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The Very Thought of You: Warner Brothers, 1944

I’ve always had a problem with that popular phrase “The Greatest Generation”. Yes, the generation born around 1920 gave us a magnificent gift, but they never claimed sole credit for the victory that millions and millions of other people from earlier generations helped make happen. Of these earlier contributors, Winston Churchill, Britain’s P.M. and an honorary American citizen born in 1874, is of course the greatest example, but there are countless others who always will remain obscure.

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Tuesday 04/29/2014
Dream Factory Time: Gail Patrick
Posted: April 29, 2014

As I walked up to the huge Hollywood Hills estate on a hot day in June, 1979, something curious came over me—I felt as if I were entering a scene out of Sunset Boulevard. Everything was of a lost era, from the statues of Greek gods to the basketball court overgrown with vegetation. Atop the hill above me was a sprawling mansion built in 1928 by silent screen star Dustin Farnum. There, standing at the door, wearing a beautiful white linen pants suit, was Gail Patrick. Born Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick on June 20, 1911 in Birmingham, Alabama, she was 68 years old. With her dazzling mane of white hair, she was certainly one of the most striking ladies I’d ever interviewed!

Saturday 06/30/2012
Films of the Golden Age 69_Summer 2012
Posted: June 30, 2012

Stage to Screen: The Making of Gregory La Cava's "Stage Door"
Posted: June 30, 2012

The 1936 Broadway play on which the film Stage Door was based was touted by the critics, and it was considered one of the hits of the season. However, when it was transferred to film, the likelihood of it becoming an enduring classic might have seemed slim. The director of the film version brought to the set an unorthodox working style and a proclivity for drinking. The cast included an aloof actress whose recent, sputtering career carried the odor of decline; a workaholic actress regarded as the lightweight half of a popular team; and a talented Texas teen, just-arrived in Hollywood, whose dark secret, if revealed, could land the studio's top brass in hot water. Sounds like some sort of disaster-in-the-making.