Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Remember Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 2016

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75 years ago a sneak attack by forces of the Japanese Empire sank much of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in the territory of Hawaii. The Japanese Empire came to regret doing this.

The first fiction film about the attack was Republic's Remember Pearl Harbor, which starred Don "Red" Barry, who had become famous playing the lead in the serial The Adventures of Red Ryder.  I suppose the movie took its title from the song.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Essanay-Chaplin Revue of 1916 -- December 3, 2016

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When Charlie Chaplin left Essanay to make films for Mutual, Essanay wanted to get all the profit it could from Chaplin's movies.  In order to exploit their inventory, they edited "The Tramp," "A Night Out" and "His New Job" together into The Essanay-Chaplin Revue of 1916.  Chaplin was not pleased. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Florence Henderson, RIP -- November 28, 2016

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I was sad to learn of the death of Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch.  My memory may be wrong, but I remember both The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family airing on Friday nights on ABC.  I used to play at a friend's house Fridays, but we had to stop when the first show came on.  I don't remember if he was more interested in Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady) or Susan Dey (Laurie Partridge).  I liked Susan Dey. 

It was interesting that after both shows went off the air, the original Bradys appeared in several sequels, and then at least two movies in the 1990s.  For the Partridges, there was an animated series and one reunion.  I wonder why the difference. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 -- November 24, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  I'm grateful for health and life, my family, and my coworkers.

The photograph shows actresses Jean Arthur and Lillian Roth playing Pilgrims. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Jack London 100 Years -- November 22, 2016

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100 years ago today, on 22-November-1916, writer Jack London died at his ranch in Glen Ellen, California.  For many years, people said his death was a suicide because of ill-health, but it was probably a result of sickness, alcoholism and an accidental overdose of morphine.  His was the first case I can remember reading of someone who died as an atheist.  I spent a lot of time thinking about it, especially when we visited his resting place, under a big rock at Glen Ellen.

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 One of his most popular novels, The Call of the Wild, has been made into at least five motion pictures and one television series.  People love dog stories.   

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Moving Picture World, 05-September-1914
Jack London was interested in motion pictures.  He worked with actor Hobart Bosworth on adaptions of several of his stories, but not The Call of the Wild

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lupita Tovar, RIP -- November 16, 2016

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I was sad to learn of the death, at the age of 106, of Mexican actress Lupita Tovar.  She was one of the last living people who appeared in a silent movie as an adult.  She is most famous in the US for appearing in the Spanish language version of Drácula, which was shot at the same time as the Bela Lugosi version.

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Carlos Villarias played Conde Drácula. 

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 In 1936, she starred with Buster Keaton in a British movie, An Old Spanish Custom, also known as The Invader

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Robert Vaughn, RIP -- November 14, 2016

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It has been a rough week.  Last Tuesday I was looking forward to having our first woman President.  In addition to that,actor Robert Vaughn has died.  We didn't watch Man From U.N.C.L.E., so I wasn't familiar with his work there, except through a single issue of a comic book. 

I remember  him from movies like The Magnificent Seven and Bullitt, and from guest appearances on television programs.  He usually played intelligent characters.