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“Hollywood Hobbies” (1939) A surplus of Hollywood stars!

Jump in and take a Hollywood tour with two star-crazed ladies (Joyce Compton & Sally Payne), who get a spectacular chance to see Hollywood celebrities with tour guide William ‘Billy’ Benedict. Stick with these guys and catch scads of movie stars in MGM’s 1939 short subject, Hollywood Hobbies!

Pre-tour note: Morey “Buddy” Amsterdam, from The Dick Van Dyke Show, wrote the story and screenplay!

Are you ready to see the stars? Here we go …

First stop, we see Reginald Denny at his model airplane factory.

Gosh, isn’t that Clark Gable at home whitewashing his barn?

Awwww, look who is expecting. It’s Robert Young and Allan Jones as “expectant” godfathers of a new foal! Irene Hervey helps usher in the new equine!

Our last stop is a Hollywood baseball game with commentator Truman Bradley and baseball fans: Jimmy Stewart, George Murphy, Cesar Romero, Joan Davis, Spencer Tracy, Virginia Bruce, and James Cagney (with mom Carolyn).

Oh la la! Joe E. Brown is kissing Harry Ritz!

Buddy Ebsen’s on the bench. Tyrone Power is in the seats.

Jane Withers autographs a baseball. Milton Berle steps in as shortstop.

Buster Keaton covers 3rd base. John Boles is in left outfield.

Throwing out the first ball is Mary Pickford.

Frank Mitchell & Jack Durant attempt to bat while stacked on top of each other!

Arthur Lake garbles some pre-game chatter. Nat Pendleton steals home.

The Ritz Brothers umpire, if you can call it that!

Dick Powell bats a home run, ending the game and knocking out the tour guide!

All is well in Hollywood!

Thank you to HollywoodHobbies for making it available on YouTube!

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Movie, Short Subject, Video


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Nat King Cole? Tony Bennett? James Stewart? Nope! It’s Sammy Davis, Jr.!

Watch Sammy Davis, Jr. “channel” Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, James Cagney, James Stewart, Jerry Lewis, and more as he wows us with his on point impersonations of popular singers and actors of 1954!

Many of you remember Sammy Davis for his clear voice and terrific tap dancing. However, you may not recall or know that he was an amazing impersonator as well. “Because of You,” a Hammerstein & Wilkinson tune that I grew up listening to, superbly showcased Sammy’s amazing ear and talent for mimicry.

It looks like this 1954 TV appearance was done before the severe car crash that took his left eye in November of the same year. In 1955, Sammy released his “Starring Sammy Davis Jr.” album; on the cover, he is sporting an eye patch. This album introduced me to Sammy, which I will be forever grateful. Thanks, Mom!


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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Movie, Music, TV, Video


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“If you’re betwixt and between, trust the one with red hair.” ― O.R. Melling, The Hunter’s Moon

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Stream of consciousness: thinking of July 4th…then the color red…then red hair…then redheaded actors. Therefore, here are some of my revered redheads, all shades, natural or not, ginger or not. Happy 4th!

P.S. The last pic of the Weasley Family is a nod to my favorite redheaded friend from school!


Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Movie, Photos, TV


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“This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.”

“Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it” was a popular line narrated by actor Bob Johnson, who was best known for instructing the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) on their next secret assignment in CBS’ 1966 drama, Mission: Impossible. And, this covert team always accepted their mission! 

As a happily nerdy teen who watched this hallmark series when it aired, I’ve now been re-watching the episodes from Netflix. Mission: Impossible had a great run from 1966 to 1973, then returned from 1988 to 1990. I loved this show because it was so, so clever and the teamwork was incredible! In real life, we could accomplish so much if our work teams performed as they did! Everyone knew what they had to do…and just did it!

Mission: Impossible introduced us to sophisticated missions that always required faking out the bad guys: convincing them that they were on a real train trip, or that thirty years had passed, or that they were talking to their friend, when in reality, they were talking to Landau under major makeup. I relished the “reveal” part when Landau would peel off his mask at the end of an episode! 

The first couple of years, the show maintained a fairly regular cast: Leader Peter Graves (Jim); make-up artist Martin Landau (Rollin); top fashion model Barbara Bain (Cinnamon); electronics expert Greg Morris (Barney); and strongman Peter Lupus (Willie). By the way, after Landau left the series in 1969, a similar-looking actor named Leonard Nimoy replaced him for a couple of seasons, all while playing Spock in Star Trek.

The show had an amazing list of guest stars. To name a few: William Shatner, Mark Lenard, and George Takei (Star Trek); Sam Elliott (Tombstone); pro boxer Sugar Ray Robinson; Larry Linville (Major Burns, the man you love to hate in M*A*S*H), a young Robert Conrad (TV’s The Wild, Wild West), and accomplished actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing).

The show’s main musical theme is famous! It was written by Lalo Schifrin, an Argentine composer, who won two GRAMMYs and two Emmys for his music. Many well-known composers also worked on the show. A strange fact: the theme was composed in 5/4 time. Per Schifrin, “it was for people from outer space who have 5 legs.”

Talented Bruce Geller, who gave us TV shows like Mannix and Have Gun – Will Travel, wrote and produced Mission: Impossible. Currently, Geller is writing for the Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible movies, which are based on this series.  

Well, back to my show…I’m only on season three, episode 18! 


Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Movie, TV


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Young Once

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Movie


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