Sunday, April 28, 2024


A lot of people liked Uncle Miltie. Being born in 1974, he was pretty much before my time, but I am a student of old comedy. My two favorite comedians were Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason. There are so many overrated comedians that you could throw a custard pie and hit 10 of them, but the all-time honors go to Milton Berle. Berle was one of those comedians that you are supposed to laugh at . He looked funny, he dressed in outrageous getups (often women’s clothes, an instant comic turnoff for me), and he did anything for a laugh. He made a lot of noise, and he had a frenetic, wacky persona. In short, he behaved the way a comedian is supposed to behave. I admired his energy and courage and even his brashness—he bullied laughs out of audiences through the sheer force of his slam-bang style—but I never once cracked a smile. I don’t like clowns, and Berle was essentially a clown.

In April of 1979 Milton hosted Saturday Night Live. Milton is in the pantheon of the worst hosts the shows ever had. He sabotaged the show to be a self-serving celebration of himself, and made everyone in the cast absolutely miserable the entire week. The most amusing moment in the entire now is  Dan Aykroyd looking like he wants to punch him during the goodnights. He was widely viewed at the time and now as a very poor host, who planted his audience. The only sketch of the whole thing worth a damn is the Widettes. BUT - if you really want cringe worthy Uncle Milty, check out his workout tape. It's really a thing and extremely uncomfortable.

In 1993, Berle turned up on the MTV Movie Awards with crossdresser RuPaul. These two decided to drop the pre-written banter and go for the jugular. Things quickly turned tense, with RuPaul ad-libbing: “So you used to wear gowns, but now you’re wearing diapers” and Milton replying with, “Oh, we’re going to ad-lib? I’ll check my brain and we’ll start even.” Major yikes.

As late as the late 1990s, Berle thought he was still Mr. Television. He was appearing at an awards show and asked the audience to join him in singing his old theme song "Near You". No one knew the song or what he was talking about. Berle was television in the 1950s, and the only reason I can see why is because audiences were hungry for any entertainment on television - so Milton Berle slipped in. Even before television, Berle was a failed movie and radio performer. Not be be negative, but I never understood why people thought Milton Berle was funny. To me he was corny, unfunny, and mostly unwatchable in anything I saw him in...

Thursday, April 25, 2024


Mel Brooks may be 97 years old but he still knows how to make people laugh. He made a rare appearance at the 15th annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre this past weekend. Brooks appeared at the closing night screening of Spaceballs.

Brooks co-wrote, produced and directed the 1987 comedy starring Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Bill Pullman, John Candy, Michael Winslow and more. Brooks also made a cameo in the movie as the characters Yogurt and President Skroob.

While engaging in the panel at the TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz asked him if he liked Star Wars. Spaceballs makes a lot of references to Star Wars, poking fun at the characters and concept.

Brooks responded that he thought it was unusual and incredibly original and a combination of things he loved like Robin Hood. He said that it was kind of like a fairytale but with a lot of zaps. No arrows, just zaps, he joked, which garnered some laughs from the audience. It is worth noting that Brooks must have loved Robin Hood as he also poked fun at the story in his 1993 spoof film Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

It's good to be king...

Sunday, April 21, 2024


One of the early recording era's brightest stars was Vaughn De Leath. She was a mega star in the 1920s, but she is not very well remembered today. Born on September 26, 1894, Vaughn gained popularity in the 1920s, earning the sobriquets "The Original Radio Girl" and the "First Lady of Radio.De Leath was an early exponent, and often credited as inventor, of a style of vocalizing known as crooning. One of her hit songs, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?," recorded in 1927, achieved fame when it became a hit for Elvis Presley in 1960.

In January 1920, inventor and radio pioneer Lee DeForest brought her to the cramped studio of his station, 2XG, located in New York City's World's Tower, where De Leath broadcast "Swanee River". Although not, as is sometimes stated, the first broadcast of live singing, she established herself as a skilled radio performer, and De Forest would later note: "She was an instant success. Her voice and her cordial, unassuming microphone presence were ideally suited to the novel task. Without instruction she seemed to sense exactly what was necessary in song and patter to successfully put herself across". According to some historical accounts of this incident, having been advised that high notes sung in her natural soprano might shatter the fragile vacuum tubes of her carbon microphone's amplifier, De Leath switched to a deep contralto and in the process invented "crooning", which became the dominant pop vocal styling for the next three decades.

Her recording career began in 1921. Over the next decade she recorded for a number of labels, including Edison, Columbia, Victor, Okeh, Gennett, and Brunswick. She occasionally recorded for the subsidiary labels of some of these companies under various pseudonyms. These included Gloria Geer, Mamie Lee, Sadie Green, Betty Brown, Nancy Foster, Marion Ross, Glory Clarke, Angelina Marco, and Gertrude Dwyer. De Leath had a highly versatile range of styles, and as material required could adapt as a serious balladeer, playful girl, vampish coquette, or vaudeville comedian.

In 1923, she became one of the first women to manage a radio station, WDT in New York City, over which she also performed and led a sixty-piece orchestra. In 1928 she appeared on an experimental television broadcast, and later became a special guest for the debut broadcast of The Voice of Firestone radio show. She also was one of the first American entertainers to broadcast to Europe via transatlantic radio transmission.

De Leath made her last recording in 1931 for the Crown label. She made her final nationwide network performances in the early 1930s. In her waning years, she made radio appearances on local New York stations, including WBEN in Buffalo.

De Leath was married twice. In 1924 she wed artist Leon Geer, from whom she was divorced in 1935. The following year, she married musician Irwin Rosenbloom, from whom she was divorced in 1941.

In 1931, De Leath sued Kate Smith for using the "First Lady of the Radio" designation. Although Smith desisted for a time, she resumed the mantle after De Leath's death.After her career went into decline, De Leath endured considerable financial difficulties, complicated by a drinking problem, which contributed to her death at age 48 in Buffalo, New York. Her obituary in The New York Times incorrectly stated her age at death as 42. Her ashes were buried in her childhood home of Mount Pulaski, Illinois. Vaughn De Leath did too young and was forgotten too soon...

Sunday, April 14, 2024


Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was and is one of the most beautiful women to ever enter the borders of Hollywood. She died too soon, but her memory and beauty lives on...

Sunday, April 7, 2024



Here is a great clipping showing a recipe from the underrated actor Larry Parks...

Thursday, April 4, 2024


 Sometimes these pictures are hard to look at, but we think Hollywood stars are different than us. They really are not. They have issues just like we do, and despit the plastic surgry industry, they for the most part age like us too. Here are some more last pictures of our favorite stars...

Betty Grable - April of 1972. She died in July of 1973

Myrna Loy (with Lauren Bacall) - June of 1993. She died in December of 1993

Racquel Welch - July of 2022. She died in February of 2023

Terry Thomas - April of 1989. He died in January of 1990.

Marlon Brando - March of 2004. He died in July of 2004.

Steve McQueen - April of 1980. He died in November of 1980.

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Monday, April 1, 2024


Barbara Rush, the classy yet largely unheralded leading lady who sparkled in the 1950s melodramas Magnificent Obsession, Bigger Than Life and The Young Philadelphians, has died. She was 97.

Rush, a regular on the fifth and final season of ABC’s Peyton Place and a favorite of sci-fi fans thanks to her work in When Worlds Collide (1951) and It Came From Outer Space (1953), died Sunday, her daughter, Fox News senior correspondent Claudia Cowan, confirmed to Fox News Digital.

“My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition,” Cowan said. “It’s fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family.”

A starlet at Paramount, Universal and Fox whose career blossomed at the end of the Hollywood studio system, Rush also played opposite Frank Sinatra in Come Blow Your Horn (1963) and Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), the last of the Rat Pack movies. Filming on the latter was stopped twice, once when President Kennedy was assassinated and again when Sinatra’s son was kidnapped.

In Douglas Sirk’s 1954 remake of Magnificent Obsession, Rush portrayed the adorable sister of Oscar nominee Jane Wyman, whose character is blinded in an accident caused by a reckless playboy (Rock Hudson).

Rush, Hudson and Sirk had warmed to the task by collaborating on the tongue-in-cheek film Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), in which the actors played Native Americans, and the three would work together again in the Ireland-set love story Captain Lightfoot (1955).

Rush portrayed the harried wife of James Mason, whose life unravels when he becomes addicted to cortisone, in Nicholas Ray’s controversial Bigger Than Life (1956), and she exceled as a disappointed socialite driven away by would-be lawyer Paul Newman in The Young Philadelphians (1959).

Rush also was seen as the despairing wife whose husband (Kirk Douglas) is having an affair (with neighbor Kim Novak) in Strangers When We Meet (1960), and she romanced Dean Martin and Richard Burton, respectively, in The Young Lions (1958) and The Bramble Bush (1960).

Rush never received an Oscar or Emmy nomination; she was given a Golden Globe in 1954 as most promising female newcomer for her performance in It Came From Outer Space, where she played the fiancee of an astronomer (Richard Carlson) as well as her seductive alien duplicate.

But who needs trophies? She was acknowledged in the 1975 film Shampoo when Warren Beatty’s Beverly Hills hairstylist and ladies man asked for references when applying for a business loan, bragged, “Well, I do Barbara Rush.”

The high-society Hollywood figure was married to actor Jeffrey Hunter (The Searchers) and legendary showbiz publicist Warren Cowan. Barbara Rush pretty much retired by 2007, but she continued to make appearances until around 2019 at movie conventions...