Tag: Joel McCrea

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October 5, 2013 /
October 5, 2013 /

The Seven Wonders of Preston Sturges In just four years, 1940–44, Preston Sturges wrote and directed seven classics reflecting the America he loved and laughed at–a fast-talking, unpredictable melting pot that seems more real than the visions of Frank Capra or John Ford. Then his luck ran out. By Douglas…

October 5, 2013 /

A little bird in the wardrobe department chirped this item in my ear –she was having a hard time getting actors under thirty to put on their underwear. Besides the obvious issues of hygiene what you wear under your costume affects how the garments look on top. Children, it isn’t…

August 9, 2013 /

Ted Allan started his career very young as an actor and worked on a number of Cecil B De Mille movies in the early 1930s. When De Mille called on someone to take some portraits, Allan stepped forward and, on seeing the results, De Mille encouraged him to follow a…

February 10, 2013 /

“My Favorite Year” was loosely based on Mr. Brooks early experiences working on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” and it was the first film Richard Benjamin directed — I got sidetracked. We were talking about enduring love. Anne and Mel met in 1961 and were married in 1964. “From…

February 10, 2013 /

Married 51 years, she started as a contract player at MGM and became a noted comedienne – his breakthrough film role was in “Goodbye, Columbus” and he went on to direct. (A big aside: one of my favorite movies, “My Favorite Year”, watch it on Valentine’s!) . .