River House (New York City)
River House is a co-op apartment building located at 435 East 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York. The River House was constructed in 1931 on the site of a former cigar factory; the building featured a pier where residents could dock their yachts, but that amenity was lost with the construction of the FDR Drive. The building has a gated cobblestone courtyard featuring a fountain; the building's 26 story tower is decorated in an Art Deco style. The co-op board was notorious for turning away applicants who failed to meet strict liquidity requirements or those whose "comings and goings would attract unwelcome publicity to the River House". Famously, Gloria Vanderbilt was rejected by the board in 1980, she accused the board of racism. Other celebrities alleged to have been rejected by the board include Richard Nixon, Diane Keaton, Joan Crawford and, in 2014, the French Ambassador to the United Nations. Parts of the lower levels of the building are leased to the River Club, a private club that counts more than half of the building's shareholders among its 900 or so members.
As of 2013 the members, who include David H. Koch and Aerin Lauder, pay $10,000 in annual membership fees; the club includes an indoor pool and tennis courts. After several years of negotiations where the club attempted to negotiate the purchase of its space, the co-op board listed the club's space for sale as a private residence. Featuring 62,000 square feet, five floors and a private entrance, the board set an asking price of $130 million. If the asking price is met, it would be Manhattan's most expensive residence. Edwin Howard Armstrong, inventor of FM radio Helen Bonfils and George Somnes, Broadway producers Catherine "Deeda" Blair, wife of ambassador William McCormick Blair, Jr. Donald M. Blinken, ambassador Philip Bobbitt, academic Barbara Taylor Bradford, author Henry Kissinger, United States Secretary of State Joshua Logan and director Alexandra Penney and magazine editor Holly Peterson, author Peter George Peterson and United States Secretary of Commerce Kermit Roosevelt and son of Theodore Roosevelt Robert Rosenkranz Uma Thurman, actress Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, businessman
Broadway theatre known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world; the Theater District is a popular tourist attraction in New York City. According to The Broadway League, for the 2017–2018 season total attendance was 13,792,614 and Broadway shows had US$1,697,458,795 in grosses, with attendance up 3.9%, grosses up 17.1%, playing weeks up 2.8%. The majority of Broadway shows are musicals. Historian Martin Shefter argues that "'Broadway musicals', culminating in the productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, became enormously influential forms of American popular culture" and contributed to making New York City the cultural capital of the Western Hemisphere.
New York did not have a significant theatre presence until about 1750, when actor-managers Walter Murray and Thomas Kean established a resident theatre company at the Theatre on Nassau Street, which held about 280 people. They presented Shakespeare ballad operas such as The Beggar's Opera. In 1752, William Hallam sent a company of twelve actors from Britain to the colonies with his brother Lewis as their manager, they established a theatre in Williamsburg and opened with The Merchant of Venice and The Anatomist. The company moved to New York in the summer of 1753, performing ballad operas and ballad-farces like Damon and Phillida; the Revolutionary War suspended theatre in New York, but thereafter theatre resumed in 1798, the year the 2,000-seat Park Theatre was built on Chatham Street. The Bowery Theatre opened followed by others. By the 1840s, P. T. Barnum was operating an entertainment complex in Lower Manhattan. In 1829, at Broadway and Prince Street, Niblo's Garden opened and soon became one of New York's premiere nightspots.
The 3,000-seat theatre presented all sorts of non-musical entertainments. In 1844, Palmo's Opera House opened and presented opera for only four seasons before bankruptcy led to its rebranding as a venue for plays under the name Burton's Theatre; the Astor Opera House opened in 1847. A riot broke out in 1849 when the lower-class patrons of the Bowery objected to what they perceived as snobbery by the upper class audiences at Astor Place: "After the Astor Place Riot of 1849, entertainment in New York City was divided along class lines: opera was chiefly for the upper middle and upper classes, minstrel shows and melodramas for the middle class, variety shows in concert saloons for men of the working class and the slumming middle class."The plays of William Shakespeare were performed on the Broadway stage during the period, most notably by American actor Edwin Booth, internationally known for his performance as Hamlet. Booth played the role for a famous 100 consecutive performances at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1865, would revive the role at his own Booth's Theatre.
Other renowned Shakespeareans who appeared in New York in this era were Henry Irving, Tommaso Salvini, Fanny Davenport, Charles Fechter. Theatre in New York moved from downtown to midtown beginning around 1850, seeking less expensive real estate. In the beginning of the 19th century, the area that now comprises the Theater District was owned by a handful of families and comprised a few farms. In 1836, Mayor Cornelius Lawrence opened 42nd Street and invited Manhattanites to "enjoy the pure clean air." Close to 60 years theatrical entrepreneur Oscar Hammerstein I built the iconic Victoria Theater on West 42nd Street. Broadway's first "long-run" musical was a 50-performance hit called The Elves in 1857. In 1870, the heart of Broadway was in Union Square, by the end of the century, many theatres were near Madison Square. Theatres did not arrive in the Times Square area until the early 1900s, the Broadway theatres did not consolidate there until a large number of theatres were built around the square in the 1920s and 1930s.
New York runs continued to lag far behind those in London, but Laura Keene's "musical burletta" The Seven Sisters shattered previous New York records with a run of 253 performances. It was at a performance by Keene's troupe of Our American Cousin in Washington, D. C. that Abraham Lincoln was shot. The first theatre piece that conforms to the modern conception of a musical, adding dance and original music that helped to tell the story, is considered to be The Black Crook, which premiered in New York on September 12, 1866; the production was five-and-a-half hours long, but despite its length, it ran for a record-breaking 474 performances. The same year, The Black Domino/Between You, Me and the Post was the first show to call itself a "musical comedy". Tony Pastor opened the first vaudeville theatre one block east of Union Square in 1881, where Lillian Russell performed. Comedians Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart produced and starred in musicals on Broadway between 1878 and 1890, with book and lyrics by Harrigan and music by his father-in-law David Braham.
These musical comedies featured characters and situations taken from the everyday life of New York's lower classes and represented a significant step forward from vaudeville and burlesque, towards a more literate form. They starred high quality singers, instead of the women of questionable repute who had starred in earlier m
Allen Jenkins was an American character actor and singer who worked on stage and television. Jenkins was born Alfred McGonegal on Staten Island, New York on April 9, 1900, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his first stage appearance, he danced next to James Cagney in a chorus line for an off-Broadway musical called Pitter-Patter, earning five dollars a week, he appeared in Broadway plays between 1923 and 1962, including The Front Page. His big break came when he replaced Spencer Tracy for three weeks in the Broadway play The Last Mile. Jenkins was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterward to Warner Bros, his first role in films came in 1931, when he appeared as an ex-convict in the short Straight and Narrow. He had originated the character of Frankie Wells in the Broadway production of Blessed Event and reprised the role in its film adaptation, both in 1932. With the advent of talking pictures, he made a career out of playing comic henchmen, policemen, taxi drivers, other'tough guys' in numerous films of the 1930s and 1940s for Warner Bros. Allen Jenkins was labeled the "greatest scene-stealer of the 1930s" by The New York Times.
In 1959, Jenkins played the role of elevator operator Harry in the comedy Pillow Talk. Jenkins voiced the character of Officer Charlie Dibble on the Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon, Top Cat, he was a regular on the television sitcom Hey, Jeannie!, starring Jeannie Carson and portrayed Muggsy on the 1950s-1970s CBS series The Red Skelton Show. He was a guest star on many other television programs, such as The Man from U. N. C. L. E. Mr. & Mrs. North, I Love Lucy, Playhouse 90, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Zane Grey Theater, Your Show of Shows, he had a cameo appearance in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World. Eleven days before his death, he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's remake of The Front Page. Jenkins publicized his own alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U. S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it, he was involved in beginning the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women. Jenkins is interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D. C. Section 10, Lot 31.
Jenkins died of lung cancer on July 20, 1974, at age 74. The Abbott and Costello Show - episode "The Actors' Home" as Retired Actors Home Man on Street Wagon Train - episode "The Horace Best Story" as Mr. Gillespie Top Cat - 30 episodes as Officer Charlie Dibble The Real McCoys - episode "Army Reunion" as Skinny Howard The Man from U. N. C. L. E. - episodes "The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Parts 1 & 2" as Enzo "Pretty" Stilletto Batman - episode "Scat! Darn Catwoman" as Little Al Bewitched - four episodes as various characters Allen Jenkins on IMDb Allen Jenkins at the Internet Broadway Database Allen Jenkins at AllMovie
Dead End Kids
The Dead End Kids were a group of young actors from New York City who appeared in Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play Dead End in 1935. In 1937 producer Samuel Goldwyn turned the play into a film, they proved to be so popular that they continued to make movies under various monikers, including the Little Tough Guys, the East Side Kids, the Bowery Boys, until 1958. In 1934, Sidney Kingsley wrote a play about a group of children growing up on the streets of New York City. A total of fourteen children were hired to play various roles in the play, including Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Charles Duncan, Bernard Punsly, Gabriel Dell, Leo and David Gorcey. Duncan was replaced by Leo, his understudy. Leo had been a plumber's assistant and was recruited by his brother David to audition for the play; the play opened at the Belasco Theatre on October 28, 1935, ran for two years, totaling 684 performances. Samuel Goldwyn and director William Wyler decided to turn it into a film, they began auditioning actors in Los Angeles.
Failing to find actors that could convey the emotions they saw in the play and Wyler had six of the original Kids brought from New York City to Hollywood for the film. The Kids were all signed to two-year contracts, allowing for possible future films, began working on the 1937 United Artists' film, Dead End; the actual name of the gang of boys in Dead End is written in chalk on the wall, shown throughout the movie. It reads: "East 53rd Place Gang Members Only". During production, the boys ran wild around the studio, destroying property, including a truck that they crashed into a sound stage. Goldwyn sold their contract to Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers had attempted to rename them as "The Crime School Kids" through advertisements for their first two films produced there, starting with Crime School, to disassociate them from their previous studio's film, promote their own. In 1938 they made their only color appearance in a short film, Swingtime in the Movies, were referred to as that name. However, this was all in vain as the name never caught on, they remained "The Dead End Kids".
At Warner Brothers, the Dead End Kids made six films, including Angels with Dirty Faces, with some of the top actors in Hollywood, including James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan. The last one was in 1939, when they were released from their contracts owing to more antics on the studio lot. Shortly after they made their first film at Warner Brothers in 1938, Universal borrowed all of the Dead End Kids except for Bobby Jordan and Leo Gorcey and made twelve films and three 12-chapter serials under the team names of "The Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys" and "Little Tough Guys". Universal contracted Leo's brother David and Hally Chester to join the team. After Warners released Jordan from his contract, Universal signed him to join the rest of gang; because the original Dead End Kids were now working for several studios, their Universal films were made at the same time as the Warner Brothers"Dead End Kids' series and Monogram Picture's "The East Side Kids" series.
The final Universal film was Keep'Em Slugging, released in 1943. After Warner Brothers released the remaining Dead End Kids from their contracts in 1939, producer Sam Katzman at Monogram acted and hired several of them, including Jordan and the Gorcey brothers, as well as Chester and some of the other Little Tough Guys to star in a new series using the name "The East Side Kids"; this series introduced'Sunshine' Sammy Morrison, one of the original members of the Our Gang comedy team, to the group. A total of 22 East Side Kids films were made, ending with Come Out Fighting in 1945. In 1946, with only Monogram making films using any of the original Dead End Kids, Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey, Gorcey's agent, Jan Grippo, revamped The East Side Kids, renaming them "The Bowery Boys"; these films followed a more established formula than the earlier films. First Jordan and Dell departed the series after several films. Gorcey was replaced by Stanley Clements for the remaining films. In all, a total of 48 Bowery Boys films were made.
During the series Hall and Dell did a nightclub act together. Gorcey and Hall reteamed on the film Second Fiddle To a Steel Guitar finally, in The Phynx. In total the various teams that began life as "The Dead End Kids" made 89 films and three serials for four different studios during their 21-year-long film career; the team was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame that can be found at the corner of La Brea and Hollywood. One notable aspect of the group's history is their transition from stark drama to comedy; when they began, in Dead End and their other early films, their characters were serious, genuinely menacing young hoodlums. But, by the height of their career, their movies were comedies, with the Kids depicted as low-class but harmless, likable teens – comic caricatures of their former selves; the original play has had two revivals. A 1978 adaptation played at the Quigh Theatre in New York, N. Y. and another in 2005 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. In attendance at the October performance of the 2005 revival, family of the original Dead End Kids met for the first time- Leo Gorcey Jr.
Bobby Jordan Jr. and granddaughter Kelly Jordan, Gabe Dell Jr. and grandson Blue Dell, the nieces and nephew of Billy Halop- Melissa and Jennifer Halop, Zach Halop. T
Henry Richard "Huntz" Hall was an American radio and motion picture performer noted for his roles in the "Dead End Kids" movies, such as Angels with Dirty Faces, which gave way to the "Bowery Boys" movie franchise, a prolific and successful series of comedies in the 1940s and 1950s. Hall was born in 1920 in New York City to Joseph Patrick Hall, an Irish immigrant air-conditioner repairman, his wife Mary Ellen; the 14th of 16 children, he was nicknamed "Huntz" because of his Teutonic-looking nose. Hall attended Catholic schools and started performing on radio at age 5, he appeared on Broadway in the 1935 production of Dead End, a play written and directed by Sidney Kingsley. Hall was cast along with the other Dead End Kids in the 1937 film Dead End, directed by William Wyler and starring Humphrey Bogart. Hall served in the United States Army during World War II. In 1943, he appeared in the USN training film "Don't Kill your Friends" as the moronic Ensign Dilbert the Pilot who, because of his carelessness and cavalier attitude, manages to kill a civilian and three servicemen.
In 1948, Hall was arrested for possession of marijuana. Hall played the buffoonish Horace DeBussy "Sach" Jones in 48 "Bowery Boys" films, gaining top billing when his longtime partner, Leo Gorcey, left the series in 1956. Hall and Gorcey reunited in Second Fiddle to a Steel The Phynx, he appeared in other films, including The Return of Doctor X, the war film A Walk in the Sun, Gentle Giant, Herbie Rides Again, The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery opposite Gabriel Dell, another former Bowery Boy. In 1967, he became one of the celebrities featured on the cover of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 1971, he co-starred along with Art Metrano, Jamie Farr and others in a sit-com on American TV, "The Chicago Teddy Bears", his plans to produce a movie series, "The Ghetto Boys", fell through. In 1973, Hall took part in Princess Grace of Monaco's Council for Drug Abuse, part of the Catholic Office of Drug Education. In 1976, he appeared alongside other Hollywood veteran stars in Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood and in 1977 he played movie mogul Jesse Lasky in Ken Russell's film Valentino.
His films included roles in Gas Pump Girls and The Escape Artist, the latter of which reunited him again with Gabriel Dell. His final film appearance was in Auntie Lee's Meat Pies in 1993, he performed in dinner theater productions before retiring in 1994. Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story by Jim Manago, published by BearManor Media in 2015, is the first biography of Hall. Hall died from congestive heart failure on January 30, 1999 at the age of 78 in North Hollywood, California, he was interred in a niche at All Saints Episcopal Church in California. Flipper as Barney The Sky's the Limit as Hitchhiker CHiPS as Armored car driver Diff'rent Strokes as the Happy Wanderer Night Heat as Father O'Malley Daddy Dearest as the Pretzel Man Huntz Hall on IMDb Huntz Hall at the Internet Broadway Database Huntz Hall at Find a Grave
Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Samuel Goldwyn Productions was an American film production company founded by Samuel Goldwyn in 1923, active through 1959. Controlled by Goldwyn and focused on production rather than distribution, the company developed into the most financially and critically successful independent production company in Hollywood's Golden Age; as of 2012, the distribution rights of Samuel Goldwyn films from the library were transferred to Warner Bros. with Miramax managing global licensing, with the exception of The Hurricane, now back with its original distributor, United Artists. After the sale of his previous firm Goldwyn Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn organized his productions beginning in February 1923 in a partnership with director George Fitzmaurice. Goldwyn Production's first release and Perlmutter opened in Baltimore on September 6, 1923; some of the early productions bear the name "Howard Productions", named for Goldwyn's wife Frances Howard, who married Goldwyn in 1925. In the 1920s, Goldwyn released films through Associated First National.
Throughout the 1930s, Goldwyn released most of his films through United Artists. Beginning in 1941, Goldwyn released most of his films through RKO Radio Pictures. With high production values and directors like John Ford and Howard Hawks, Goldwyn received Academy Award for Best Picture nominations: Arrowsmith, Dead End, Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes. In 1946, he won best picture for The Best Years of Our Lives. Through the 1940s and 1950s, many of Goldwyn's films starred Danny Kaye. Goldwyn's final production was the 1959 version of Bess. Goldwyn Pictures, the film production and distribution company active from 1916 and merged with Metro Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on April 16, 1924. Samuel Goldwyn Studio, informal name for the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios lot in Hollywood; the Samuel Goldwyn Company, founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. in 1979, active through 1997. Samuel Goldwyn Films, founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. in 2000. Samuel Goldwyn Productions on IMDb
Charles Halton was a stern-faced American character actor who appeared in over 180 films. Halton trained at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, he made his Broadway debut in 1901, after which he appeared in about 35 productions during the next 50 years. From the 1920s, Halton's thinning hair, rimless glasses and officious manner were familiar to generations of American moviegoers. Whether playing the neighborhood busybody, a stern government bureaucrat or weaselly attorney, Halton's characters tried to drive the "immoral influences" out of the neighborhood, foreclose on the orphanage, evict the poor widow and her children from their apartment, or any other number of dastardly deeds, all justified by "... I'm sorry but that's my job." Among his highest profile roles were Mr. Carter, the bank examiner in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, the Polish theatre producer Dobosh in Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be, a county official from Idaho in Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In Enemy of Women, the story of Joseph Goebbels, Halton played against type as a kindly radio performer of children's stories, arrested by the Nazis.
Although his career slowed down in the 1950s, he played roles in numerous television series. His 40-year film career ended with High School Confidential. On April 16, 1959. Halton died of hepatitis in Los Angeles, he was 83. Charles Halton on IMDb Charles Halton at the Internet Broadway Database Charles Halton at Find a Grave