The Great Stone Face

By | Oct 4, 2017

During the 1920’s Buster Keaton was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comic actor-directors of the end of the Silent Film Era. Roger Ebert has even called him the “greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. Keaton’s films during this decade, such as The General or The Navigator, Steamboat Bill, Jr. or […]

September 30, 1955

By | Sep 30, 2017

Had he lived, James Dean would be an 82 year old man and who knows what would have happened with his career. He could have been one of those stars that would shine for a couple of years and then fade away never to be seen again. It’s possible he may even had changed careers. […]

Her Death Lead to the Downfall of a Clown

By | Sep 9, 2017

If it wasn’t for the people that were around her when she died on September 9, 1921 in San Francisco, the name and the person Virginia Rappe would just be a small fact in the course of history. However, Rappe died after attending a Labor Day party held by Hollywood Silent Film Comic Roscoe ‘Fatty’ […]

The Duck Almost as Famous as a Mouse

By | Jul 9, 2017

When he first appeared in the Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon short The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934 he may not have been the character as we know him today. But it was the first appearance of Donald Duck. The 1934 Donald had not become the Donald as we know him today, but even […]

Edward Everett Horton

By | Mar 18, 2017

March 18 is the anniversary of the birth of Edward Everett Horton. It’s possible that you don’t know who he is, but nearly everyone over the age of 50 will be familiar with his voice.

Ghost Riders in The Sky

By | Feb 16, 2017

The song Ghost Riders in The Sky was written in 1948 by Stan Jones (1914-1963) while he was working in Death Valley for the National Park Service. During that summer he was assigned to the movie crew that was filming The Walking Hills as a technical adviser. He would play his songs for them while […]

The Schnozzola

By | Feb 10, 2017

Nearly everyone knows him as the voice of the narrator of the classic Christmas cartoon Frosty the Snowman. Jimmy Durante was the voice and at the time he was near the end of a career that lasted for nearly 70 years. James Francis Durante was born on February 10, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York. Durante […]

The Tramp’s First Appearance

By | Feb 7, 2017

Whenever anyone speaks of Charlie Chaplin, the image that will come to mind is his signature character, the Little Tramp. Chaplin himself called him The Little Fellow. The character rarely was referred to by any name onscreen. The Little Tramp was first seen by the public when Keystone released the comedy short Kid Auto Races […]

Sophie Tucker – Last of the Red Hot Mommas

By | Jan 13, 2017

Sophie Tucker, billed later in her career as the Last of the Red Hot Mommas, was born Sophie Kalish in Russia as her parents were immigrating to the United States on January 13, 1884. When the family arrived in America her father decided to adopt the name Abuza. One could say she was destined to […]

Phases of Elvis

By | Jan 8, 2017

When looking back on the career of Elvis Presley, it’s not hard to break it down into six stages. The Beginning. (1954-1955) Elvis was first discovered by Sam Phillips of Sun Records and for the first months of his career he performed throughout the south. The Hits. (1956-1958) Once Elvis was under the management of […]

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