Men of the Fighting Lady
Men of the Fighting Lady is a 1954 Korean War drama film starring Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Keenan Wynn, and directed by Andrew Marton. Men of the Fighting Lady was inspired by another Saturday Evening Post article, the original music score was composed by Miklós Rózsa. On board the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War, author James A. Michener meets Commander, Dowling relates a Christmas story of a near-miracle. Ensign Kenneth Schecter is one of VF192 squadron pilots flying Grumman F9F Panther fighter-bombers who are forced to go back to destroy a railroad that is rebuilt after each attack. Their leader, Lieutenant Commander Paul Grayson, is shot down during one mission. Veteran pilot Lieutenant Commander Ted Dodson criticizes Grayson for flying too low, ironically, it is Dodson who loses his life in another mission when his damaged aircraft explodes on landing. For their 27th mission against the target, the squadron flies out on Christmas Day. Lieutenant Thayer guides Schecter by radio to a landing on the deck of the carrier.
The squadron celebrates his return, but mourns the loss of good men like Dodson. Van Johnson as Lieutenant Howard Thayer Walter Pidgeon as Commander Kent Dowling Louis Calhern as James A, stock footage of Korean War combat was integrated into the live action sequences. The scene where Keenan Wynns character is killed in a crash landing on the carrier is actual footage of a F9F accident during one of its early test flights. On June 23,1951, U. S. Navy test pilot George Duncan hit an air pocket just before landing on the USS Midway, except for burning his ears, Duncan survived the crash unharmed. The climatic Christmas Story rescue was based on a life event that occurred during the Korean War. Thayer guided his friend to a landing at K-18, a U. S. Marine airfield. Due to its release shortly after the end of the Korean War, according to MGM records, Men of the Fighting Lady made $1,502,000 in the U. S. and Canada and $1,136,000 in other countries. Resulting in a profit of $729,000, Men of the Fighting Lady at the Internet Movie Database Men of the Fighting Lady at the TCM Movie Database Men of the Fighting Lady at AllMovie The Case of the Blind Pilot by Cmdr Harry A.
Marjorie Henderson Buell was an American cartoonist who worked under the pen name Marge. She was best known as the creator of Little Lulu, marjorie Lyman Henderson was born in 1904 in Philadelphia. Homeschooled until she was 11 or 12, she and her two sisters had a talent for art, at 16 she sold her first cartoon to the Public Ledger. Her work appeared in magazines and other periodicals, including Colliers, Judge. She created illustrations for Country Gentleman and Ladies Home Journal, by the late 1920s she worked under the name Marge and had a syndicated comic strip, The Boy Friend, her first syndicated comic strip, which ran from 1925 through 1926. This and another strip of hers, Dashing Dot, both featuring female leads, Marge was friends with Oz author Ruth Plumly Thompson and illustrated her fantasy novel King Kojo. In 1934 The Saturday Evening Post requested Buell to create a strip to replace Carl Andersons Henry, Buell created a little girl character in place of Henrys little boy as she believed a girl could get away with more fresh stunts that in a boy would seem boorish.
The first single-panel instalment ran in the Post on February 23,1935, in it, Lulu appears as a girl at a wedding. The single-panel strip continued in the Post until the December 30,1944, Buell retained the rights, unusual for the time. Buell marketed Little Lulu widely throughout the 1940s, Buell herself ceased drawing the strip in 1947, and in 1950 Little Lulu became a daily syndicated by Chicago Tribune–New York News Syndicate and ran until 1969. After she stopped drawing the strip, Buell herself only drew Lulu for the lucrative Kleenex advertisements, Paramount Pictures approached Buell in 1943 with a proposal to develop a series of animated shorts. She traveled to New York to meet with Paramount executives and tour the animation facilities, who became her business representative. The character appeared in books, animated cartoons, greeting cards. Little Lulu comic books, popular internationally, were translated into Arabic, Finnish, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish, Buell stopped drawing Little Lulu in 1947, and the work was continued by others, while she kept creative control.
Sketching and writing of the Little Lulu comic book series was taken on by John Stanley, Buell sold her Little Lulu rights to Western Publishing when she retired in 1971. In 1936, she married Clarence Addison Buell who had a career in the Bell Telephone Company, the couple had two sons, born in 1939, and Fred, born in 1942. She shied from the spotlight, rarely giving interviews or allowing publication of photos of herself and she shied away from politics, and resisted requests from her sons to include progressive elements such as a black playmate for Lulu. After the sale of the Lulu copyrights in 1971, the Buell couple retired to Ohio, Buell died on May 30,1993, of lymphoma in Elyria, Ohio
Norman Perceval Rockwell was a 20th-century American author and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades. Among the best-known of Rockwells works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America, during which he produced covers for their publication Boys Life and other illustrations. These works include images that reflect the Scout Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent and A Guiding Hand. Norman Rockwell was born on February 3,1894, in New York City, to Jarvis Waring Rockwell and Anne Mary Nancy Rockwell and he had one brother, Jarvis Waring Rockwell, Jr. older by a year and a half. Jarvis Waring, Sr. was the manager of the New York office of a Philadelphia textile firm, George Wood, Sons & Company, Rockwell transferred from high school to the Chase Art School at the age of 14.
He went on to the National Academy of Design and finally to the Art Students League, as a student, Rockwell was given small jobs of minor importance. His first major breakthrough came at age eighteen with his first book illustration for Carl H. Claudys Tell Me Why, after that, Rockwell was hired as a staff artist for Boys Life magazine. In this role, he received 50 dollars compensation each month for one completed cover and it is said to have been his first paying job as an artist. At 19, he became the art editor for Boys Life and he held the job for three years, during which he painted several covers, beginning with his first published magazine cover, Scout at Ships Wheel, which appeared on the Boys Life September edition. Rockwells family moved to New Rochelle, New York, when Norman was 21 years old and they shared a studio with the cartoonist Clyde Forsythe, who worked for The Saturday Evening Post. With Forsythes help, Rockwell submitted his first successful cover painting to the Post in 1916 and he followed that success with Circus Barker and Strongman, Gramps at the Plate, Redhead Loves Hatty Perkins, People in a Theatre Balcony, and Man Playing Santa.
Rockwell was published eight times on the Post cover within the first year, Rockwell published 323 original covers for The Saturday Evening Post over 47 years. His Sharp Harmony appeared on the cover of the issue dated September 26,1936, it depicts a barber, the image was adopted by SPEBSQSA in its promotion of the art. During World War I, he tried to enlist into the U. S. Navy but was refused entry because, at 140 pounds, to compensate, he spent one night gorging himself on bananas and doughnuts, and weighed enough to enlist the next day. He was given the role of a military artist, however, in 1943, during World War II, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms series, which was completed in seven months and resulted in his losing fifteen pounds
Stanley Abram Karnow was an American journalist and historian. He is best known for his writings on the Vietnam War and he began his career in journalism as Time correspondent in Paris in 1950. After covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, he went to Asia and he was friends with Anthony Lewis and Bernard Kalb. He covered Asia from 1959 until 1974 for Time, the Saturday Evening Post, the London Observer, the Washington Post, present in Vietnam in July 1959 when the first Americans were killed, he reported on the Vietnam War in its entirety. This landed him a place on the master list of Nixon political opponents and it was during this time that he began to write Vietnam, A History. In 1990, Karnow won the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book In Our Image and he worked for The New Republic and King Features Syndicate. Later in life, he tried to write a book on Asians in the United States, a book on Jewish humor progressed only to an outline. He contemplated a memoir to be titled Interesting times or Out of Asia, stanley Karnow was born in Brooklyn on Feb.4,1925, the son of Harry and Henriette Koeppel Karnow.
His first marriage with the famous French journalist Claude Sarraute ended in divorce, in 1959, he married Annette Kline, an artist who was working at the time as cultural attaché for the U. S. State Department in Algiers. Annette, died of cancer in July 2009 and they had a son and a daughter. Karnow belonged to the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of Historians, Karnow died on January 27,2013, at his home in Potomac, Maryland, at age 87 of congestive heart failure
Little Lulu is a comic strip created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell. The character, Lulu Moppet, debuted in The Saturday Evening Post on 23 February 1935 in a panel, appearing as a flower girl at a wedding. Little Lulu replaced Carl Andersons Henry, which had picked up for distribution by King Features Syndicate. The Little Lulu panel continued to run weekly in The Saturday Evening Post until 30 December 1944, Little Lulu was created as a result of Andersons success. The result was Little Lulu, the resourceful, equally silent little girl whose loopy curls were reminiscent of the artist’s own as a girl. Buell explained to a reporter, I wanted a girl because a girl could get away with more fresh stunts that in a boy would seem boorish. Marjorie Henderson Buell, whose work appeared under the name Marge, had created two comic strips in the 1920s, The Boy Friend and Dashing Dot, both with female leads. The single-panel strip continued in the Post until the December 30,1944 issue, Buell has said the tough little girl with corkscrew curls in her hair resembles herself when she was young.
Buell herself ceased drawing the strip in 1947, and in 1950 Little Lulu became a daily syndicated by Chicago Tribune–New York News Syndicate and ran until 1969. The character was widely merchandised, and was the first mascot for Kleenex tissues, the comics were translated into French, Japanese, Arabic and other languages. After Buells retirement in 1972 she signed the rights to Western Publishing and Marges was dropped from the title, and the series continued until 1984. In 1995 stories from the book were adapted for The Little Lulu Show. A daily comic strip, entitled Little Lulu, was syndicated from 5 June 1950 through May 1969, artists included Woody Kimbrell, Roger Armstrong, and Ed Nofziger. Little Lulu appeared in ten issues of Dell Comics Four Color comic book series, before graduating to her own title, with the Dell Comics/Western Publishing split that created Gold Key Comics, Little Lulu went to Gold Key with issue No.165. Tubby got his own series from 1952 to 1961, first appearing in Four Color No.
381,430,444, and #461, his own title Marges Tubby from No.5 thru 49, in this series, Tubby had his own adventures without Lulu, especially with the Little Men from Mars. Upon retirement, Marge sold Little Lulu to Western Publishing, the comic was re–named Little Lulu with No.207. Publication of the comics ceased in 1984, when Western discontinued publishing comics, artist Hy Eisman retained stories intended for #269–270 because the artwork was returned to him after the comic was cancelled
The Saturday Evening Post
The Saturday Evening Post is a bimonthly American magazine. It was published weekly under this title from 1897 until 1963, the magazine declined in readership through the 1960s, and in 1969 The Saturday Evening Post folded for two years before being revived as a quarterly publication in 1971. It now appears six times a year, the magazine was redesigned in 2013. The Saturday Evening Post was founded in 1821 and grew to become the most widely circulated magazine in America. The magazine gained prominent status under the leadership of its longtime editor George Horace Lorimer, the editors claimed it had historical roots in the Pennsylvania Gazette, which was first published in 1728 by Samuel Keimer and sold to Benjamin Franklin in 1729. It was known for commissioning lavish illustrations and original works of fiction, illustrations were featured on the cover and embedded in stories and advertising. Some Post illustrations became popular and continue to be reproduced as posters or prints, Curtis Publishing Co.
stopped publishing the Post in 1969 after the company lost a landmark defamation suit and was ordered to pay over $3 million in damages. The Post was revived in 1971 as a limited circulation quarterly publication, as of the late 2000s, The Saturday Evening Post is published six times a year by the Saturday Evening Post Society, which purchased the magazine in 1982. In 1916, Saturday Evening Post editor George Horace Lorimer discovered Norman Rockwell, Lorimer promptly purchased two illustrations from Rockwell, using them as covers, and commissioned three more drawings. Rockwells illustrations of the American family and rural life of a bygone era became icons, during his 50-year career with the Post, Rockwell painted more than 300 covers. He produced 120 covers for the Post between 1943 and 1968, ceasing only when the magazine began displaying photographs on its covers, another prominent artist was Charles R. Chickering, a freelance illustrator who went on to design numerous postage stamps for the U. S.
Other popular cover illustrators include the artists George Hughes, Constantin Alajalov, John Clymer, W. H. D. Koerner, J. C. Leyendecker, Charles Archibald MacLellan, John E. Sheridan, Douglass Crockwell, the magazines line-up of cartoonists included Bob Barnes, Irwin Caplan, Tom Henderson, Al Johns, Clyde Lamb, Jerry Marcus, Frank ONeal, B. Tobey, Pete Wyma and Bill Yates, the magazine ran Ted Keys cartoon panel series Hazel from 1943 to 1969. Each issue featured several original stories and often included an installment of a serial appearing in successive issues. Most of the fiction was written for mainstream tastes by popular writers, the opening pages of stories featured paintings by the leading magazine illustrators. Lincoln, John P. Marquand, Edgar Allan Poe, Sax Rohmer, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck and Rex Stout and it published poetry by such noted poets as Carl Sandburg, Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker and Hannah Kahn. Jack Londons best-known novel The Call of the Wild was first published, in serialized form, emblematic of the Posts fiction was author Clarence Budington Kelland, who first appeared in 1916–17 with stories of homespun heroes, Efficiency Edgar and Scattergood Baines
Through his young adult years, Barbera lived, attended college, and began his career in New York City. After working odd jobs and as a banker, Barbera joined Van Beuren Studios in 1932, in 1937, he moved to California and while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Barbera met William Hanna. The two men began a collaboration that was at first best known for producing Tom and Jerry, in 1967, Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting for $12 million, but Hanna and Barbera remained heads of the company until 1991. At that time, the studio was sold to Turner Broadcasting System and Barbera won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards. Their cartoon shows have become icons, and their cartoon characters have appeared in other media such as films, books. Hanna-Barberas shows had an audience of over 300 million people in the 1960s and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His family moved to Flatbush, New York when he was four months old and he had two younger brothers and Ted, both of whom served in World War II.
As a member of the United States Army, Larry participated in the invasion of Sicily, Ted was a fighter pilot with the United States Army Air Forces and served in the Aleutian Islands Campaign. Barberas father, was the owner of three barbershops who squandered the family fortunes on gambling. By the time Barbera was 15, his father had abandoned the family, Barbera displayed a talent for drawing as early as the first grade. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1928, while in high school, Barbera won several boxing titles. He was briefly managed by World Lightweight Boxing Champion Al Singers manager, in 1935, Barbera married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Earl. In school, they had known as Romeo and Juliet. Barbera and his wife briefly separated when he went to California and they reunited but were on the verge of another separation when they discovered that Dorothy was pregnant with their first child. They had 4 children, two sons and two daughters, the marriage officially ended in 1963.
Shortly after his divorce, Barbera met his wife, Sheila Holden, at Musso & Franks restaurant. Unlike Dorothy, who had preferred to stay at home with the children, during high school, Barbera worked as a tailors delivery boy. During the Great Depression, he tried unsuccessfully to become a cartoonist for a magazine called The NY Hits Magazine and he supported himself with a job at a bank, and continued to pursue publication for his cartoons
John Philip Falter
John Philip Falter, more commonly known as John Falter, was an American artist best known for his many cover paintings for The Saturday Evening Post. Born in Plattsmouth, Falter moved at an age with his family to Falls City in 1916. As a high student, Falter created a comic strip, Down Thru the Ages. J. N. Ding Darling, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist of the Des Moines Register, saw some of Falter’s cartoons and said he should become an illustrator. After graduating from school in 1928, Falter studied at the Kansas City Art Institute where he met and became friends with R. G. Harris, Emery Clarke. He won a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York City however only lasted one month due to his fear of his fellow students. This was all too new for the small-town Falter, who fled, in the evenings, however, he took courses at the Grand Central School of Art, above Grand Central Terminal. This was during the Great Depression when most young artists had difficulty finding work, however, began illustrating covers for the pulp magazines.
He opened a studio in New Rochelle, New York, which had long been a colony for illustrators, a community that included such artists as Frederic Remington and Norman Rockwell. Within a few years his three Kansas City Art Institute friends Harris Clarke, and Lyon had all moved to a studio in New Rochelle to launch their respective careers as freelance illustrators. Falter recalled, Rockwell was our inspiration then, I didnt meet him until years later. We would hear that Rockwell had been out on the street, and wed all rush out and hunt for him. If theyd tell us that he had looked in a shop window, Falter received a major break with his first commission from Liberty Magazine to do three illustrations a week in 1933. They paid me $75 a week, Falter said, just like a steelworker, but my expenses for models and costumes were running $35 a week during one 16-week serial I was illustrating. Falter soon discovered there was much more money to be made in advertising than in other fields of illustration.
By 1938, he had acquired several advertising clients including Gulf Oil, Four Roses Whiskey, Arrow Shirts, Falters work appeared in major national magazines. This was high pay for work, Falter said. In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and was promoted from chief boatswains mate to lieutenant on special assignment as an artist
Anita Parkhurst Willcox
Anita Parkhurst Willcox was an American artist and pacifist. Her career as an illustrator was interrupted by 15 months spent entertaining the troops in World War I. During the 1920s, she gained fame for drawing the New American Woman image, by the 1930s, she drew images that reflected her own life and beliefs. She was inspired by Gandhi’s non-violence, and in Maos China, despite this, she continued painting until her death in 1984. Anita Parkhurst Willcox was born in Chicago, in 1892 and she studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1909 to 1913, learning classic drawing, but studying mural-painting with John W. Norton. While a student, she began her art career drawing illustrations of hats for Gages. She moved to New York City, where she worked as a graphic artist and commercial illustrator and she signed her commercial work throughout this period with her maiden name, Anita Parkhurst. In New York, Willcox joined the social and intellectual group that after 1919 formed the Algonquin Round Table and she studied art briefly with George Bellows and Robert Henri, but left after they objected to her “classic” drawing style.
She married engineer Henry Willcox in 1918, in 1918, two weeks after her marriage, Willcox went to France, to work with the YMCA to support American troops. She worked in a canteen stationed with the American First Division army during the Second Battle of the Somme in March 1918, with artist Neysa McMein and Jane Bullard, she developed and performed a vaudeville show which toured the troops on the front lines. Willcox and McMein painted elephants on a balloon and artillery guns. She remained with the US army when it entered Germany, returning to New York in March 1919 and these experiences made her a committed pacifist. After the war, Willcox resumed both her art career in New York, and her married life. She became known for creating the “New American Woman” image – idealized pictures of women who were young, fashionable, invariably white and economically successful. A feature newspaper article by Thompson Feature Services in 1921 reads, “The name of Anita Parkhurst is signed with greater frequency than that of any other artist. her work has a certain touch.
”Between 1921 and 1926 Willcox gave birth to four children, she adopted a fifth in 1930. In 1923, following the birth of her child, Willcox spent six months in bed with puerperal fever. This led her to question the contradictions between the images she produced, and the actualities of women’s lives. In 1925, Willcox wrote a book called “Between Jobs and Babies”, leading women academics responded positively, Edith Stern, reviewing the book for Boni and Liveright, This is exactly the book I have wanted to have written
Caplan grew up in Seattles Madison Park neighborhood where his parents took note of his drawings and enrolled him in art classes. As a teenager, Caplan won $10 in a poster contest. He painted murals of a circus and Paul Bunyan on walls of the school, at the University of Washington, after he spent three years contributing to Columns, the Universitys humor magazine, the staff wanted him to be the editor. However, the faculty claimed the magazine needed new blood and designated as editor Lynn Scholes of Steilacoom, beginning in the Tank Force, he advanced to the Army Intelligence art department. He was the art director for Spokane’s Expo ’74, in the late 1940s through the early 1960s, Caplans distinctive, crisp cartoon style appeared in Colliers, Liberty, Life and other leading publications. For the Sunday supplement magazine This Week, he contributed a regular weekly thematic grouping of cartoons, in addition to Famous Last Words, his other syndicated feature was 48 States of Mind. He taught art at the University of Washington School of Art, Caplan lived in Seattle with his wife and three children.
He maintained a residence on Vashon Island in Washingtons Puget Sound. In January 1966, following heavy rains in the Pacific Northwest, an image of Caplans remaining wreckage was distributed to newspapers as an AP Wirephoto under the headlines, Mudslide Carries Half a House into Puget Sound and Its Now a Split Level. In 1972, he received the National Cartoonists Societys Advertising and Illustration Award, in November 1999, his artwork was exhibited at Tacomas Random Modern Gallery in its Northwest Art 1920-1962 survey exhibition. In 2005, the murals he painted in 1937 survived a renovation of Garfield High School, one small section showing two trapeze artists was left in place where it had been painted directly on concrete. Portions painted on plaster adhered to clay tile were removed because of safety concerns. Divided into four-by-four foot sections, the paintings were framed and auctioned. Caplan went back to look at the murals in 2003 and commented, I didn’t think they would stay in as good condition and have as much impact as they actually have.
One story I remember from painting them was using a “flit” gun and we didn’t have airbrush in those days, and there was a lot of area to be covered. A flit gun is used to spray insecticide, but I dumped the insecticide out and it had a pump action and a little bucket that hung suspended along the tube. I painted during art periods, spraying away, and the kids in the class and Engines A collection of automobile cartoons, published by Travelers Insurance