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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:29 pm

A Wonderful Life

    I've had a wonderful reel life, thanks to CI. In 1962, attending a MGM operetta series, I noticed a gentleman in fronmt of me reading a paper related to movies. He was kind enough to loan it to me, and I was hooked. Loving movies all my young life, I immediately subscribed beginning with issue #1. Soon I bought my first film, Soul Fire, form Nick Fiorentino. I then started a correspondence with its star, Richard Barthelmess. Over the years new collector friends were made, hundreds of stars were met through Cinecon, and I was lucky enough to produce the 1975 and 1980 Hollywood conventions! Fifty years is a big deal, and I hope you celebrate it the rest of the year.

Marty Kearns

Cathedral City, CA


 

A Part of My Life

    My congratulations to you on your 50th birthday. You have been a part of my life for these past 50 years. You made me a reader and student of the film world. You introduced me to people whom I otherwise would never have met. You induced me to write and contribute the "Lost Players" essays on the great and near greats of the past. So my thanks go out to you, CI. You've truly been a friend and companion.

Billy H. Doyle

Louisville, KY


 

Writing for CI & FGA

    I was introduced to CI in the mid-1980s by my late friend Randye Cohen, who ran a film program at the Rutherford Public Library. I was enthralled! A few years later I was delighted when Editor Bob King asked for a Jean Harlow article when my biography of her came out in 1991. For the next ten to 15 years, I had a marvelous time writing articles on everyone from Crawford and Dietrich and Stanwyck to Lyda Roberti, Judy Tyler and Florence La Badie. My two CI/FGA compilation books are among my proudest accomplishments, and I take great joy in giving them to friends.

    Though I have not written for CI or FGA in years, I still get them, and dive in eagerly to read about favorite stars and people I have never heard of. In this internet age, nothing beats curling up on the sofa with old-fashioned newsprint, and the latest issue of Classic Images.

Eve Golden


 

What a Legacy

    I did not know of Classic Images' existence until 1984 and after reading an issue, I immediately became a subscriber. I read every issue, but mostly love articles on the actresses/actors of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. TCM is on 24/7 in my home. I have a small library of biographies of many of those actresses/actors. I have read pieces by so many, Laura Wagner, Bob King, Sam (founder) and so many others. In 2004, I moved from Connecticut to Florida and made sure Classic Images followed me. Then in September of 2007, I happened to read in ‘Mailbag’ that Sam was retired and living in Palm Harbor, Florida. What a surprise, I was living in the same town within two miles of him. His phone number was listed in the article, so the first thing next day, I called. I first spoke to his wife, Audrey, and then to Sam. We had a nice talk and he then invited me to lunch along with his son, Jay who was in town. What an experience. He couldn’t have been nicer and so informative. And I thought I knew something about movies, I guess only the enjoyment of watching them. Time went by and I received a call from his wife telling me he was in a nursing rehab center. I went to visit and we had a nice chat. Shortly thereafter, his wife called again inviting me to his birthday party at the center. I, of course went and saw Sam, his wife and his son, and had a nice time. (So nice of her to ask me). That was the last time I saw or spoke with Sam. He passed away in 2009. I read all the articles Classic Images wrote about him, especially the one his son wrote. What a legacy he left. Who would have known, I would meet and live near the founder of my favorite paper.

Sue Gargano

Palm Harbor, Fl


 

Film Buff Since Childhood

    I am one of those film buffs from childhood. I am now 85 years old and in good health, fortunately. It was indeed the Golden Age, never to be surpassed. I have learned much about the classic movies and stars and sometimes the people are amazed by my total recall of information about them. I have collected many books over the last 40 years on the movies. To me, film was an art form, and even though upper crust society did not think so at the time, film did become an art form. Those films were a reflection of our lives as they changed through the decades.

    As a child of the 1930s and '40s, I loved the old movie magazines that then cost ony ten or 15 cents. I still have a few of them. I don't know when I first subscribed to CI, but it is the greatest thing of its kind ever. And thank God for video for allowing us to keep watching the old movies anytime we want. I also thank your writers such as Laura Wagner. I have bought her books and she really knows her stuff. I especially like to buy books advertised in CI, such as the ones from BearManor and McFarland.

Robert Milroy

Rhinebeck, NY


 

How and Why I Became a Film Buff

    First of all, congratulations to Classic Images on your 50th anniversary.  I don’t know if Classic Images realizes what they have done by inviting readers to submit stories to mark the 50th anniversary of this wonderful magazine.  The Editors are going to get bombarded with letters, and I wouldn’t want to be the one who decides what letter goes in, because I imagine they are all going to be great.  Thank you for inviting us to share this milestone with you.  

    How and why I became a film buff?   It started way back in grammar school for me when I was having difficulties reading.  My parents went to my teacher for consultation and the teacher told them I simply wasn’t interested in what I was reading.  The teacher suggested that they get me something to read that I would be interested in.  So my parents got me movie books and the rest, as they say, is history.  Even at an early age I watched just about anything on TV:  Tarzan, Ramar of The Jungle with Jon Hall, horror films on Saturdays, to name just a few.  To this day I still have the Citadel Movie Star "Films Of" series my parents got me to jumpstart my reading:  Films of Bette Davis, Films of Gary Cooper, Films of John Wayne, Films of Marlene Dietrich, among others, as well as quite a collection of other movie books, and magazines.

    Here are a few of my treasured movie-memories.  When we lived in North Carolina during the 1960s, Hammer Films in the UK was in full-force, and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed was playing at a local theatre.  I was in high school, and I adored Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.  My Dad took the afternoon off work one weekday and he took me to see the film.  I can still remember the trailer promotional line …. "What a pity, Frankenstein must be destroyed”.  Priceless!  I still get a chuckle when people look astonished when I tell them I’m a film buff, and a horror-film fan.  I guess females aren’t supposed to be that way—ha!

    In the early 1980s, we lived for a brief time in Jackson, Mississippi where periodically celebrities would be in the city on promotional tours.  As luck would have it, actor Christopher Lee was appearing in person at the Meadowbrook Cinema complex to promote The Wicker Man.  My family and I went to see him, an event I’m not likely to forget.  The lobby was huge, and there was a crowd, then we heard police sirens approach outside.  Mr. Lee came in the door and all I can remember is thinking to myself, “Gosh almighty, is he tall—this is Count Dracula”.  The crowd kept getting bigger and bigger, and the theatre manager was beside himself getting Mr. Lee behind a barricade. Let me tell you, it was should-to-shoulder, but Mr. Lee was very gracious.  I think the theatre manager had underestimated Mr. Lee’s popularity.   Mr. Lee answered questions and signed so many autographs—I lost count after 100.

    Another wonderful time in Jackson was when Vincent Price was there to do a Halloween reading of Edgar Allen Poe short stories with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.  We went to see him, and I managed to get a very small tape recorder in to record his readings.  Afterwards, my Dad and I went backstage to see Mr. Price, who was surrounded by other fans getting autographs.  He was so gracious and thanked me for asking him.  While in Jackson, several of my out-of-state friends would send me copies of celebrity autographs they had received:  Doris Day, and late actors Charlton Heston, Edward Mulhare (TV's The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) and Walter Abel  (Holiday Inn).  My most prized autograph is the one from late actor Roddy McDowall.  I had done some quilling (intricate floral designs with very small strips of colored paper) around the lines of script Mr. McDowall had spoken from “The Tempest”, and sent the work to him.  He responded most graciously on a postcard thanking me for my “talented and wonderful gift”.  Some years later I did a small painting of him, sent it to him, and received another thank you postcard.  I collected on Mr. McDowall for over 20 years, and was most sad when he died from cancer on October 3, 1998.

    We moved back to North Carolina in the early '80s, and that’s where my late mother found a copy of Films from The Golden Age for me.  I went nuts, plain and simple.  The magazine was just jammed with articles, pictures and trivia, so I got a subscription.  I didn’t get a Classic Images subscription until a few years later, but when I did, again, I was hooked.  These are the only magazines I subscribe to now, I can’t see NOT having them.  When my family and I relocated to New Orleans in 2005, I was still getting the magazines, but obviously my mailing address had changed.  We also had to contend with the approach of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, six weeks after we had moved to New Orleans.  I wrote to Classic Images to update them on my mailing address, and said that I’d missed some issues and, bless them . . . they sent me the issues I’d missed.  Curling up on my bed at night and reading those wonderful magazines was perfect ‘medicine’ in the aftermath of the hurricane.  Escapism at its best, and I’ll forever thank the folks at Films of the Golden Age and Classic Images for continually feeding my insatiable hunger for the classic years of Hollywood all of these years!    

Most Sincerely,

Christy Brom

New Orleans, LA  


 

The Love and Excitement of My Life

    There are two things in this world that really excite me—beautiful women and running films on movie projectors.  My interest in films started approximately in 1964 when I was five years old as a kindergartener. One morning my teacher walked our class up the long hallway to the multi-purpose assembly area. Up on the stage was a "box" with what looked like two wheels behind it. She walked up to this "box" and all of a sudden a picture appeared on the front. I don't know what the picture was about, but I sure knew that I liked what this "box" did.  I went home for lunch all excited telling my mother about this. I told her it had wheels that turned and it made a pictuie. My mother was a former teacher and finally figured out that I was talking about a movie projector.

    My school had a unique 16mm projector with a built-in rear projection screen. It was beige in color. I've never seen another like it. (Does anyone know what brand it might be?)  Some kids favorite time of school might be recess or lunch, but my favorite time was going to see films on the movie projector. It didn't make any difference what subject matter the film was. I absolutely loved watching the films and seeing the reels turn.  So year after year, from kindergarten to sixth grade, I looked forward to film time. One film I remember seeing several times over the years was The Ant and the Grasshopper. Every single year before Christmas we watched what was probably a free loan film from Bell Telephone, The Night Before Christmas. (I'm looking for this Bell Telephone film. Does anyone have it for sale?)  One year something hilarious happened. One of the fourth grade teachers was standing up on the stage by the projector with a reel of film in her hands. Suddenly she dropped the reel and it fell to the floor. It landed on its edge and rolled down the entire length of the room unwinding film as it rolled. All the kids howled with laughter.

    One year when I was still pretty young, I received a toy movie projector for Christmas. It was made by the Kenner and was about the size of a regular book and just as thick. It had a little crank on the side and used a bulb similar to a flashlight bulb. It used continuous loops of 8mm film. The three loops that came with it were "Mr. Ed". "Mr. Magoo", and "The Munsters".  I don't remember ever asking for this toy. But I loved it. My mother probably didn't know it when she bought it, but she started me on my life-long hobby.  After several years of playing with the projector, the films broke, and the projector and films eventually were discarded, but never ever forgotten.

    In 1968 Metro Goldwyn Mayer came to my hometown of El Dorado, Kansas to film the movie The Gypsy Mothsstarring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman, Sheree North, Scott Wilson, Bonnie Bedelia and William Windom. John Frankenheimer was the director. It was the story of three daredevil skydivers who travel from town to town putting on shows for the public. I was just nine years old but I vividly remember how exciting—sometimes boring—it was to watch this movie being made. Unfortunately the movie didn't do too well when it was released in 1969, but I like it because I saw it being made in my hometown.

    In 1971 I started attending junior high school and, you guessed it, my favorite part of school was watching films. I remember seeing Leonard Bernstein concert films for music class; Walter Cronkite "You Are There" films for history class; and those gory films in driver's ed class with bloody, twisted, burning bodies from automobile wrecks that I believe were from the Ohio Highway Patrol.  Three years later I was off to high school. I remember seeing a film about the crazy stock market on Wall Street for economics class. My English teacher showed us a surfing film. Instead of rewinding it when it was finished, she showed us the entire film again in reverse! It was hilarious seeing the surfers all of a sudden hop backwards onto their surfboards.

    One day at home during my junior high years in the early 1970s, I was browsing through the big Montgomery Ward catalog. I came to the movie equipment section and studied every picture and price of every movie camera, projector and editor. As I recall all were super 8 except for a manual loading 16mm Bell & Howell, projector. All of a sudden I noticed a little ad on the page offering a free catalog of classic films. I ordered the catalog and two or three weeks later it arrived.  It had Montgomery Ward/Blackhawk Films printed on the cover. I studied and read the catalog from cover to cover, but couldn't afford to order anything on my weekly allowance.

    A year or two later in the big Sunday newspaper color magazine section there was an ad from Blackhawk Films. For only $1.99 you could order a super 8 silent sampler reel of films Blackhawk offered. I persuaded my mother to write a $1.99 check for this bargain film. After what seemed an eternity but was probably a couple of weeks, my sampler reel arrived. But there was just one problem. I didn't have a projector to show-it on!  That Christmas season of 1973 my dad, mom and I went to Wichita, Kansas to Ardan's catalog showroom to purchase a Bell & Howell 1623Z dual 8 silent projector. I ran my sampler Blackhawk reel over and over watching Charles Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Laurel & Hardy and other silent stars. After a short time I ordered a Three Stooges film and a Joe Louis boxing film for my dad.  Blackhawk Films continued to offer other films of theirs at discounted prices in the Sunday magazine section of the newspaper, so I was able to add other films to my collection.

    I was very happy with my super 8 silent collection of films and never really intended to start collecting 16mm films until I sent off for the free ESO-S catalog. I saw that you could send them a mere 88 cents for an actual 16mm sound TV commercial. So I didl They sent me a Gold Medal Flour commercial. I unwound the film from the reel and really liked the way the 16mm film felt between my fingers.  I ordered some other low-priced longer 16mm films, but once again there was a problem—I didn't have a 16mm projector.  Soon I discovered I could rent a Kodak Pageant projector from the city library for $4 a night. Eventually, I bought a used Bell & Howell 1552 Filmosound in mint condition from a fellow collector.

    In 1977 I received an offer in the mail to subscribe to a brand new publication called Movie Collector's World. I was able to add to my collection by buying films from many other collectors. Movie Collector's World eventually changed ownership and changed its name to Film Collectors World with its emphasis mainly on movie paper. In 1984 I started subscribing to The Big Reel and subscribed to it continuously until its new owner decided to cancel it. Since then I have been subscribing to Classic Images. It is clear to me that Classic Images truly cares about the movie collecting hobby and I look forward to a life long association with this fine publication.  Through the years I have dealt with hundreds of collectors,  Film collectors are a great group. They care about helping their fellow collector friends.

    Fast forward to the present: I have more projectors and more films than I can count. I love the hobby just as much now as when I started. People who are not involved in the hobby probably think we're crazy to spend the dollars we do for films when you can purchase some of them on DVD for much less.  But that's all right. We know that what we have is very special—films we can touch and run between our fingers and cherish. We have something most people don't have and will never have—the pleasure of threading and projecting films on a good old movie projector. This allows us to see movies the way movies are supposed to be seen.

David Osborne

El Dorado, Kansas


 

"Put a Little Romance in Your Life"

    Back around 1985 my friend dragged me to a movie collectables show.  She and I shared an interest in antiques, but I had no special interest in movie memerobilia.  I remember commenting to her at the time that a few of these movie collectors seemed to be oddballs.  I had no interest in ever attending another movie memorabilia show, but all that changed a few years later.

    I was at a country flea market and noticed a woman who had just one table from which she was selling photographs of Rudolph Valentino.  She had a sign that read, "Put a little romance in your life.  Buy a picture of Rudolph Valentino."  Her little card table had enough room for her sign and a few 8x10s placed in modern table frames that would have better suited a portrait of some school girl with a bouffant hair do.  Also on display was a stack of unframed photos, and I could tell that these were old.  Long story short, I bought them all, about 150 of them for $1.50 each.

 

    Back in 1988 there was no eBay, but there was a mail auction business called Collector's Showcase that specialized in movie memorabilia.  I sent then 10 of my Valentino photos to put in their auction, not expecting to get much for them, but figuring at least to get an idea of their value.  To my amazement, they sold for $25 to $91 each.  A couple years later, some of my Valentino photos were mentioned in Richard De Thuin's "Official" price guide to Movie Memerobilia".  It was also around this time that PBS aired the documentary series on silent film, narrated by James Mason.  That was it!  I was hooked on the silents and that's when I first discovered Classic Images.

    It was so great to have a publication that tought me about things I couldn't read about anywhere else.  There was one other movie related periodical at the time, but it was mainly what it's titled implied, a "marketplace".  Classic Images always had more of a club journal feel to it, than simply a buying and selling tool.  I did, however, run many ads in Classic Images, sometimes to sell stuff and sometimes to buy.  Mary Miles Minter became a serious collecting interest for me and my regular quarter-page ads would often result in people contacting me to sell Minter material or in some cases, to share their interest in her.  Eventually, I would contribute my photos for a feature article on Minter in Classic Images.  The author, Robert Klepper, became a pen pal of mine.

    I got to know a lot of great people over the years, many through my ads and the ads I answered in Classic Images.  My interest and collecting of silent film material eventually brought me to the point where I wasn't just attending movie collectables shows, I was setting up at them.  In the Chicago area shows I had carved out my own little silent film nitch.   For a number of reasons, I don't set up at shows anymore, but I still collect silent film material and still subscribe to Classic Images.  I have a complete run dating back to the first issue which was nothing more than a few pages of small-sized paper.  You've come a long way Classic Images and I'm grateful for the knowlege, entertainment and friends you have brought my way. Happy Anniversary!

Ron Krueger


 

Our Hero

    I'm writing this to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Classic Images. Sam Rubin was our hero for all of us readers of CI. Sam was the founder back in 1962—he was the man who put it all together.

    I started tinking about the old Hollywood stars back when I was about 12 years old. Around 1942 MGM's San Francisco came to our local theater with Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette MacDonald which turned out to be a very good movie. That's when I got hooked collecting photos, autographs and everything else I could get. When I heard of Classic Images it was through a friend who told me about it in 1992. I believe it was $25 for a year's subscription when I first subscribed.  When I got my first copy, I went crazy. I have nearly all my CIs put away carefully. It's fun to go back and read the ones back from 1992 and later.

    My hat's off to Classic Images on its 50th Anniversary and I wish you many more years to come. Let's remember Sam Rubin in our hearts. His memory will live in us for many years to come. I thank you very much.

Jack Yanikian

Taylor, MI


 

My Thanks to Blackie and All Who Contribute

    I am a baby boomer so my first memories of classic movies come from watching them on TV. I also was fortunate to live in Rochester, New York so I often visited the George Eastman House, one of the most important film repositories in the US. Classic films from their vaults are often shown there. Celebrities also have come to show their films and discuss them, and I have seen George Cukor, Gregory Peck and James Stewart. When Stewart came I was directing the play Harvey and the actor who was playing Stewart's part went with me to ask Stewart how to play the part. "Ju-jus-just believe in it", Stewart replied, stuttering just as he did on screen. I asked him what role he was proudest to play and he said he liked Anatomy of a Murder.

    I urge any film lover to visit the George Eastman House. It was in the library of the Eastman House that I first discovered Classic Images. Because of CI and FGA I also met your late contributor Blackie Seymour with whom I became friends. Like so many readers, I miss Blackie very much. Just recently, I ran across a card from him with some of his Pentagram Library stills. He still makes me laugh when I recall the funny things he said. My thanks to Blackie and all who contribute to CI and FGA.

David Storck

Rochester, NY


 

Celebrating 50 Years

    I have been a movie buff all my life. As a child I went to movies three to five times a week. My best friends in high school in South Bend were Sydney Pollack and actor Lloyd Hayes. I loved the MGM musicals the best, as I was a dancer in my youth. I would watch Eleanor Powell, Dan Dailey, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, George Murphy and copy their dance steps. I danced in a night club in Milwaukee all through college. I was in many musical productions on stage in Milwaukee. I went to Marquette University with Peter Bonerz and actor Charles Seibert. I later was a dean at Marquette and met the late Chris Farley and Meg Ryan and I helped June Allyson's daughter when she was in college and received a Christmas card from June every year until her death.

    I corresponded with Margaret Hamilton until her death, and have two autographed photos she mailed to me. I had a nice visit with her after one of her shows in Milwaukee and she was amazed that I knew all her movies. She told me how she was burned badly filming Wizard, and mention how a few of the Munchkins drank so much they were too drunk to film their scenes. I do not got to movies any more but watch them on TV. There are no movie houses left downtown. I like to remember my youth when I saw all the Big Bands that came to the Palace theater in Sounth Bend. I even got to see Glenn Miller before the War. I have so many wonderful memories of the movies and the great stars of yesteryear.

Larry Giantomas

Mishawaka, IN


 

Peter Pan

    My love of movies began when I was five years old in 1952, and I went to see Disney's Peter Pan. I loved it and especially remember the voice of Captain Hook. In case anyone is wondering, yes, that is the voice of Hans Conreid playing the nasty Hook.

Robert Unger


 

"Silents Please"

    My interest in film stars began in the early 1960s, and I was a devoted viewer of "Silents Please" the syndicated series that featured Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Pearl White, Ruth Roland and others. At the same time, the Rochester Times union reporter Roger Reynolds wrote about stars of early film. I met him and he showed me his collection of silent films. He gave me stills of Charlie Chaplin as well. As a resident of Rochester, I found Eastman House and curator James Card to be great resources increasing my appreciation of film.

    My interviews with classic stars appearing at the Eastman House started in 1969 with Louise Brooks. In 1970 I did a Lillian Gish interview. I played my tape of that interview in class at my college in Syracuse. In 1977 I met the lovely actress of silents, Viola Dana. I went to all three days of James Card's tribute to her at the Eastman House. I even met Viola, and interviewed her on audio tape. It was so good to see her receive the acclaim she deserved.

    In the 1990s I noticed Classic Images on the shelves of a Rochester book store, and I began to submit articles on stars that had interviewed. The Viola Dana article was printed as well as articles based on my conversations with Jane Wyatt, Robert Young, Esther Ralston, and Blanche Sweet, to name a few.

    Classic Images is so vital to film buffs. It has so much information on film people, video releases, book reviews, letters to the Editor, and so much more. Congratulations to Classic Images on their 50th Anniversary. I hope CI will continue to prosper in the years ahead.

Jeffrey M. Rolick

Rochester, NY


 

Loved the Black & White Films

    Happy 50th anniversary to you! My name is Pastor Joseph "Captain Scotland" Culp. I will turn 48 years old in 2012. I first found Classic Images on a newsstand when I was visiting relatives in Scotland. As a native-born Scotsman, now a US citizen, I am like Charlie Brown from Peanuts and anxiously run and await each new issue to arrive in the post. I love the articles, have found some great DVD buys in the adverts, and always saddened by the passing of those I see in the Obituary section. I pray for comfort for each family left behind and that the persons will be in Heaven.

    As a child in Scotland, we only had two or maybe three TV channels but I loved watching the old black and white films as they were so classy and classic. My grandfather had an 8mm projector and I remember seeing also at camp, old silents, Three Stooges shorts, serials and B-movies, both film noir and westerns. I wish to share in closing my top 10 favorites in actors/actresses/films.

    My top  10 favorite actors: 1. Victor Jory, the most versatile, charming and talented actor ever. I am still seeking Pride of the Legion aka The Big Pay Off on DVD!  2. William Hartnell,known as the first Dr. Who, but absolutely riveting in Brighton Rock.  3. Alistair Sim, the essential and best Ebenezer Scrooge.  4. Roy Rogers, the best cowboy ever.  5. Tom Tyler, the 2nd best cowboy and great job as Captain Marvel and The Phantom.  6. Robert Taylor, so very versatile and Knight of the Round Table rocks.  7. Errol Flynn, versatile and the best Robin Hood ever.  8. Kane Richmond, known for serials but check out The Tiger Woman B-movie with Adele for great fun.  9. Charlton Heston, Moses, Ben-Hur, do I need to say more!  10. Clayton Moore, known as The Lone Ranger, my childhood hero was in many B movies, westerns, and serials.

    My top 10 favorite actresses:  1. Rosemary Clooney, the best singer in the world, miss her.  2. Anna May Wong, beautiful, talented and mysterious.  3. Dame Diana Rigg, more than Emma Peel, talented to the core.  4. Helen Hayes, the best Miss Marple Ever.  5. Priscilla Lane, haven't seen many of her films on TCM but loved what I saw.  6. Dale Evans, Roy Rogers' wife and a funny lady.  7. Lucille Ball, great actress and the best female comedian and her drama roles were rocking.  8. Bette Davis, wow, what a creepy roles she had.  9. Olivia de Havilland, beautiful, classy and the best Maid Marian ever.  10. Dame Joan Plowright, one of the most underrated actresses of our time--she excels in Enchanted April.

    My top 10 films of all time:  1. The Ten Commandments (Charlton Heston)  2. Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston)  3. A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim)  4. Enchanted April (Dame Joan Plowright)  5. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland)  6. Five Came Back (Lucille Ball at one of her best)  7. Stage Door (Ditto on Lucille Ball)  8. The Nanny (creepy Bette Davis)  9. The Cowboy and The Senorita (Roy Rogers and Dale Evans first together)  10. Planet of the Apes (so bizarre, so untrue, yet Charlton Heston makes me get goosebumps as he is on the run from those stinking Apes!)

    Again Happy 50th anniversary and here's to many, many more. Love, prayers and friendship always.

Pastor Joseph "Captain Scotland" Culp

Pickerington, OH


Loves Silent Films

    I've loved reading CI since I was about 11 years old—a while back now!—when I discovered it at a big indoor newstand in Evanston, Illinois, located right next to the L station. I'd sometimes accompany my mom in the car to pick my dad who would be arriving on the train after leaving his office in Chicago where he worked for after work, and while we were waiting, I'd browse through the newstand's dozens upon dozens of magazines. I recall CI was always stocked right next to "The Good Old Days" magazine, which I also found of interest being a fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" books—the TV series was still a few years away! But through the pages of CI I was happy to find that I was not the only one who loved silent films, and so immediately felt very at home there. I learned a lot, and in a very enjoyable way, from CI over the years, including attending many Cinecon events, which of course I wouldn't have even known about if it were not for CI. So thanks again for so many years of great reading!  :-)

Laura Waskin

California