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Happy # 88 to Clint Eastwood

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We remember Clint Eastwood, who was born in San Francisco on this day in 1930.

Eastwood made his TV debut with “Rawhide” in 1955.   It was a great Western about cattlemen who drove their herds across the Great Plains.   

After that,  he had a huge career in the movies.   Check out this western collection!

You can get the whole series HERE.    

You can hear the classic theme song HERE by Frankie Laine.   It is one of the most popular TV themes ever.

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May 31, 2018 at 9:30 am

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We remember James Stewart (1908-1997)

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We remember James Maitland Stewart who was born in Indiana, PA, on this day in 1908.

Stewart became of the greatest movie stars of the 20th, from “Winchester ’73” to “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” to “The Spirit of St. Louis” and more.

He died in 1997.   My favorite is “It’s a wonderful life” because it is such an inspirational movie and holiday classic:

 

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May 20, 2018 at 5:30 am

We remember Lorne Greene (1911-1987)

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We remember Lyon Himan “Chaim” Green who was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on this day in 1911.    We know him as Lorne Green, or the man who played Ben Cartwright in “Bonanza”.

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February 12, 2018 at 12:30 am

We remember Don Knotts (1924-2006)

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Jesse Donald “Don” Knotts was born on this day in West Virginia.    

We remember him for a long career in movies and TV.   My guess is that most people remember Knotts for two TV roles:   

  1. Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife to Griffith’s Sheriff Andy Taylor on the legendary “The Andy Griffith Show“; and, 
  2.  Landlord Mr. Furley on “Three’s company” from the late 1970’s.

Knotts also made some comedies, such as “The Incredible Mr. Limpet“, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” “The Reluctant Astronaut” and “The Shakiest Gun in the West“.

Overall, a funny man who made us laugh quite a bit!

 

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July 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Martin Landau (1928-2017)

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We learned that Martin Landau died yesterday.    His career was very diverse:    

Landau was born June 28, 1928, in Brooklyn and worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before becoming an actor, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Landau’s career spanned the decades. In 1957 he had a part in the play “Middle of the Night,” with Edward G. Robinson and ended up on the West Coast, according to the Internet Movie Database.

To the general public, Landau was best known to the public for playing master of disguise Rollin Hand for a top-secret spy team in the 1960s series “Mission: Impossible,” in which his then-wife Barbara Bain also starred.

I remember him a  lot from “Mission Impossible“, a truly great show.     I also recall “North by Northwest“, another great Alfred Hitchcock movie.

RIP Mr. Landau.

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July 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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A word about Leslie Howard (1893-1943)

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A couple of day ago, Olivia de Havilland celebrated # 101.   She is the only surviving star of “Gone with the wind”.  

What happened to the others?  Well, Clark Gable died in 1960 and Vivian Leigh in 1967.  

And then there is the story of Leslie Howard.

We remember Mr. Howard for his role as “Ashley Wilkes” in “Gone with the wind”, the movie released in 1939.  

However, there is another side to Mr. Howard’s career or his involvement in the war effort in the early 1940’s:       

In 1943 Howard was 50 and doing propaganda work of a more subtle kind, acting as a “British cultural ambassador” in Portugal.

On June 1 he boarded Flight 777 at Lisbon airport, a civilian DC-3 heading for Bristol.

A squadron of Junkers 88 fighter-bombers shadowed them and then, even though the airliner was known to be a civilian plane on a scheduled flight, shot it down over the Bay of Biscay.

Was it a mistake? Rumours soon began to circulate that the Luftwaffe had targeted the plane because they believed that Churchill was on it. The British prime minister was indeed supposed to be returning to the UK from Lisbon that day, on a later flight.

But it doesn’t seem likely that agents from the Abwehr, German military intelligence, could have confused the two flights – not least because Churchill would not have taken an unescorted scheduled flight at that stage in the war.

“There are many theories as to why my father was shot down,” Doodie says in the documentary. “One was that the Germans thought his manager, who was accompanying him, was Churchill – because he looked quite like him, a bald, pudgy man who smoked big cigars. But I don’t believe the German secret service would be taken in like that.”

We will never know the full story.    It could have been a tragic mistake, such as the case of Glenn Miller in December 1944.    Nevertheless, Leslie Howard was dead and a great actor was gone.

 

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July 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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Happy # 101 to Olivia de Havilland.

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July 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm