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Elmer Goodfellow Brendel, known professionally as El Brendel /ˈɛl brɛnˈdɛl/, was a vaudeville comedian turned movie star, best remembered for his dialect routine as a Swedish immigrant. His biggest role was as Single-0 in the sci-fi musical Just Imagine and his screen name was pronounced El Bren-DEL. He was born on March 25,1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an Irish mother, unlike his stage and film character, was not Swedish. He spoke standard American English without a trace of any other accent and he attended the University of Pennsylvania. He entered vaudeville in 1913 as a German dialect comedian and married his vaudeville partner, during the 1910s and early 1920s, he appeared with his wife, vaudeville star Flo Bert, doing a married-couple routine. It was during this period that he coined his trademark lines, Yee vizz. and he made his first stage appearance in 1921. He appeared in Cinderella on Broadway, Spice of 1922, Passing Show, Brendel left Paramount Pictures in 1927 to return to the vaudeville stage before being coaxed back to Hollywood in 1929, signing a contract with Fox Film Corporation.
Brendels star immediately rose at the studio, largely in part due to the advent of sound and his simple Swede character now had a voice, and his malaprop-ridden dialogue gave his character new appeal. He was featured in the boisterous Quirt and Flagg military comedies with Edmund Lowe, in 1930 Brendel starred in Just Imagine, a science fiction musical directed by David Butler. In 1931 Fox starred him in the roles of Mr. Lemon. While Mr. Lemon of Orange was publicized by Fox as Brendels first starring role, that distinction is more given to Just Imagine. Brendel was the most popular comedian in America at the time, despite the positive public reception of Just Imagine and Mr. Lemon of Orange, it was judged that Brendel could not carry an expensive film. He continued to play leads in B-pictures, but served in more prestigious fare mainly in supporting roles, in 1933, he left Fox and had a brief tenure at Warner Bros. Studios making two-reelers, and for the few years, was a freelance actor. His former director David Butler cast him in two features, Little Miss Broadway with Shirley Temple, and If I Had My Way co-starring Bing Crosby.
In 1936, El Brendel made his debut at Columbia Pictures in a pair of comedies, producer Jules White liked Brendels act. Brendel was an attraction in short subjects and he was often paired with other well-known comedians, including Shemp Howard, Harry Langdon, Tom Kennedy. Brendel starred in films for the independent PRC studio
Sally Blane was an American actress. She appeared in over 70 movies, Blane was born in Salida, Colorado. She was the sister of actresses Polly Ann and Loretta Young, Blane had her film debut at the age of seven when she appeared in Sirens of the Sea in 1917. She returned to the business as an adult in the 1920s. Her career continued into the 1930s when Blane appeared in a number of films, among them Once a Sinner, A Dangerous Affair, Arabian Knights, Annabelles Affairs. City Limits, Against the Law, The Silver Streak, the footage from Annabelles Affairs is considered lost. Although her appearances tapered off toward the late 1930s, Blane eventually appeared in over 100 films and she appeared onscreen at one time or another with all her sisters, for example with all three in The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. After that, Blane appeared in four more movies in small supporting roles – Fighting Mad, Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, La Fuga. Blane married actor and director Norman Foster in October 1935, in June 1936, they had their first child, named after her sister Loretta Young.
They had a son named Robert, Blane died in Palm Springs, California on August 27,1997, of cancer at the age of 87. Blane is interred in Culver Citys Holy Cross Cemetery
Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann, billed as Ralph Morgan, was a Hollywood stage and film character actor, and an older brother of Frank Morgan. Morgan was born Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann in New York City, the eighth of 11 children of Josephine Wright Hancox and his mother was a Mayflower descendent and his father, George Wuppermann was a Hispanic and Latino German-born citizen, who had moved to U. S. He had made a fortune by distributing Angostura bitters, allowing him to all of his children to universities. Ralph Morgan attended Trinity School, Riverview Military Academy and graduated from Columbia University with a law degree, after almost two years practicing, he abandoned the world of jurisprudence for the vocation of journeyman actor, having already appeared in Columbias annual Varsity Show. In 1905, billed as Raphael Kuhner Wupperman, he appeared in The Khan of Kathan, Morgan became so successful in stock and on Broadway that his younger brother, was encouraged to give acting a try. Franks career would eventually overshadow that of his elder brother and his first role on the stage came in The Bachelor in 1909 and played John Marvin in the 1918 hit play, Lightnin.
Ralph Morgan made his debut in silent films in 1915. In the early era, he played such leading roles in such productions as Strange Interlude in 1932 and Rasputin. He settled into secondary character parts and his quiet, dignified demeanor on screen was often employed for murder mysteries in which, more often than not, he would play what is known as a heavy, being exposed in the last reel as the killer. One of his roles was in the 1942 serial Gang Busters. Morgan worked in radio and television, frequently in religious dramas filmed for Family Theater. He was a founder, charter member, and the first president of SAG in 1933, Morgan has a star in the Motion Pictures section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1617 Vine Street. It was dedicated February 8,1960, Morgan died at his home on June 11,1956. He was survived by his daughter and a sister and he was interred at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Ralph Morgan at the Internet Movie Database Ralph Morgan at the Internet Broadway Database Ralph Morgan at Find a Grave
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper and continuously published in New York City since September 18,1851, by The New York Times Company. The New York Times has won 119 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper, the papers print version in 2013 had the second-largest circulation, behind The Wall Street Journal, and the largest circulation among the metropolitan newspapers in the US. The New York Times is ranked 18th in the world by circulation, following industry trends, its weekday circulation had fallen in 2009 to fewer than one million. Nicknamed The Gray Lady, The New York Times has long been regarded within the industry as a newspaper of record. The New York Times international version, formerly the International Herald Tribune, is now called the New York Times International Edition, the papers motto, All the News Thats Fit to Print, appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. On Sunday, The New York Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T, some other early investors of the company were Edwin B.
Morgan and Edward B. We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or exactly wrong, —what is good we desire to preserve and improve, —what is evil, to exterminate. In 1852, the started a western division, The Times of California that arrived whenever a mail boat got to California. However, when local California newspapers came into prominence, the effort failed, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times in 1857. It dropped the hyphen in the city name in the 1890s, One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials it published alone. At Newspaper Row, across from City Hall, Henry Raymond and editor of The New York Times, averted the rioters with Gatling guns, in 1869, Raymond died, and George Jones took over as publisher. Tweed offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story, in the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned gradually from editorially supporting Republican Party candidates to becoming more politically independent and analytical.
In 1884, the paper supported Democrat Grover Cleveland in his first presidential campaign, while this move cost The New York Times readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper eventually regained most of its lost ground within a few years. However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, the paper slowly acquired a reputation for even-handedness and accurate modern reporting, especially by the 1890s under the guidance of Ochs. Under Ochs guidance and expanding upon the Henry Raymond tradition, The New York Times achieved international scope, circulation, in 1910, the first air delivery of The New York Times to Philadelphia began. The New York Times first trans-Atlantic delivery by air to London occurred in 1919 by dirigible, airplane Edition was sent by plane to Chicago so it could be in the hands of Republican convention delegates by evening. In the 1940s, the extended its breadth and reach. The crossword began appearing regularly in 1942, and the section in 1946
Frank Conroy was an American author. He published five books, including the highly acclaimed memoir Stop-Time, published in 1967, this ultimately made Conroy a noted figure in the literary world. The book was nominated for the National Book Award, Frank Conroy was born on January 15,1936 in New York, New York to an American father and a Danish mother. He was previously the director of the program at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1982 to 1987. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in journals as The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Harpers Magazine. He was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, in addition to writing, Conroy was an accomplished jazz pianist, winning a Grammy Award in 1986 for liner notes. His book Dogs Bark, But the Caravan Rolls On, Observations Then and Now includes articles that describe jamming with Charles Mingus and with Charlie Watts, the latter session occurred when Conroy was writing about the Rolling Stones for Esquire. Conroy had arrived at a mansion for the interview, found nobody there, someone wandered in, sat down at the drums, and joined in with accomplished jazz drumming, a fine jazz bassist joined in.
They turned out to be Watts and Wyman, whom Conroy did not recognize until they introduced themselves after the session, Conroy died of colon cancer on April 6,2005, in Iowa City, Iowa, at the age of 69. The Frank Conroy Reading Room in the Dey House, the home of the Iowa Writers Workshop, was named in his honor, Conroy is the subject of Mentor, A Memoir by Tom Grimes, his former student at the Iowa Writers Workshop and long-time friend. Frank Conroy at Find a Grave Identity Theory interview with Frank Conroy Lacy Crawford, a Final Conversation, with Frank Conroy, Narrative Magazine. Two Frank Conroy manuscripts are housed at the University of Iowa Special Collections & University Archives,1994 Whiting Writers Award Keynote Speech
Ralph Rexford Bellamy was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and awards, ralph Rexford Bellamy was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Lilla Louise, a native of Canada and he ran away from home when he was 15 and managed to get into a road show. He toured with road shows before landing in New York City. He began acting on stage there and by 1927 owned his own theater company, in 1931, he made his film debut and worked constantly throughout the decade both as a lead and as a capable supporting actor. He co-starred in five films with Fay Wray and his film career began with The Secret Six starring Wallace Beery and featuring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. By the end of 1933, he had appeared in 22 movies, most notably Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. He played in seven films in 1934 alone, including Woman in the Dark, based on a Dashiell Hammett story, in which Bellamy played the lead.
He portrayed detective Ellery Queen in a few films during the 1940s, but as his career did not progress, he returned to the stage. Bellamy appeared in movies during this time, including Dance, Dance with Maureen OHara and Lucille Ball. The lead role was taken by Frank Lovejoy in 1956, who starred in NBCs Meet McGraw detective series. Bellamy appeared on television in numerous roles over the following years and he was a regular panelist on the CBS television game show To Tell the Truth during its initial run. Bellamy starred as Willard Mitchell, along with Patricia Breslin and Paul Fix, about this same time, he appeared on the NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show. In December 1961, he portrayed the part of Judge Quince in the episode Judgement at Hondo Seco on CBSs Rawhide, during the 1963–1964 television season, Bellamy co-starred with Jack Ging in the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour, in the role of a psychiatrist in private practice. Wendell Corey had appeared in the first season of the series, Bellamy appeared on Broadway in one of his most famous roles, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello.
He starred in the 1960 film version, in the summer of 1961, Bellamy hosted nine original episodes of a CBS Western anthology series called Frontier Justice, a Dick Powell Four Star Television production. In 1950 Bellamy became a member of The Lambs, a club located in New York. Highly regarded within the industry, Bellamy served as a four-term President of Actors Equity from 1952–1964, among many roles in numerous shows, sometimes as a series regular, Bellamy portrayed Adlai Stevenson in the 1974 TV-movie The Missiles of October, a treatment of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the stars of Hollywoods Golden Age, Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor. Tracy first discovered his talent for acting while attending Ripon College and he spent seven years in the theatre, working in a succession of stock companies and intermittently on Broadway. Tracys breakthrough came in 1930, when his performance in The Last Mile caught the attention of Hollywood. After a successful debut in Up the River, Tracy was signed to a contract with Fox Film Corporation. His five years with Fox were unremarkable, and he remained unknown to audiences after 25 films. In 1935 Tracy joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, at the time Hollywoods most prestigious studio and his career flourished with a series of hit films, and in 1937 and 1938 he won consecutive Oscars for Captains Courageous and Boys Town. By the 1940s, Tracy was one of the top stars. In 1942 he appeared with Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year, Tracy left MGM in 1955 and continued to work regularly as a freelance star, despite an increasing weariness as he aged.
His personal life was troubled, with a struggle against alcoholism. Tracy became estranged from his wife in the 1930s, but never divorced, towards the end of his life, Tracy worked almost exclusively for director Stanley Kramer. It was for Kramer that he made his last film, Guess Whos Coming to Dinner in 1967, during his career, Tracy appeared in 75 films and developed a reputation among his peers as one of the screens greatest actors. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Tracy as the 9th greatest male star of Classic Hollywood Cinema, Tracy was born on April 5,1900, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the son of Caroline and John Edward Tracy. His mother was a Presbyterian from a wealthy Midwestern family, and his one brother, was four years older. Spencer was a difficult and hyperactive child with poor school attendance, raised as a Catholic, at nine years old he was placed in the care of Dominican nuns in the hope of transforming his behavior. Later in life he remarked, I never would have back to school if there had been any other way of learning to read the subtitles in the movies.
He became fascinated with motion pictures, watching the same ones repeatedly and re-enacting scenes to his friends, Tracy attended several Jesuit academies in his teenage years, which he claimed took the badness out of him and helped him improve his grades
Dickie Moore (actor)
John Richard Dickie Moore, Jr. was an American actor, known in life as Dick Moore. He was one of the last surviving actors to have appeared in silent film, a busy and popular actor during his childhood and youth, he appeared in over 100 films until the 1950s. Among his most notable appearances were the Our Gang series and films such as Oliver Twist, Blonde Venus, Sergeant York, Moore was born in Los Angeles, the son of Nora Eileen and John Richard Moore, Sr. a banker. His mother was Irish, and his grandparents were from England and Ireland. He made his debut in 1927 in the silent film The Beloved Rogue. At the time of his death, Moore was one of the last surviving actors to have appeared in silent film and he quickly gained notable supporting roles. He had a significant role as Marlene Dietrichs son in Josef von Sternbergs drama Blonde Venus and he appeared with Barbara Stanwyck in So Big, with Walter Huston in Gabriel Over the White House and with Spencer Tracy in Mans Castle. Besides appearing in a number of feature films, he was featured as a regular in the Our Gang series during the 1932–1933 season.
Although he only played in eight Our Gang films, in films he played an important role as the leader of the gang. He left the series one year to play in more feature films. In addition to his Our Gang work, Moore is most remembered for his portrayal of the character in the 1933 adaptation of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist. In 1935, he played the role of Joseph Meister in the film drama The Story of Louis Pasteur about the life of scientist Louis Pasteur. In 1941, he portrayed the brother of Gary Cooper in the war drama Sergeant York under the direction of Howard Hawks and he is famous for giving Shirley Temple her first romantic onscreen kiss, in the film Miss Annie Rooney. Moore was less successful as an actor and young adult. One of his last notable film roles was in Out of the Past, in which he portrayed Robert Mitchums deaf young assistant, Moore played his last role as a young soldier in Eight Iron Men. He performed on Broadway, in stock and on television and he went on to teach and write books about acting, edit Equity News, and produce an Oscar-nominated short film, and industrial films.
He retired from acting in the late 1950s, in 1966, after battling alcohol and drugs, he founded a public relations firm, Dick Moore and Associates, which he ran until 2010. In 1984, Moore published Twinkle, Little Star, Moore owned a public relations firm, Dick Moore and Associates
Up the River
Up the River is a Pre-Code comedy film about escaped convicts, directed by John Ford and starring Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart in their feature film debuts. Two convicts, St. Louis and Dannemora Dan befriend another convict named Steve, Steve is paroled, promising Judy that he will wait for her release five months later. He returns to his hometown in New England and his mothers home, however, he is followed there by Judys former employer, the scam artist Frosby. Frosby threatens to expose Steves prison record if the latter refuses to go along with a scheme to defraud his neighbors, Steve goes along with it until Frosby defrauds his mother. They return to prison in time for its baseball game against a rival penitentiary. The film closes with St. Louis on the mound with his catcher, Dannemora Dan. Spencer Tracy as Saint Louis Claire Luce as Judy Fields Warren Hymer as Dannemora Dan Humphrey Bogart as Steve Jordan Gaylord Pendleton as Frosby William Collier and this was the only feature film that Tracy and Bogart ever made together.
They tried to make The Desperate Hours in 1955, but neither would consent to second billing and it was the only film Bogart made with director John Ford, and Tracy wouldnt work with Ford again until The Last Hurrah. Claire Luce made very few films, but was on Broadway in many plays from 1923–1952 and she should not be confused with author/playwright/political activist Clare Boothe Luce. The movie was remade by 20th Century-Fox in 1938 and entitled Up the River, with Preston Foster and Tony Martin respectively in the Tracy, New England Vintage Film Society, Inc. Spencer Tracy, The Pre-Code Legacy of a Hollywood Legend, newton, MA, New England Vintage Film Society. Up the River at the Internet Movie Database Up the River at AllMovie Up the River at the TCM Movie Database
Geneva Mitchell was an American film actress. She appeared in over 70 films between 1929 and 1946, Mitchell started her career on the stage in a musical comedy, and was in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921. She signed a contract with Warner Brothers in October 1929, modern viewers will recognize Mitchell from her appearances in the Three Stooges 1935 films Restless Knights, Pop Goes the Easel, and particularly Hoi Polloi. In Hoi Polloi, Mitchell plays a dance instructor who directs the Stooges to do exactly as I do, before she begins her dance, a bumblebee lands on her bare back, and crawls under her dress. Naturally, the Stooges mimic her every startled move and this hilarious footage was to be reused six years in In the Sweet Pie and Pie. Poor health curtailed Mitchells career after 1936, as she appeared in one film throughout the 1940s. She died in Los Angeles, California on March 10,1949 at age 42, Mitchells circumstances often made the news. She became entangled in legal wranglings involving Shermans estate, and her publicist was sentenced to jail over a stunt she reportedly instigated.
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In 1998 it became a subsidiary of Amazon Inc, who were able to use it as an advertising resource for selling DVDs and videotapes. As of January 2017, IMDb has approximately 4.1 million titles and 7.7 million personalities in its database, the site enables registered users to submit new material and edits to existing entries. Although all data is checked before going live, the system has open to abuse. The site featured message boards which stimulate regular debates and dialogue among authenticated users, IMDb shutdown the message boards permanently on February 20,2017. Anyone with a connection can read the movie and talent pages of IMDb. A registration process is however, to contribute info to the site. A registered user chooses a name for themselves, and is given a profile page. These badges range from total contributions made, to independent categories such as photos, bios, if a registered user or visitor happens to be in the entertainment industry, and has an IMDb page, that user/visitor can add photos to that page by enrolling in IMDbPRO.
Actors and industry executives can post their own resume and this fee enrolls them in a membership called IMDbPro. PRO can be accessed by anyone willing to pay the fee, which is $19.99 USD per month, or if paid annually, $149.99, which comes to approximately $12.50 per month USD. Membership enables a user to access the rank order of each industry personality, as well as agent contact information for any actor, director etc. that has an IMDb page. Enrolling in PRO for industry personnel, enables those members the ability to upload a head shot to open their page, as well as the ability to upload hundreds of photos to accompany their page. Anyone can register as a user, and contribute to the site as well as enjoy its content, however those users enrolled in PRO have greater access and privileges. IMDb originated with a Usenet posting by British film fan and computer programmer Col Needham entitled Those Eyes, others with similar interests soon responded with additions or different lists of their own.
Needham subsequently started an Actors List, while Dave Knight began a Directors List, and Andy Krieg took over THE LIST from Hank Driskill, which would be renamed the Actress List. Both lists had been restricted to people who were alive and working, the goal of the participants now was to make the lists as inclusive as possible. By late 1990, the lists included almost 10,000 movies and television series correlated with actors and actresses appearing therein. On October 17,1990, Needham developed and posted a collection of Unix shell scripts which could be used to search the four lists, at the time, it was known as the rec. arts. movies movie database