The Tattered Dress
The Tattered Dress is a 1957 CinemaScope film noir crime film directed by Jack Arnold and starring Jeff Chandler, Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson, Gail Russell and Elaine Stewart. In a California resort community, the wealthy Michael Reston is charged with the murder of a man he claimed attacked his wife, Charleen. Reston hires a high-priced lawyer, James Gordon Blane, a man known to do anything it takes to win a case. Blane makes few friends in the community because the victim was a popular figure while the Restons are not popular with anyone, but his skillful cross-examination of a sheriff, Nick Hoak, results in Blane's client being found not guilty. Hoak decides to get even, he claims to have evidence. Now it is Blane who goes on trial, with only his estranged wife, coming to his aid. While defending himself, Blane begins to feel remorse over having won acquittals for so many guilty clients. Blane is vindicated when the juror, Carol Morrow, turns out to be romantically involved with Hoak, the sheriff.
Enraged by the outcome, the sheriff watches Blane going down the Court-House steps. Standing in the shadows he draws his gun intent on murdering Blane in cold blood, he is stopped. As she is arrested for her actions, the Blanes leave town for good. Jeff Chandler as James Gordon Blane Jeanne Crain as Diane Blane Jack Carson as Sheriff Hoak Gail Russell as Carol Morrow Elaine Stewart as Charleen Reston George Tobias as Billy Giles Edward Andrews as Lester Rawlings Phillip Reed as Michael Reston Edward Platt as Ralph Adams - Reporter Paul Birch as Prosecutor Frank Mitchell Alexander Lockwood as Paul Vernon Edwin Jerome as Judge David L. Johnson William Schallert as Court Clerk June McCall as Girl at Slot Machine Frank J. Scannell as Cal Morrison - Blackjack Dealer Floyd Simmons as Larry Bell Ziva Rodann as Woman on Train Marina Orschel as Girl by Pool Ingrid Goude Girl by Pool Chandler's casting was announced in June 1956. Filming started on August 13, 1956. Shooting took place in Palm Springs.
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Harry Harvey Sr.
Harry William Harvey Sr. was an American actor of theatre and television. He was the father of actor, script supervisor, director Harry William Harvey Jr.. Born in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, Harvey appeared in minstrel shows, in vaudeville, on the Broadway stage but is best remembered as a character actor who appeared in more than three hundred films and episodes of television series, he co-starred in The Oregon Trail, with John Wayne, Old Overland Trail, Wyoming Renegades, Ride Beyond Vengeance with Chuck Connors, many other westerns. Harvey was cast from 1951 to 1957 in the role of Sheriff Tom Blodgett in fifty-three episodes of The Roy Rogers Show.:914 He played Mayor George Dixon of fictitious Yellowstone in twenty-one episodes from 1957 to 1959 of the syndicated western series, Man Without a Gun. He was cast in different roles in eleven episodes of The Lone Ranger from 1949 to 1955. In 1962, he appeared on the short-lived NBC drama series, It's a Man's World as the recurring character, Houghton Stott, owner of Stott's Service Station.
In the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, he guest-starred in such series as Branded, Hazel, The Wild Wild West, Alias Smith and Jones and Columbo. His last appearance was in an episode of Adam-12. King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans]], by Raymond E. White, A Ray and Pat Browne Book, Popular Press 3.
It Came from Outer Space
It Came from Outer Space is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction horror film, the first in the 3D process from Universal-International. It was produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, stars Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake; the film's script is based on Ray Bradbury's original story treatment "The Meteor."It Came from Outer Space tells the story of an astronomer and his fiancée who are stargazing in the desert when a large fiery object crashes to Earth. At the crash site, he discovers a round alien spaceship just before it is buried by an overhead landslide; when he tells this story to the local sheriff and newspaper, he is branded a crackpot. Before long, strange things begin to happen, the tide of disbelief turns hostile. Author and amateur astronomer John Putnam and schoolteacher Ellen Fields watch a large meteorite crash near the small town of Sand Rock, Arizona, they awaken a neighbor, who has a helicopter, all three fly to the crash site. Putnam climbs down into the crater and notices a buried round object in the crater's pit.
He comes to the realization, after he sees a six-sided hatchway close, that this isn't a meteorite but a large alien spaceship. The hatchway's noise starts a landslide that buries the craft. Putnam's story is scoffed at by Sand Rock's sheriff and the local news media. Ellen Fields is unsure about what to believe but still agrees to assist Putnam in his investigation. Over the next several days, local people disappear. Convinced by these and other odd events, Sheriff Warren comes to believe Putnam's story that the meteorite is a crashed spaceship with alien inhabitants. Putnam, hopes to reach a peaceful solution to the looming crisis. Alone, he enters a nearby abandoned mine, which he hopes will connect to the now buried spaceship and its alien occupants. Putnam discovers the spaceship and learns from the alien leader that they crashed on Earth by accident; the aliens' real appearance, when revealed to Putnam, is non-human: they are large, single-eyed jellyfish-like beings that seem to glide across the ground, leaving a glistening trail that soon vanishes.
They are able to shape shift into human form in order to appear human and move around Sand Rock, unobserved, in order to collect their much needed repair materials. To do this, they copy the human forms of the local townspeople. In doing so, they fail to reproduce the townspeople's exact personalities, leading to suspicion and to the deaths of two of the aliens. To protect the aliens from the sheriff and his advancing posse, Putnam manages to seal off the mine in order to give them the time they still need to finish their spaceship's repairs. However, they have decided to destroy themselves and their spaceship, now that they have been discovered. Putnam reasons with them at length and convinces the alien leader to instead finish the repairs while he, as a sign of the aliens' good faith, takes the captives outside to the sheriff and his posse. Not long thereafter, the alien spaceship leaves Earth. Putnam's fiancée Ellen asks him, he responds knowingly, "No, just for now. It wasn't the right time for us to meet.
But there will be other stars for us to watch. They'll be back". Richard Carlson as John Putnam Barbara Rush as Ellen Fields Charles Drake as Sheriff Matt Warren Joe Sawyer as Frank Daylon Russell Johnson as George Dave Willock as Pete Davis Robert Carson as Dugan, reporter Virginia Mullen as Mrs. Daylon Kathleen Hughes as Jane, George's girl Paul Fix as Councilman Robert "Buzz" Henry as Posseman The screenplay by Harry Essex, with input by Jack Arnold, was derived from an original and lengthy screen treatment by Ray Bradbury. Unusual among science fiction films of the era, the alien "invaders" were portrayed by Bradbury as creatures stranded on Earth and without malicious intent toward humanity; the film can be interpreted as a metaphorical refutation of the xenophobic attitudes and ideology of the Cold War. Bradbury said "I wanted to treat the invaders as beings who were not dangerous, and, unusual", he offered two story outlines to the studio, one with malicious aliens, the other with benign aliens.
"The studio picked the right concept, I stayed on". In 2004 Bradbury published in one volume all four versions of his screen treatment for It Came From Outer Space. Filming took place on location in and around the California towns of Palmdale and the Mojave Desert, as well as on Universal's sound stages; the film's uncredited music score was composed by Irving Gertz, Henry Mancini, Herman Stein. Universal's make-up department submitted two alien designs for consideration by studio executives; the special effects created for the in-flight alien spacecraft consisted of a wire-mounted iron ball, with hollowed out "windows", with burning magnesium inside. The Arizona setting and the alien abduction of telephone lineman and two other characters are fictionalized story elements taken from Bradbury's younger life when his father moved th
Arthur E. Arling, A. S. C. was cinematographer. His early work included 1939's Gone with the Wind and 1946's The Yearling, for which he won a joint Oscar which he shared with Charles Rosher and Leonard Smith, he was nominated for an Oscar for the 1955 Lillian Roth biopic I'll Cry Tomorrow. Arling, a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy during World War II, is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. Arthur E. Arling on IMDb Allmovie bio
William Morris Agency
The William Morris Agency was a Hollywood-based talent agency. It represented some of the best known 20th century entertainers in film and music. During its 109 year tenure it came to be regarded as the "first great talent agency in show business". In April 2009, WMA announced it would merge with the Endeavor Talent Agency to form William Morris Endeavor which owns Miss Universe. In 1898, William Morris, a German Jewish immigrant to the US, posted a cross-hatch trademark above an office door in New York City – four "X's", representing a W superimposed on an M – and went into business as William Morris, Vaudeville Agent. By the time WMA formally incorporated in New York State on January 31, 1918, Morris' son William Morris Jr. and an office boy named Abraham Lastfogel, after becoming a talent agent in his own right, entered into a business partnership with Morris Sr. As silent film grew into viewed entertainment, Morris encouraged his clients to experiment in the new medium. Stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers, Mae West were all represented by the company.
By 1930, Morris had turned over leadership of the agency to Lastfogel. In 1932, five years after his retirement, William Morris, Sr. died from heart failure. By that time, the Agency had begun the process of relocating from Hollywood and Vine to Canon Drive in Beverly Hills; the William Morris Agency attained further industry dominance with the December 1949 acquisition of the Berg-Allenberg Agency. The senior agent in the motion picture department during the 1950s was Mike Zimring. By 1965, WMA's Music Department had emerged as an industry powerhouse, among others, the Rolling Stones, Sonny & Cher, the Beach Boys, the Byrds. Less than 10 years in 1973, the Agency's newly established Nashville office provided another significant boost to the operations of William Morris, extending the Agency's reach into country music and beyond. In the early 1980s, WMA built the William Morris Plaza located at 150 El Camino Drive, directly across the street from its main building at 151 El Camino. In 1989, WMA acquired the Jim Halsey Company.
In the early 1990s, WMA's Literary Department announced the largest book-to-screen deal inked when it sold the television rights for Scarlett, the sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. In 2000, WMA acquired The Writers Shop, owned by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. WMA's Miami Beach office opened in 2003, WMA's Shanghai office opened in 2004. In 2007, the Agency expanded its London music operation, underscoring WMA's continued commitment to the international marketplace. Along with the addition of new personnel, the London office moved into the iconic Centre Point Tower. In 2003, a seismic shift occurred in the agency landscape when WMA's SVP and Theatre topper, George Lane, fellow agent in charge of foreign rights, Michael Cardonick, left WMA to open Creative Artists Agency's New York City office and Theatrical Department. On April 27, 2009, WMA and the Endeavor Talent Agency announced that they were merging to form William Morris Endeavor. Endeavor executives Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell were recognized as the architects of the deal and took the roles of WME Co-CEOs.
Following the official announcement of the merger, nearly 100 WMA employees and former board members were let go. One of those leaving was Jim Wiatt, who came to WMA in 1999 from International Creative Management, where he was Vice-Chairman, in 1999, he had joined WMA as President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, had risen to Board Chairman. After the merger, WMA permanently relocated its offices to the Endeavor building at 9601 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California; the WMA Agent Training Program referred to as the "mailroom", was established in the 1940s and is well known for its roster of successful alumni. Since the 1970s the program has been replicated at other talent agencies and studios, many of which were headed by former mailroom trainees. Once accepted, trainees rotate through different departments, starting with the mailroom, before becoming a full-time assistant or coordinator. WMA's longtime competitor, Creative Artists Agency, was founded in 1975 by Michael Ovitz, Ronald Meyer, William Haber, Michael S. Rosenfeld, Rowland Perkins, all former WMA agent trainees.
David Geffen once called the WMA Agent Training Program "The Harvard School of Show Business – only better: no grades, no exams, a small stipend and great placement opportunities." Graduates from the Training Program were perceived at a high level of prestige within the entertainment industry, because of the caliber of notable alums that have graduated from the program. Former Chairman Norman Brokaw became the first mailboy in the Beverly Hills Mailroom at age 15; the Agent Training program still exists today at William Morris Endeavor. It was famously documented in David Rensin's 2003 book, The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up. Haskell, Sam. Promises I Made My Mother. ISBN 978-0345506559. Rensin, David; the Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up. ISBN 978-0345442345. Rose, Frank; the Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business. ISBN 978-0887307492. Official website
Ben Alexander (actor)
Nicholas Benton "Ben" Alexander III was an American motion picture actor, who started out as a child actor in 1916. He is best remembered for his role as Officer Frank Smith in the Dragnet franchise. Ben Alexander was born in Goldfield and raised in California. Alexander made his screen debut at age of five in Every Pearl a Tear, he went on to portray Lillian Gish's young brother in D. W. Griffith's Hearts of the World. After a number of silent films, he retired from screen work, but came back for the World War I classic, All Quiet on the Western Front, in which Alexander received good notices as an adult actor as "Kemmerick", the tragic amputation victim. Alexander played second leads in many low-budget films throughout the 1930s, he found a new career as a successful radio announcer in the late 1940s, including a stint on the Martin and Lewis program. Alexander acted on radio, playing Philip West in the 1939–40 soap opera Brenthouse on the Blue Network. In 1952, Jack Webb, actor-producer-director of Dragnet, needed a replacement for Barton Yarborough, who had played Detective Romero opposite Webb's Sgt.
Joe Friday. Webb had to wait until he was available. A few actors filled in as Friday's partners until Alexander appeared in the newly created role of Officer Frank Smith, first in the radio series reprised the role in film and on television; the popular series ran until 1959. When Webb revived it in 1966, he wanted Alexander to rejoin him, but Alexander had just signed to play the role of Sgt. Dan Briggs on the weekly ABC series Felony Squad. In 1969, Alexander was found dead of heart attack in his home when his wife and children returned from a camping trip. For his contribution to the entertainment industry, Ben Alexander was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television and movies. Alexander owned and operated the Ben Alexander Ford car dealership in the Highland Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles, from around 1953 until his death in 1969, a San Francisco branch was formed in 1959. In the mid-1950s, Ben Alexander's Dream House Motel was located at 1815 North Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Alexander ran a talent show for young people out of Oakland. The Ben Alexander Talent Show was broadcast on Oakland's KTVU TV, a local station in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Joseph Cotten Show known as On Trial The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford Dragnet - Officer Frank Smith Take A Good Look - Himself / Panelist About Faces - Himself - Host Batman - Detective Beside Trash Can Felony Squad - Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs Judd, for the Defense Dragnet Hayde, Michael J.. My Name's Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet. Cumberland House. ISBN 978-1581821901. Holmstrom, John; the Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Michael Russell, 1996, pp. 49–51. Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 1988, p. 4. Ben Alexander on IMDb Ben Alexander at AllMovie Ben Alexander at Find a Grave
The Glass Web
The Glass Web is a 1953 3-D film noir crime film directed by Jack Arnold and starring Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Marcia Henderson and Kathleen Hughes, it is based on Max Simon Ehrlich's 1952 novel "Spin the Glass Web". A research authority for television crime show knows too much about fact-based murder story. Edward G. Robinson as Henry Hayes John Forsythe as Don Newell Marcia Henderson as Louise Newell Kathleen Hughes as Paula Rainer Richard Denning as Dave Markson Hugh Sanders as Detective Lt. Mike Stevens Jean Willes as Sonia Eve McVeagh as Viv Harry Tyler as Jake John Hiestand as Announcer Clark Howat as Bob Robert Nelson Plainclothesman John Verros as Fred Abbott Helen Wallace as Mrs. Doyle Benny Rubin as Tramp Comic When the film was first released, The New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther gave the film a negative review, writing, "Aside from the price of silence, which seems a most original one, there is little else, original or startling in this film. Katherine Hughes, who plays the blonde number, makes a dainty dish of poison, it is true, but the rest, including the performances of the two gentlemen, is pretty routine.
As for suspense, it is evident. And it is plain. So what goes with this sort of show? Pardon a pointed comment, but it's the kind of film you might see on TV; the Glass Web on IMDb The Glass Web at AllMovie The Glass Web at the TCM Movie Database The Glass Web film trailer on YouTube