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[B]1939: HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST YEAR - DAY BY DAY - as it happens!!![/B]


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*By the way, does anyone besides me have trouble of thinking of Jackie Coogan being married to Betty Grable? Uncle Fester married to the pin-up queen?*

 

Coogan was a young man in his 20s then, and Grable was still a starlet (although more beautiful than when she became a star IMHO).

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> {quote:title=ValentineXavier wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}

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> > By the way, does anyone besides me have trouble of thinking of Jackie Coogan being married to Betty Grable? Uncle Fester married to the pin-up queen?

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> If I had had anything in my mouth when I read that, I would have spit it out!

 

LOL Here's a wedding picture!

 

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So, there I was, resting on a bed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island...I closed my eyes for a moment, and when I opened them it was no longer January 11, 2011 but was instead *Wednesday, January 11, 1939* as verified by the newspaper next to me:

 

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Much as I would love to have been at the 1939 World's Fair in NYC, that $1,500 cash prize below in this 1939 contest was quite an amount. In today's value, that would have been over $23,000!

 

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Well, they've given out dishware and vanityware, and if you take a look at the bottom right ad below you will see they are offering cooking lessons, too.

 

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If it took more than two seconds to figure out that puzzle, you're disqualified. And since you have now revealed your answer to everyone on the board, I hereby deem the contest invalid. *; )*

 

(Besides, the answer is really Towery Peron, a very tall member of the Eva Peron clan who tried to make it in movies.)

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> {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}

> If it took more than two seconds to figure out that puzzle, you're disqualified. And since you have now revealed your answer to everyone on the board, I hereby deem the contest invalid. *; )*

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> (Besides, the answer is really Towery Peron, a very tall member of the Eva Peron clan who tried to make it in movies.)

 

Well boo. And I really wanted the trip to the World's Fair too...

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*Well boo. And I really wanted the trip to the World's Fair too...*

 

Maybe you can get there on that time-traveling airplane in the Twilight Zone, the one that first went back to the time of giant sauropods, and tried to return to NYC in the present, but got there at the time of the World's Fair in 1939.

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LOL, last summer I went to the Orange County Fair and when I went in one exhibit building, I felt I had travelled in a timewarp...they were still selling things like miracle mops, super sponges, etc....like I had seen at fairs when I was a kid in the early 1960s. Not a thing had changed. They even had one of those fake computers with the blinking lights where you could do a handwriting analysis. I tell you, that whole experience was kind of frightening. .

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> That's hilarious. Speaking of Uncle Fester, I actually thought that the Arizona shooter looks like a young version of Fester, at least in that shot released yesterday with his hair shaved.

 

****. That was my first thought too!

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I love when great coincidences happen. For example, in the following from today, *Thursday, January* *12th, 1939*, the following has a piece on tonight's star, Luise Rainer. (Just to note: she didn't do the production mentioned below. It would be 1942 when she would be seen on the Great White Way in a revival of "A Kiss for Cinderella"):

 

(And, of course, Doug, Jr. didn't star in "Knights of the Round Table," which didn't get filmed until the 1950s with Robert Taylor.)

 

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About that "Lucky Night" movie...here is what is written in the TCM review:

 

Loy, in her autobiography, called Lucky Night "a lame bit of whimsy.... Our first day on the set I played records, which we did sometimes to fill those endless waits between shots.... I was listening to some wonderful Cuban music when Robert Taylor approached: 'Do you have to play that sexy stuff all the time? It's the dirtiest music I ever heard.' That was my first day with him. I thought, 'Oh, brother!'

 

"He was a bit stuffy, but we got along all right -- during the picture, that is; later on I didn't get along with him (when he named names to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947). Come to think of it, he acted somewhat deviously on Lucky Night. He was engaged to Barbara Stanwyck..., but for some reason he tried to cook up a little triangle; he wanted her to think I was after him.... Nothing could have been further from the truth, [but] I'm not sure Barbara believed [it], because on the last day of shooting she came by in a limousine and whisked him off to be married." (Actually, they married about two months later.)

 

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Edited by: filmlover on Jan 12, 2011 1:08 PM to add the TCM review notes about "Lucky Night."

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Interesting that an RKO 'B' got strong word of mouth, and apparently doing decent business.

 

The latest Loretta Young/Richard Greene teaming, KENTUCKY, is debuting tonight, even though their first together, FOUR MEN AND A PRAYER (his debut), is still playing around town.

 

Don't think Fairbanks Jr. made either film.

 

The clip from an earlier day stating that Madeleine Carroll was taking over a role meant for Claudette Colbert reminded me of reading that some columnist stating (around 1943) that the reason Mary Martin wasn't making it in Hollywood was that she was only offered the parts that Colbert would turn down at Paramount.

 

Edited by: Arturo on Jan 12, 2011 1:09 PM

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> {quote:title=Arturo wrote:}{quote}.

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> Don't think Fairbanks Jr. made either film.

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"Knights Of The Round Table" wasn't made by Paramount in 1939, although MGM issued a film by that title in 1953 with Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner and Mel Ferrer as Lancelot, Guinevere and King Arthur.

 

"Memory Of Love" was made by Lombard, but with a different leading man and with a different title:

 

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> {quote:title=VP19 wrote:}{quote}

> > "Knights Of The Round Table" wasn't made by Paramount in 1939, although MGM issued a film by that title in 1953 with Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner and Mel Ferrer as Lancelot, Guinevere and King Arthur.

 

: ) Mentioned that already above the article. Gee, every word of my deathless prose above and below articles and ads should be read. Otherwise, how am I to keep my ego raised so high?

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It's *Friday, January 13th, 1939*, but not to fear, for there is good news for GWTW fans:

 

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Well, gee and gosh, George, I wonder who will play Lennie now? There will be a follow-up to this story in the days to come, so I guess you have to wait to find out. Remember, you are reading the year as it actually happens, day by day. ; )

 

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Edited by: filmlover on Jan 13, 2011 9:23 AM

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Loretta Young had been engaged to this man, but the wedding fell through due to this controversy (if I remember correctly).

 

An earlier post stated that Wm. Powell would not be doing a scheduled role due to illness. This was a frequent occurence with Powell; later this year he won't be able to do Ninotchka, among others. In fact, there would have been a number of other Loy-Powell teamings if it wasn't for his illnesses (and her going on strike-suspension-in the mid30s for more money)

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Sunday, January 15, 1939:

 

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Here's a look at more theaters mentioned in the ads. (Regular articles and ads return tomorrow.)

 

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Orpheum in the 1920s:

 

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The Palace (notice the Burlesk addition):

 

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The Palace lobby:

 

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The Pantages:

 

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