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CONTACT US
A TRIBUTE TO OUR MILITARY
A CAST OF CHARACTERS
A CALENDER OF MOVIES: What to Watch When
A CALENDAR OF MOVIES: Christmas - "The King of Kings" (1927)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
ABBOTT & COSTELLO
AMERICAN CLASSIC MOVIES INTRODUCTIONS
ANIMALS AND THE MOVIES
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Sets
ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Bernheimer Residence
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Ennis-Brown House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Evan Thompson's Bottle House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Greystone Manor
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hearst Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood Sign
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Homes of the Stars
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Jean Harlow
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Maps and Floor Plans
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Pickfair
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Rispin Mansion
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Scotty's Castle
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Shelby House
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: West Hollywood Historical Association
ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Whimsy
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 1
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 2
ARCHIVES: VOLUME 3
ASSORTED SHORT CLIPS
"B" MOVIES
B - MOVIES: Serials
B - MOVIES: Series
B - MOVIES: Television Series
THE BARRYMORE FAMILY
BIOGRAPHIES
BLOOPERS
BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT
BUSTER KEATON
CARLA LAEMMLE
CARTOONS
CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX
CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood
CHARLIE CHAN: Bloopers & Bonus Questions
CHARLIE CHAN: The Books and Their Movies!
CHARLIE CHAN: Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie's Sons
CHARLIE CHAN: Chemicals
CHARLIE CHAN: Chronology
CHARLIE CHAN: Criminal?!?!*
CHARLIE CHAN: Extras
CHARLIE CHAN: Gilbert Martines and Chang Apana
CHARLIE CHAN: Hawaii Steve
CHARLIE CHAN: Maps
CHARLIE CHAN: Maven and Rush Glick's Interview in . . . "Monster Bash"!
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Eras
CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes
CHARLIE CHAN: Murder Rate
CHARLIE CHAN: On The Town
CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes
CHARLIE CHAN: Quiz and Puzzle Answers
CHARLIE CHAN: Radio Shows
CHARLIE CHAN: Spookies
CHARLIE CHAN: Transportation
CHARLIE CHAN: Weather
CHILDREN'S CORNER
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Holiday Crafts
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boats and Planes and More
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Paper Dolls
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Fun Stuff to Read
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Boys' Town
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore's Castle
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Judy Bolton
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Nancy Drew (For Older Fans!)
CHILDREN'S CORNER: Shirley Temple
COMEDIANS
COPPER CAPERS: FBI's and CIA's!
COSTUME DESIGNERS
DASHIELL HAMMETT
ETTA KIT
FASHIONS IN FILM
FILM NOIR
FOOD CENTRAL
FOREIGN FILMS
GENRES
GINGER ROGERS
HALLOWEEN FUN!
HALLOWEEN 2011: Movies to Watch
HALLOWEEN RECIPES
HAROLD LLOYD
HAUNTS: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HAUNTS: Winchester House
HISTORY: Hollywood and Elsewhere
HOLLYWOOD'S SCANDALS AND CRIMES
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Greystone Mansion Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . Crime: Jean Harlow and Paul Bern's Muder?
HOLLYWOOD'S . . . CRIME: Tate/LaBianca Murders
HOLLYWOOD'S . . .CRIME: William Desmond Taylor Murder
HOLLYWOOD'S MARRY-GO-ROUNDS
HORROR - SCIENCE FICTION
HORROR - SCI FI: Annex
HORROR - SCI FI: The Atomic Submarine (1959)
HORROR - SCI FI: Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi
HORROR - SCI FI: Boris Karloff
HORROR - SCI FI: Dracula (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Frankenstein (1931)
HORROR - SCI FI: Gojira (1954) & Godzilla (1957)
HORROR - SCI FI: Invaders from Mars (1954)
HORROR - SCI FI: King Kong
HORROR - SCI FI: Lon Chaney
HORROR - SCI FI: Nifty Fifty's Creature Features
HORROR - SCI FI: Nightmare Theatre with Gorgon
HORROR - SCI FI: Ray Harryhausen
HORROR - SCI FI: Stephen King
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Studios
HORROR - SCI FI: Universal Monster Genealogy
HORROR - SCI FI: Wes Davis
HORROR - SCI FI: The Witch's Dungeon
HOLLYWOOD SQUARES
HUSTON FAMILY
I LOVE LUCY
INTERVIEWS
JOHN WAYNE
JONATHAN GEFFNER
JOSEPHINE BAKER
KAY LINAKER
LEI MAKING
LOCATIONS
MDs - RNs - RNBs - OH MY!
M.D.S . . . - The Crime Doctor Series
MAGIC IN MOVIES
MAKEUP ARTISTS
MAKEUP ARTISTS: The Westmore Family
MARX BROTHERS
MARY ASTOR
MARY PICKFORD AND DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS
MAVEN'S LIBRARY
MAVEN'S WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT
MUSIC
MUSIC: Dancers
MUSIC: The Lyrics
MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES: A Warning For Those Who Give Away The Endings!
MYSTERIES: Alfred Hitchcock
MYSTERIES: The Bat
MYSTERIES: D. W. Griffith vs. Mary Roberts Rinehart
MYSTERIES: Gum Shoes
MYSTERIES: Old Dark Houses
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine
MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine - The Kidnap Murder Case
ORSON WELLES
PERRY MASON
QUIZZES AND PUZZLES
QUIZ ANSWERS
QUOTES From Hollywood
QUOTES From Hollywood Movies
QUOTES From Dorothy Parker
QUOTES Dorothy Parkers' "The Waltz"
RADIO SHOWS: Vintage Series
RECIPES OF THE WEEK
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes
RECIPES OF THE WEEK: A Rejuvenating Diet
REVIEWS
REVIEWS - Mini Mavens
RONALD REAGAN
RUDOLPH VALENTINO
SEX IN THE CINEMA
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
SILENT MOVIES
TAYLOR SCHULTZ: Hollywood Sculptor
TRANSPORTATION IN THE MOVIES: Aviation
VINCENT PRICE
VINCENT PRICE: Connoisseur
WHAT'S MY LINE?
THE WHISTLER
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

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WELCOME TO
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All comments, questions and suggestions are welcome! 
Please send them to Maven at theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com

And in case you need sustenance while perusing the pages here . . . remember Maven’s cookbook sections!  They're only a click away!

RECIPES OF THE WEEK

RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes

RECIPES OF THE WEEK: A Rejuvenating Diet

Charly Lagosti (Maven's Cousin)
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Editor

From Charly Lagostie, Editor

A Chinese Watercolor by Maven's Mother
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For those who wonder about the watercolor at the top of this home page . . . it was done by Maven's late and honorable Mother who learned to do watercolors in the Chinese manner by Allison Stilwell Cameron. Cameron learned it while her father, General Joseph ("Vinegar Joe") Stilwell was stationed in China in the thirties.

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This excerpt from Jackie Cooper's autobiography is just one of the items that Maven has put as a tribute to all our military and their families at
A TRIBUTE TO OUR MILITARY . . . .  And the reaction of pacifists against our military . . . even at Christmas.
Remember Pearl Harbor Day!

Please Don't Shoot My Dog by Jackie Cooper (An Excerpt from His Autobiography)

GONE WITH THE WIND
 
Everybody here at The Old Movie Maven would like to
give a little surprise for readers for Christmas at

Merry Ho Ho Hos!
 
     Maven, Charly, Aunt Battie and Battie Belle hope everyone will keep track of Santa Claus on http://www.noradsanta.org/en/!  And you can use Maven's cookie and punch recipes at RECIPES OF THE WEEK!
 
     And may you all have health, happiness, family around you and a very generous Santa Claus coming down your chimney. . . .
NOTE TO SANTA:  please fix our computer!
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Maven has come across a Christmas gift to get for old movie lovers!  Two of her prize possessions are the two autobiographies by Mary Astor (MARY ASTOR).

One is Film on Film that focuses on her Hollywood career and well worth finding if you enjoy names like Humphrey Bogart and The Maltese Falcon; and Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten and Olivia de Haviland in Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

The other that is  is My Story: An Autobiography and makes a great companion piece that you can find free online at http://www.archive.org/details/mystoryanautobio001183mbp.  Maven’s humble opinion is that Astor’s talent as an actress telling stories in movies and on the printed page stems from a lifetime of trying to escape a private life that would emotionally bankrupt a lot of people while still children.

Mary Astor should have gotten some kind of award for just growing up and still making such an incredible career for herself in Hollywood!

And if you run out of Christmas Carols,
try our own version in honor of Charlie Chan!
 
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHAN-DOM!

by Maven Lowel (2010)

On the first day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . # One Son in the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the second day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . Two Sons in Charlie’s Family Tree and One Son on top of the Chan Family Tree.

On the third day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . three Sons Hanging in Charlie’s Family Tree, Two Sons wrapped in Charlie’s Family Tree and # One Son in the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the fourth day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . four Chan Daughters stacking dishes on the dining table, three Sons hanging in the Chan Family Tree, Two Sons wrapped in the Chan Family Tree and One Son on the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the fifth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS ringing  the bells for dinner, four Chan Daughters stacking dishes, three Sons hanging from the Chan Family Tree, two sons wrapping round Chan Family Tree and one Son on the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the sixth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories . . . and FIVE CHAN ACTORS, four Chan daughters, three Sons hanging, two Sonwrapped up and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the seventh day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons haning, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the eighth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons haning, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the ninth day of Chan-dom my true love gave to me . . . nine oversea countries where Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons haning, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the tenth day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . ten Chan assistants, nine oversea country Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons haning, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the eleventh day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . 11 cities in the Americas that he saw, ten Chan assistants, nine oversea countries Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons haning, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

On the twelfth day of Chan-dom, my true love gave to me . . . twelve Charlie Chan Maps, eleven cities in the Americas he saw, ten Chan assistants, nine overseas countries Charlie traveled, eight modes of transport, seven Charlie Chan Movie Eras, six Earl Derr Biggers Chan Stories, and . . . FIVE CHAN ACTORS . . . four Chan daughters, three Sons haning, two Sons wrapped and One Son in the top of the Charlie Chan Tree.

Maven invites you to a quickie--
NO!
NOT THAT KIND!!
A Quiz about John Wayne!
And it's only ten questions!
Of course there are also trivia
questions about JOHN WAYNE!

Okay, The Old Movie Maven will go from bad turkey jokes to completely off holiday subjects! 
If you need such a break then check into what Maven hopes will be a page that will be added to periodically at

In case anybody is missing Thanksgiving . . . anybody know why the turkey crossed the street?! . . . Because he heard Vegetarians lived over there!

Now  it's time for some serious fun time for the Holiday Season!

If you need a pick-me-up during the hubub of the season . . . check out the eggnog, hot chocolate and coffeees at RECIPES OF THE WEEK: More about the Recipes.

Tequila Christmas Cake

Ingredients:
1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
= cup of brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
Nuts
1 bottle tequ=la
2 cups of dried fruit
 
Sample the tequila to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the tequila ag=in. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. =epeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in=a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this po=nt it's best to make sure the tequila is still OK. Try another cup... just =n case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the=bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit =ets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the=tequila to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or somethin=. Check the tequila. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add on= table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash th= oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget=to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish =he tequila and wipe counter with the cat.
CHERRY MISTMAS!

Boogie Woogie Boogie Man (1939)

The Brian Sisters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUo4ECHWWk0   

Time For Yummy Mummy and Assorted
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Other Hallloween Goodies!

Halloween Recipes

Halloween Fun!

Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Halloween 2011

REAL GHOST STORIES?!

 

          Don't you love real life ghost stories . . . or would that be “real dead ghost stories”?!

          So Maven is mixing and matching everything from real and possibly faked photos to a documentary that Maven saw quite some years ago.  It does mix fact with movies made in Hollywood but . . . the host is John Carradine and it’s great fun, especially for Hollywood!

          Maven also has a link to a calendar, Halloween 2011, for a month full of goodies, most of which just might bewitch you and yours for Halloween.

          There is also a link to a series of pictures that may be ghostly in origin:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6trH81xpko

 

There is one part at about 2:00 minutes in of something floating around what Maven thinks was a car impound.  Maven saw this clip debunked on some show back in the 90s  but . . . .  The rest are still interesting to look and wonder . . . ?!?!?!?!

William Peter Blatty on
"Hollywood Ghost Stories"
Video:
 
This is a clip of William Peter Blatty on a documentary about Hollywood Ghost Stories and, yes, he is talking about some unusual activities on the sets of the movie.  Perfect for Halloween!

Ever hear of a ghost blimp?! 
Neither had Maven but . . . . 
Come on, admit it! 
Besides, we have to start getting
ready for Halloween sometime!
You know you want to check it out along with
other legends and ghosts!!

Ghost Blimp:  

http://www.unsolved.com/legends.html#

and Legends:  http://unsolved.com/ajaxfiles/leg_ghost_blimp.htm

I have added two new articles about the Ennis-Brown House in Los Angeles, CA, that was the exterior at the beginning of House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price.  One is an announcement of

the house being sold . . . and you’ll never guess for how much!

 

ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: The Ennis-Brown House

Maven was lucky enough to exchange some letters with Margaret Sutton who was then in her ninties.  Ms. Sutton was some punkins, being the only author (at least of girls' mystery stories) who wrote the entire series of Judy Bolton. 
 
Nancy Drew's "Carolyn Keene" origninally farmed Ms. Drew out to ghost writers like Mildred Wirt Benson.  Nancy had her own cookbook but there were also recipes in Judy's books:

Margret Sutton
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Author of the Judy Bolton Mystery Series

Lamb Stew with Vegetables

Butter Milk Biscuits and Honey

Grandmother Smeed's Apple Pie

Dainty Sandwiches

Chicken Salad

Fruit Punch

FROM EGYPT TO SHANGHAI

 

            Aunt Battie wanted to go off in a different area and discovered a website at www.shanghai.gov.cn/. She found three interesting little articles there . . . about nasal indexes, problem boys and eating mooncakes:

City's New Nasal Index May Get a Clean Wipe

Boys Present a Problem for City's Future

Eat that mooncake or It May Spoil

THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS

ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt

 

The Valley of the Kings in Egypt has fascinated the world for millennia and been the setting for such movies as The Valley of the Kings, (1954), and Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935).

Many still feel drawn to Egypt today, regardless of religion, politics or ethnic background.

Egypt’s antiquity doesn’t always come across accurately like the opening of the tomb scene at the beginning of . . . Egypt. 

These articles are just a few on the internet you can check out but be sure you scope out the ones about removing Tutankhamun’s coffins.  You’ll never be able to watch it the same way again or how his bust (at the top of the page at ARCITECTURE: Ancient Egypt) was finally reconstructed!

One of King Tut's Tombs Being Raised
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By a Block and Tackle

Excavating Tut's Tumb

Entering KingTut's Tomb, 1923

Howard Carter and the Curse of the Mummy

King Tut's Golden Shrines

I have now upgraded King Tut's Golden Shrine.  One improvement is that it is much shorter, not to mention cutting out the redundancies!
So it's even better now how Howard Carter and company got to Tut's final final resting place.

This Picture Is Why the One Above Is Deceptive.
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Tut's Actual Tomb Only Had Room for HIs Coffins and a Few Extra Inches

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