Archive for December, 2008

National Film Registry Selections…

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

‘Terminator’ joins Film Registry


Foolish Wives

Erich von Stroheim’s “Foolish Wives,” one of this years selections for the National Film Registry


‘In Cold Blood,’ ‘Deliverance’ also included


By Cynthia Littleton
December 30, 2008


“The Asphalt Jungle,” “Sergeant York,” “In Cold Blood,” “The Pawnbroker,” “Deliverance” and “The Terminator” are among the 25 films selected this year by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its National Film Registry.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Negri Film Found in Rome…

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


Pola Negri film found


Pola Negri


The Alternative Film Guide reports that a lost Pola Negri film has been found at at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Click HERE for the complete story.



“It’s a Wonderful Life”…

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


It’s a Wonderful Life: Tragic story of the girl who starred in the classic Christmas movie


It's a Wonderful Life

Wonderful life? I was orphaned, my son died and I lost a fortune


For millions of people, Christmas just isn’t Christmas until they’ve curled up in front of feelgood classic It’s a Wonderful Life.


As the film’s cute child star, Karolyn Grimes has touched the hearts of three generations.


But for the actress, reality has never lived up to the film’s title.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Carmel Myers in the 1930 Census…

Sunday, December 21st, 2008


Carmel Myers


Film actress

Iras in Ben-Hur (1925)


Carmel Myers


Carmel Myers home 1930


621 Arden Drive

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California


Owned, $50,000


Census taken on April 23, 1930




  1. Ralph Blum (head), 35 / United States / no data.
  2. Carmel Blum (wife), 25 / California / Actress / Motion pictures.
  3. Lillian Lang (servant), 24 / New York / Maid / Private family.
  4. Arthur Lang (servant), 39 / Louisianna / Butler / Private family.


NOTE: If biographical records are correct and Ms Myers was born in 1899, she fibbed to the government and subtracted seven years from her age. She would actually be 31 years old at this time.



* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.


The preceeding text is taken from my recent book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.



Pickford’s Oscars Not For Sale…

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Jury bars auction of Mary Pickford’s Oscar


Mary Pickford Oscar


If heirs want to sell the actress’ 1930 award, they must give the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the first chance to buy it, for $10, jurors decide.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times


And the Oscar for best Hollywood courtroom drama goes to . . . the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


The golden statuette was awarded Monday by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, which ruled that if Mary Pickford’s heirs want to sell it, they have to offer it to academy officials for $10 instead of auctioning it off for as much as $800,000.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Victor Fleming Bio Review…

Monday, December 15th, 2008


‘Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master’ by Michael Sragow


Victor Fleming and Vivian Leigh

Victor Fleming directing Vivian Leigh in “Gone With the Wind”


By Wendy Smith
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2008


Victor Fleming strides through Michael Sragow’s eponymous biography with the panache of Rhett Butler — and no wonder, since the director helped forge Clark Gable’s onscreen persona with “Red Dust” and “Test Pilot” years before they reunited for “Gone With the Wind.”


Appreciatively chronicling Fleming’s work on these and other classic films, including “The Virginian,” “Treasure Island,” “Captains Courageous” and “The Wizard of Oz,” Sragow — who is a film critic at the Baltimore Sun — portrays his subject as a man’s man who enjoyed fishing, hunting, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles, driving fast cars and making love to beautiful actresses.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Classic Movie Posters Saved…

Sunday, December 14th, 2008


Former Loew’s usher rescues hand-painted movie posters


 Movie posters saved

An usher back in the glory days of Atlanta’s Loew’s Grand, Herb Bridges knew the value of hand-painted posters found abandoned in a metro storage facility.


Promos from the 1930s and ’40s found in abandoned storage facility


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, December 14, 2008


They’re stacked against walls inside a century-old house in Sharpsburg like some fanboy’s oversize trading cards: hand-painted movie posters depicting bygone Hollywood royalty.


Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Mickey Rooney when he was a fresh-faced, hayseed kid.


Titles from the ’30s and ’40s are lined up like a Turner Classic Movies grid: “The Outlaw,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” “Angel on My Shoulder.”


Yet their vivid green and orange backgrounds, ruby-red lips and blue-black hair glow with eternal youth in the weak light scattered under the rooms’ 14-foot ceilings.


“I’m just glad they were saved,” said Herb Bridges, 79, a retired rural mail carrier raised in the same house he now uses as a kind of seven-room storage unit for his various collections. “They’ve given me a lot of pleasure for more than a year. Now I’d like to share them.”    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Keifer Sutherland Gets Walk of Fame Star…

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008


That’s my boy: Donald Sutherland’s fatherly pride as son Kiefer receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


By Harri Aston
Daily Mail/Online
10th December 2008


Donald Sutherland was the proudest father in America yesterday as he watched his son Kiefer honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


After years of well-documented drinking escapades and several arrests for drink driving, including a jail sentence, Kiefer bounced back to accept the honour at a star-studded ceremony.


Pride & Prejudice star Donald, 73, gave a touching speech about his 41-year-old son by the star outside a parking garage on Hollywood Boulevard.


Kiefer Sutherland (R) smiles with his father actor Donald Sutherland after being honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood

 Family pride: Donald Sutherland shares a joke with his son Kiefer Sutherland at the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


The celebratory scene could not have been more different from Kiefer’s life a year ago.


This time last year, the actor had just begun a 48-day jail sentence for drink-driving stemming from September 2007.


In a speech, Donald paid tribute to his son, describing how he watched him grow into an ‘astonishingly good’ actor.


Watching his son’s triumph after his recent troubles would have been a proud moment for Donald, who has always been incredibly supportive of Kiefer.


Kiefer Sutherland (L) hugs his father US actor Donald Sutherland

Congratulations: Kiefer greets his father at the ceremony


 Donald Sutherland speaks at the ceremony where his son actor Kiefer Sutherland

That’s my boy: Donald pays tribute to Kiefer during his speech


Following his arrest, Donald said: ‘All I can tell you is that he (Kiefer) is the most honourable, responsible, decent man I know, and I love him with a passion.


‘(Kiefer) behaved in a way that was so pure and so perfect and so respectful. There are other elements in our community that were less so, but he was perfect.’


The 24 star is the 2,377th person to be awarded the honour – the first one went to Joanne Woodward in 1960.


Also in attendance at Tuesday’s unveiling were film director Joel Schumacher and his 24 co-stars Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard and Annie Wersching.


His role as agent Jack Bauer made the 41-year-old a household name, and the show returns for a seventh series on U.S. television next month.


 Kiefer Sutherland sits on the lap of his father actor Donald Sutherland

Pride: Kiefer sits on his father’s lap after accepting his star


Kiefer Sutherland (2L) is joined by '24' cast members Annie Wersching (L), Carlos Bernard (2R) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (R)

Support: Kiefer is joined by his 24 co-stars (L-R) Annie Wersching, Carlos Bernard and Mary Lynn Rajskub



Celebrity Recipes…Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008


Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.






Douglas Fairbanks’




Combine 1 quart of milk, ¼ pound of butter, salt, pepper and ground nutmeg. Let come to a boil and add 6 ounces of cream of wheat. Cook in a double boiler for 1 hour. Add 2 egg yolks and ½ pound of grated Swiss cheese. Put in a flat pan about 1 inch deep and allow to cool. Cut in round shape and place in buttered baking dish. Cover with grated Swiss cheese and allow to bake for 15 minutes. Serve very hot.



— Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.






Beverly Garland Memorial…

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Memorial planned for actress Beverly Garland



December 10, 2008


A memorial service for actress Beverly Garland, who died last Friday at the age of 82, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at her namesake hotel, Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.


Instead of flowers, Garland’s family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, Box 51150, Los Angeles, CA 90051; or to the Interval House Crisis Shelters and Centers for Victims of Domestic Violence, Interval House, Beverly Garland Memorial Fund, Box 3356, Seal Beach, CA 90740.