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America's Only Black Singing Cowboy



In July 1986, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Herb Jeffries, the first and only black singing cowboy. I was introduced to singer-actor Jeffries by the actor Robert Sacchi, better known as the Man with Bogart's Face. We were soon joined by actor Henry Brandon, a German-American character actor born Heinrich von Kleinbach in Berlin. He appeared in more than 100 films, starting in 1932 when he played the villain Silas Barnaby in the Laurel and Hardy classic "Babes In Toyland." Mr. Brandon appeared as Scar, a Comanche chief, in the 1956 John Ford classic, "The Searchers." He was Comanche Chief Quanta Parker in "Two Rode Together," with James Stewart and Richard Widmark.read

Will the Culver Studios Be Transformed into Condos?



In 1919, Harry Culver convinced Thomas Ince to return to Culver City. He wanted Mr. Ince to build his own studio a few hundred yards east of the studio that he previously had owned with D.W. Griffith and Mack Sennett, later Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. When Mr. Ince built his second studio, the first building to go up was the front office building known as The Mansion, it was designed as a replica of George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon. However ...read

How I Met Le Grande Charles



Going through a stack of old photographs yesterday, I found pictures from the initial filming of the first Screen Actors' Guild Legacy Program back in December, 1979. I was appointed associate producer by actor-attorney John Kerr. The goal was to ...read

Memorial Service for Marvin Paige on Jan. 26



Casting director-motion picture archivist-producer Marvin Paige died on Nov. 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from injuries he received in an automobile accident on Laurel Canyon a month earlier. On Sunday, Jan. 26, Mr. Paige’s birthday, his life will be celebrated at a 2 o’clock memorial service at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.read

With Huge Fanfare, ‘Gone With the Wind’ Celebrates 75th Anniversary



The year 2014 will mark the 75th anniversary of the release of David O. Selznick's "Gone With the Wind," starring Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland.

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