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Actor Tab Hunter (1931-2018)

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6 hours ago, jakeem said:

No. Larry Pennell, the actor who played Dash on episodes of "The Beverly Hillbillies," died in 2013.

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I saw larry pennell over the weekend on an episode of Branded on inspire and thought he looked a lot like Buck Taylor who played Newly on Gunsmoke and as far as Tab Hunter...

"I thought he was dead." -eddie Rochester anderson, the comic

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I really enjoyed reading Tab Hunter's autobiography.

Of course, it was about his unique life in Hollywood.

Yet it was so knowledgeable and perceptive in terms of the last days of the Hollywood studio system.

And what I particularly liked was the honest way he wrote about what it was actually like for a Superstar  talent to live at that time.

It's true that he had to lead a double life and he had to hide a lot of things when he was a big Hollywood matinee Idol.

But, you would have had to live in the 1950s to know that it was such a different time that virtually everybody was hiding something. Maybe something not as big as what Tab had to contend with, however it was a very stratiated society.

His friendship and his professional career with Natalie Wood was a high point of the book for me.

And Tab Hunter was a real Hollywood success story, not just because he was a big star in a lot of movies, but because he survived and thrived.

He showed that he was a man of perseverance and it took courage  to publicly talk about his life the way he did in that book.

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Sad news.

Just a couple of years ago my wife and I saw him and Joyce DeWitt perform the two character play Love Letters here in a small intimate Sedona theater.

He was excellent. 

(...R.I.P., Tab)

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YouTube just posted a CBS Sunday Morning segment about Tab Hunter that aired on October 23, 2005. He was interviewed by CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer.

 

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3 hours ago, jakeem said:

YouTube just posted a CBS Sunday Morning segment about Tab Hunter that aired on October 23, 2005. He was interviewed by CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer.

 

I watched this yesterday. And it's a very good interview because the woman interviewing him is obviously a fan. She knew what questions  to ask and how to ask them.

 And what I loved about the piece, since I'm an old fan of his too, was seeing how much his fans still loved him and supported him.

However, What really comes through in this interview is what an extremely down-to-earth, level-headed and perceptively intelligent man Tab Hunter was.

 

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TCM is doing a daytime tribute to Tab Hunter on July 20.
 

6:00am The Steel Lady (1953)

7:30am Return to Treasure Island (1954)

9:00am Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

10:45am Operation Bikini (1963)

12:15pm The Golden Arrow (1964)

2:00pm The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

4:00pm The Burning Hills (1956)

5:45pm The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1418805&name=TCM-Remembers-Tab-Hunter-1931-2018-

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9 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

TCM is doing a daytime tribute to Tab Hunter on July 20.
 

6:00am The Steel Lady (1953)

7:30am Return to Treasure Island (1954)

9:00am Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

10:45am Operation Bikini (1963)

12:15pm The Golden Arrow (1964)

2:00pm The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

4:00pm The Burning Hills (1956)

5:45pm The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1418805&name=TCM-Remembers-Tab-Hunter-1931-2018-

The Tab Hunter tribute replaces these films on the 20th:

ALIAS THE DOCTOR '32
BEDSIDE '34
THE GORILLA MAN '42
OBSESSION '49
THE BODY SNATCHER '45
SIGNPOST TO MURDER '65
DOCTOR X '32
THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X '39
EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ '51
GREEN LIGHT '37

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2 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

The Tab Hunter tribute replaces these films on the 20th:

GREEN LIGHT '37

I was going to record that one...:(

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Just now, LawrenceA said:

I was going to record that one...:(

That's a shame! That's a good one! I would let you borrow it, but Oregon and Florida are a bit a ways away from one another.  The only part of this film I dislike is the part with the the clergyman. 

Who wouldn't want to look up at 1937 Errol Flynn's gorgeous face right before getting surgery?

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11 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

TCM is doing a daytime tribute to Tab Hunter on July 20.
 

6:00am The Steel Lady (1953)

7:30am Return to Treasure Island (1954)

9:00am Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

10:45am Operation Bikini (1963)

12:15pm The Golden Arrow (1964)

2:00pm The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

4:00pm The Burning Hills (1956)

5:45pm The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1418805&name=TCM-Remembers-Tab-Hunter-1931-2018-

I wish that they were showing "The Pleasure Of His Company".

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32 minutes ago, rayban said:

I wish that they were showing "The Pleasure Of His Company".

I'm still trying to figure out why TCM has never shown "Damn Yankees!" You'd think it would have been perfect for last month's "Mad About Musicals" tribute, too.

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On ‎7‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 8:45 AM, jakeem said:

Tab Hunter, who became a film star in the 1950s while living a double life as a closeted homosexual, died Sunday in Santa Barbara, California. He would have observed his 87th birthday on Wednesday.

His longtime partner, producer Allan Glaser, said that Hunter died of cardiac arrest as the result of a blood clot.

Born Arthur Andrew Kelm in New York City, he grew up using his mother's surname, Gelien, after his parents divorced. He received his stage name from the legendary talent agent Henry Willson, who also came up with new names for such promising actors as Roy Scherer (Rock Hudson), Robert Moseley (Guy Madison), Merle Johnson, Jr. (Troy Donahue) and Orison Whipple Hungerford, Jr. (Ty Hardin).

One of Hunter's first noteworthy films was William Wellman's "Track of the Cat," a 1954 drama co-produced by John Wayne. Set on a Northern California ranch in the early 20th-century, the film starred Robert Mitchum as the older brother of the young actor's character.

Hunter became a star in the 1955 World War II film "Battle Cry," which was directed by Raoul Walsh. The movie's all-star cast included Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, Dorothy Malone and Anne Francis. The picture was a box-office hit for Warner Bros.

As a contract player at Warner Bros., Hunter co-starred with Natalie Wood in the 1956 films "The Burning Hills" and "The Girl He Left Behind." There would have been a third team up if he had been chosen for the role of Tony in the 1961 screen version of "West Side Story," which starred Wood.

Although he didn't consider himself a singing talent, Hunter wound up recording the 1957 hit "Young Love," which was the No. 1 song for six weeks on the Billboard pop chart. It also sold more than a million copies.

A year later, Hunter co-starred with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston in a Warner Bros. screen version of the hit 1955 Broadway musical "Damn Yankees!" The film adaptation starred Robert Shafer as senior citizen Joe Boyd, a longtime New York Yankees hater. After he made a deal with the Devil (Walston), Boyd became magically transformed into the young slugger Joe Hardy and signed with the lowly Washington Senators of the American League. Verdon -- who played the Devil's alluring assistant Lola -- and Walston both won 1956 Tony Awards for their performances in the stage production.

During the 1960-1961 television season, Hunter starred in a short-lived sitcom in which he played a Malibu-based cartoonist. "The Tab Hunter Show," which co-starred Richard Erdman and Jerome Cowan, aired Sunday nights on NBC.

Hunter starred in more than 40 films, but his career began to fade in the 1960s. He made an impressive comeback in John Waters' offbeat 1981 film "Polyester," which featured Hunter as Todd Tomorrow -- the unlikely love interest of Baltimore-area housewife Francine Fishpaw (played by the female impersonator Divine).

The actors reteamed for Paul Bartel's 1985 Western comedy "Lust in the Dust," which was co-produced by Hunter and Glaser. 

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Hunter co-starred with Divine in two offbeat 1980s comedies

Hunter acknowleged that he was gay in the 2005 autobiography "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star" -- which was co-written with Eddie Muller. The book was a best seller and prompted the making of the 2015 documentary "Tab Hunter Confidential," directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and produced by Glaser.

It was announced last month that producer/director J.J. Abrams is planning a feature film about the hush-hush relationship between Hunter and fellow actor Anthony Perkins during the 1950s. Actor Zachary Quinto, who announced he was gay in 2011, will serve as a co-producer of the project.

 

Farewell, Tab Hunter. One of the first to live his truth as a gay man in Hollywood, at a time when homophobia ruled supreme.

"I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be."

Sad to report that Tab Hunter, the gawjuss gay icon, and true gentleman, has left the building. We shared some good laughs back in the 80’s. I was always fond of this dear man.

so sad to wake up to the news of the passing of tab hunter. i was honored to get to know him in the past year and am so grateful to have experienced his sheer joy and love of life. and… https://www.instagram.com/p/BlAzakaHjuJ/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=a9l8n9pa3hs5 

I've never met a movie star lovelier than Tab Hunter, who I got to know very well over the last few years, and who died today. Here are some things you should know about him. RIP. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/tab-hunter-opens-up-life-781046 , https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/savannah-film-fest-hollywood-legend-835181 , https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/tab-hunter-almost-being-outed-812591  & https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jj-abrams-zachary-quinto-making-film-tab-hunter-anthony-perkins-1117878 .

A FORTUNATE LIFE. That's what I would have called the autobiography I co-wrote with #TabHunter. Our two-year collaboration was a significant chapter in my life and I thank Tab for being an open, generous and gracious "subject" and friend. Your mater was proud of you, pal. RIP.

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As most already know Hunter was gay, but WARNER BROS used to get him dates for premieres & NATALKIE WOOD was among them  They once did a mediocre (**) film THE BURNING HILLS together   She even used to hold parties at her humble home & do the Mexican accent to entertain people

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 & not anywhere near her love of ELVIS-(before the Army) my mum was president of the local chapter of ELVIS' fan club in Delaware. But, she liked Hunter a lot

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b(NOTE: Mr. Feinberg is in no way shape nor form a nice guy   Knew him about 16yrs now

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17 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

TCM is doing a daytime tribute to Tab Hunter on July 20.
 

6:00am The Steel Lady (1953)

7:30am Return to Treasure Island (1954)

9:00am Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

10:45am Operation Bikini (1963)

12:15pm The Golden Arrow (1964)

2:00pm The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

4:00pm The Burning Hills (1956)

5:45pm The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1418805&name=TCM-Remembers-Tab-Hunter-1931-2018-

 

OH, GOOD! Too bad no POLYESTER! (LOL)

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4 hours ago, jakeem said:

I'm still trying to figure out why TCM has never shown "Damn Yankees!" You'd think it would have been perfect for last month's "Mad About Musicals" tribute, too.

Same reason probably as no Pajama Game. Both are Warners too.........

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11 minutes ago, Hibi said:

Same reason probably as no Pajama Game. Both are Warners too.........

I see that Damn Yankees was officially a George Abbott/Stanley Donen Production, with Warners distributing, which means some or all of the rights may reside with the heirs to either Abbott or Donen's estate, or both. That may explain the trouble securing TV exhibition rights.

The Pajama Game, while also being made by Abbott & Donen, was a sole Warner Brothers production. Of course, that doesn't mean that the current rights aren't also shared with Abbott or Donen and Warners, but it probably explains things, too.

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On 7/9/2018 at 11:41 AM, TopBilled said:

My problem with it is that any time one of these guys die, it becomes another obituary for Henry Willson. This has happened with all of Cary Grant's wives. When Betsy Drake died, her obituary was not about her or her accomplishments, it was about Cary, basically another obituary for him. When Dyan Cannon dies the same thing will happen again. They will play up the fact she was Cary Grant's wife and the mother of his only child. They will hardly write about her accomplishments. 

I totally see your point, TB that the person's career is overridden by references to Henry Wilson, and you are right that this is a sad thing about their obituaries or commentary on their careers. It would be nice if just their career achievements are discussed and appreciated after their demise.

I will say that Henry Willson, is a topic though to be discussed at a later time, due to his incessant renaming of young male actors with monikers like Rock, Tab, Guy, Ty, Rory and such. Not sure he came up with all of those who were his clients, but I do attribute this type of phony baloney first naming of attractive young males as the forerunner of a type of soap opera character naming or even the silliness of names like Brick, for male characters in Broadway plays and movies. Whether this is a bad thing or a good thing, it all probably comes back to Henry Willson and his affinity for renaming his clients with such wacky nametags, and is still a part of Hollywood legerdemain, in the magic way of a rose is still a rose by another name apparently.

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1 hour ago, Hibi said:

 

OH, GOOD! Too bad no POLYESTER! (LOL)

If they could only show it with the Odorama cards, it would be fantastic. Does the film still have the flashing numbers on the screen to advise one when to scratch off the slots and sniff? I saw it in a theatre and it was hilarious and I still have my card, which I will sell for big money to anyone who wants to place a bid on it. Tab was wonderfully funny in the role as Divine's boyfriend, by the way!

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25 minutes ago, CaveGirl said:

I totally see your point, TB that the person's career is overridden by references to Henry Wilson, and you are right that this is a sad thing about their obituaries or commentary on their careers. It would be nice if just their career achievements are discussed and appreciated after their demise.

I will say that Henry Wilson, is a topic though to be discussed at a later time, due to his incessant renaming of young male actors with monikers like Rock, Tab, Guy, Ty, Rory and such. Not sure he came up with all of those who were his clients, but I do attribute this type of phony baloney first naming of attractive young males as the forerunner of a type of soap opera character naming or even the silliness of names like Brick, for male characters in Broadway plays and movies. Whether this is a bad thing or a good thing, it all probably comes back to Henry Wilson and his affinity for renaming his clients with such wacky nametags, and is still a part of Hollywood legerdemain, in the magic way of a rose is still a rose by another name apparently.

Interestingly Henry Willson never had to change his name. 

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18 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

TCM is doing a daytime tribute to Tab Hunter on July 20.
 

6:00am The Steel Lady (1953)

7:30am Return to Treasure Island (1954)

9:00am Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

10:45am Operation Bikini (1963)

12:15pm The Golden Arrow (1964)

2:00pm The Girl He Left Behind (1956)

4:00pm The Burning Hills (1956)

5:45pm The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1418805&name=TCM-Remembers-Tab-Hunter-1931-2018-

I wish they would play GREASE 2.

Tab Hunter is great in the "Reproduction" number in that movie.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Interestingly Henry Willson never had to change his name. 

That is one good call, TB!


I guess what is sauce for the young, attractive gander is not sauce for the old coot gander?

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7 minutes ago, CaveGirl said:

That is one good call, TB!


I guess what is sauce for the young, attractive gander is not sauce for the old coot gander?

One way of looking at it! :)

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2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I see that Damn Yankees was officially a George Abbott/Stanley Donen Production, with Warners distributing, which means some or all of the rights may reside with the heirs to either Abbott or Donen's estate, or both. That may explain the trouble securing TV exhibition rights.

The Pajama Game, while also being made by Abbott & Donen, was a sole Warner Brothers production. Of course, that doesn't mean that the current rights aren't also shared with Abbott or Donen and Warners, but it probably explains things, too.

That may be it. Donen is still living, so his heirs wouldnt be involved. I hadnt realized Donen directed Yankees too. TCM DID show Pajama Game many years ago......

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