Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Margaret Lindsay...

A couple of pics for a fellow Margaret Lindsay fan!

A beautiful brunette actress who worked at a variety of studios in her long career, but I of course remember her most from her work in the 1930's at Warner Bros in films like "Ladykiller", "G-Men", "Devil Dogs of the Air", Jezebel", "Gold is Where You Find It" and "Bordertown", to name just a few. She also appeared in the 1933 best Picture oscar-winner "Cavalcade" and was quite memorable in "British Intelligence", "The House of Seven Gables" and "Scarlet Street".

I found this beautiful autographed 5x7 still on ebay a few years ago. One of the nicer vintage signed photos I have!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Stuff...

A few little items I added to the collection this week...

A small card signed by Joan Blondell, a signature that was long overdue to be part of my Warner Bros. collection! Now I have to find a good vintage still to frame this up with.

A neat little book with nicely reproduced pics of magazine covers by Rolf Armstrong. Some text as well. I did NOT know he was the uncle of actor Robert Armstrong of "King Kong" fame!

A choice vintage still of actress Alice White taken by Elmer Fry. She was Warner Bros. answer to Clara Bow but never became a big star. She's in some good films though and is always a treat to see. She's great in "Widow from Chicago" with a pre-"Little Caesar" Eddie G. as a gangster and in "The Picture Snatcher" and "Jimmy the Gent" with James Cagney. She generally played either a floozie or a ditz or a combination thereof!

I've had this Alice White signed card for several years but didnt have a good still to frame it up with.... now I do, woo hoo!!

A nice Enoch Bolles print!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy B-day James Cagney!

I'm right now VERY busy getting some artwork ready for the local show I do here every year but today woulda been Cagney's 110th b-day so I MUST post a few pics to celebrate!

I missed the Cagney fest on TCM this afternoon (had to work, god I hate that!) but I DID manage to see a short film he made at MGM in 1943 that I had never seen before! It was called "You, John Jones" , his co-stars were Ann Sothern and little Margaret O'Brien and it was directed by Mervyn LeRoy! Very cool to see some new Cagney on his b-day!!!

So now the only Cagney films I havent seen are: "The Millionaire (1931) , "Great Guy" (1936) , "Johhny Come Lately" (1943) , "The Seven Little Foys" (1955) , "Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) , "The Gallant Hours (1960) , "Ragtime" (1981) and the made for TV film "Terrible Joe Moran" (1984)

So often playing the tough guy but Jimmy could dance and sing and was a gifted comedian as well. And few actors could rattle off dialogue as fast as he could!

"Made it MA!...Top of the World!"
Thank You James!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Richard Conte...

One of my blog followers is, in her own words, "crushing on Richard Conte" right now, so I thought she might like to see these.

I watched "House of Strangers" tonight, a film I saw once many years ago and remembered liking a lot and I still do! A great cast including Eddie G, Susan Hayward, and Conte, plus a sharp edged screenplay by Phillip Yordan and an uncredited Joe Mankiewicz, who also directed, make this a winner all the way. Susan looked positively drop-dead beautiful in every scene she was in... had to get out the drool cup! I used to have the 1-sheet poster for that film but let it go at some point, must have needed groceries or something...*sigh*

My vintage Richard Conte autograph, torn out from someone's autograph book. I got this in a deal with a handful of other sigs including Alan Ladd and Ben Johnson.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Another recent acquisition . . .

I just got these tonight, a gift from a friend!

Two glossy 4" x 6" photos signed by Eli Wallach and both pics from what is, without a doubt, one of the most awesome movies ever made: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"! Hell he even signed one of them "Tuco"! I cant wait to get these framed and hanging on the wall!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

While celebrating this holiday weekend I hope the movie lovers out there will also pause for a moment and remember the great Karl Malden who passed away the other day at age 97.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Susan Hayward... part VI

The final installment of my long-winded tribute to Susan Hayward!

After her triumph with "I Want to Live!" Susie seemed content to be "Mrs Eaton Chalkley" and spent most of her time on their ranch in Georgia. They both loved fishing and they spent a great deal of time on their boats. She got offers for various roles but it seemed as if she had hit a peak with her Oscar win and never had as much enthusiasm for her work again. "Where love has Gone" released in 1964, was the last film where she reigned as a superstar.

At the end of 1965 she was in Italy filming "The Honey Pot" when her husband was stricken with the Hepatitus that he'd developed because of contaminated blood in an earlier operation. He died on Jan 6th 1966. A devastated Susie, always the professional, managed to get back to Italy a few days later and finish filming. Afterwards she went into seclusion for a year. She came out of retirement to replace Judy Garland in "Valley of the Dolls", a film totally blasted by the critics but a huge money-maker anyway.

In mid-1968 she was offered the part of "Mame" in Las Vegas, her one and only crack at legitimate stage work, but after only 2 months she had to back out under doctors orders because of a throat ailment. Back to work in 1971 she had a cameo role in "The Revengers", a sort of "Wild Bunch" knockoff starring William Holden. Susie's few scenes with him are the best part of the film. She made one more film, a TV movie called "Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole" which was a weirdly prophetic title as Susie would never work as an actress again. She had been diagnosed with multiple inoperable brain tumors and was having blackouts and convulsive siezures.

Susie was a fighter all her life and this final chapter of it would be no different. She agreeed to attend the 1974 Academy Awards as a presenter alongside Charlton Heston. She was introduced by David Niven who said "Mr Heston has created many miracles-just illusions on the screen. But in presenting our next award he brings with him not an illusion, but the real thing-Miss Susan Hayward!" Susie had to lean heavily on Heston and the camera men respectfully avoided close ups. Frank Westmore had spent hours with her that day making her up as she had lost all of her beautiful red hair and was very thin and pale. She had asked for him specifically because she wanted "Only a Westmore" to get her ready for the show that night. Westmore said he was never more proud of his craftmanship than what he was able to do for her that day.

Till the end she maintained she would beat her illness and many friends and former associates visited with her including Garbo! Finally on March 14th 1975 Susie passed away after a siezure at her home. She was only 56 years old.

Back in the early 1950's the portrait painter Peter Fairchild included Susie in a group of 4 beautiful women (along with Ava Gardner, Lana Turner and Lizabeth Scott) saying these were the only ones left in Hollywood since Garbo. Susie's response to this was: "It was kind of Mr Fairchild, but physical beauty comes by the grace of god and your parents. It's what you achieve on your own that counts". I'd say little Edythe Merrener achieved quite a bit in her far too-short life!

They had faces!