Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thelma Ritter -Scenes Stealer

Thelma Ritter, a great excellent actress who brought much pleasure to the screen. Its a shame that she was never given an Oscar for all her performances (honorary)after her death.

She'd earned six Academy Award nominations as best supporting actress: "All About Eve" (1950), "The Mating Season" (1951), "With a Song in My Heart" (1952), "Pickup on South Street" (1953), "Pillow Talk" (1959), and "The Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962).... In "All About Eve" (1950), she was Birdie, Margo Channing's maid and companion and who utters the immortal line, "What a story Everything but the bloodhounds yapping at her rear end."

In "Rear Window" (1954), she was Jimmy Stewart's housekeeper, in "Pillow Talk" (1959), her drunk stole scenes from Doris Day, and in "A Hole in the Head" (1959), she was Frank Sinatra's understanding sister-in-law. In "How the West Was Won" (1962), Ritter was a spinster traveling to the west with Debbie Reynolds, and in "A New Kind of Love" (1963), a fashion designer alongside Joanne Woodward -- a job one might never imagine Ritter doing in real life.

In film after film, her presence was the highlight of the picture, and although she was more than 40 before she stepped before a camera, Ritter eventually worked with virtually every major director of her period (Hitchcock, Mankiewicz, etc.) and every major star (Edward G.Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, etc.) stealing scenes from most of them

clip of the day.

Take a look at this rare clip when Mickey Rooney accept Golden Globe from Jane Mansfield.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" Lux radio version

Every Monday night from June 1, 1936 until January 22, 1945, DeMille was the director and host of Lux Radio Theater a popular weekly show what under his aegis dramatized successful films, cast with the original stars whenever possible. The show attracted an audience of over 40,000,000 listeners

Here is a Lux radio version of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" staring Charles Boyer

lux radio Ghost an...

One Year later..

October 2005 I wrote about living famous "Death or alive -famous people who turn 85 or more this year"

Oscar winner Luise Rainer (95), ) Karl Malden (93), Jane Wyman (91), Olivia De’havilland (89), Joan Fontaine(88),Red Buttons (88), Jack Palance(88),Jennifer Jones(86),Celeste Holm (86) Mickey Rooney(85)

Oscar Nominees: Gloria Stuart (95), Kirk Dauglas (88)

Also there’s oscar winer’s husband Carlo Ponti (92, AKA Mr. Sopia Lauren) Oscar Nominee ‘s husband, Fasion designer Oleg Cassini (92 AKA.Mr. Gene Tierney) Mel Ferrer (88 AKA Mr. Audrey Hepburn) and some who never nominate like Director Vincent Sherman (99), Huge star of silent films Anita Page (95), Singer Frankie Lane (92), Tony Martin (92), Wine Maker Robert Mondavi (92), Fitness Guru Jack Lalanne, Mr.President Gerald Ford (92), and his wife Betty (88) Glen Ford (89 ) Van Johnson (89), ZsaZsa Gabor, June Allyson (88), Maurleen O’ hara(86)
a little more than a year later, so many of the people mentioned above have passed away.

Thankskentdoa from Death or alive website for a reminder

More stars than there are in heaven.

Here 's a list of Jayspace 's Stars Of the month.
Click Their name to see the Article.



  • January :Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy

Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Ghost And Mrs. Muir ****

In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. Sure enough, that very night she meets the ghost of crusty former owner Captain Gregg...and refuses to be scared off. Indeed, they become friends and allies, after Lucy gets used to the idea of a man's ghost haunting her bedroom. But when a charming live man comes courting, Lucy and the captain must deal with their feelings for each other.

In 1945, Twentieth Century Fox bought the film rights to the
novel, which had only been published in Britain at that time. The film
was released in May, 1947, and starred Rex Harrison as "Captain Daniel
Gregg" and Gene Tierney as "Lucy Muir."

Here is the Ghost and Mrs. Muir FAQ. that I found on line at

The ghost is Captain Daniel Gregg, an irascible but charming sea
captain who died prematurely and tragically one night when he
accidentally kicked over the gas heater by his bedside in Gull


Mrs. Muir is Carolyn Muir, a young widow and the current tenant of
Gull Cottage. She has two children, Candace and Jonathan, and a
wire-haired terrier, Scruffy. The family also includes Martha, the
able-bodied housekeeper.


November 13, 1869, according to the episode "Surprise Party." He was
supposedly 39 at the time, giving his birth in 1830, according to that
episode. I use the term "supposedly" because the show was rather
inconsistent in their use of dates, particularly in the second season.
This particular date, November 18, 1869, may or may not be accurate as
is the case with his date of birth.


Only of women's hearts, I'm afraid! We can assume that the Captain was
a Naval officer as evidenced by his reference to participating in The
Battle of Vera Cruz in "Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow," his naval dress
uniform worn in "The Medicine Ball" and "Wedding Day?????," the quote
"I can't argue with him. He's an Admiral. He outranks me," referring
to Admiral Snedaker in "Chowderhead," and the long chain of command
required to get Martha's brother-in-law's posting changed in "Martha
Meets The Captain."


The transition from here to the over there is affected by several
things including the circumstances of the person's death and his state
of mind at the time prior to and at the time of death. Oftentimes, a
ghost will remain near the place where his death occurred if it was a
sudden or tragic passing, or near a person or place to whom he was
emotionally attached. In the Captain's case, perhaps he still hangs
around Gull Cottage because he spent his life savings on the place and
intended it to be a home for retired seamen. He stubbornly refuses to
give up ownership of the cottage because he cannot bear to entrust its
care to his blundering nephew, Claymore! True romantics, however,
would like to believe that Carolyn and the Captain were destined to
meet and he was hanging about Gull Cottage waiting for her to show up!

Did you know??

  • The Ghost and Mrs Muir was rank No.73 at AFI's 100 YEARS...100 PASSIONS
  • studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck originally wanted John M. Stahl to direct the film. In a 24 Jun 1946 memo to producer Fred Kohlmar and screenwriter Philip Dunne, Zanuck expressed his admiration for Stahl's work on Holy Matrimony (see entry below), a film he felt had "exactly the same type of English humor and sentiment" as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir .
  • Zanuck went on to endorse Norma Shearer for the role of "Lucy." "Many people, including [Twentieth Century-Fox president] Spyros Skouras, believe that Norma Shearer has one great picture left in her yet," he wrote, "and that she would make the same comeback that Joan Crawford made last year [in Mildred Pierce

Dragonwyck (1946) ***1/2 (update)

Anya Seton's novel was first published in Ladies Home Journal between Aug and Decorations 1943. According to a 6 Jun 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item, Gregory Peck was first considered for the "co-star role" of this picture, and a modern source reveals that studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck intended to feature Peck as "Nicholas" and John Hodiak as "Dr. Jeff Turner."

Numerous pre-release sources credit Ernst Lubitsch as the producer of the film. According to a modern source, Lubitsch withdrew from the project due to his poor health and conflicts with director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Dragonwyck marked Mankiewicz' first directorial effort.

I thought Dragonwyck was really good it’s a combination of Rebecca and The ghost and Mrs. miur -- actors all fine. Vincent Price and Jessica Tandy are always superb, also Walter Houston and Ann Reeves (Who always play everybody's mother) and off course Gene

Friday, January 26, 2007

Oyster & Snails

Queer or not??

In the bathing scene from the1960 film Spartacus, the Roman senator Crassius (Laurence Olivier) is discussing with his young slave Antoninus (Tony Curtis) how to treat women, when he starts talking about food:

Crassius: Do you eat oysters?

Antoninus: Yes.



Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?

No, master.

Of course not. It’s all a matter of taste, isn’t it?

Yes, master.

And taste is not the same as appetite and therefore not a question of morals, is it?

It could be argured so, master.

Um, that’ll do. My robe, Antoninus. Ah, my taste … includes both oysters and snails.

More about Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy was born at the age of 11. More specifically, he was carved from a block of pine by an Illinois carpenter named Theodore Mack, then sold to aspiring teenage ventriloquist Edgar Bergen for 35 dollars. Created in the image of a Chicago newsboy named -- what else? -- Charlie, the little wooden head joined Bergen for a series of private parties, touring shows, and one-night stands, finally finding steady work on vaudeville.

In 1930, Charlie made his screen debut in a Vitaphone one-reeler, and within a few years was receiving billing over his mentor Bergen. Officially discovered for radio by Rudy Vallee in 1936, Bergen and McCarthy went on to star on the top-rated The Charlie McCarthy Show.

After co-starring in the Disney feature Fun and Fancy Free (1947), Charlie and his fellow dummies Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker (together with Bergen, of course) moved into TV, where in the mid-'50s they co-hosted the comedy quiz program Do You Trust Your Wife?

In the 1960s, Charlie continued to live in lavish splendor with the Bergen family, occupying a bedroom that was even larger than that of his "sister" Candice Bergen. Not long after making a cameo appearance in The Muppet Movie, Bergen and McCarthy made a spectacularly successful comeback appearance in Las Vegas -- a comeback cut short by Bergen's fatal heart attack at the age of 75. (story complied from) Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Thursday, January 25, 2007

This year's Oscar fun facts

O'Toole, Streep in record books with acting nods
  • With his eighth acting nom, for "Venus," Peter O'Toole is a winner either way. If he wins, great; if not, he goes down in the record books as the actor with the most noms without a win (he was previously tied with Richard Burton).
  • With her 14th nom, Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada") furthers her lead for most nominated actor ever. Runners-up are Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn, with 12 apiece.
  • Kevin O'Connell, nommed for sound mixing in "Apocalypto," scores his 19th nom. He furthers his status as the Academy's most nominated individual who, so far, hasn't won. Distant runners-up are composer Alex North and art director Roland Anderson, at 15 each.
  • "Dreamgirls" is the first live-action film to have three of its songs nominated. Two animated films can lay claim to the same record: "The Lion King" in 1994 and "Beauty and the Beast" in 1991.
  • "I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth" is the first song from a docu to be nominated since "More" from "Mondo Cane" was up for the award in 1963.
  • Alan Arkin has gone 38 years since his last nom --1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" -- the same amount of time Jack Palance spent between "Shane" in 1953 and "City Slickers" in 1991. Henry Fonda is still the title holder at 41 years between acting noms.
  • With "Little Children," Kate Winslet, 31, becomes the youngest actress to garner five noms. She has made 19 movies. Previous record holder was Olivia de Haviland, who secured her fifth at the age of 33. By that time -- 1950 -- she had made 33 films.
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Don't forget to listen a special podcast episode of '
Noircast Special 1: Kill Me Like You Mean It" from Out of the past investigating film noir . A wonderful podcast for film noir fan.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Marilyn Album

More of Miriam Hopkins

Known to be difficult on the set, Hopkins flitted from studio to studio. After her early tenure at Paramount, she was under contract to independent producer Samuel Goldwyn during the mid-30s and by the end of the decade had moved to Warner Brothers, where a rivalry with Bette Davis manifested itself in both the plotline and the actual filming of the touching soaper, "The Old Maid" (1939). Her stardom began to decline toward the end of the decade after several films ("The Woman I Love" 1937, "Lady with Red Hair" 1940) fizzled at the box office. For a time Hopkins had been a critics' darling; as her films became more routine and she became increasingly disenchanted with her opportunities in Hollywood, some of her performances became more mannered. After another competitive reteaming with Davis in the enjoyably catty "Old Acquaintance" (1943), which put her fidgety qualities to good use, Hopkins returned to Broadway and stage tours and bid farewell to Hollywood for six years.Miriam made her final big screen showing in SAVAGE INTRUDER. Nine days before her birthday, on October 9, 1972, Miriam died of a heart attack in New York City. She was 69.

Noir city 5

The San francisco famous Noir city is back This year the festival returns to the magnificent Castro Theatre, where fans will be treated to 20 classic films over 10 days
Note: Feb 4th Joan Crawford night 2 of my ALL Time Favorite THE DAMNED DONT CRY* and POSSESSED*

Fri, Jan 26
Reception for Marsha Hunt
Onstage Interview with Marsha Hunt between films!
Sat, Jan 27
12:30, 3:40, 7:00
Onstage interview with actor Richard Erdman between films!
2:05, 5:20, 9:00
Sun, Jan 28
12:45, 4:20, 7:45
2:30, 6:00, 9:30
Mon, Jan 29

Tues, Jan 30
Wed, Jan 31

Thu, Feb 1

Fri, Feb 2

Sat, Feb 3
1:00, 5:00, 8:40
3:00, 7:00

Sun, Feb 4
1:00, 5:00, 9:15
3:00, 7:10

(1950, Warner Bros., 103 min.) This fantastic film noir fable, a thinly-veiled version of the life story of gangsters’ moll Virginia Hill, is perhaps an even truer depiction of the real Joan Crawford than Mommie Dearest. Right up there with Mildred Pierce as one of Crawford’s finest Warner Bros. melodramas. Dir. Vincent Sherman. Scr. Harold Medford & Jerome Weidman, story by Gertrude Walker. With Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, and veteran Joan-foil David Brian. 35mm print courtesy of Warner Classics.

(1947, Warner Bros., 108 min.) Joan Crawford plays a nurse driven mad when the man she loves (Van Heflin) spurns her advances. This tour de force for Joan, stylishly directed by Curtis Bernhardt, earned her yet another Oscar nomination. With Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, and a terrific Franz Waxman score. Scr. Silvia Richards and Ranald MacDougall, story by Rita Weiman. 35mm print courtesy of Warner Classics.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Cat fight

Old Acquaintance (1943) Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins were schoolgirl chums. With former leaving home town to carve literary career, while latter settles to happy marriage .Davis returns for lecture and, as guest of former pal, finds her with child and writer of hot sexy novels which she agrees to read and submit to publishers.

To their surprise, Millie's book becomes a bestseller, and a decade later she's one of the most successful authors in America, easily eclipsing Kitty's more highbrow work.

Behind the scene.

Miriam Hopkins had appeared memorably in Davis's biggest hit of the '30s, The Old Maid (1939), despite off-screen fireworks between the stars, so they offered the role to her. Then she made so many demands -- $5,000 a week salary, complete control over her hair, makeup and costumes.

Memories of Hopkins' off-screen antics during The Old Maid threw Davis and Goulding, who had directed the film, into a panic.... When Hopkins started making more demands, Goulding had a heart attack, so the studio replaced him with rising young director Vincent Sherman.

Hopkins immediately started pulling every trick she could to upstage Davis and throw her off.... Finally the day came to shoot the characters' big showdown, in which Davis was supposed to shake Hopkins viciously and then throw her into a chair.... (click play to watch)

At Goulding's urging, Davis had agreed to cast screen newcomer Gig Young as the naval officer Kit loses to her rival's adult daughter. Although both were married, and Young was five years younger, he and Davis carried their on-screen relationship into their private lives with a series of late-night trysts in her dressing room.

Did You Know??

Bette Davis personally requested the casting of Norma Shearer in the role of Mildred Drake. Shearer refused the role and the part went to Miriam Hopkins.

Later remade as Rich and Famous (1981) with Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset.

queen of outer space

by Zsa Zsa Gabor Queen of outer space 1958 . A no-budget sci-fi epic. Everybody involved seems to be having a good time.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Night That Panicked America

On the eve of Halloween in 1938, what could best be described as mass hysteria swept across the nation after millions of Americans tuned in to CBS radio about a quarter past 8 p.m.

October 30, 1938, The Mercury Theatre, under the direction of Orson Welles, performed a radio play called “War of the Worlds” on WABC, New York, and over the Columbia Broadcasting System network, coast-to-coast.

It was based on a science fiction story by H.G. Wells (no relation) which entailed Martians landing in New Jersey to take over the world. The broadcasted imagery produced through sound effects and acting was so powerful, it caused mass hysteria. Thousands of listeners panicked nationwide, not realizing it was just a radio play, even though disclaimers were announced before and during the production.

How bad was it? The next day, “The New York Times” ran this headline:
Radio Listeners in Panic,Taking War Drama as Fact

Many Flee Homes to Escape `Gas Raid From Mars'--Phone Calls Swamp Police at Broadcast of Wells Fantasy
In Brooklyn, one man refused to believe a policeman’s denial by telling him, “What do you mean it’s just a play? We can hear the firing all the way here and I want a gas mask

In Indianapolis, a church service was interrupted when a woman dashed in screaming, “New York is destroyed! Go home to die with your loved ones.

the most terrified listeners were in the town of Concrete, located in Skagit County, 60 miles northeast of Seattle. By coincidence, during the midpoint of the broadcast a power failure plunged almost the entire town of 1,000 into darkness. Some listeners fainted while others grabbed their families to head up into the mountains

Some of the men grabbed their guns, planning to blow away any bug-eyed monster or spaceship that got in their way.

Listen The 1938 original broadcast of the mercury theatre " war of the worlds" here


Saturday, January 13, 2007

My Favorite Husband

My Favorite Husband was a radio program on CBS Radio. The show starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper (Liz and George Cugat in early episodes). The couple live at 321 Bundy Drive, and are billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was Jell-O, and an average of 3 "plugs" for Jello were made in each episode. The program ran from 1948 through 1951, throughout which 124 episodes were aired.

Many episodes inspired I Love Lucy episodes. The 1948 episode entitled "Giveaway Program" inspired the I Love Lucy episode called "Redecorating," some lines being exactly the same.

When Lucille was asked to do a television show, CBS insisted Richard Denning continued to be her costar. However, she said that she would not do a husband-and-wife sitcom without her real-life husband Desi Arnaz being the husband. The network reluctantly agreed.

MFH ep064 (49-11-2...


Just " Drop The Name"

Ethel Merman
Mary Astor and Ethel Walters
Mary Pickford And Ethel Barrymore

"FRANK Sinatra , ALBERT Schweitzer, INGRID Bergman, NOEL Coward,GENE Kelly,OSCAR Levant lalalala..."

BRIGITTE Bardot and JEAN Cocteau , MARILYN Monroe, VINCENTE Minnelli

FRED Astaire,RENE" Clair,JOSE" Ferrer, The former GRACE Kelly

LYNN Fontanne and DANNY MAnn and DEBORAH Kerr.....IRVING Berlin and RIN TIN TIN

DANNY Kaye and DORIS Day and PASTERNAK (Vivien Leigh*)


IRWIN shaw and EVERLYN Waugh and CARY Grant RORY Calhoun And Rin tin toon..



ARTHUR Freed and SAMMY Snead and IRVIN Lazar,
ANNA MAY WONG (Leslie Carron*)and Wrong TONG TONG

"Flew down to Cannes to get a tan then simply ran to dear portofino"
"Sain Tropez just turned me grey Because just night and day I lived on just vino"
"Stayed With Fritz at Biarritz the palyground of kings Glamorous sights"
"LiKe Brooklyn Heights..!!"

"My Christian DIORI wore then tore Got fitted for a new BALENCIAGA"
" I like CHANEL , She wears so well. As time will tell her clothes are a saga"
"VALENTINO"Swhere I've been I love all her things...Things with good line."

" Like things from KLEIN's" I do all my shopping there with Mary and Ethel"
"Mary and Ethel WHO??"
"Mary Schwartz and Ethel Hotchkiss"

KEENAN Wynn -Rin tin tin
SOPHIA Loren - Ren ten ten
ALY Khan -RahnTahn Tahn
RAYMOND Massey -Lassie
That's the way you play the game Drop that name...

Mel Ferrer!!

(* alternate version)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

"The Bob Hope show"

Bob Hope career in broadcasting spanned sixty-four years and included a long association with NBC. Hope made his network radio debut in 1937 on NBC. His first regular series for NBC Radio was the Woodbury Soap Hour. A year later The Pepsodent Radio Show Starring Bob Hope began, and would run through 1953.

The Bob Hope Show was similar to the Bing Crosby Show. Like Crosby, he came to radio early and stayed late. He shared with Crosby an ability with words, a glibness, a keen intelligence. They did not however share their styles. Crosby on the air was slow and mellow: Hope was a machine gun, constantly firing off jokes.©2006 OTRCAT INC - All Rights Reserved.

Listen episode of
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea



Edgar Bergen

A vaudeville performer with a popular night-club act, Bergen, with his sidekick/dummy, Charlie McCarthy, became one of the top radio, television, and film performers of the 1930s. He continued an active entertainment career as host of the 1950s quiz show, Do You Trust Your Wife? and with a variety of movie roles ranging from I Remember Mama (1948) to The Muppet Movie (1979). Actress Candice Bergen is his daughter.

Listen The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy shows with a special guest Don Ameche and Rita Hayworth at Jayspace - Time Machine


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"out of the past" (1947)***1/2

If you are a fan of film nior you can't miss "out of the past" A terrific film noir starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, and Rhonda Fleming; director Jacques Tourneur's best film? Written by Geoffrey Homes aka Daniel Mainwaring, it was added to the National Film Registry in 1991.

Listen my favorite pod cast " out of thr past .. investigating film noir "by Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards Here

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


"Laura is the face in the misty light Footsteps that you hear down the hall The laugh that floats on a summer night That you can never quite recall And you see Laura on a train that is passing through Those eyes how familiar they seem She gave your very first kiss to you That was Laura But she's only a dream"

  • One of the film's most durable legacies was its theme song "Laura," composed over one weekend by David Raksin. Otto Preminger had originally wanted to use Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady."

  • The haunting theme melody was inspired by a "Dear David" letter that composer David Raksin received from his wife. The lyrics were added later by Johnny Mercer.
  • Laura Was voted No. 7 -AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores

Monday, January 01, 2007

Where the boys are??**

Where the Boys Are was based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout, about four Midwestern college girls who spend spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.... Where the Boys Are was one of the earlier teen films to explore adolescent sexuality and changing American sexual mores and attitudes among college youth.

...In the years since its release, Where the Boys Are, has gradually acquired cult status, and together with the collegiate film High Time is today appreciated as a virtual time capsule of the emerging postwar baby-boom generation, their relationship with the older generation, and the changing lifestyles of 1960 America.

Where The Boys Are

Book Corner

Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969 (McFarland & Company) by Tom Lisanti is a lavishly illustrated work features profiles on 32 sizzling fun-in-the-sun teenage epics from Gidget to the Beach Party movies with Frankie and Annette to The Sweet Ride plus a few offshoots in the snow.... The work also includes behind-the-scenes commentary from such actors as Aron Kincaid of The Girls on the Beach, Susan Hart of The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Peter Brown of Ride the Wild Surf, Chris Noel of Beach Ball, and Ed Garner of Beach Blanket Bingo.