American Academy of Dramatic Arts
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts is a two-year performing arts conservatory with bi-coastal facilities at 120 Madison Avenue, and at 1336 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles. The oldest acting school in the English speaking world, the Academy in New York City was founded in 1884 to train actors for the stage and its first home was the original Lyceum Theatre on what is now Park Avenue South. In 1963, the moved to its current home, a landmark building designed by noted architect Stanford White as the original Colony Club. In 1974, the Academy opened another campus in Pasadena, the Los Angeles campus moved from Pasadena to Hollywood in 2001 in a new building next to the site of the former studios of Charlie Chaplin. The Academy remains dedicated to training professional actors and it offers a two-year program in which students have to be invited back for the second year. Auditions are held at the end of the year for the third year company. Students who graduate in New York receive an Associate of Occupational Studies degree, students from New York and Los Angeles can get a Bachelor of Arts degree from selected universities.
Numerous students of the Academy have gone on to distinguished careers throughout the entertainment industry, receiving nominations for Tonys, from their Web site, The Academy has many teachers and faculty who have many professional connections and credits. Notable faculty includes, David Dean Bottrell, Karen Hensel, Sandy Martin, Ian Ogilvy, notes American Academy of Dramatic Arts Home Page
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is an academic unit at the University of California, Irvine focused on the performing and visual arts. The four departments housed in the school are for art, drama, CTSA has undergraduate programs, masters programs, and a doctoral program in drama conducted jointly with UC San Diego. The school was named in honor of the Academy Award-winning Hollywood actress Claire Trevor, the school represents the largest contribution to the campus by architect William Pereira, who oversaw its construction in 1970. It features a modular design in which individual buildings are connected by an overhead network of pillar-supported canopies. It serves as the new anchor for the art school complex, founded under the name Studio Art, the department renamed itself in 2012. It teaches a range of contemporary media, including drawing, electronic art and design, new genres, performance, sculpture. The department has around 20 full-time faculty members and accepts about 10 graduate students each year into its three-year M. F.
A, the University Art Gallery serves as a laboratory for research by Critical & Curatorial students and faculty. Critical & Curatorial students engage in a curriculum consisting of a collaboration between Visual Studies and Department of Art. The department has about 15 full-time faculty and accepts about 10 students a year into its two-year M. F. A, notable faculty members have included the African-American choreographer Donald McKayle. Robert Cohen organized an undergraduate repertory company that took Oedipus Rex on the road to UC San Diego, other early productions included The Assassination of Jean Paul Marat by the Marquis de Sade, Little Mary Sunshine, Night of the Iguana and Midsummer Nights Dream. William Inge, author of plays as Bus Stop, Picnic. UCI graduate drama student James Slowiak was his assistant during the project years. In addition to Cohen and Grotowski, other drama faculty notables have included Stephen Barker, Keith Fowler, G. Cameron Harvey, William Needles, C. M. Bryan Reynolds, choreographer Donald McKayle was a joint member of the dance and drama faculties until his retirement.
The Music department follows a model and offers both a B. A. and a B. Mus at the undergraduate level, as well as a two-year M. F. A. degree program. Emphases at the graduate level include choral conducting, collaborative piano, guitar/lute performance and piano performance, there is a two-year masters degree in Integrated Composition and Technology. The faculty consists of composers, musicologists, music theorists, notable faculty include jazz pianist and composer Kei Akagi and trombonist Michael Dessen, computer music expert Chris Dobrian, and Ensemble-in-Residence Trio Céleste. Chris Burden, American sculptor and conceptual performance artist known for his self-mutilations, including Shoot, performed while a student, barbara T. Smith, American artist known for her performance work in the late 1960s. Glenn Kaino, American conceptual artist based in Los Angeles, allison Case, American actor known for her part in the Tribe in the Broadway revival of Hair, following her appearance in Keith Fowlers staging of Hair in the Claire Trevor Theater
Mark Hellinger was an American journalist, theatre columnist and film producer. Hellinger was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in New York City, when he was fifteen, he organized a student strike at Townsend Harris High School and was expelled for his actions. This proved to be the end of his formal education, in 1921, Hellinger began working as a waiter and cashier at a Greenwich Village night club in order to meet theatre people. He was employed by Lane Bryant to write direct mail advertising for clothing for overweight, the following year he began his journalistic career as a reporter for Zits Weekly, a theatrical publication, where he remained for eighteen months. In 1923, Hellinger moved to the city desk of the New York Daily News, in July 1925, he was assigned About Town, a Sunday column his editors intended him to fill with news and gossip about Broadway theatre. Instead, he filled the space with short stories in the style of O. Henry, when his columns drew a considerable amount of fan mail, he was permitted to continue in this vein.
Three years he graduated to a feature called Behind the News. He numbered such personalities as Walter Winchell, Florenz Ziegfeld, Texas Guinan, Dutch Schultz, in November 1929, Hellinger moved to the New York Daily Mirror. By 1937, Hellinger was a syndicated columnist featured in 174 newspapers and that same year he was hired as a writer/producer by Jack L. Warner. He provided the story for the 1939 Jimmy Cagney/Raoul Walsh gangster film The Roaring Twenties, in his onscreen foreword to the film, he wrote, Due to a congenital heart condition, Hellinger repeatedly was rejected for active service during World War II. Instead, he worked as a war correspondent, writing human interest stories about the troops. And he made quite a local reputation framing his fancies in flowery billets doux which stirred the hearts, Hellinger won the 1947 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture for The Killers. In 1926, Hellinger was one of the judges for a beauty contest sponsored by the Daily News, the winner was Ziegfeld showgirl Gladys Glad, and on July 11,1929, the two were wed.
He was buried in a mausoleum at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow. In January 1949, the 51st Street Theatre in Manhattan was renamed the Mark Hellinger Theatre in his honor, in 1989 the venue was converted into the Times Square Church. The Hellinger Award annually acknowledges the accomplishments of St. Bonaventure Universitys most promising young journalism student and it was established in 1960 by columnist Jim Bishop in memory of his mentor. Bishop wrote a biography of Hellinger entitled The Mark Hellinger Story, A Biography of Broadway, Mark Hellinger at the Internet Movie Database Mark Hellinger at the Internet Broadway Database Mark Hellinger at Find a Grave Mark Hellinger site at St. Bonaventure University
Summer stock theatre
Summer stock theatre is any theatre that presents stage productions only in the summer. The name combines the season with the tradition of staging shows by a resident company, reusing stock scenery, summer stock theatres frequently take advantage of seasonal weather by having their productions outdoors or under tents set up temporarily for their use. Some smaller theatres still continue this tradition, and a few summer stock theatres have become regarded by both patrons as well as performers and designers. Equity status and pay for actors in these theatres varies greatly, often viewed as a starting point for professional actors, stock casts are typically young, just out of high school or still in college. Summer stock started in 1919-1920s with four theatres, The Muny, St. Louis, many of the theatres of the heyday, the 1920s through the 1960s, were in New England. Part of the straw hat circuit, theatres were in New York, the structure was to present different plays in weekly or biweekly repertory, performed by a resident company, generally between June and September.
The usual fare consisted of comedies and mysteries. The theatres were located in rural areas, touring companies would carry hand props and costumes to each venue, where sound and set would be awaiting them. Summer stock provided a ground for actors and great, inexpensive entertainment for vacationing East Coast urbanites. Such stage luminaries as Maude Adams, Ethel Barrymore, Lilian Gish, students took classes in acting, stagecraft and voice, and if they were talented enough, they might be asked to appear in plays with the resident acting company. Additionally, many notable performers spent their summers on the circuit and musicals that had closed on Broadway would play the circuit. The Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut, since renovated with the support of Joanne Woodward, the circuit toured in Florida and the Southeast during the winter. Venues included the Beacham Theater in Orlando and the Royal Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach, Florida where performers from Bob Cummings in 1958 to Arlene Francis, stars of Broadway and television would regularly spend summers performing in stock.
The Council of Stock Theatres negotiated a contract with Actors Equity to cover the work of actors. Starting in 1958 performers such as Dan Dailey in Guys and Dolls, Barbara Eden in Lady in the Dark, Kenley cast movie stars and television personalities who were nationally known. During Gypsy Rose Lees engagement in Auntie Mame at the Warren theatre, Erik Preminger wrote, everything about his operation was first-class from the director and supporting cast he had assembled through the scenery and costumes. He was attentive, supportive. Performers such as Paul Lynde, Bill Bixby, Karen Morrow, Phyllis Diller, Andy Devine, Gordon MacRae, Ethel Merman performed in Call Me Madam at the Kenley Players in 1968. The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts opened in 1927 with The Guardsman, starring Basil Rathbone, in some cases, five or six of the summer plays would be star vehicles, featuring a familiar actor or actress
Sylvia Sidney was an American actress of stage and film, with a career spanning over 70 years, who first rose to prominence in dozens of leading roles in the 1930s. Sidney, born Sophia Kosow in The Bronx, was the daughter of Rebecca, a Romanian Jew, and Victor Kosow and her parents divorced by 1915, and she was adopted by her stepfather, Sigmund Sidney, a dentist. Her mother became a dressmaker and renamed herself Beatrice Sidney, now using the surname Sidney, she became an actress at the age of fifteen as a way of overcoming shyness. As a student of the Theater Guilds School for Acting, Sidney appeared in several of their productions during the 1920s, in 1926, she was seen by a Hollywood talent scout and made her first film appearance that year. During the Depression, Sidney appeared in a string of films and she appeared opposite such heavyweight screen idols as Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Fredric March, George Raft and Cary Grant. It was during this period that she developed a reputation for being difficult to work with and her career diminished somewhat during the 1940s.
In 1949 exhibitors voted her box office poison, in 1952, she played the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, and her performance was widely praised and allowed her opportunities to develop as a character actress. She appeared three times on CBSs Playhouse 90 anthology series, on May 16,1957, she appeared as Lulu Morgan, mother of singer Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story. Four months later, Sidney joined her former co-star Bergen again on the premiere of the short-lived NBC variety show, in 1973, Sidney received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams. As an elderly woman Sidney continued to play supporting roles, and was identifiable by her husky voice. She played Aunt Marion in Damien, Omen II and had key roles in Beetlejuice, as Juno, for which she won a Saturn Award, other stage credits included The Fourposter, Enter Laughing, and Barefoot in the Park. In 1982, Sidney was awarded The George Eastman Award by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film and she first married publisher Bennett Cerf on October 1,1935, but the couple were divorced six months later, on April 9,1936.
She married actor and acting teacher Luther Adler in 1938, by whom she had her child, a son, Jacob. Adler and Sidney divorced in 1947, during her marriage to Luther Adler she was a sister-in-law to acclaimed stage actress and drama teacher Stella Adler. On March 5,1947, she married producer and announcer Carlton Alsop. Sidney died on July 1,1999 from esophageal cancer at the Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City, after a career spanning more than 70 years and she died a month before her 89th birthday. Before her death, she went under chemotherapy to treat her cancer. She was cremated
70th Academy Awards
During the show, AMPAS presented Academy Awards in 24 categories honoring films released in 1997. The ceremony, which was televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates, actor Billy Crystal hosted the show for the sixth time. He first presided over the 62nd ceremony held in 1990, Titanic won a record-tying eleven awards including Best Director for James Cameron and Best Picture. The telecast garnered more than 57 million viewers in the United States, Titanic received the most nominations with a record-tying fourteen, Good Will Hunting and L. A. Confidential came in second with nine apiece. The winners were announced during the ceremony on March 23,1998. With eleven awards, Titanic tied with Ben-Hur for the most academy awards in Oscar history and it became the first film to win Best Picture without a screenplay nomination since 1965s The Sound of Music. Both won for their roles in As Good as it Gets, at age 87, Stuart became the oldest performer nominated for a competitive Oscar.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger, stanley Donen The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers. In December 1997, the Academy hired veteran Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates to oversee the 1998 ceremony, “Gil has become the consummate Oscar show producer, consistently garnering top television ratings for the telecast, ” said AMPAS president Robert Rehme in a press release announcing the selection. “His shows are full of wit and surprise. ”A few days later, Cates explained his reason to bring back the veteran comedian saying, Billys performance last year was spectacular. In an article published in USA Today he initially requested to Cates, pressure from the Academy and several friends and family members made him reconsider his decision. His sixth stint would make him only to Bob Hope in number of ceremonies hosted. Each former winner was acknowledged by announcer Norman Rose with the films he or she won for, at the end of the segment newly minted winners Kim Bassinger, Helen Hunt, and Robin Williams joined them.
This marked the largest gathering of winners since the 50th ceremony held in 1978. Several others participated in the production of the ceremony, bill Conti served as musical director for the telecast. Dancer Daniel Ezralow choreographed a dance number showcasing the nominees for Best Original Comedy or Musical Score, bart the Bear made a surprise appearance during the presentation of the Best Sound award with Mike Myers. At the time of the announcement on February 10, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees was $579 million with an average of $116 million per film. Titanic was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $338.7 million in box office receipts
Bensonhurst is a large, multiethnic neighborhood in the southwestern part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, in the United States. It is well known as a Little Italy of Brooklyn due to its large Italian-American population, Bensonhurst has the largest population of residents born in China of any neighborhood in New York City and is now home to Brooklyns second Chinatown. The neighborhood accounts for 9. 5% of the 330,000 Chinese-born residents of the city, Bensonhurst derives its name from Egbert Benson, whose lands were sold by his children and grandchildren to James D. Lynch, a New York Real Estate developer. Lynch bought the old farmlands of the Benson family in mid 1880s, the first sale of lands in The New Seaside Resort area was advertised in July 24,1888 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Bensonhurst has a population of over 151,000 inhabitants as of the 2010 United States Census, in the early 20th century, many Italians and Jews moved into the neighborhood, and prior to World War II the neighborhood was about equally Jewish and Italian.
With a large Italian-American population, Bensonhurst is usually considered the main Little Italy of Brooklyn, the Italian-speaking community remains over 20,000 strong, according to the census of 2000. But, the Italian-speaking community is becoming increasingly elderly and isolated, with the small, 86th Street is another popular local thoroughfare, lined by the arches of the BMT West End Line. Around 1989, an influx of immigrants from China and the former USSR began to arrive, mainly from Southern China, Ukraine, in the 1990s Bensonhurst rapidly grew in cultural diversity. In 2000, the New York City Department of City Planning determined that just over half of the residents were born in another country, Bensonhurst has long been well-known as a Little Italy of Brooklyn, containing a large Italian-American and Italian immigrant population. The annual Festa di Santa Rosalia, is held on 18th Avenue from Bay Ridge Parkway to 66th Street in late August or early September, the Feast is presented by Bensonhurst resident and marketer Franco Corrado, as well as by the Santa Rosalia Society, on 18th Avenue.
Born in Rome in 1955, Corrado has been a social member of the Italian-American community for the past 20 years. St. Rosalia is the saint of the city of Palermo and is sometimes venerated as the patron for the entire island of Sicily. The annual end-of-summer celebration attracts thousands, bensonhurt hosts a Columbus Day parade. Like Lower Manhattans Little Italy, Bensonhursts Little Italy is declining with its Italian American population, with Bensonhursts Chinatown, below the West End Line, served by the D train along on 86th Street between 18th Avenue and Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue, now emerging another Brooklyn Chinatown. Overall, the Chinatown section of Bensonhurst remains heavily mixed with Italian, within recent years, most new businesses opening within this portion of Bensonhursts 86th Street, especially between 20th Avenue and 25th Avenue, have been Chinese. Chinese grocery stores, salons and other types of Chinese businesses are expanding swiftly on this street, the N W trains stations are located in these sections as well.
This means Bensonhurst has much higher proportion of Chinese than the Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay area, there are small numbers of Fuzhou and Mandarin speakers. According to the Daily News, Brooklyns Asian population, mainly Chinese, has grown not only in the Sunset Park area, but in Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights
Larchmont, New York
Larchmont is a village located within the Town of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York, approximately 18 miles northeast of Midtown Manhattan. The population of the village was 5,864 at the 2010 census, in July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Larchmont 11th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. Originally inhabited by the Siwanoy, Larchmont was discovered by the Dutch in 1614. In 1661, John Richbell, a merchant from Hampshire, traded a minimal amount of goods, the purchase included three peninsulas of land that lay between the Mamaroneck River to the east, and Pelham Manor to the west. The east neck is now known as Orienta while the neck is what is now known as Larchmont Manor. The third neck was sold and is now known as Davenport Neck in New Rochelle, the purchase was contested by Thomas Revell who, one month following Richbells purchase, bought the land from the Siwanoy at a higher price. Richbell petitioned Governor Stuyvesant, Director General of the Colonies of the New Netherland, in 1664 Great Britain took control of the colonies and Richbell received an English title for his lands in 1668 whereupon he began to encourage settlement.
In 1675 Richbell leased his Middle Neck to his brother however when he died in 1684 none of his property remained in his name. Larchmonts oldest and most historic home, the Manor House on Elm Avenue, was built in 1797 by Peter Jay Munro, Munro was the nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and was adopted by Jay. At the beginning of the 19th Century, Munro was active in the abolitionist movement, helping to found the New York State Manumission Society, along with his uncle and Alexander Hamilton. In 1795 Munro had purchased much of the owned by Samuel Palmer and by 1828 he owned all of the Middle Neck south of the Post Road. Munro became a lawyer with Aaron Burrs law firm and built a home in Larchmont Manor known as the Manor House, munros house faced towards the Boston Post Road, which tended to generate a lot of dust in summer months. To combat this, his gardener imported a Scottish species of trees that were known to be fast growing. These were planted along the front of the property, eventually giving the village its name, when Munro died in 1833, his son Henry inherited the property which he subsequently lost and sold at auction in 1845 to Edward Knight Collins, owner of a steamship line.
By the end of the Civil War in 1865, Collins had gone bankrupt and his estate was put up for auction, flint divided the estate into building lots and called his development company the Larchmont Manor Company. Flint converted the Munro Mansion into an inn for prospective buyers, after 1872 the area became a popular summer resort for wealthy New Yorkers. The New York legislature created Mamaroneck as a town in 1788, which includes a part of the Village of Mamaroneck, The Village of Larchmont, and this three part division occurred in the 1890s to meet the growing demand for municipal services which the town could not provide. In 1891 the residents of Larchmont Manor obtained a charter from the legislature in which they incorporated that section of Town into a village, many of the Victorian cottages and a grand hotels remain to this day, though these have been converted to other uses such as private residences
PSA Flight 182
It was Pacific Southwest Airlines first accident involving fatalities. The death toll of 144 makes it the deadliest aircraft disaster in California history, until the crash of American Airlines Flight 191, it was the deadliest plane crash in U. S. aviation history. Both aircraft crashed into North Park, a San Diego neighborhood, Flight 182 impacted just north of the intersection of Dwight and Nile, killing all 135 people aboard the aircraft and seven people on the ground in houses, including two children. The Cessna impacted on Polk Ave. between 32nd St. and Iowa St. killing the two on board, nine others on the ground were injured and 22 homes were destroyed or damaged by the impact and debris. On the morning of Monday, September 25,1978, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 departed Sacramento for San Diego via Los Angeles, the flight from Sacramento to Los Angeles was uneventful. At 8,34 am, Flight 182 departed Los Angeles, First Officer Fox was the pilot flying. The 128 passengers on board included 29 PSA employees, the weather in San Diego that morning was sunny and clear with 10 miles of visibility.
At 8,59, the PSA crew was alerted by the controller about a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft nearby. The Cessna was being flown by two licensed pilots, one was Martin Kazy Jr.32, who possessed single-engine and instrument flight ratings, as well as a commercial certificate and an instrument flight instructor certificate. He had flown a total of 5,137 hours, the other, David Boswell,35, a U. S. Marine Corps sergeant, possessed single-engine and multiengine ratings and a commercial certificate. He had flown just 407 hours, and at the time of the accident, was practicing instrument landing system approaches under the instruction of Kazy in pursuit of his instrument rating. They had departed from Montgomery Field, and were navigating under visual flight rules, at the time of the collision, the Cessna was on the missed approach from Lindberghs runway 9, heading east and climbing. The Cessna was in communication with San Diego approach control, Lindbergh tower heard the 09.00,50 transmission as Hes passing off to our right and assumed the PSA jet had the Cessna in sight.
Also, the apparent motion of the Cessna as viewed from the Boeing was minimized, the report said that another possible reason that the PSA aircrew had difficulty observing the Cessna was that its fuselage was made visually smaller due to foreshortening. However, the report in another section stated that the white surface of the Cessnas wing could have presented a relatively bright target in the morning sunlight. Flight 182s crew never explicitly alerted the tower that they had lost sight of the Cessna, if they had made this clear to controllers, the crash might not have happened. This was the conversation in the PSA cockpit starting 16 seconds prior to collision with the Cessna, PSA Flight 182 overtook the Cessna, the collision occurred at about 2,600 feet. According to several witnesses on the ground, they heard a loud crunching sound, an explosion
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson was a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star on stage and screen during Hollywoods Golden Age, he appeared in 40 Broadway plays and he is best remembered for his tough-guy roles as a gangster, such as his star-making film Little Caesar and Key Largo. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was a public critic of fascism and Nazism. His activism included contributing over $250,000 to more than 850 organizations involved in war relief, along with cultural, during the 1950s, he was called to testify at the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare, but was cleared of any Communist involvement. Robinson received an Honorary Academy Award for his work in the film industry and he is ranked #24 in the American Film Institutes list of the 25 greatest male stars of Classic American cinema. Robinson was born as Emanuel Goldenberg to a Yiddish-speaking Romanian Jewish family in Bucharest, the son of Sarah and Morris Goldenberg, after one of his brothers was attacked by an antisemitic mob, the family decided to emigrate to the United States.
Robinson arrived in New York City on February 14,1903, at Ellis Island I was born again, he wrote. Life for me began when I was 10 years old, an interest in acting and performing in front of people led to him winning an American Academy of Dramatic Arts scholarship, after which he changed his name to Edward G. Robinson. He served in the US Navy during World War I, but was never sent overseas and he began his acting career in the Yiddish Theater District in 1913 and made his Broadway debut in 1915. In 1923 made his debut as E. G. Robinson in the silent film. He played a gangster in the 1927 Broadway police/crime drama The Racket. Robinson went on to make a total of 101 films in his 50-year career. In 1939, at the time World War II broke out in Europe, he played an FBI agent in Confessions of a Nazi Spy, the first American film which showed Nazism as a threat to the United States. He volunteered for service in June 1942 but was disqualified due to his age at 48, although he became an active. The following year he played Paul Ehrlich in Dr.
Ehrlichs Magic Bullet and Paul Julius Reuter in A Dispatch from Reuters and his career rehabilitation received a boost in 1954, when noted anti-communist director Cecil B. DeMille cast him as the traitorous Dathan in The Ten Commandments, the film was released in 1956, as was his psychological thriller Nightmare. As it turned out, Robinson died only days later. He had been notified of the honor, but died two months before the ceremony, so the award was accepted by his widow, Jane Robinson
Key Largo (film)
Key Largo is a 1948 film noir directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall. The supporting cast features Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor, the movie was adapted by Richard Brooks and Huston from Maxwell Andersons 1939 play of the same name, which played on Broadway for 105 performances in 1939 and 1940. Key Largo was the fourth and final pairing of married actors Bogart and Bacall, after To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep. Claire Trevor won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as a drunken ex-singer, the moll of Robinsons character. Ex-Major Frank McCloud arrives at the Hotel Largo in Key Largo, Florida, to visit the family of George Temple and he meets with Georges widow Nora Temple and his father James, who owns the hotel. They claim to have come to the Florida Keys for a trip and have a charter boat waiting. Rebuffing Curlys attempts to him in conversation, Frank meets with Nora. He tells them where George is buried and recounts Georges heroism under fire, Nora seems taken with Frank, stating that George frequently mentioned Frank in his letters.
Frank reveals to them the intimacy that is the experience of men in combat and they learn that George had told Frank personal and confidential details about the Temples. James Temple promises the lawmen that he use his influence with the local Indians to get the boys to surrender. Soon after the leave, the local Seminoles show up seeking shelter at the hotel. With the storm approaching, Ralph and Toots pull guns and take the Temples and they explain that the sixth member of their party is notorious gangster Johnny Rocco, who was exiled to Cuba some years before for being an undesirable alien. The gang discovered Sawyer looking about and knocked him unconscious, as they are held at gunpoint, Temple lets go a stream of insults toward Rocco, who responds by taunting Temple, explaining how he will one day return to prominence. Sawyer grabs the gun and tries to escape, but Rocco shoots him, in the gunplay it becomes apparent that the gun that Rocco gave to Frank was not loaded. Roccos men take Sawyers body by boat to water and throw it overboard.
Rocco intends to hold the Temples and Frank hostage until his American contacts from Miami arrive to conclude a deal. As the storm rages, the Seminoles, usually sheltered in the hotel in storms, huddle outside as Rocco and his worry about storm damage. Rocco forces Gaye, his moll, to sing for them by promising to give her a drink after she sings for them
Stagecoach (1939 film)
Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols, is an adaptation of The Stage to Lordsburg, the film follows a group of strangers riding on a stagecoach through dangerous Apache territory. Stagecoach was the first of many Westerns that Ford shot using Monument Valley, in the American Southwest on the Arizona–Utah border, as a location, many of which starred John Wayne. Similar geographic incongruencies are evident throughout the film, up to the scene of Ringo and Dallas departing Lordsburg, in southwestern New Mexico. In 1995, this film was deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant by the United States Library of Congress, in 1880, a motley group of strangers boards the east-bound stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona Territory to Lordsburg, New Mexico Territory. These travelers are unremarkable and ordinary at first glance, when the stage driver, looks for his normal shotgun guard, Marshal Curly Wilcox tells him that the guard is off searching for the fugitive Ringo Kid.
Ringo broke out of prison after hearing that his father and brother had been murdered by Luke Plummer, Buck tells Curly that Plummer is in Lordsburg. Knowing that Ringo has vowed to avenge his father and brother, as the stage sets out, U. S. Cavalry Lieutenant Blanchard announces that Geronimo and his Apaches are on the warpath, his small troop will provide an escort to Dry Fork. At the edge of town, two more passengers flag down the stage and board and Southern gentleman Hatfield, and banker Henry Gatewood, further along the road, the stage comes across the Ringo Kid, whose horse went lame and left him afoot. Even though they are friends, Curly has no choice but to take Ringo into custody, as the trip progresses, Ringo takes a strong liking to Dallas. Doc Boone gets drunk on Peacocks samples, when Doc Boone tells Peacock that he served as a doctor in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion, Hatfield quickly uses a Southern term, the War for the Southern Confederacy. The stage reaches Dry Fork, but the cavalry detachment has gone to Apache Wells.
Buck wants to back, but Curly demands that the group vote. With only Buck and Peacock objecting, they decide to proceed on to Apache Wells, at lunch before departing, the group is taken aback when Ringo invites Dallas to sit at the main table, and Mrs. Mallory is clearly uncomfortable having lunch with a prostitute. Hatfield gives Mrs. Mallory a drink from his silver folding cup and she recognizes the family crest on the cup, and asks Hatfield whether he was ever in Virginia. He says he won the flask in a game. When the stage reaches Apache Wells, Mrs. Mallory learns that her husband had been wounded in battle and has left, she faints, Doc Boone has to sober up and deliver the baby, and Dallas emerges holding a healthy baby girl. Later that night, Ringo asks Dallas to marry him, afraid to reveal her checkered past, she does not answer immediately