Friday, December 14, 2012

Baldwin Hills Dam - FLOOD DISASTER - KTLA

"Remarkable pictures made from a KTLA helicopter as the Baldwin Hills dam in Los Angeles gives way and sends 300,000,000 gallons of water roaring down the valley. Thousands of homes are ruined beyond repair or severely damaged. Authorities had several hours to warn the residents and only three lives were lost. What caused the break? There are several theories, but it will be up to the courts to decide who pays the damage - if anyone."

Baldwin Hills Dam Disaster and Flood - You Tube Video

On December 14, 1963 in the hills about Los Angeles,
the Baldwin Hills Reservoir suddenly cracked
and eventually failed,
flooding the neighborhood below.

William Bendix and James Cagney THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE (1948)

William Bendix and James Cagney

The Time of Your Life is a 1948 film starring James Cagney adapted from the 1939 William Saroyan play of the same title. The movie was adapted by Nathaniel Curtis, directed by H. C. Potter, and featured William Bendix as Nick, Wayne Morris as Tom, Broderick Crawford as Krupp, and Ward Bond as McCarthy. A Cagney Production, The Time of Your Life was produced by Cagney's brother William and co-starred their sister Jeanne as Kitty Duval.

Mostly filmed on one set, the film takes place in Nick's (William Bendix) Bar in San Francisco where a sign outside tells people to come in as they are. The film follows the adventures of a group of regulars at Nick's including Joe (James Cagney), a wealthy man who has given up working in order to hold court at the bar and have fun. Joe has a stooge named Tom (Wayne Morris) who runs his eccentric errands until a woman with a past named Kitty comes in and Tom falls in love with her.

The drama flopped miserably at the box office but is remembered as one of the best screen versions of the play. Jackie Gleason played Cagney's role in a critically acclaimed television version for Playhouse 90 ten years later (which also featured James Barton as Kit Carson); the Playhouse 90 production featured Jack Klugman as Nick the bartender, Dick York as Tom, and Betsy Palmer as Kitty Duval.

The Production Code of Administration made the producers change Blick's character from a police detective into an informer and a blackmailer. Originally the film used Saroyan's original ending where Kit shot and killed Blick but preview audiences acted negatively that led the producers to film an alternate ending.

William Bendix in "The Blue Dahlia" (1946)

William Bendix in "The Blue Dahlia" (1946)
Starring Alan Ladd
Matt McHugh is the Bartender at Gus's
Anthony Caruso is the Marine Corporal Playing Jukebox

William Bendix on "What's My Line?"

William Bendix was the mystery guest
on the September 16, 1956 edition of WML.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lupe Vélez & Douglas Fairbanks - "The Gaucho" (1927)

Lupe Vélez and Douglas Fairbanks - "The Gaucho" (1927)

Lupe Velez SINGS "Oh, Me! Oh, My!" (1934)

Lupe Vélez sings "Oh, Me! Oh, My!"
from the film "Strictly Dynamite" (1934).
Her accompanist is
the composer of the song,
Burton Lane.
Lyrics are by Harold Adamson.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

SUNRISE (1927) Janet Gaynor Meets F. W. Murnau

SUNRISE: A Song of Two Humans, also known as SUNRISE, is a 1927 American silent film directed by German film director F. W. Murnau. The story was adapted by Carl Mayer from the short story "Die Reise nach Tilsit" ("A Trip to Tilsit") by Hermann Sudermann.

SUNRISE won an Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the first ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. In 1937, SUNRISE's original negative was destroyed in a nitrate fire. A new negative was created from a surviving print. In 1989, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In a 2002 critics' poll for the British Film Institute, SUNRISE was named the seventh-best film in the history of motion pictures, tied with Battleship Potemkin.

In 2007, the film was chosen #82 on the 10th anniversary update of the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movies list of great films. SUNRISE is one of the first with a soundtrack of music and sound effects recorded in the then-new Fox Movietone sound-on-film system. Much of the exterior shooting was done at Lake Arrowhead, California.

Twilight Zone Branch Office of Los Angeles Morgue Files

Twilight Zone Branch Office of Los Angeles Morgue Files

Donald Pleasance READS Los Angeles Morgue Files

Donald Pleasance READS Los Angeles Morgue Files