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09/22/2022 “The Cinema & Celebs”   Leave a comment

  • Did you know that the nationality of Warner Oland, the actor who appeared as Charlie Chan, was Swedish.
  • Humphrey Bogart’s urn contains his ashes and a small gold whistle. The whistle was a gift from Lauren Bacall engraved with “If you need anything, just whistle.”
  • Did you know that William Claude Dunkenfield was the real name of comedian W. C. Fields.
  • Singer Bob Dylan appeared as a character named Alias in the 1973 Sam Peckinpah film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
  • Actress Joan Collins pose semi-nude in a 1983 issue of Playboy at the age of 50. The issue sold out.

  • Actor Hal Holbrook played the Watergate cover-up informant Deep Throat in the 1976 film All the Presidents Men.
  • Elizabeth Taylor published a book at the age of 14 in 1946. It was a story about her childhood pet chipmunk named Nibbles.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger made his screen debut in a 1970 Italian TV film called Hercules in New York. His name in the credits was Arnold Strong.
  • The real first name for actor Chevy Chase is Cornelius.
  • In the 1968 Otto Preminger film Skidoo, Groucho Marx starred as God.
  • Under the Motion Picture Censorship Code in effect from 1934 to 1968, a kiss had to last more than 30 seconds to be judged “indecent”.

MORE TO COME – EVENTUALLY

05/22/2022 Hollywood Trivia   2 comments

Since the weather for the last two weeks has been iffy, I’ve been forced to binge watch a boatload of movies. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just awful. As much as I enjoy the current crop of movies with all of their special effects, I still enjoy going back 40 or 50 years and watching some of the classics. I hope the weather changes soon because truthfully, I’m getting really tired of watching movies. With that thought in mind I decided to offer up some good old movie trivia facts. I hope you find a few things that surprise you.

  • We all loved that high squeaky voice that Mickey Mouse had in his early movies. The person responsible for that voice is none other than Walt Disney himself.
  • In a charity event in 1984, Elton John was featured as ‘Mother Goose’. Sir John Gielgud costarred as the Egg Yolk.
  • In the Muppet Movie, Miss Piggy’s singing voice was dubbed by Johnny Mathis.
  • In his early years, Dean Martin, boxed under the name Kid Crochet.
  • In the 1939 film, The Return of Dr. X, one of the zombies was played by Humphrey Bogart.
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  • In the 1931 film Public Enemy starring Jimmy Cagney, the musical theme of the movie was “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”.
  • The famous actor John Barrymore had a vulture for a pet that would sit on his knee and hiss.
  • The beautiful Belgian born Audrey Hepburn changed her name from Edda van Heemstra upon her arrival in Hollywood.
  • Temperamental star Marlon Brando’s was paid 3.7 million dollars for his brief appearance as Jor-el in the first Superman movie. He also sued the production company and received another 15 million for his share of the box-office receipts.
  • In the 1920’s film Every Sailor, one of the beautiful and talented chorus girls in the show was Jimmy Cagney.

BINGE AWAY, PEOPLE

03/11/2022 Celebrity Deaths   Leave a comment

Normally, I find that posts concerning anything remotely related to sex seem to catch everyone’s eye. I’ve found one other subject that draws as much attention (almost) and that’s death. Here are a few obscure facts on celebrities during their final days and hours. It’s a bit morbid but informative.

  • Errol Flynn (1909 – 1959) was buried at Forest lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, with a half-dozen friends, six bottles of whiskey, and farewell gifts from his boozing buddies.
  • It happened one night, the death of Oscar-winning legend Claudette Colbert (1903 – 1996), after she suffered a series of strokes. But when she was alive, the actor made a promise: “I must never think about death. People who think about death are mentally sick.”
  • John Belushi (1949 – 1982) His final resting place is at Abel’s Hill Cemetery, Martha’s Vineyard but Belushi ain’t where you think he is. The huge boulder marked BELUSHI is just a deterrent, a place where fans can leave their liquor bottles, cigarette packs and other sundry “souvenirs”. His real grave lies several yards from the boulder, and nobody’s telling exactly where that may be.

Trivia Footnote: The three longest obituaries to run in the New York Times were, Pope John Paul II at 13870 words, Richard Nixon at 13155 words, and Ronald Reagan at 11,411.

  • Humphrey Bogart (1899 – 1957) His last words were to his wife Lauren Bacall as she left his bedside to run a quick errand, “Hurry back”. He was buried with a small gold whistle that he had given to Bacall before they were married. It referred to their first movie together and was inscribed with “If you want anything, just whistle.”
  • Joan Crawford (1905 – 1977) She died in her New York apartment from a heart attack and was also suffering from breast and pancreatic cancer. Her last words were directed to her housekeeper that had begun to pray out loud. She emphatically stated “Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”

I certainly hope that when my time comes, I’ll have something a little more interesting to say. Maybe I’ll make a crib sheet to keep in my pocket with three or four really interesting comments and just before I go, I’ll choose the one I like the best. I don’t need a cutesy epithet either because hopefully my ashes will be floating somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

OH, TO BE A CELEBRITY

09-08-2013   Leave a comment

A few weeks ago I served up a trivia test on Television and Radio in an attempt to determine the depths of my readership’s trivia knowledge.  I did a moderately sucky job on the last test as did most of you.  Never one to be discouraged I’ve decided to try again but with a different topic.  This series of trivia questions concern Movies. 

I’ve been a huge movie fan for most of my life, especially with movies from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.  this will be a plethora of useless knowledge I hope you all find entertaining.

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1.   What famous character actor paired for a career in psychiatry, studying and working with pioneer psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, before he turned to performing?

2.   What actor and one time New York Yankee batboy portrayed Babe Ruth in 1948 movie biography,The Sultan of Swat?

3.   Who dubbed Miss Piggy’s singing voice in The Muppet Movie?

4.   What was the only horror film in which Humphrey Bogart appeared?

5.   Who played Scorpio, the sadistic killer, in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film, Dirty Harry?

6.   What starring role did film stars Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman all turn down, despite a contract offer of $4 million?

7.   Who dubbed Lauren Bacall’s singing voice in the movie To Have and Have Not, her screen debut and first pairing with future husband Humphrey Bogart?

8.   Who said, " If I had as many love affairs as you have given me credit for, I would now be speaking to you from a jar in the Harvard Medical School"?

9.   What was the name of the stray alley cat adopted by Holly Golightly, portrayed by Audrey Hepburn, in the 1961 movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

10. What was the first name of Lt. Bullitt, the down-and-dirty San Francisco   detective portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1968 hit movie, Bullitt?

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I managed to score a six this time around and actually surprised myself a little.  On a good day these could be considered difficult questions. The answers will be posted tomorrow and good luck. 

07-02-2013   1 comment

With the holiday fast approaching I decided to have an easy day by posting some more of that useless crap everyone seems to love.  Some of these are really interesting and others not so much.  I hope you trivia lovers out there make good use of this valuable and uninteresting nonsense.

  • A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.
  • When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop … even your heart.
  • 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
  • The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
    The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
  • The average housefly lives for one month.
  • A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.
  • The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
  • Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.
  • The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it’s head are the rabbit and the parrot.
  • Michael Jackson’s estate owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.
  • In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.
  • The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.
  • Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were seventh cousins.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  • A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  • There are more chickens than people in the world.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s eggplants are grown in New Jersey.
  • The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

I’m still debating with myself as to what sort of posting I should do for the holiday.  I’m not really interested in flying the flag with all of the normal corny stuff you might expect.  I’ve done it in the past but it leaves me feeling a little disappointed in myself that I can’t come up with something a little more original.  I’m sure to have it figured out by tomorrow.

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