Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Don Knotts

Don Knotts
Born: July 21, 1924
Died: February 24, 2006 (aged 81) He died of Pulmonary and Respiratory Complications



     Don Knotts is most famous for his role in The Andy Griffith Show. But have you ever watched his skits? He did this one on a nervous Weather Man. You should YouTube it. I absolutely love him. He is so charming and sweet. He could have totally shot his own foot off in the Andy Griffith Show. He knew how to make his audience laugh. He also has a scene in No Time for Sergeants. Which is a cute movie he did with Andy Griffith, his best friend. He was also in The Incredible Mr. Limpet and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I also recommend watching these films. They are cute and funny.



     Don Knotts was also a veteran of WWII he enlisted at the age of 19, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge, and Honorable Service Lapel Pin. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was the youngest of four brothers. His father was a troubled man, threatened his mother with a knife and spent time in a mental hospital. His brother Earl, nicknamed Shadow because of his thinness, died of asthma in 1942 when Knotts was still a teenager. Could you imagine Don as a chicken plucker? He did that as one of his earliest jobs because he was told that he would never become an actor. He never retired from acting. He actually received a Bachelor's degree in Education from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1948.



     I enjoy watching him in The Andy Griffith Show. My favorite personal episode is in season 2 where Barney joins the choir. He can't sing a lick. It is said that Don Knotts sang off key on purpose, you can actually hear him sing on key in the third episode where he sings with the guest star, James Best, and his guitar. Barney was recognized as the Good Ol' 14A. LOL. Please watch this episode, it is truly my favorite. I love me some Don Knotts!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives
Released Date: June 17, 1947
Director: William Wyler
Actors: Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, and Harold Russell




     I don't usually cry during movies, but this one got me. It is so inspiring. The director wanted a real war hero in this movie and he got Harold Russell. Mr. Russell lost both hands during WWII. He was truly amazing. He won Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1947 and well deserved it. He also won a special award that same year for his bravery. It was called the Honorary Award, he won it for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives. This movie actually won 8 Oscars. Best Picture, Best Actor (Fredric March), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Harold Russell), Best Director (William Wyler), and more. This movie is truly great. I would recommend it to anyone, and especially to Americans. This movie also holds great actors. Myrna Loy is one of my personal favorites. She was a great actress. And Teresa Wright, who is very underrated. But she was in some of the best movies I have ever seen. Such as; The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, The Pride of the Yankees, Shadow of a Doubt and this one. These were in her first six movies she ever made. What are the chances of being in five hits in your first six movies? She was also in a movie with Gary Cooper called Casanova Brown which was the movie she made before The Best Years of Our Lives. I hope everyone watches this, I highly recommend it.



     Al Stephenson (Fredric March), Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) are returning home after serving in WWII. Al is returning home to his wife, Milly (Myrna Loy) and two children, Peggy (Teresa Wright) and Rob (Michael Hall). Fred is returning to his wife Marie (Virginia Mayo). And Homer is returning to his girlfriend, Wilma Cameron (Cathy O'Donnell). The three men share a private plane ride home. And become great friends in that short period of time. Having the same town they lived in common. They even share a taxi home. Dropping off Homer first, who has a hard time hugging Wilma. Then Al, who gets a warm welcome from his wife and two children. And Fred, who goes home to his mother and father, who are happy to have him back but are scared to tell him about his wife who left the nest. The three men meet up later at a bar that Homer's uncle (Hoagy Carmichael) owns. Can Al return back to normal life? Can Fred rekindle his relationship with Marie? And will Homer marry his high school sweetheart? Find out by watching. You can catch it on TCM, or buy the DVD, which is well worth it in my opinion.

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Eddie Albert

Sorry I haven't been on in so long. I was working really hard at work and then taking time for myself, as we all need. No need to have a mental break down, am I right? Anyways my friend Desiree always expresses how much she loves this cute man. He saved a lot of men while being under attacked and he is truly a hero. I'm going to start making some changes. I want to start helping more and making things appreciated by God, my friends and family. I hope his courage will bring you courage too. :)

 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Vivian Vance

Vivian Vance
Born: Vivian Roberta Jones on July 26, 1909
Died: August 17, 1979 (70 years old)

We all love Lucy. Naturally, talented and hilarious, and humble. What is not to love about Lucy? We also love the neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Who have lighted up our lives for many years and who happen to be America's favorite neighbors. What surprises the world, is that America's favorite team, was the teams least favorite people. Meaning? Vivian Vance and William Frawley hated each other. I always wondered, is "Hate" too strong a word for the way they felt about each other? The fact remain, that William Frawley was okay with making another series, a spin-off and it would have been their own show. The Mertzs show. But Vivian Vance said no and  that was that. Although both went their own ways, they will always be remembered as the Mertzs. 



Vivian Vance became a star through her home town. Appearing in plays, she was a great singer, but an even more fantastic actress. She appeared onstage in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While William Frawley was a stage man too, the both never crossed paths. But then again, she was onstage as a singer and actress, he was in vaudeville. She was married a few times, and also suffered from depression. A disease most common in America. But she persevered and became a well known TV actress. She was married to a man most people would recognize at a drop off a hat. His name was Philip Ober. You might know him from such classics as From Here To Eternity and also a little scene from Hitchcock's classic, North by Northwest. The scene in which Cary Grant is in the United Nations Building, and the man he is talking to all of a sudden has a knife thrown into his back? You know that scene... That's Philip Ober. In From Here To Eternity, he is Burt Lancaster's boss. 



But though he was someone what appeared in such classics, he was awfully jealous when Vivian Vance became a huge success in I Love Lucy. He began beating her, and would often stalk her. I know that sounds so odd, a husband stalking his wife. But he would literally sit in the audience and laugh loudly while Vivian was working. Some say he loved the sound of his own voice. And would watch the episodes and knew when he was laughing. Though, nobody else knew either. Lucille Ball was aware of his abuse and one day told Vivian Vance "if you don't divorce that man, I will." She eventually did, and was better for it. I can't imagine anyone hating Vivian Vance, or William Frawley for that matter. But I guess that happens.

She died of cancer. Breast and bone cancer. While sick, even though at the beginning of I Love Lucy, she did not love Lucy at first and even said "if this show takes off, I'll learn to love that bitch." But while she was sick, Lucille Ball went to visit Vivian in  her home. They laughed and talked and reminisce on old times. That was a great day for both women. And a deserved time.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Vivian Vance. I enjoyed writing it. I enjoy her very much and enjoy her comedic side. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

William Frawley

William Frawley
Born: February 26, 1887 in Burlington, Iowa
Died: March 3, 1966 age 79 of a heart attack in Los Angeles



This is a post about a underrated man, and actor. The man was misunderstood and had a very cold demeanor. But we all know him, we all know someone like him. For me, he always reminded me of my grandpa. I don't know if it was the way he dressed on I Love Lucy, or the fact that he loved sports and seemed to know everything about baseball, and football. Do you love the Mertzes too? Here is his story...

With his brother Paul, William Frawley toured America and did well doing so. They were in Vaudeville and made people laugh and forget their troubles if just for a night. They made themselves a team in East St. Louis. Without their father and mother's blessings. William Frawley ended up meeting and marrying Edna. She too was a vaudevillian and together they became a well loved vaudeville couple. Little fact, she was a red head. He called her red. They ended up separating in 1921 but did finalize their divorce until December of 1927. Edna, never remarried,  and ended her 100 years on this earth in New Port Richey, Florida. She died November 1, 1992.

While in school, William Frawley played baseball and football, and was a lifelong New York Yankees fan. He moved to Hollywood in 1933 and made his first sports movie nine years after entering Hollywood. The movie was Errol Flynn's Gentleman Jim. I always found it neat that I would be watching a random classic movie, and all of a sudden, William Frawley, one of my favorite people in my opinion, from the greatest show on earth, I Love Lucy. He was in 167 movies in his very long movie career. Pretty impressive that he was in so many movies after being told that he was unattractive and would never amount to anything in Hollywood. But remember that sometimes the most famous people were once shunned in their own specialties. 

Often known for his drinking, he sobered up enough for I Love Lucy, and was always on point in the filming of the worlds most known and loved TV show. 

Here is a list of William Frawley movies that I have seen him in and that you probably have too...

Roberta (1935) - a Astaire and Rogers movie.

One Night in the Tropics (1940) - Abbott and Costello Film.

Roxie Hart (1942) - Ginger Rogers movie.

Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) - Red Skelton Film.

Going My Way (1944) - Bing Crosby movie.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

East Side, West Side (1949) - Barbara Stanwyck movie.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

and of course his most famous:

I Love Lucy (1951-1957) 

and 

My Three Sons (1960-1972) Frawley was in from 1960-1965

Monday, December 29, 2014

From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity
Released Date: October 15, 1953
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, and Jack Warden



     There are a lot of movies on the attack of Pearl Harbor. Some are big movies, some are documentaries but all are fantastic. Such an incredible story and such bravery from our Military Men. You couldn't have a more perfect cast. During this movie Burt Lancaster, who was a tad older than Montgomery Clift, was nervous while shooting because he was such a huge fan of Clift. Frank Sinatra was fantastic as well. Montgomery Clift was going through stuff, and was drinking on the set. He is known to have had kept a bottle with him at all times and would stick pills in the bottle. He had a very dangerous addiction, one that cost him his life. You know it was great because the movie was the tenth highest grossing film in the 1950s. The movie grossed $18 Million dollars. If you have not seen this movie, I'd  highly recommend you do so.

     It is 1941, on the beach of Hawaii. Pearl Harbor, the military base. Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) was a boxer in his early days. But because of an accident during one of his fights, he no longer wants to box. He is in the Army, a true American. Sgt. Milton Warden (Burt Lancaster) takes Prewitt under his wings and watches out for him. The boys take on love, Prewitt with Lorene (Donna Reed) and Sgt. Warden with the Captain's wife, Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr). This affair has one of the biggest known scenes in hollywood history, the beach scene with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster. It is a beautiful scene. They are taking a chance on love, but they can't help themselves. Meanwhile, Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra), a friend of Prewitt's, is drinking heavily and even going A-Wall. So much is happening during the days before the attack. But every scene makes you wish you were on the beach of Hawaii. The movie shows a love between army men. It is such a beautiful film, so please see it, put it on your bucket list!

     Oh, and one more cool piece of  information, the Captain, Philip Ober, was married to I Love Lucy's Ethel. Thought that was very interesting.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snow

DOES ANYONE ELSE LOVE SNOW IN THE MOVIES?
WATCHING A BLACK AND WHITE SNOWFALL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES!!! IF YOU WATCH ANY OLD MOVIE WITH SNOW, IT IS JUST SO PEACEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL!!!