“THIS N’ THAT  3”

 

THE place to go for everything Clark Gable is DearMrGable.com  here
A recent post,on the Atlanta premiere of GONE WITH THE WIND had some fascinating information such as the fact that several surviving Confederate veterans attended, all in their 90’s.
Sadly, back in 1939, one of the stars, Hattie McDaniel was missing. Georgia, a segregated state, would not have allowed Hattie to stay in the same hotel as the other stars, or sit in the same theater as the white stars.

 

 

 

TOPICS FOR GOSSIP column from Silver Screen magazine,1936:

“Now that Margaret Sullavan has divorced William Wyler,her director husband,Willie is running around with Luise Rainer.He has been taking her to lunch at the Brown Derby on days when Luise doesn’t have to endure the famine of THE GOOD EARTH.And he was also her escort at the Stokowski Philadelphia Symphony concert which brought out all the music lovers in Hollywood.
It looks like a romance.”

William Wyler

William Wyler

 

Wishful thinking?
“Clark Gable as Richard the Lion Hearted,
Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe,
Myrna Loy as Rowena,
Luise Rainer as Rebecca.
These are the brilliant people the MGM producers propose to put in their film of IVANHOE which is now ready for filming.”

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BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES. 1932
An in-joke in this film has Jimmy Durante and Marion Davies spoofing GRAND HOTEL which Edmund Goulding (director of BLONDIE of the Follies) had directed earlier in 1932.
Durante sings “Don’t take your girl to see that Grand Hotel.” Marion joins in, imitating Garbo.

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Does anyone know the reason for this photo shoot of MGM stars from the 50s? It’s one I’ve never seen before.Howard Keel and Esther Williams are costumed for Jupiter’s Darling. Looks like there are more stars to the left.

I like how George Raft is prominently placed!

(Was it 30th anniversary of MGM?)

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SECOND FEATURE,THE BEST OF THE ‘B’ FILMS by John Cocchi (1991)

A pictorial history of the Hollywood B movie, I love this book which is jam packed with terrific photos.

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From RKO RADIO PICTURES:A TITAN IS BORN by Richard B. Jewell :
In 1934 Fred Astaire wrote to his agent,Leland Hayward;
“What’s all the nonsense about me being teamed with Ginger Rogers. I will not have it. I did not go into pictures to be teamed with her or anyone else. I’d rather not make any more pictures for Radio if I have to be teamed with one of those movie queens!”
Hayward replied, I don’t think RKO has any intention of teaming you with Ginger Rogers.”
( How wrong can you be!)

 

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SUNSET BOULEVARD
That famous address Norma Desmond lived at,10086 Sunset Boulevard was actually on Wilshire Boulevard and the mansion belonged to the Getty family.
It didn’t have a swimming pool, so Billy Wilder had one built as it was essential to the story.

The building was demolished in 1957.

 

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A film I’d love to see is 1935’s ANOTHER FACE,with Brian Donlevy playing a gangster called ‘Broken Face Dawson’ who gets a face lift to escape the law and then fancies himself as an actor . Also in the cast are Wallace Ford,Alan Hale and Phyllis Brooks.

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In 1942 Irving Berlin was the Oscar presenter for Best Song and when he opened the envelope,he found himself presenting the Oscar to himself – for ‘White Christmas’.

The following year the Academy changed the rules so that wouldn’t happen again.

 

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