Friday, March 13, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
"I am not a myth"
"I never enjoyed working in a film"
"I am at heart a gentleman"
"I'm worth more dead than alive. Don't cry for me after I'm gone; cry for me now"
"If there is a supreme being, he's crazy"
"It's the friends that you can call up at 4:00am that matter"
"Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast"
"Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world, a fact"
"The Germans and I no longer speak the same language"
"Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting"
"When you're dead, you're dead, thats it"
"Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret"
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sorry I haven't been online for the past few weeks....had to change computer companies, telephone numbers, etc. and it turned out to be a major mess. But I am back today and will probably leave an entry tomorrow after watching some more of the movies I have been missing so much! Hope all is well with all and life is treating you well!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Starring: Aline MacMahon - Trixie Lorraine
Ruby Keeler - Polly Parker
Dick Powell - Brad Roberts (Robert Treat Bradford)
Guy Kibbee - Faneul H. Peabody
Ned Sparks - Barry Hopkins
Ginger Rogers - Fay Fortune
"Golddiggers of 1933 was a delightful movie and was a joy to watch, it has all the right elements that go into the making of a successful musical.
The film is the story of young hopefuls in New York City who are trying to make it into the musical theater business during the Great Depression. Carol, Trixie and Polly are dirt poor and don't even know where their next meal is going to come from. These young girls receive word from their friend/past employer named Barney that he has a new show he is working on. Everything sounds great until they find out that he doesn't have a dime for funding this great new musical.
But things have a way of working themselves out, as they usually do in these depression era movies and the show gets its financial backing and manages to become a big success.
The story's subplot concerns these three young ladies love interests in the film and they are all very enduring and delightful. The cast is excellent, and the musical numbers are very inspiring. If you are looking for a really great old Busby Berkely musical, this is one not to be missed!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
"The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great , and they know I know it" - Clark Gable
"It's an extra dividend when you like the girl you're in love with" - Clark Gable
"I'm just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time" - Clark Gable
"Hell, if I'd jumped on all the dames I'm supposed to have jumped on, I'd have no time to go fishing" - Clark Gable
Birthname: William Clark Gable
Birthdate: February 1, 1901
Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, USA
Died: November 16, 1960 (59)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouses: Josephine Dillon (1924-1930)
Maria Franklin Printiss Lucas Langham (1931-1939)
Carole Lombard (1939-1942)
Sylvia Ashley (1949-1952)
Kay Williams (1955-1960)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Birthname: Ermes Effron Borgnino
Birthdate: January 24, 1917 (92)
Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut
Spouses: Rhoda Kemins (1949-1958)
Kathy Jurado (1959-1963)
Ethel Merman (1964-1965)
Donna Rancourt (1965-1972)
Tova Borgnine (1972 - present)
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Birthname: Archibald Alexander Leach
Birthdate: January 18, 1904
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: November 29, 1986 (82)
Deathplace: Davenport, Iowa, USA
Spouses: Virginia Cherrill (1934-1935)
Barbara Hutton (1942-1945)
Betsy Drake (1949-1962)
Dyan Cannon (1965-1967)
Barbara Harris (1981-1986)
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain"-Charlie Chaplin
"I'd sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch" - Charlie Chaplin
"I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ were President" - Charlie Chaplin
"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot" - Charlie Chaplin
"A day without laughter is a day wasted" - Charlie Chaplin
"A man's true character comes out when he's drunk" - Charlie Chaplin
"Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves" - Charlie Chaplin
"All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl" - Charlie Chaplin
"Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference" - Charlie Chaplin
"Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people" - Charlie Chaplin
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself" - Charlie Chaplin
"I am at peace with God. My conflict is with Man" - Charlie Chaplin
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even out troubles" - Charlie Chaplin
"Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing" - Charlie Chaplin
"The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury" - Charlie Chaplin
"We think too much and feel too little" - Charlie Chaplin
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Wallace Beery was an American Academy Award winning actor, best known for his portrayal of Long John Silver in "Treasure Island" (1934), who appeared in 200 movies over a 36 year span.
Beery was born as Wallace Fitzgerald Beery on April 1, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri to Noah W. and Marguerite Beery. He was a younger brother of actors William Beery and Noah Beery, who also had long careers in motion pictures. He was an uncle of actor Noah Beery Jr. According to U.S. Census records, all three Beery brothers were born to the same parents, making them full brothers and not half-brothers as many biographies say.
Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus at age sixteen as an assistant elephant trainer. He left two years later, after being clawed by a leopard. Beery found work in New York City in musical variety and began to appear on Broadway. In 1913 he moved to Chicago to work for Essanay Studios, cast as "Sweedie" The Swedish Maid", a masculine character in drag. Later, he worked for the Essanay Studios location in Niles, California.
In 1915, Beery starred with his wife Gloria Swanson in "Sweedie Goes to College". This marriage did not survive his drinking and abuse. Beery began playing villains, and in 1917 portrayed Pancho Villa in "Patria" at a time when Villa was still active in Mexico. Beery reprised the role seventeen years later.
With the transition to sound, Beery was for a time out of work. However, Irving Thalberg had no objection to Beery's gruff speech as a character actor, and hired him under contract to MGM.
Beery appeared in the highly successful 1930 prison film "The Big House" for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The same year he made "Min and Bill" (opposite Marie Dressler), the movie vaulted him into the box office first rank. He followed with "The Champ" in 1931, this time winning the Best Actor Oscar, and the role of Long John Silver in "Treasure Island" in 1934. He received a gold medal from The Venice Film Festival for his second appearance as Pancho Villa in "Viva Villa" in 1934 with Fay Wray. Other Beery films include "Billy the Kid" in 1930, "The Secret Six" in 1931 with Jean Harlow and Clark Gable, "Hell Drivers" in 1931 with Gable, "Grand Hotel" in 1932 with Joan Crawford, "Tugboat Annie" in 1933 with Dressler, "Dinner at Eight" in 1933 opposite Jean Harlow, "The Bowery" with George Raft that same year, "China Seas" in 1935 with Gable and Harlow, and "Ah! Wilderness" in 1935. During the 1930's Beery was one of Hollywood's Top 10 box office stars, and at one point his contract with MGM stipulated that he be paid $1 more than any other contract player at the studio, making him the highest paid actor in the world.
He starred in several comedies with Marie Dressler and Majorie Main, but his career began to decline in his last decade.
Beery's second wife was Rita Gilman. They adopted Carol Ann, daughter of Rita Beery's cousin. Like his first marriage, this one also ended in divorce.
Beery seems to have been somewhat misanthropic and difficult to work with, and Jackie Cooper, who worked with Beery in several films, called him in his autobiography, "The most sadistic person I have ever known". Child actress Margaret O'Brien also worked with Beery, and ultimately had to be protected by crew members from Beery's insistence on constantly pinching her.
One of his proudest achievements was catching the largest black sea bass in the world off Santa Catalina Island in 1916. It was a record that stood for 35 feet.
Wallace Beery died at his Beverly Hills home of a heart attack at the age of 64. He was interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California.