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  1. Yes Cagfan. I posted on film noir Gangsters about the lack of Jimmy's films on his birthday. I know there are a lot of fans out there in the dark [ forgive me Norma ] who love Jimmy.. We'll keep plugging away for Jimmy, that's the kind of hairpins we fans are...
  2. Cagney dominated Warner's in the 1930's and somewhat in the 40's. If you're unfamiliar with his work the best thing to do is start at the beginning. The film that shot him to stardom was "The Public Enemy". William "Wild Bill" Wellman told production head Darryl F. Zanuck he would make the biggest, toughest gangster ever and he did. A story of 2 boyhood friends who turn to a life of crime. Lead Edward Woods and James Cagney as the pal were cast. But after a few days, Wellman looks at the rushes and realizes that Cagney is the dominate actor and switches leads. The film and Cagney blows everyon
  3. Another year and no birthday tribute to the wonderful Jimmy Cagney. Has he ever had one. Or has he ever had a "Star of the Month"? Jimmy has a big fan base out there and richly deserved. Does anyone know why he's been overlooked ?
  4. I directed an interview in 1974/75 with William "Wild Bill" Wellman. He talked about Brian Donlevy and making "Beau Geste". He told the story of Donlevy making Ray Milland's life miserable during the shoot. Always riding him and being an **** in general. Well, it seemed Milland found out that dear old Brian was deathly afraid of blood. Also Milland was a expert swordsman. When it came to shoot the scene where Milland stabs Donlevy with a bayonet, Donlevy was wearing a chest protector, but Ray knew where the protector ended and the skin was open. So Milland pricks Donlevy in his rib cage and th
  5. Sorry, but that is Simone Signoret and not Lola Albright...
  6. He also appeared with his brother Arthur Shields. They co starred in John Ford's "The Long Voyage Home" and "The Quite Man" together....
  7. When I heard of Roberts passing I did a quick intake of breath. Almost like someone punched me. I never met the man, I truly wished I had, as I considered him a friend that I could sit in my living room and listen to him discuss film after film after film. I never tired of his love of movies and the actors and actresses in them. Or the directors, producers, cameramen. Anyone connected with that magical world. We lovers of classic films are a strange breed at times. We will sit and watch old black and white movies that we've seen dozens of time or run to a theater if they happen to run the clas
  8. It was hard to read of Robert's passing. He was the face of TCM and it's soul. A man who loved movies and the people who made them. To me it was like having a friend come into my living room and discuss the films and their stars.I know he had been ill for quite a while and the last time I saw him was at the death of Debbie Reynolds in an TV sound bite at her passing. he didn't look well.But still when the news comes it's a shock. R.I.P. I think he'll have a lot of friends greeting him when he arrives....
  9. I was working at a local TV station in L.A. in the mid 70's and directing a interview show called "The Movie makers". Well, Our guest on one show was Irwin Allen. After the interview I went into the studio and the host introduced me to Irwin Allen. He told Allen that I had worked as film consultant on the just released Warner Bros. 50th anniversary albums. Mr. Allen looked at me and said "I though they could have been better". Not thinking, I replied "I though the same about "The Story of Mankind". Mr. Allen just looked at me, turned and walked away....
  10. I was working at a San Francisco TV station in 1968. We did an interview with the Professor who was appearing at a club in the city. They showed us to his dressing room and we knocked on the door and he said come in. Well, I walked in with my camera and the host and an assistant. The Professor was standing there in his under wear ironing his pants. He wanted to do the interview in his underwear, but the host thought we should do it with pants on. I agreed with Irwin, but he put on his pants and invited us to watch his act.We accepted and then he said during his act he ask the audience if they
  11. Regarding the feud between Allen and Benny. I loved the story about Benny's tree. It seemed that Waukegan, Ill. where Benny grew up had planted a tree in his honor, but the tree died. Allen reported the death of the tree on his radio show and stated "Well, what do you expect. How could the tree survive in Wuakegan when the sap lives in Hollywood." Some stated it was a Christmas tree. Sadly Allen died way to young and never really established himself on TV like Jack Benny did. But he was a very funny man...
  12. Ty Hardin played "Bronco". Warner's brought in "Bronco" when Clint Walker of "Cheyenne" walked out in a dispute over money. . After Walker returned Warner's started to alternate the two series and a third was introduced "Sugarfoot" with Will Hutchins.
  13. Yes. I'm still kicking around the ol homestead. My better half passed away about a year ago and it's been slow getting back to normal. She and I were together 25 years. But it's good to join up with the "Hollywood Posse" and talk movies again. Thanks for the welcome back...
  14. Scott like the great Joel McCrea decided to stick to Westerns in the late 40's and 50's. Scott had done Westerns in the early 1930's along with many other genre's, but there was something about Westerns that was a good fit for both the wonderful stars. One of Scott's best oaters was the 1941 "Western Union" directed by Fritz Lang. A beautiful Technicolor film from 20th Century Fox.If you're a fan of Scott, make sure you watch his final film "Ride the High Country" with Joel McCrea in one of his last films also. Directed by Sam Peckinpah it's pre "Wild Bunch" and a beautifully acted Western wit
  15. I always liked "Hangman's Knot" very much and thought it was one of Scott's best Westerns and very under rated...Scott did 2 with a young Lee Marvin, the other being the classic "7 Men From Now". John Wayne was to have done it, it was a Batjac production, but Wayne was busy with John Ford's "The Seachers". So he got Scott to star but Scott would do it if they hired Budd Boetticher to direct.. It became a classic Scott Western....
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