Francis Curray McHugh, known as Frank McHugh, was an American film and television actor. Born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, McHugh came from a theatrical family and his parents ran a stock theatre company and as a young child he performed on stage. His brother Matt and sister Kitty performed an act with him by the time he was ten years old, another brother, Ed, became a stage manager and agent in New York. McHugh debuted on Broadway in The Fall Guy, written by George Abbott, first National Pictures hired him as a contract player in January 1930. McHugh played everything from lead actor to sidekick and would often provide comedy relief and he appeared in more than 150 films and television productions and worked with almost every star at Warner Bros. He was a friend of James Cagney and appeared in more Cagney movies than any other actor. He appeared with Cagney in eleven films between 1932 and 1953 and their friendship lasted until McHughs death. From 1954-1956, he starred in the radio program Hotel For Pets, by the 1950s, his film career had begun to decline, as evinced by his smaller role in the 1959 film, Career.
From 1964 to 1965, McHugh played the role of Willie Walters, a handyman in the 27-episode ABC sitcom, The Bing Crosby Show. The show co-starred Beverly Garland, McHughs last feature film role was as a comical sea captain in the 1967 Elvis Presley caper film Easy Come, Easy Go. McHughs last television appearance was as Charlie Wingate in The Fix-It Man, an episode of CBSs Lancer western series, McHugh played a handyman in that episode as he had in the Crosby series. McHugh was married to Dorothy Spencer and he had three children and two grandchildren. His brother Matt McHugh and sister Kitty McHugh were actors who appeared in many films
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—in February 2005, Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion, YouTube now operates as one of Googles subsidiaries. Unregistered users can watch videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos deemed potentially offensive are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old, YouTube earns advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, Hurley had studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Chen and Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, and had been influenced by the website Hot or Not.
YouTube began as a venture capital-funded technology startup, primarily from an $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital between November 2005 and April 2006, YouTubes early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California. The domain name www. youtube. com was activated on February 14,2005, the first YouTube video, titled Me at the zoo, shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. The video was uploaded on April 23,2005, and can still be viewed on the site, YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005. The first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in November 2005. Following a $3.5 million investment from Sequoia Capital in November, the site grew rapidly, and in July 2006 the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day, and that the site was receiving 100 million video views per day. The site has 800 million unique users a month and it is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000.
The choice of the name www. youtube. com led to problems for a similarly named website, the sites owner, Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, filed a lawsuit against YouTube in November 2006 after being regularly overloaded by people looking for YouTube. Universal Tube has since changed the name of its website to www. utubeonline. com, in October 2006, Google Inc. announced that it had acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in Google stock, and the deal was finalized on November 13,2006. In March 2010, YouTube began free streaming of certain content, according to YouTube, this was the first worldwide free online broadcast of a major sporting event. On March 31,2010, the YouTube website launched a new design, with the aim of simplifying the interface, Google product manager Shiva Rajaraman commented, We really felt like we needed to step back and remove the clutter. In May 2010, YouTube videos were watched more than two times per day. This increased to three billion in May 2011, and four billion in January 2012, in February 2017, one billion hours of YouTube was watched every day
John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row, the multi-generation epic East of Eden, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath is considered Steinbecks masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies, the winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, he has been called a giant of American letters. His works are widely read abroad and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature, most of Steinbecks work is set in southern and central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists, Steinbeck was born on February 27,1902, in Salinas, California. He was of German and Irish descent, johann Adolf Großsteinbeck, Steinbecks paternal grandfather, shortened the family name to Steinbeck when he immigrated to the United States.
The family farm in Heiligenhaus, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, is still named Großsteinbeck and his father, John Ernst Steinbeck, served as Monterey County treasurer. Johns mother, Olive Hamilton, a school teacher, shared Steinbecks passion for reading and writing. The Steinbecks were members of the Episcopal Church, although Steinbeck became agnostic, Steinbeck lived in a small rural town, no more than a frontier settlement, set in some of the worlds most fertile land. He spent his summers working on ranches and with migrant workers on Spreckels sugar beet farms. There he learned of the aspects of the migrant life and the darker side of human nature. He explored his surroundings, walking across local forests, while working at Spreckels Sugar Company, he sometimes worked in their laboratory, which gave him time to write. He had considerable mechanical aptitude and fondness for repairing things he owned, Steinbeck graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and went on to study English Literature at Stanford University near Palo Alto, without a degree, in 1925.
He travelled to New York City where he took odd jobs while trying to write, when he failed to publish his work, he returned to California and worked in 1928 as a tour guide and caretaker at Lake Tahoe, where he met Carol Henning, his first wife. They married in January 1930 in Los Angeles, with friends, the elder Steinbecks gave John free housing, paper for his manuscripts, and from 1928, loans that allowed him to write without looking for work. When those sources failed and his wife accepted welfare, whatever food they had, they shared with their friends. Carol became the model for Mary Talbot in Steinbecks novel Cannery Row, in 1930, Steinbeck met the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, who became a close friend and mentor to Steinbeck during the following decade, teaching him a great deal about philosophy and biology. Ricketts, usually quiet, yet likable, with an inner self-sufficiency
Douglass Dumbrille was a Canadian actor and one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. Douglass Dumbrille was born in Hamilton, Ontario, as a young man, he was employed as a bank clerk in Hamilton while pursuing an interest in acting. He eventually left banking to work with a company that led him to Chicago, Illinois. In 1913, the East Coast film industry was flourishing and that year he appeared in the film What Eighty Million Women Want, but it would be another 11 years before he appeared on screen again. During the Great Depression, Dumbrille moved to the West Coast of the U. S. where he specialized in playing character roles alongside the great stars of the day. His physical appearance and suave voice equipped him for roles as slick politician, corrupt businessman, crooked sheriff, a consummate professional, he was highly regarded by the studios and was sought out by Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Hal Roach and other prominent Hollywood filmmakers, a friend of fellow Canadian-born director Allan Dwan, Dumbrille played Athos in Dwan’s 1939 adaptation of The Three Musketeers.
In a long and successful career, Douglass Dumbrille had roles in more than 200 motion pictures and, with the advent of television, made numerous appearances in the 1950s and 1960s. He had the ability to project a balance of menace and pomposity in roles as the heavy in comedy films, such as those of the Marx Brothers or Abbott and he played similar roles in Capras 1934 film Broadway Bill and the 1950 remake, Riding High. He appeared in DeMilles 1938 version of The Buccaneer and twenty years in the 1958 color remake, working in television, Dumbrille was cast in six episodes of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. He portrayed Senator Bates in Thanksgiving Prayer with Ron Hagerthy of Sky King, Dumbrille portrayed Mr. Willoughby in Big Sombrero. In 1958, he was cast as Mayor John Geary in three episodes of the NBC western series, The Californians and he subsequently guest-starred in Frank Aletters CBS sitcom, Bringing Up Buddy. In his final television role he portrayed a doctor in episode 10 of Batman in February,1966, after a long marriage, Dumbrilles wife, Jessie Lawson, mother of their son John and daughter Douglass, died in 1958.
In 1960, at the age of seventy, Dumbrille caused a stir when he married Patricia Mowbray, in response to criticism of the May–December marriage, Dumbrille provided a succinct answer, Age doesn’t mean a blasted thing. The important thing is whether two people can be happy together, pat and I agreed that I had some years left and we could best share them together. We don’t give a damn what other people think. Douglass Dumbrille died of an attack on April 2,1974 in Woodland Hills. Douglass Dumbrille at the Internet Movie Database 67383 Douglass Dumbrille at the Internet Broadway Database Douglass Dumbrille at Find a Grave
Before Dawn (film)
Before Dawn is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by Irving Pichel and written by Garrett Fort. The film stars Stuart Erwin, Dorothy Wilson, Warner Oland, Dudley Digges, the film was released on August 4,1933, by RKO Pictures. Dying gangster Joe Valerie reveals the place of a million dollars in loot to his physician Dr. Cornelius. The sinister Austrian doctor has designs on the money, but must first outwit detective Dwight Wilson, the setting is an eerie, possibly haunted house in small town America, where the stash is hidden, and the bodies begin piling up. Before Dawn at the Internet Movie Database
She (1935 film)
She is a 1935 American film produced by Merian C. Based on H. Rider Haggards novel of the same name, the film reached a new generation of moviegoers with a 1949 re-release. The ancient civilization of Kor is depicted in an Art Deco style with special effects. The setting is Arctic Siberia, rather than in Africa, as in the first book, the third book is set in the Himalayas. With music by Max Steiner, the film stars Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott and it was hoped that She would follow Coopers previous success, King Kong. Cooper had originally intended to shoot the film in color, but budget cuts by RKO forced him to shoot the film in black, the black and white film had disappointing results at the box office. It initially lost $180,000, although it had a successful re-release, the film is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilsons book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made. In 2006, Legend Films and Ray Harryhausen colorized the film as a tribute to Cooper, the colorized trailer for She premiered at the 2006 Comic-Con.
She was considered a lost film for years until an original print. She originally had a time of 102 minutes, but on its 1949 re-release, was edited down to 94 minutes. The 8 minutes of missing scenes, taken from a lower quality 16mm print, were finally reinstated in 2007 by Kino Video. Following the route outlined in an old journal and Holly travel through frozen wastes, as a guide named Tugmore and his daughter, Tanya join them on their quest. They stumble upon the ancient city of Kor, where they are attacked by cannibals but are saved by She Who Must Be Obeyed and her Minister Billali. She believes that Leo is the reincarnation of her lover, John Vincey, Tanya warns Leo that nothing human can live forever. At the end, She asks Leo to step into the Flame of Life with her, when Leo hesitates, She offers to step in first. Rather than renewing her youth, She ages hundreds of years, becomes a withered mummy-like creature, Leo and Tanya safely make their escape. The ageless ice goddess served as inspiration for the Evil Queen in Walt Disneys Snow White, the film version conflates characters and locations from all three books, The location of Ayeshas realm is a free adaptation from the second novel.
In the film, it is located in the north of the Russian Arctic, whereas in the original novel She the city of Kor is located in eastern Africa
Happy Land (film)
Happy Land is a film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Don Ameche. It was based on the 1943 novel of the name by MacKinlay Kantor. While at a luncheon with his wife, Lew Marsh receives a message that his beloved son Rusty has been killed in action. Lew, a third generation pharmacist in the town of Hartfield, Iowa, is beside himself with grief. Because of the grief he neglects his duties at the pharmacy, one night, Lew gets a visit from his dead grandfathers spirit. Gramp was the one who took care of Lew after his parents died, the spirit of gramp is troubled by Lews mourning and the way it affects his life and those around him. As Lew and Gramps spirit walk the streets of the town, Gramp offers Lew a flashback to his. It begins with Lew participating in a welcome home parade at the end of World War I and he finds out that his girlfriend before he left has married another man while Lew was away war. He met Agnes soon after, fell in love, Lew was comforted by his family when Gramp died, soon after Rusty arrived.
There are a series of scenes with Rusty, a boy with a mind of his own. Rusty became a member of the Boy Scouts, one scene shows Rusty help an old man without enough money for his sick wifes medication by paying for the prescription with his own money. Rusty grows up to be a handsome man, and falls in love for the first time at eighteen. She soon dumps him for a boy, which was expected by both Lew and Agnes. Lew tries to him by giving him a glass of loganberry wine. Rusty gets back up on the horse and finds a new girlfriend in Lenore Prentiss, who used to be his childhood playmate, the Nazis take control of Germany and the Germans invade Poland. Some of Rustys friends join the forces, but Rusty is helping out in the pharmacy. After some time Rusty joins the Navy and is sent over the Atlantic to fight in Europe and we return to Lew and Gramps spirit, where the spirit claims that Rusty had a wonderful life up to his death. Lew isnt convinced, and the spirit tells him to go to pharmacy that very evening and he does so, and encounters a young sailor named Tony, who explains that he is the young boy who Rusty often mentioned in his letters
Quicksand (1950 film)
Quicksand is a 1950 American film noir crime film starring Mickey Rooney and Peter Lorre in a story about a garage mechanics descent into crime. Directed by Irving Pichel shortly before he was blacklisted for suspected Communist activities, a pretty nifty little picture in which Rooney cast himself against his Andy Hardy goody goody image. Dan Brady, an auto mechanic in California, takes $20 from a cash register at work to go on a date with blonde femme fatale Vera Novak. Brady intends to put the back before it is missed. As Brady scrambles to cover evidence of his petty theft, he finds himself drawn into an ever-worsening quicksand of crime. He buys a $100 wristwatch on installment payments and promptly pawns the watch for $30 cash, Brady is threatened with grand larceny for violating the installment contract by selling a watch that he doesnt legally own. The finance company demands payment in full for the watch within 24 hours, nick Dramoshag, the seedy owner of a penny arcade on Santa Monica Pier and a man who has had his own intimate history with Vera, discovers evidence of Bradys mugging.
He blackmails the young mechanic, demanding a car from Bradys job in exchange for his silence, Brady steals the car, which he trades for the evidence from Dramoshag. However, Bradys morally lacking boss Oren Mackey confronts Brady with allegations that he was witnessed stealing the car, Mackey demands the return of the car or $3,000 in cash, or he will go to the police. Brady and Vera steal the receipts from Dramoshags arcade, obtaining $3,610. Brady expects to use the money to pay Mackey, however, feels entitled to half the money, so she buys herself a mink coat for $1,800. Once Brady learns what she has done, he is furious and he leaves Vera and returns to the garage, where he offers Mackey $1,800 to settle their arrangement. Mackey takes the money, but he draws a pistol and says he refuses to settle, the two men struggle when Mackey tries to telephone the police, and Brady strangles him in their altercation. Certain that his boss is dead, Brady takes Mackeys gun and he asks her to flee with him to Texas.
She will not go, insisting that the authorities have no evidence against her, disgusted by Veras self-serving behavior, Dan ends their relationship and departs. Outside of Veras apartment, Bradys still-loyal but unappreciated former girlfriend Helen waits in his car to talk with him and she had seen him earlier on the street and realized that he was in trouble. She now decides to accompany Danny as they out of town to avoid his anticipated arrest for murder. After his car breaks down, Brady carjacks a sedan, which happens to be driven by a sympathetic lawyer, Brady subsequently gets out of that car when they arrive at Santa Monica Pier
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies is an American movie-oriented basic cable and satellite television network owned by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner. TCM is headquartered at the Techwood Campus in Atlanta, Georgias Midtown business district, the channels programming consisted mainly of featured classic theatrically released feature films from the Turner Entertainment film library – which comprises films from Warner Bros. However, TCM now has licensing deals with other Hollywood film studios as well as its Time Warner sister company, Warner Bros. and occasionally shows more recent films. The channel is available in United States, United Kingdom, Latin America, Spain, Nordic countries, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In 1986, eight years before the launch of Turner Classic Movies, concerns over Turner Entertainments corporate debt load resulted in Turner selling the studio that October back to Kirk Kerkorian, from whom Turner had purchased the studio less than a year before. As part of the deal, Turner Entertainment retained ownership of MGMs library of films released up to May 9,1986, Turner Broadcasting System was split into two companies, Turner Broadcasting System and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and reincorporated as MGM/UA Communications Co.
The film library of Turner Entertainment would serve as the form of programming for TCM upon the networks launch. After the library was acquired, MGM/UA signed a deal with Turner to continue distributing the pre-May 1986 MGM and to begin distributing the pre-1950 Warner Bros. film libraries for video release. Turner Classic Movies debuted on April 14,1994, at 6,00 p. m. Eastern Time, the date and time were chosen for their historical significance as the exact centennial anniversary of the first public movie showing in New York City. The first movie broadcast on TCM was the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, at the time of its launch, TCM was available to approximately one million cable television subscribers. AMC had broadened its content to feature colorized and more recent films by 2002. In the early 90s AMC abandoned its format, leaving TCM as the only movie-oriented cable channel to devote its programming entirely to classic films without commercial interruption. In 1996, Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner, which besides placing Turner Classic Movies, in March 1999, MGM paid Warner Bros.
and gave up the home video rights to the MGM/UA films owned by Turner to Warner Home Video. In 2008, TCM won a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, in April 2010, Turner Classic Movies held the first TCM Classic Film Festival, an event – now held annually – at the Graumans Chinese Theater and the Graumans Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. In 2007, some of the films featured on TCM were made available for streaming on TCMs website. The networks programming season runs from February until the following March of each year when a retrospective of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated movies is shown, called 31 Days of Oscar. Turner Classic Movies presents many of its features in their original aspect ratio whenever possible – widescreen films broadcast on TCM are letterboxed on the standard definition feed. TCM regularly presents widescreen presentations of films not available in the format on any video release
Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. In 1916, film producer Adolph Zukor contracted 22 actors and actresses and these fortunate few would become the first movie stars. Paramount Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America, in 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first major Hollywood studio to distribute all of its films in digital form only. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving studio in the world after the French studios Gaumont Film Company and Pathé, followed by the Nordisk Film company. It is the last major film studio headquartered in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Paramount Pictures dates its existence from the 1912 founding date of the Famous Players Film Company, hungarian-born founder, Adolph Zukor, who had been an early investor in nickelodeons, saw that movies appealed mainly to working-class immigrants. With partners Daniel Frohman and Charles Frohman he planned to offer feature-length films that would appeal to the class by featuring the leading theatrical players of the time.
By mid-1913, Famous Players had completed five films, and Zukor was on his way to success and its first film was Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth, which starred Sarah Bernhardt. That same year, another aspiring producer, Jesse L. Lasky, opened his Lasky Feature Play Company with money borrowed from his brother-in-law, Samuel Goldfish, the Lasky company hired as their first employee a stage director with virtually no film experience, Cecil B. DeMille, who would find a site in Hollywood, near Los Angeles, for his first feature film. Hodkinson and actor, producer Hobart Bosworth had started production of a series of Jack London movies, Paramount was the first successful nationwide distributor, until this time, films were sold on a statewide or regional basis which had proved costly to film producers. Also, Famous Players and Lasky were privately owned while Paramount was a corporation, in 1916, Zukor maneuvered a three-way merger of his Famous Players, the Lasky Company, and Paramount. Zukor and Lasky bought Hodkinson out of Paramount, and merged the three companies into one, with only the exhibitor-owned First National as a rival, Famous Players-Lasky and its Paramount Pictures soon dominated the business.
It was this system that gave Paramount a leading position in the 1920s and 1930s, the driving force behind Paramounts rise was Zukor. In 1926, Zukor hired independent producer B. P. Schulberg and they purchased the Robert Brunton Studios, a 26-acre facility at 5451 Marathon Street for US$1 million. In 1927, Famous Players-Lasky took the name Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation, three years later, because of the importance of the Publix Theatres, it became Paramount Publix Corporation. In 1928, Paramount began releasing Inkwell Imps, animated cartoons produced by Max, the Fleischers, veterans in the animation industry, were among the few animation producers capable of challenging the prominence of Walt Disney. The Paramount newsreel series Paramount News ran from 1927 to 1957, Paramount was one of the first Hollywood studios to release what were known at that time as talkies, and in 1929, released their first musical, Innocents of Paris
Mikhail Rasumny was a Soviet- and American film actor. Rasumny was born in Odessa, son of the famous cantor Solomon Razumny, after the death of his father in 1905 he moved to Saint Petersburg, where he began his theatrical career. He moved to Moscow and emigrated to Berlin in 1927, in 1933 he opened in Paris a Yiddish revue theater Der kundes, in 1934 another Yiddish company Parizer Azazel, in 1938 in New York — Yidishe dramatishe studie. Buried at Beth Olam Cemetery in Los Angeles