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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)
In the mood to read?! 
Well, how about a book about . . . or even BY . . . your favorite actor?!    Your favorite movie?! 
And frequently both . . . and a whole lot more?! . . .
And then for some freebie texts that you may never have realized are STILL available on the world wide web . . .
many of which became classics!

And don't forget all the books that Earl Derr Biggers wrote that are still being printed and that spawned countless movies! 
And even a Broadway play however short-lived!

I LOVE LUCY - The Book

How about reading Alice's Adventures Under Ground, as it originally appeared?!  And then . . . maybe Through the Looking Glass?!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Through the Looking Glass

     This is a lovely story from a First Lady's memoir:  Reflections:  Life After the White Houe by Barbara Bush, Lisa Drew Book (Scribner), New York, 2003, page 104:

     One of Maven's mainstays in her library is one by a former usher to the White House, J. B. West.  Maven has one of his stories - about the Trumans - from his book, UPSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE (Coward, McMann & Geoghegan, Inc.; 1973, pages 84 - 85.

This one is from The Waacs by an Army wife on her first-hand experience on December 7, 1941 (Nancy Shea, The Waccs, Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1943, page 1 – 6):

PEARL HARBOR: You Are There

     Ever wonder where Orson Welles' got the name "Xanadu" for Citizen Kane's legendary estate?!?!  Okay, Maven knows that William Randolph Hearst and his Castle were plainly in Welles' mind but . . . .  "Xanadu" came from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, Kubla Khan; Or, a Vision in a Dream.  A Fragment.

A great place for classic free on-line books (both text and audio) is:  www.gutenberg.org which has Bram Stoker's 1897 classic Dracula at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/345/345-h/345-h.htm

And check out Frankenstein by Mary Shelley at http://www.boutell.com/frankenstein.

          Lon Chaney, Sr., is perhaps best-know for two movies made from literary sources, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.

            If you have ever been interested in the original stores, here’s your chance!

            NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS[1] by Victor Hugo (1831) can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2610/2610-h/2610-h.html.  The movie is available free to watch at http://www.archive.org/details/The_Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame.

            The Phantom of the Opera[2] by Gaston Leroux (1909 and made into Chaney’s groundbreaking version in 1925 free at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgiPXFVY0T8) is at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/175/175-h/175-h.htm.



[1] also known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame

[2] original title: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

     A great source for easy recipes recipes with a wide range of tastes is  the Betty Crocker Ultimate Bisquick® Cookbook; 323 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR BREAKFST, DINNER, DESSERT & MORE!; 2008, 2009 by General Mills, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rodale, Inc.; page 241.

     Maven uses it frequently!

     Maven has depended as much on her mother's cookbook by Helen Corbitt as Mother did.  Everyone should check into Ms. Corbitt's many books!

Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook by Helen Corbitt, with decorations by JOE ALLEN HONG; The Riverside Press Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston; 1957, FOURTEENTH PRINTING APRIL, 1961.

Pickfair
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Home of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks

     One that Maven quotes extensively in ARCHITECTURE IN HOLLYWOOD: Pickfair is Dream Palaces:  Hollywood at Home by Charles Lockwood, The Viking Press, 1981.  And there's a lot more to the book than Pickfair!

Edith Head and Edith Mode
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The Character She Probably Inspired

     One of Maven's mainstays about what went on in front of the cameras, behind the cameras and in the wardrobe departments is Edith Head's Hollywood; Edith Head & Paddy Calistro; E.P. Dutton, Inc.; 1983.
     This book covers Head's career from her uncredited work on Wings (1927) through some 520+ movies through Steve Martin's Real Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982).  Her entry at www.imdb.com is at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0372128/
     Head died before completed her autobiography with Calistro finishing it.
     It is well-worth getting as Head worked with designing for such directors as Alfred Hitchcock and for actors like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (their Road pictures) to actresses like Carol Lombard, Marlene Dietrich and Mae West. She even covers other designers like Travis Banton.
     Edith Head's Hollywood is a must have for anyone serious about the movies, their background and just plain old Hollywood History!

Maven was with family Christmas (2009) watching El Dorado with John Wane and Robert Mitchum.  El Dorado, the poem used in the credits and quoted by James Caan, was written by Edgar Allan Poe:
 
El Dorado
 
Gaily bedight,
A gallant night
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long
Singing a song,
In search of El Dorado.
 
But he grew old --
This knight so bold --
And -- o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like El Dorado.
 
And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow --
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be --
This land of El Dorado?"
 
"Over th Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied --
"If you seek for El Dorado."

I LOVE LUCY

             Maven is lucky to have come across an old book that she'd forgotten about:  LUCY & RICKY & FRED & ETHEL:  The Story of "I LOVE LUCY," by Bart Andrews; Bart ANdrews; E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.:  New York; 1973.  

              It covers the era of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz going through the trails and tribulations of putting a brand-new television series through the trails and tribulations of their divorce.

            It’s also a story that covers the beginning of American television by some of the pioneers and the changes they made to American culture.

            To paraphrase Sara Lee™:  “Nobody doesn’t love Lucy!”

DEADLY ILLUSIONS
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JEAN HARLOW and the Murder of PAUL BERN

     Maven has a book about one of Hollywood's enduring mysteries/scandals . . .  DEADLY ILLUSIONS:  JEAN HARLOW and the Murder of PAUL BERN by Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen, Random House, New York, 1990,
     Samuel Marx was one of Paul Bern's closest friends and business associates who was there at the Harlow/Bern House after Bern's body was found.  Marx's story is the intertwining of death, coverups, politics and more rolled up into a real-life whodunit.
     His co-author, Joyce Vanderveen, brought a new light on the story that compels both of them to go back and find out just what DID go on - or didn't!
     A great read!

"The Making of King Kong" (1933)
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By Orville Goldner and George E. Turner

     This book, The Making of King Kong, has been a fabulous resourse for Maven about the Eighth Wonder of the world!
    She suspects that it's out of print but maybe you can find it in the nearest library, used bookstore, google and/or ebay!
    Don't to forget to check out another page here:  HORROR - SCI FI: King Kong.

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Mary Astor at Her Divorce Trail
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Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart
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"The Maltese Falcon" (1941)

       Maven has two autobiographies in her library by Mary Astor.

          One that she quotes in these pages of her website is A Life on Film by Mary Astor; Delacourte Press; 1967, 1968, 1971; New York.  This is a must-read for her fans and fans of movie  history, The Maltese Falcon, Clark Gable and Red Dust, John Barrymore and the affair she had with him. . . .  You get the idea.  [Check her page at this site at MARY ASTOR]

          The other one is My Story:  An Autobiography; Doubleday & Company, Inc.; 1959.  She included a “thank you” for “Frank Carothers for his labors on [her] behalf in organizing and editing the original manuscript of this autobiographical analysis.”  It was the product of her time with the Reverend Peter Ciklic, Ph.D., as part of her therapy.

          As Astor quotes him[1]: 

“Mary,” he said, “you would help me very much, and it would save a great deal of time, if you would sit down and write the story of your life. Write every day for a few hours, just as you remember it.  Write fully.  No one is looking over your shoulder.”

Astor continues:

“It was hard to do.  I clubbed my memory, and sometimes during an entire afternoon of sitting at my desk I would have only a couple of pages.  Then things seemed to clamor to be remembered, odd things, forgotten things.  And I lived through them all over again.  There was much that was beautiful, pleasant, amusing.  But sometimes I put my head down on the keys and cried, lost in bitterness and pain.”

It’s a fascinating story and an incredible look into the soul of a Hollywood actor.



[1] My Story:  An autobiography;  Doubleday & Company, Inc.; 1959; page 23.

There is more to Bram Stoker than Dracula so enjoy being scared . . . repeatedly:
Dracula (the 1897 text): 
 
 
 
 
Lair of the White Worm which readers can find at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1188/1188-h/1188-h.htm#startoftext (text)
 
 

Collen Moore's Fairy Castle
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     Colleen Moore was a star of the silent screen who is now probably best known for her doll house, also known as her "Fairy Castle" and "Coleen's Folly."
    Maven cherishes her copies of Colleen Moore's Doll House (photography by Will Rousseau; Doubleday & Company, Inc.; New York) and Silent Star:  Colleen Moore (Doubleday & CO., Inc., New York, 1968)
     Moore includes many photographs in her book on her castle and many pages on it in her autobiography, a book that Maven first read at the tender age of seventeen.
     Maven had read books about the movies and how they were made but SILENT STAR was the book that began a life-long fascination with Hollywood that was more than the sum that ended up on the silver screen.
     Moore's autobiography isn't just a story she tells of her life but Hollywood when it was almost as new as she was.  She takes us through the making of movies as she was getting - literally - on-the-job training!
     You can learn more about Colleen Moore and her doll house at CHILDREN'S CORNER: Colleen Moore and Her Fairy Castle! 

The Philo Vance Murder Collection
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By S.S. Van Dine

     Maven now has links for mystery lovers who still love holding a book in hand . . . or want to compare books to movies or visa versa . . . or just enjoy a good book in hand.
     Check out MYSTERIES: S.S. Van Dine for free reads of his Philo Vance books!

The Westmore Brothers
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     The Westmores of Hollywood (Lippincott, New York, 1976) is a great book about the Westmore Family of makeup artistsby one of the Westmores . . . Frank Westmore with Muriel Davidson.  It covers stars from Humphrey Bogart (MAKEUP ARTISTS) to Shirley Temple (he says that both Mary Pickford and Shirley Temple owed at least some of their curls to the Patriarch of the clan, George Westmore.  Maven will be trying to add stories from this great book as she can.  In the meantime, if you can find a copy of it . . . BUY IT!!

A CHRISTMAS STORY by Barbara Bush

Thanksgiving at the White House with the Trumans

Pearl Harbor - You Are There