linwood Dunn Theater


Produced and directed by George Stevens, THE MORE THE MERRIER stars Jean Arthur as a career woman who finds herself with more roommates than she bargained for when she rents her “half-apartment” during the housing shortage in wartime Washington, D.C.  Arthur earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance, and Charles Coburn (as an enterprising lodger) took home the Supporting Actor Oscar®.  The film also garnered nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture, Directing, Original Motion Picture Story, and Screenplay.


THE MORE THE MERRIER is the latest presentation in a lecture series named for George Stevens, a prolific producer-director who enjoyed the autonomy, respect and creative freedom that few did during Hollywood’s studio era.  While his films as a whole defy easy description, they all reflect a definitive filmmaking style as well as a unique and nuanced view of American life and values.  His many other notable films include the Best Picture nominees THE TALK OF THE TOWN (1942), A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951), SHANE (1953) and GIANT (1956), two of which (A PLACE IN THE SUN and GIANT) earned him Directing Oscars®.  In 1953 Stevens received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, honoring a producer’s body of work.


In her introduction to THE MORE THE MERRIER, Cari Beauchamp, Academy film scholar and author of the upcoming book Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, will offer insights into the making of the film, the context of its wartime production, and Stevens’s approach to comedy.


Cast: Jean Arthur (Connie Milligan), Joel McCrea (Joe Carter), Charles Coburn (Benjamin Dingle), Richard Gaines (Charles J. Pendergast), Bruce Bennett (Evans), Frank Sully (Pike), Don Douglas (Harding), Clyde Fillmore (Senator Noonan), Stanley Clements (Morton Rodakiewicz), Ann Savage (Miss Dalton), Grady Sutton (Waiter).


Produced and Directed by George Stevens. Associate Producer Fred Guiol. Screenplay Robert Russell, Frank Ross, Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster. Story Robert Russell, Frank Ross. Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff. Film Editing Otto Meyer. Art Direction Lionel Banks, Rudolph Sternad. Music Leigh Harline.


About Cari Beauchamp:

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood and the upcoming Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, and is the editor, with Mary Anita Loos, of Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction. Beauchamp was named an Academy film scholar in 2004.



Obit…Irving Brecher

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 19th, 2008
Nov 19


Irving Brecher dies at 94; Comedy writer got an Oscar nod for ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’



Brecher also created ‘The Life of Riley’ and wrote for Milton Berle and the Marx Brothers.

By Dennis McLellan
November 19, 2008


Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and the movies included writing two Marx Brothers comedies, co-writing the Judy Garland musical Meet Me in St. Louis and creating the radio and TV series The Life of Riley, has died. He was 94.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)


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Imogene Coca’s Birthday…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 18th, 2008
Nov 18

Happy 100th Birthday

Imogene Coca!





  • BORN: November 18, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: June 2, 2001, Westport, Connecticut
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural causes
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered



Hollywood Under Smoke…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 16th, 2008
Nov 16


This is NOT Smog!


 These photos were taken today showing (or not) the Hollywood Hills under a blanket of smoke from the Southern California wild fires.



 If you look closely you may be able to make out the Hollywood Sign just above the Renaissance Hotel



Tyrone Power 50th Anniversary Memorial…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 15th, 2008
Nov 15


Tyrone Power



By Allan R. Ellenberger 


Today was the 50th anniversary of the death of matinee idol, Tyrone Power. To mark the occasion, a memorial service was held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where the actor is interred. The service was held in the Chapel of the Psalms where Power’s funeral was held fifty years ago.


Those in attendance included Maria Ciaccia, author and film historian; Henry Colman, producer and friend who served with Power in the war; actress Terry Moore, his co-star in King of the Khyber Rifles (1953); Coleen Gray, his co-star in Nightmare Alley (1947); Mike Steckler, Power’s stand-in; Colin Watling, British recording artist, and the singing group, The Celtic Heart. Each one shared memories and anecdotes about Tyrone Power with the audience.


Copy of my autographed Tyrone Power memorial service program


Also participating were Power’s children, Romina and Taryn, the daughters he had with actress, Linda Christian, and Tyrone Power, Jr., whose mother was Debbie Ann Minardos, the actor’s last wife.


Tyrone Jr. was the emcee and shared stories, including one about being taught how to ride a bicycle at Hollywood Cemetery by his father’s stand-in, Mike Steckler. He also recalled that he recently appeared in a friend’s film and one of the scenes was shot at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. When he later saw the rushes, he noticed that in one shot he could see his father’s grave over his shoulder. He noted that, “This man is dead and he’s able to make it into my scene.”


Taryn recalled how she and her family recently survived a fire at her home in Wisconsin. The intensity of the flames blew many pieces of her father’s memorabilia through the roof and onto the snow covered lawn. Many pieces survived and one item in particular was an article about In Old Chicago (1937) showing a man fleeing the flames of the great Chicago fire.


Power’s eldest child, Romina, was seven years old when her father died and was attending school in Mexico. She read a letter from him sent from the set of Solomon and Sheba (1959), the film he was working on at the time of his death. In it her spoke of his love and affection and that he was sorry to be away, but promised to spend the following summer with her. Sadly, she didn’t receive the letter until after his death and never had the chance to respond, so she wrote a reply and read it to the audience. This was also the first time that she attended one of her father’s memorials.


Afterward, everyone walked to the gravesite where the Celtic Heart once again shared their music and Reverend Gary Dickey gave the closing prayer.



Chapel of the Psalms where Tyrone Power’s funeral was held 50 years ago


Tyrone Power’s gravesite prior to the service


Flower tribute



Tyrone Power, Jr.



Tyrone, Jr. and Romina Power. Terry Moore and Coleen Gray are behind them


Taryn Power, Mrs. Tyrone Power Jr, Tyrone Power Jr, and Romina Power


The family of Tyrone Power. Taryn, Tyrone Jr. and Romina are in the center




Tyrone Power Lineage…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 15th, 2008
Nov 15


Tyrone Power


Tyrone Power the Elder (1795-1841)



Tyrone Power, Sr. (1869-1931)




Tyrone Power (1914-1958)



Tyrone Power IV (b. 1959)



Tyrone Power V (b. 1996)



Hollywood Profile…Tyrone Power, Sr.

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 14th, 2008
Nov 14


Tyrone Power, Sr.





By Allan R. Ellenberger



Tyrone Power Sr., the father of popular matinee idol, Tyrone Power, was a member of one of England’s most famous stage families and was widely known on the American stage and screen.


The actor was born Frederick Tyrone Power in London, England on May 2, 1869 to Harold Power and Ethel Lavenue, a popular dramatic team of the English stage. Power, the namesake of his grandfather, the legendary Irish actor, Tyrone Power (1795-1841), began his stage career touring Europe with his parents. Later he came to America and started an orange grove in Florida. When that venue failed, he returned to the theatre where he rose to fame on the Broadway stage, using the name, Tyrone Power II. For more than two decades he gained widespread attention in Shakespearean plays and in such productions as The Wandering Jew and The Servant in the House.


Walter Hampden, Arthur Lewis and Tyrone Power in The Servant in the House


Most of his life had been devoted to the stage although he appeared in silent films during the pioneer days of motion pictures. His last film role was as the villain in The Big Trail (1931), an early talkie western.


Power had just completed an eastern tour with the Chicago Shakespeare Company when he returned to Hollywood in early December 1931 to appear in the title role of The Miracle Man (1932), at Paramount. The film, a remake of the 1919 Lon Chaney classic, was directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starred Sylvia Sidney and Chester Morris.


At about 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 29, Power finished filming for the day  and retired to his room at the Hollywood Athletic Club. With him were his son, Tyrone, Jr. and his attorney, Francis D. Adams. They talked until 11 p.m. when Adams left. At around midnight, Power suffered a heart attack and a physician was summoned, but emergency treatment was to no avail. Power died in the arms of his son, early on the morning of December 30, 1931 (not December 23 as reported on imdb.com).


The Hollywood Athletic Club where Tyrone Power, Sr. died.


Power’s simple funeral rites were held the following Saturday from the A. E. Maynes Chapel, 1201 South Flower Street. The pallbearers were H. B. Warner, Rupert Julian, Arno Lucy, Sidney Olcott, Edmund Breese, Lawrence Grant, and Claude Gillingwater.


Actor and friend, Ian Keith delivered the eulogy, saying:


“The curtain is rung down. The prompter has left his box. You have played your last great role on your mortal stage, Tyrone. But you know that the Great Dramatist has prepared a finer role for you than any you played here.”


Tyrone Power, Sr. and his son, Tyrone Power
(CREDIT: Tyrone-Power.com)


Besides his son, Tyrone, Power was survived by an ex-wife, Patia and his daughter Anne.


After the services, Power’s body was cremated at the Los Angeles Crematory. A few months later, Tyrone and his mother scattered the ashes up the Richelieu River at Isle Aux Noix, Quebec, Canada, near the actor’s home, Two Pines.


Power was replaced in The Miracle Man by his close friend, Hobart Bosworth, who closely resembled the actor. “It does seem odd that I should be the one to replace him in this role after all these years,” Bosworth said. “We were warm friends and I only hope that I can do justice to the role in his stead.”


When Tyrone Power placed his hands and footprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, he wrote: “To Sid, following in my father’s footsteps.”



Tyrone Power Tributes…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Nov 13th, 2008
Nov 13


Tyrone Power


A recent vistor to Tyrone Power’s grave


This Saturday, November 15, 2008, is the 50th anniversary of the death of actor Tyrone Power.

A memorial service will be held at

Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tyrone-power.com/



In conjunction, the American Cinematheque will be presenting a a two-night tribute to Power at the Egyptian Theater.







Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard


Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm - Nightmare Alley (1948)

Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm - The Razor’s Edge (1946)

Sunday, November 16, 6:30 pm - Love is News (1937) & The Mark of Zorro (1940)


 Tickets and info: Fandango (www.fandango.com) (put 90028 in search box) or Egyptian Theatre box office (www.americancinematheque.com)




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