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Candids from Cinecon 48!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 4th, 2012
2012
Sep 4

FESTIVALS

 

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 48 is history! The annual festival began last Thursday and ended yesterday and over the course of five days screened 43 classic films, shorts and documentaries at the legendary Egyptian Theater. Among the films shown were such rare gems as 15 Maiden Lane (1936) starring Claire Trevor and Caesar Romero and directed by Allan Dwan; the silent, Wild Bill Hickcok (1923) played by Cinecon favorite, William S. Hart; the crowd pleasing bio-pic, Diamond Jim (1935), the story of James Buchanan Brady, fondly known as “Diamond Jim,” starring Edward Arnold in the title role and Jean Arthur in a supporting role.

 

Other highlights included The Goose Woman (1925), The Bedroom Window (1924), and the Kate Smith film, Hello, Everybody! (1933). Some of my favorites include Diamond Jim, Upstream (1927), the once-lost John Ford film about vaudevillians starring Raymond Hitchcock and Grant Withers, the Cecil B. DeMille scenario, The Circus Man (1914), She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) with Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy and the documentary about the Silent Movie Theatre, Palace of Silents.

 

Some of the special guests who appreared this year and talked about their filmes were Marsha Hunt, Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare, Samantha Eggar and Carleton Carpenter.

 

Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare and Carleton Carpenter were honored at this years Cinecon banquet with the Career Acheivement award. Carpenter was presented with his award by his Two Weeks With Love (1950) costar, Debbie Reynolds. The couple sang their hit song from the film, Aba Daba Honeymoon to a very appreciative audience. Jack Larson, best-known as Jimmy Olsen on TV’s Superman, presented his former costar, Phyllis Coates with her award. Coates played Lois Lane on the series first season. Director Richard L. Bare, who directed such classic television shows as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and several episodes of the Twilight Zone was given his award by Linda Henning who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction.

 

There was a great selection of films shown at this year’s Cinecon and the banquet was one of the most entertaining in recent years. Many thanks to the Cinecon officers and committee: Robert S. Birchard, Jim Harwood, Marvin Paige, Stan Taffel, Sharon Arndt, Bryan Cooper, Stella Grace, Sue Guldin, Danny Schwartz and Maureen Solomon.

 

A personal thanks to volunteer coordinator Stella Grace and her group of volunteers which included Woolsey Ackerman, Nick Beck, Vivienne Benjamin, Amy Bowker, Paul & Kristina Bunnell, Annette Bursteen, Michael Cable, Rancen Collins, Sandy Dubois, Allan Ellenberger, Joan Engberg, Isabel Falck, Allison Francis, Sue Garland, Bill Goodwin, Sue Guldin, Mary Mallory, Ludmilla & HarryMartinez, Charlie McCollister, Ann McFerrin, Oriana Nudo, Betty Petit, Jane Reed, Robert Richard, Ronn & Carol Roe, Susan Shapiro, Ruth Silney, Norman Triplett, Laura Wegter, Rex Wegter, Rachel Wegter and Tyler, Seth Wegter and Mary Zickefoose.

 

See you at Cinecon 49 on Labor Day weekend, 2013!

 

Following are some candid photos from this past weekend, mostly from the banquet (Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger):

 

 

 

Volunteers Allison Francis and Robert Richard (left) help veteran Cinecon

attendee, Sharon Schwartz at Loew’s Hollywood Hotel on Highland Avenue.

 

 

 

 

Crowd gathers for the Cinecon banquet (recognize anyone?)

 

 

 

Cinecon president, Robert S. Birchard opened the banquet

 

 

 

Actresses France Nuyen and Colleen Gray

 

 

 

Former Superman costars, Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) and Jack Larsen

(Jimmy Olsen) meet prior to the banquet. Author Anthony Slide is looking on.

 

 

 

 

Cinecon officer and banquet emcee, Stan Taffel greets Mary Ellen Dix,

wife of actor Bob Dix (son of Richard Dix)

 

 

 

Actress Linda Henning introduced director and honoree Richard L. Bare

 

 

 

Cinecon honorees, Richard L. Bare and Phyllis Coates. Bare and Coates were once husband and wife for less than ten months (1948-1949). At one point Bare asked her about their marriage and she held her thumb and index finger about an inch apart and said, “It lasted this long… but it was interesting.”

 

 

 

 

 Jack Larsen introduced honoree Phyllis Coates

 

 

 

 The legendary Debbie Reynolds introduced her former costar

and Cinecon honoree, Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter entertain the

audience with a rendition of “Aba Dabba Honeymoon”

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Jack Larsen

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds, Cinecon committe member, Bryan Cooper

and Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Dix and Richard Anderson

 

 

 

Carla Laemmle, neice of Universal founder Carl Laemmle

 

 

 

Miriam Nelson and Barbara Hale who played Della Street on Perry Mason

 

 

 

Julie Newmar of Catwoman fame talks to a fan

 

 

 

Jane Withers chats with Marsha Hunt

 

 

 

Cinecon committee members, Sue Guldin and Stella Grace

 

 

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Eddie Fisher Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 24th, 2010
2010
Sep 24

OBITUARY

Eddie Fisher dies at 82; popular singer known for high-profile marriages

 

 

From 1950 to ’56, he recorded dozens of songs that made the top 40 and four that reached No. 1 on the pop charts. He wed Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.

 

By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles Times
September 24, 2010

 

Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to — and divorces from — some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.

 

Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Eddie Fisher

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Singin’ in the Rain @ Hollywood Forever

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 19th, 2009
2009
Aug 19

SCREENINGS

Singin’ in the Rain

 

 

 

 cinespia cemetery screenings season 09

 

saturday, august 22nd

singin’ in the rain

directed by Stanley Donen (1952 103 mins)

 

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm

hollywood forever cemetery
6000 santa monica boulevard at gower
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

 

starring gene kelly and debbie reynolds

 

dj jun spins before and after the screening

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Harve Presnell Obituary

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 1st, 2009
2009
Jul 1

OBITUARY

California-born Broadway star Harve Presnell dies

 

 Harve Presnell

 

By Jana J. Monji –
LA Theater Reviews Examiner
July 1, 2009

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Harve Presnell might not be as well known as Michael Jackson or Farrah Fawcett, but in 1960, he created the role of Johnny Leadville Brown in the musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” opposite Tammy Grimes (who won a Tony) and went on to star opposite Debbie Reynolds in the 1964 movie version.  He was 75.

 

The Richard Morris (book) and Meredith Wilson (music and lyrics) musical ran from November 1960 to February 1962 for a total of 532 performances according to the Internet Broadway Database. He would return to Broadway in the 1970s as a replacement in the musical “Annie” as Oliver Warbucks.

 

Born in Modesto, California on September 14, 1933, Presnell had operatic training. Besides Daddy Warbucks and Brown, he played Rhett Butler in the musical “Scarlett” on the West End.

Presnell wasn’t in the original Broadway cast of the 1951 Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical “Paint Your Wagon,” but when it was made into a film with Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin in 1969, he sang “They Call the Wind Maria.” “On film, he was played William H. Macy’s father-in-law in the 1996 “Fargo,” and General George C. Marshall in Steven Spielberg’s 1998 “Saving Private Ryan.”

 

On TV, he was in the 1996-2000 series “The Pretender” as Mr. Parker, in the 1993-1997 “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” as Sam Lane (five episodes), and the 1998-2003 “Dawson’s Creek” as Arthur “A.I.” Brooks. He was also one of the stars of the short-lived 2007 “Andy Barker, P.I.” series. He made appearances on “Monk” and “ER” and other TV series.

 

Presnell had a beautiful baritone voice and warm and winning presence. It’s a shame we don’t have more footage of him in musicals. In 1965, he won a Golden Globe award together with George Segal and Topol as the most promising newcomers. Presnell arrived when the so-called Golden Age of Musicals was over, but was a popular character actor.

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