Monthly Archives: July 2010

Marilyn Monroe’s House (Where She Died!) For Sale!

The Spanish colonial revival house in Brentwood where Marilyn Monroe died of a sleeping-pill overdose in 1962 is for sale for $3.6 million, according to a realty website.

The rambling four-bedroom, three-bathroom house on 5th Helena Drive features thick walls, casement windows, polished concrete and terra cotta tile floors, original wood beamed ceilings and period hardware and tiles.

Built in 1929, the “hacienda” and pool sit on 23,000 square feet of tree-filled grounds, according to the website of David Offer, with Prudential California Realty.

The listing was first reported by Curbed LA, a website that tracks commercial and residential real estate news.

The house stands behind tall gates at the end of a cul de sac. Offer’s website describes it as: “The crown jewel and largest property of all the Helenas (one of Brentwood’s most romantic and coveted locations) affording lovely vistas and great privacy & seclusion yet in close proximity to San Vicente shops & restaurants and the Sunday Farmer’s Market.”

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Let’s Go To The Movies (1948)

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‘Tramp’ gets the classy treatment at Celebrate Brooklyn

Note: This is a fantastic experience and I urge anyone who’s never seen a silent film in this way to check it out! You won’t be disappointed…and be sure to take the kids!

for The Brooklyn Paper

Charlie Chaplin was the The Tramp, but there’s nothing low-class about the upcoming multi-media tribute to the silent film legend.

On July 22, three Chaplin movies will screen outdoors at the Prospect Park band shell, accompanied by a live performance of their musical scores. The veteran, Brooklyn-born composer and London Philharmonic conductor Carl Davis, who wrote the scores decades after the films were released, will conduct the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the Chaplin-influenced pieces.

The three movies in the Celebrate Brooklyn show are all from Chaplin’s work with the Mutual Film Corporation, which gave the mustache-sporting director the artistic control he desired. “Easy Street” and “One A.M.” released in 1916, as well as “Behind the Screen,” released in 1917, are slapstick comedies that “are considered to be among Chaplin’s best comedies,” said Celebrate Brooklyn producer Jack Walsh.

“Pairing cutting-edge composers and live performers with screenings of silent films enable artists to create multi-media performances that span time and place.”

The Chaplin Mutuals at Prospect Park band shell Prospect Park West and Ninth Street in Park Slope, (718) 855-7882, July 22, 7 pm. For info, visit HERE

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Remains at Cambodian Gravesite NOT Errol Flynn’s Son…

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Trigger For Sale!

Trigger, the wonder horse owned by movie and TV singing cowboy Roy Rogers, is for sale, along with the rest of the contents of the Roy Rogers Museum, Christie’s auction house in Manhattan says in its online catalogue.

Hundreds of items are for sale, including clothing, vehicles and two guitars, with some of the goods priced in the low hundreds. But Trigger is expected to draw bids of $100,000 to $200,000, Christie’s says.

Born in 1934 on a ranch co-owned by Bing Crosby, the horse was originally named Golden Cloud. Rogers acquired the animal in 1938 and renamed it Trigger after Rogers’ sidekick Smiley Burnette commented on how quick on the trigger the horse was, Christie’s says in its catalogue.

Trigger appeared in all of Roy Rogers’ 188 movies and the Roy Rogers Show on NBC from 1951 to 1957, garnering his very own fan club.

When it died at the Rogers ranch in Hidden Valley, Calif., of old age, Rogers decided to have it mounted and put on display at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, then based in California.

The Rogers museum later moved to Branson, Mo., and was recently closed. Roy Rogers died in 1998.

The auction takes place July 14 and 15.

Trigger For Sale


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Award Winning “Classic Portrait” Joan Crawford Doll on sale at Tonner Doll Co. for $99.99!

Only TWO LEFT! Be quick. Almost HALF price!

Buy Here!

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An Olive Sample…

Read a Sample of my Olive Borden Book HERE

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In the Weird Memorabilia Department…Marilyn Monroe’s X-Ray Is Auctioned!

Monroe X-ray Sells For $45,000


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Fantastic Article About “The Kettle” Films!

Ma and Pa Kettle Article by Angie Bicker

Old movie challenges ‘Wonderful Life’s’ throne

By Angie Bicker – Lifestyle Editor

CLINTON — My favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is facing some pretty tough competition these days. Mary Hatch and George Bailey have taken a backseat to some new faces — Bob and Betty MacDonald along with their colorful neighbors, Ma and Pa Kettle. The MacDonalds and Kettles star in a movie that I swear was tailor made just for me, “The Egg and I.” The movie focuses on newlyweds, Bob and Betty, who embark on a chicken farming adventure and the many wild and crazy people they meet along the way while trying to get into the egg business.

In the opening scene, which also happens to be one of my favorites, we find Betty MacDonald riding on a train. The porter opens the door with her breakfast, a soft-boiled egg. Unfortunately, he trips and breaks the egg on the floor. Betty says, “Now, look what you’ve done.” The porter replies, “It’s only an egg.” She fires back: “I suppose it’s never occurred to you that this egg was somebody’s child. That it once had a mother and a father. You’re one of those people no doubt who thinks a chicken lays an egg all by herself. Well, she doesn’t. She lays it with help. And I ought to know because I helped her.” Betty then turns to the camera and says: “Now, I bet you think an egg is something you casually order for breakfast when you can’t think of anything else. Well, so did I once. But, that was before the egg and I.” See what I mean about perfect. I love this 1947 movie.

It’s a shame Frank Capra didn’t include any chicken farmers in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I think I could have identified with Mary Bailey more if she had sold eggs to the residents of Bedford Falls.

I get the biggest kick out of Ma and Pa Kettle, played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride. Ma, who is housework and hygiene challenged, and Pa, who is just plain lazy, are the proud parents of 15 children. I love the sign that greets visitors to their farm: Be-ware of Childrun. I think I should have a sign like that too. You know how ferocious chickens can be.

The Kettles also raise chickens; however, their chickens take up residence in their dilapidated farm house. When Ma gets ready to set the table, she just swats her hens out of the way and that goes for anything else that happens to be in her line of fire. Ma isn’t mean; she’s just plain Ma — a little rough on the outside, but a heart of gold on the inside. I wouldn’t mind having a person like Ma in my corner. To me, Ma Kettle is one of those overlooked heroines of cinematic history. Now, I think I may have been out in the coop too long. What do you think?

After “The Egg and I,” Ma and Pa Kettle became very popular and because of this many more movies were made starring the famous duo. On Saturday, for example, I watched “Ma and Pa Kettle,” which was made in 1949. I laughed and laughed. In the opening credits, Ma is shown pulling some baby chicks out of her oven instead of keeping them in a brooder house. I thought that was pretty creative; however, I don’t think I’d ever want to try it.

As you can see, I don’t need special effects or color movies to have an enjoyable Saturday night. The only thing missing was a bowl of Whitey’s ice cream to make my evening complete.

I think it’s a shame that movies like “The Egg and I” are no longer made today. I wish the golden age of movies and characters like Ma and Pa Kettle would make a comeback.

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TCM’S 8th Annual “Summer Under The Stars” – August 14th, 2010 – Gene Tierney Films; All Day and All Night! Be Sure To Watch!

*Make a note and stick it on your fridge…TCM is dedicating Saturday, August 14, 2010 to Gene Tierney! That’s right, from 6AM and throughout the day and evening, until 3.30AM on Sunday, TCM are screening only Gene Tierney films.

Don’t miss it!

Saturday, August 14, 2010 – GENE TIERNEY

6 a.m.    Plymouth Adventure (1952)
8 a.m.    A Personal Affair (1954)
9:30 a.m.    Never Let Me Go (1953)
11:15 a.m.    Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
1 p.m.    The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
2:45 p.m.    Sundown (1941)
4:30 p.m.    China Girl (1942)
6:15 p.m.    The Mating Season (1956)
8 p.m.    THE ESSENTIALS – Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
10 p.m.    Dragonwyck (1946)
Midnight    That Wonderful Urge (1948)
1:45 a.m.    Close to My Heart (1951)
3:30 a.m.    Advise and Consent (1962)

Thunder Birds (1942) won’t be shown, but it is available on DVD. Here’s a brief clip.

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