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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
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ASSORTED SHORT CLIPS
"B" MOVIES
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THE BARRYMORE FAMILY
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CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX
CHARLIE CHAN: Asian Actors in Hollywood
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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"!
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CHARLIE CHAN: Movie Notes
CHARLIE CHAN: Murder Rate
CHARLIE CHAN: On The Town
CHARLIE CHAN: Puzzles and Quizzes
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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
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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)

     Maven has so much Hollywood history in these pages, why not have a special page for just Hollywood's history?  Frankly, there are some things that won't fit anywhere else!

So pleace check back and, in the meantime, please send any comments, questions and/or suggestions to theoldmoviemaven@yahoo.com!  And you can check out these pages, among others!

DO YOU KNOW YOUR

TRIVIA – ACTORS[1]

 

Near the end of WWII, Reginald Denny gave permission for a war industry photo shoot at his Radioplane plant. The event would have passed without notice except for a pretty young employee who became a magnet for the photographers. Recognizing her potential, she was brought to the attention of some Hollywood types who agreed to give her a try. It was then that [she] was able to leave what she would later say was "the hardest work she ever had to do" to begin a Hollywood career. Of course, we know her today by her screen name, [ . . . ].



[1]http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0219666/bio

 

THE ANSWER WILL BE HERE SOON!

A new addition to the CHARLIE CHAN: Charlie Chan in the Wax Museum (1940) page is about how to make a wax figure and - surprise! - some very interesting information about the Mother of All Wax Museums . . . Madame Toussaud's!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: by Charles Dickens

A DAY WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY: December 7, 1941

ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD

CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore and Her Fairy Castle

GINGER ROGERS

MARY ASTOR on Her Affair with John Barrymore and filming The Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, John Huston, etc.!

M.D.S AND R.N.S AND R.N.B.s - OH MY!

ORSON WELLES

     Maven came across a clip of Herb Alpert's Casino Royale which is great all by itself - but the notes attached are about Orson Welles and Peter Sellers, when they made the movie . . . together.  You should click on the link to understand the irony of their working "together" on the movie!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O5aA83GfYc&feature=related
 

"De Niro's Film Materials Collection
Opens at Ransom Center"
    

"AUSTIN, Texas — The Robert De Niro collection of film-related materials is now open to researchers and the public at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin."  [For more go to http://www.utexas.edu/news/2009/04/27/de_niro/].

     Maven was very pleased to see that The Robert De Niro collection is part of the University of Texas at Austin, where the David O. Selzick Collection has been since the acquistion period of 1981 to 1995.  [For more about the Selznick collection, go to http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fa/selznick.hp.html]

HOLLYWOOD IN THE EARLY YEARS

     A documentary about the beginnings of the film capital of the world, narrated by James Mason.  Interesting because it's so much better watching it than reading it:

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watchv=esXRyQ_mB5Q&feature=related

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etfL56AQiZ0&feature=related

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2e6uqSWk_g&feature=related

Part 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98Q8IlYskmk&feature=related

Part 5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwZcxdAMz1E&feature=related

Soundies
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Music Videos from the Forties

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This is a new addition to the MUSIC, HISTORY: Hollywood and Elsewhere and for fans of the  CHARLIE CHAN ANNEX!
 
SOUNDIES:
 
'Soundies' were an early version of the music video, displayed on a Panoram (a coin-operated film jukebox) in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, factory lounges and amusement centers during the early-mid 1940's.
 
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For Charlie Chan Fans . . .
 
Dorothy Lamour - The Moon Of Manakoora, 1943
[This is from The Hurricane [1937] that also had Layne Tom, Jr., as Mako]:
 
A Hawaiin Hula Song:
 
Tony Pastor and Henry "Riggs" Guidotti on
drums doing the "Hawaiian War Song":
 
And for Everybody!
 
Lullaby of Broadway:
 
Here is Thelma White & Her All-Girl Orchestra.

     Maven knows that this may be too late for a lot of old movie lovers to catch this program on television but the article is still worth reading in her humble opinion:
 

TELEVISION*

Fleeing Hitler for a

haven in Hollywood

By DAVE SHIFLETT

BLOOMBERG NEWS

            For Adolf Hitler, perhaps the only thing worse than a Jew was a Jew with a camera.

          Hitler banned Jews from Germany’s thriving film industry soon after becoming chancellor in 1933, a sad story with a silver lining told in Cinema’s exiles:  From Hitler to Hollywood which airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on KERA-TV (Channel 13).

          Some 800 mostly Jewish exiles (actors, writers, directors, composers, set designers, and camera operators) made their way to the U.S. during the next six years, eventually helping create films that earned 150 Oscar nominations and 20 Academy Awards.

          The two-hour special, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, brims with legends such as actors Peter Lorre, Hedy Lamarr and Felix Bressart directors Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Henry Koster; and composers Frederick Hollander, Franz Waxman and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

          There are also plenty of clips of the Fuhrer and his henchmen, at least one of which, propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, had a soft spot for films made by Jews.

          The program starts with an overview of pre-Nazi Berlin, where Jews made up 5 percent of the population (compared with 1 percent overall in Germany) and a large part of an innovative film industry that produced such classics as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis and The Blue Angel.

          One of the highlights of the PBS show is 28-year-old Marlene Dietrich’s screen test for The Blue Angel.  She hops on a piano, striking a jarring chord as she steps on the keyboard, the hikes her stockings and does a bit of warbling.  One suspects that her legs played a key role in landing the gig as Lola Lola, the cabaret girl.

          She was one of the early émigrés, leaving for the U.S. on April 1, 1930, the night the film premiered in Berlin.  She lager teamed with director Ernst Lubitsch to create an underground railroad for refuge artists, many of whom initially headed for Paris and other points in Europe before finally streaming to America.

          “We were changing countries more often than our shoes,” playwright Bertolt Brecht says.

          Exiles took work wherever they could find it, including Westerns and horror movies, such as The Bride of Frankenstein [1936] and The Wolf Man [1941].

          The American film industry didn’t initially show a united front against Hitler.  Warner Bros. stopped distributing films in Germany in 1935, but Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount didn’t follow suit until 1940.  During the 1930s, MGM and Paramount even removed Jewish credits to appease German censors, Weaver says.

          Once Hollywood entered the war, it did so with both barrels blazing, producing about 160 anti-Nazi movies, including To Be or Not to Be [1942], Confessions of a Nazi Spy [1939], and, most notably, Casablanca, which won the Oscar for best film in 1943.  Exiles worked, in some capacity, on about a third of these films.

          Life in America wasn’t easy, though.  Most exiles didn’t succeed in the industry, and those who did had to struggle.

          “This golden Hollywood is a hell for some,” Hollander says.  “I never fought so hard.”

 

*The Dallas Morning News; Friday, January 2, 2009; page 7E.