James Wesley Dodd was an American actor and songwriter, best known as the MC of the popular 1950s Walt Disney television series The Mickey Mouse Club, as well as the writer of its well-known theme song, "The Mickey Mouse Club March." A slowed-down version of this march, with different lyrics, became the alma mater that closed the show. Dodd had some early film roles in The Three Mesquiteers series of westerns. Coincidentally, he performed in two unrelated series whose names were plays on "musketeers", he made his first screen appearance in the 1940 William Holden film Those Were the Days! in a minor role. He appeared in many theatrical films in the 1940s and 1950s uncredited, he appeared with John Wayne in the war films Flying Tigers, Janie, in which he sings a bit of Keep Your Powder Dry with star Joyce Reynolds, with Harry Carey in China's Little Devils, another film involving the Flying Tigers. He played the taxi driver in the MGM film Easter Parade, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
Dodd had a important part in the Mickey Rooney hit Quicksand. Two of his films were biographies of baseball players: The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Jackie Robinson played himself, The Winning Team, in which future president Ronald Reagan portrayed pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, he played a taxi driver again in Phffft. In addition to his small role in an early episode of Adventures of Superman titled "Double Trouble," Dodd appeared as a deputy in the 1955 episode "Sontag and Evans" of the syndicated television series Stories of the Century; the segment was based on the California train robbers Chris John Sontag. The Mickey Mouse Club aired each weekday. Dodd always wore "Mouseke-ears", played his "Mouse-guitar", sang self-composed songs, his tunes contained positive messages for kids. In addition, among his other musical contributions is a song that a generation of kids has used for nearly a half century to spell "encyclopedia", he performed a regular segment on the show singing "Proverbs Proverbs they're so true"...and would expound on a Proverb from the Bible and give an explanation of its value in everyday life.
He performed songs in several of his movies. The original Mouseketeers, frequent guests at the Dodd home for backyard barbecues and sing-alongs, said Dodd treated them as part of his own extended family. Dodd died of cancer on November 10, 1964, in Honolulu, aged 54. Cheryl Holdridge was the last Mouseketeer to see Dodd alive. Holdridge visited Dodd in his final hours because she and her new husband Lance Reventlow had flown to Hawaii for their honeymoon, they came to the hospital. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Jimmie Dodd on IMDb Jimmie Dodd at the Internet Broadway Database
Edward Arnold (actor)
Edward Arnold was an American actor. Arnold was born on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants Elizabeth and Carl Schneider, his schooling came at the East Side Settlement House. Arnold was married three times: Harriet Marshall, with whom he had three children: Elizabeth and William. Interested in acting since his youth, Arnold made his professional stage debut in 1907, he found work as an extra for Essanay Studios and World Studios, before landing his first significant role in 1916's The Misleading Lady. In 1919, he left film for a return to the stage, did not appear again in movies until he made his talkie debut in Okay America!. He recreated one of his stage roles in one of his early films, his role in the 1935 film Diamond Jim boosted him to stardom. He reprised the role of Diamond Jim Brady in the 1940 film Lillian Russell, he played a similar role in The Toast of New York, another fictionalized version of real-life business chicanery, for which he was billed above Cary Grant in the posters with his name in much larger letters.
Arnold appeared in over 150 movies. Although he was labeled "box office poison" in 1938 by an exhibitor publication, he never lacked for work. Rather than continue in leading man roles, he gave up losing weight and went after character parts instead. Arnold was quoted as saying, "The bigger I got, the better character roles I received." He was such a sought-after actor, he worked on two pictures at the same time. Arnold was an expert at playing rogues and authority figures, superb at combining the two as powerful villains pulling strings, he was best known for his roles in Come and Get It, Sutter's Gold, the aforementioned The Toast of New York, You Can't Take It with You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe, The Devil and Daniel Webster, he was the first actor to portray Rex Stout's famous detective Nero Wolfe, starring in Meet Nero Wolfe, the film based on the first novel in the series. He played blind detective Duncan Maclain in two movies based on the novels by Baynard Kendrick, Eyes in the Night and The Hidden Eye.
Arnold made a posthumous cameo in the 1984 film Gremlins as the deceased husband of Mrs. Deagle, a character much like the rich, heartless characters Arnold was known for. Director Joe Dante mentioned. From 1947 to 1953, Arnold starred in the ABC radio program Mr. President, he played a lawyer, "Mr. Reynolds," in The Charlotte Greenwood Show. In 1953, he was host of Spotlight Story on Mutual. Arnold was host for Your Star Showcase, "a series of 52 half-hour television dramas... released by Television Programs of America." The series was launched January 1954, to run in 1950 cities. He co-starred in "Ever Since the Day," an episode of Ford Theatre on NBC. Midwestern University awarded Arnold an honorary Doctor of Letters degree on May 24, 1951. Arnold has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6225 Hollywood Blvd. Arnold was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1940–42. In 1940, his autobiography, Lorenzo Goes to Hollywood, was published, he was the co-founder of the I Am An American Foundation.
Starting in the 1940s, Arnold became involved in Republican politics and was mentioned as a possible G. O. P. candidate for the United States Senate. He lost a contested election for Los Angeles County Supervisor and said at the time that actors were not suited to run for political office. Arnold died at his home in Encino, California from a cerebral hemorrhage associated with atrial fibrillation, aged 66, he was interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The New York Times April 27, 1956 obituary, "Edward Arnold, Dies at 66" Edward Arnold on IMDb Edward Arnold at AllMovie Edward Arnold at the Internet Broadway Database Edward Arnold at Find a Grave Edward Arnold at Virtual History
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won more than any other newspaper; the Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U. S; the paper is owned by The New York Times Company, publicly traded and is controlled by the Sulzberger family through a dual-class share structure. It has been owned by the family since 1896. G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher, his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. the company's chairman, are the fourth and fifth generation of the family to helm the paper. Nicknamed "The Gray Lady", the Times has long been regarded within the industry as a national "newspaper of record"; the paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print", appears in the upper left-hand corner of the front page. Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials and features.
Since 2008, the Times has been organized into the following sections: News, Editorials/Opinions-Columns/Op-Ed, New York, Sports of The Times, Science, Home and other features. On Sunday, the Times is supplemented by the Sunday Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine; the Times stayed with the broadsheet full-page set-up and an eight-column format for several years after most papers switched to six, was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography on the front page. The New York Times was founded as the New-York Daily Times on September 18, 1851. Founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones, the Times was published by Raymond, Jones & Company. Early investors in the company included Edwin B. Morgan, Christopher Morgan, Edward B. Wesley. Sold for a penny, the inaugural edition attempted to address various speculations on its purpose and positions that preceded its release: We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good.
We do not believe that everything in Society is either right or wrong. In 1852, the newspaper started a western division, The Times of California, which arrived whenever a mail boat from New York docked in California. However, the effort failed. On September 14, 1857, the newspaper shortened its name to The New-York Times. On April 21, 1861, The New York Times began publishing a Sunday edition to offer daily coverage of the Civil War. One of the earliest public controversies it was involved with was the Mortara Affair, the subject of twenty editorials in the Times alone; the main office of The New York Times was attacked during the New York City Draft Riots. The riots, sparked by the beginning of drafting for the Union Army, began on July 13, 1863. On "Newspaper Row", across from City Hall, Henry Raymond stopped the rioters with Gatling guns, early machine guns, one of which he manned himself; the mob diverted, instead attacking the headquarters of abolitionist publisher Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until being forced to flee by the Brooklyn City Police, who had crossed the East River to help the Manhattan authorities.
In 1869, Henry Raymond died, George Jones took over as publisher. The newspaper's influence grew in 1870 and 1871, when it published a series of exposés on William Tweed, leader of the city's Democratic Party—popularly known as "Tammany Hall" —that led to the end of the Tweed Ring's domination of New York's City Hall. Tweed had offered The New York Times five million dollars to not publish the story. In the 1880s, The New York Times transitioned from supporting Republican Party candidates in its editorials 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 a portion of its readership among its more progressive and Republican readers, the paper regained most of its lost ground within a few years. After George Jones died in 1891, Charles Ransom Miller and other New York Times editors raised $1 million dollars to buy the Times, printing it under the New York Times Publishing Company.
However, the newspaper was financially crippled by the Panic of 1893, by 1896, the newspaper had a circulation of less than 9,000, was losing $1,000 a day. That year, Adolph Ochs, the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, gained a controlling interest in the company for $75,000. Shortly after assuming control of the paper, Ochs coined the paper's slogan, "All The News That's Fit To Print"; the slogan has appeared in the paper since September 1896, has been printed in a box in the upper left hand corner of the front page since early 1897. The slogan was a jab at competing papers, such as Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, which were known for a lurid and inaccurate reporting of facts and opinions, described by the end of the century as "yellow journalism". Under Ochs' guidance, aided by Carr
Janie Gets Married
Janie Gets Married is a 1946 American comedy film directed by Vincent Sherman, written by Agnes Christine Johnston. The film stars Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton, Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Malone; the film was released by Warner Bros. on June 22, 1946. This is a sequel to 1944's Janie. Hutton, Arnold and Benchley reprise their earlier roles, but Leslie replaces actress Joyce Reynolds in the title role. Dick Lawrence returns home from the Army and agrees to marry sweetheart Janie Conway, despite a month-to-month marital contract she has drawn up. Dick is unaware that Janie is scheming to advance his career at her stepfather Charles Conway's newspaper. Janie doesn't mind the arrival of soldier acquaintance "Spud" until it turns out Spud is an attractive former WAC. Things get further complicated when Spud is invited by Dick to spend a few days at their home, when Janie's tomboy sister Elsbeth threatens to tell Dick what's going on at the newspaper. After attempting to make her husband jealous by demonstrating an interest in "Scooper," another military pal of his.
Janie is caught kissing him, which nearly scuttles the sale of the paper until Elsbeth, of all people, saves the day for her sister. Joan Leslie as Janie Conway Robert Hutton as Dick Lawrence Edward Arnold as Charles Conway Ann Harding as Lucille Conway Robert Benchley as John Van Brunt Dorothy Malone as Sgt. Spud Lee Richard Erdman as Lt.'Scooper' Nolan Clare Foley as Elsbeth Conway Donald Meek as Harley P. Stowers Hattie McDaniel as April Barbara Brown as Thelma Van Brunt Margaret Hamilton as Mrs. Angles Ann Gillis as Paula Rainey Ruth Tobey as Bernadine Dodd William Frambes as'Dead Pan' Hackett Janie Gets Married on IMDb Janie Gets Married at the TCM Movie Database
Alma Mabel Conner, known professionally as Ann Gillis, was an American actress, best known for her film roles as a child actress. She was sometimes credited as Ann Gilles, she performed the voice of Faline in the 1942 Disney animated film Bambi. Gillis was born in Little Rock, United States, she started her career in the early 1930s. After some smaller roles, she got her first major part in King of Hockey. In the following years she played supporting roles, her film studio, Warner Brothers Pictures, wanted her to be another Shirley Temple, but she played spoiled brats. Among her biggest roles were Becky Thatcher in David O. Selznick's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Annie in Little Orphan Annie, she provided the voice of Faline in Bambi. She ended her Hollywood film career in 1947 and married her second husband, British actor Richard Fraser, in 1952. Following her Hollywood career, she turned to occasional television work in the UK. Gillis appeared in two episodes of The Saint in 1964/1965, followed by a small part in 2001: A Space Odyssey, playing Dr Poole's mother.
She is seen onscreen congratulating her son on his birthday. She lived in Belgium. On January 31, 2018, Gillis died in a nursing home in East Sussex, England. Best, Marc; those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen, pp. 95–99. Ann Gillis on IMDb Ann Gillis at the American Film Institute
Robert Charles Benchley was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at The Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from his peers at the Algonquin Round Table in New York City to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry. Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists, he made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards. He made many memorable appearances acting in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent and Nice Girl?. His legacy includes written work and numerous short film appearances. Robert Benchley was born on September 15, 1889, in Worcester, the second son of Maria Jane and Charles Henry Benchley.
They were of Northern Irish and Welsh descent both from colonial stock. His brother Edmund was thirteen years older. Benchley was known for writing elaborately misleading and fictional autobiographical statements about himself, his father served in the army for two years during the Civil War and had a four-year hitch in the Navy, before settling again in Worcester and marrying. He worked as a town clerk. Benchley's ancestors included his grandfather Henry Wetherby Benchley, a member of the Massachusetts Senate and Lieutenant Governor in the mid-1850s, he went to Houston and became an activist for the Underground Railroad, where he was arrested and jailed for this. Robert's older brother, was a 4th year cadet at West Point in 1898 when the Secretary of War ordered that his class be graduated early to support preparations for the Spanish–American War. Edmund was assigned to active duty as second lieutenant to the 6th Infantry Regiment. In Cuba in the summer of 1898, the 6th Infantry was part of Kent's 1st Division and Shafter's 5th Corps.
The 1st Division fought in the 1 July 1898 Battle of San Juan Hill. The Division was brought up to the base of San Juan Hill as the left-most division. Edmund was killed when sent back down a trail swept by Spanish rifle fire to the retrieve lost soldiers left to the rear of the Regiment when it crossed the San Juan River. According to a report by Harry C. Egbert, the commanding officer of the 6th Infantry, "Even on this trail, the troops were annoyed by the fire of the enemy coming from the heights far over behind my left, which continuously swept the valley in the rear of my line and caused the loss of a most promising young officer, Lieutenant Benchley, Sixth Infantry, whom I had sent back across the river to bring up an men who might have been scattered in the underbrush, he was shot dead." Edmund's Company Commander, Captain Kennon wrote, "My lieutenants left nothing to be desired... Lieutenant Benchley was as brave as he could be, died while gallantly performing important and dangerous duty under Colonel Egbert's orders."
News of Edmund's death did not reach the Benchley family until they were attending a public Fourth of July picnic when a bicycle messenger brought the notification telegram. In unthinking, stunned reaction, Maria Benchley cried out, "Why couldn't it have been Robert?!", while the latter, nine years old, was standing by her side. Mrs. Benchley tried hard to atone for the remark. Edmund's death had considerable effects on Robert's life. Edmund's fiancée Lillian Duryea, a wealthy heiress, took an interest in Robert and aided him, it is believed. The period, was full of strong literary reactions to the Great War, Benchley was aware of, for instance, the anti-war writings of A. A. Milne. Robert Benchley met Gertrude Darling in high school in Worcester, they became engaged during his senior year at Harvard University, they married in June 1914. Their first child, Nathaniel Benchley, was born a year later. A second son, Robert Benchley, Jr. was born in 1919. Nathaniel became a writer, published a biography of his father in 1955.
He was a well-respected fiction and children's book author. Nathaniel married and had talented sons who became writers: Peter Benchley was best known for the book Jaws, Nat Benchley wrote and performed in an acclaimed one-man production based on their father Robert's life. Robert grew up and attended school in Worcester and was involved in academic and traveling theatrical productions during high school. Thanks to financial aid from his late brother's fiancée, Lillian Duryea, he could attend Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire for his final year of high school. Benchley reveled in the atmosphere at the Academy, he remained active in creative extracurricular activities, thereby damaging his academic credentials toward the end of his term. Benchley wrote his senior thesis on “How to Embalm a Corpse.” Thus began a lifelong penchant for laughing at death. Benchley enrolled at Harvard University in 1908, again with Duryea's financial help, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity in his first year, continued to partake in the camaraderie that he had enjoyed at Phillips Exeter while still doing well in school.
He did well in his English and government classes. His humor and style began to reveal themselves during this time: Benchl
Edward Russell Hicks was an American film actor. Hicks was born in 1895 in Maryland. During World War I, he served in the U. S. Army in France, he became a lieutenant Colonel in the California State Guard. Hicks appeared in nearly 300 films between 1915 and 1956, his first appearance was an uncredited role in The Birth of a Nation. He appeared as a smooth-talking confidence man, or swindler as in the W. C. Fields film The Bank Dick. Distinguished, suave and a consummate actor, Hicks played a variety of judges, corrupt officials, crooked businessmen and attorneys, working in a variety of mediums until his death. Hicks appeared once in the syndicated western television series The Cisco Kid as an uncle of the Gail Davis character, whom he threatens to disinherit if she marries a known gangster. On June 1, 1957, Hicks suffered a heart attack after an automobile accident and was dead on arrival at Santa Monica Receiving Hospital, he was 62. Russell Hicks on IMDb Russell Hicks at the Internet Broadway Database Russell Hicks at Find a Grave