Greta Granstedt was an American film and television actress. Irene "Greta" Granstedt was the second child of Theodore and Emma Granstedt, born in Scandia, Kansas; the Granstedt family was one of the five pioneer families from Sweden who settled in this north central Kansas community in 1867-68. The families left Sweden in response to the terrible conditions in the three years of misery in Sweden, she spent the first 13 years of her life in Scandia. Her father was of Swedish heritage. In 1920 her family moved to California. Granstedt first gained attention on April 19 of 1922 when she made headlines for shooting her 17 year old boyfriend, Harold Galloway, at the age of 14 with a.25 caliber pistol she borrowed from a friend. During interviews Granstedt claimed the shooting was accidental which coincided with Galloway's story of the incident; that night I walked out to Busters house - it's a mile and a half out in the country. I took the gun with me because I guess I felt afraid to walk back alone.
I started home and I met a boy friend who offered to give me a lift. He was going to the party at the parish house and when we got to the corner I said I'd get out and walk the rest of the way. I started home and after he'd told Harold and Buster where I was, they started after me; when I saw Harold coming - I wanted to make up - and I didn't want to make up. I guess. I hid behind a tree but my foot caught in my cape and I stumbled and he saw me. Harold came up to me and said:'Oh, what's the use of fighting! Let's make up and have things as they were before. Let's start all over again!' But something inside of me wouldn't let me make up. I didn't feel as if things could be all right again, and I said:'No - if I'm not good enough to speak to at school, I'm not good enough to make up with!' Harold took a step towards me and I told him to stay where he was - not to touch me. And I thought I'd scare him. Harold said'Shoot - I'm not yellow!' and he grabbed the gun and it went off. Although newspapers printed this version of things, they soon switched to a more tantalizing view, claiming Granstedt hid in the shadows with the gun, waiting to shoot Galloway as revenge for him attending the Parish dance with another girl.
This version of the story would continue to be printed decades later. Galloway's father and aunt leaned towards this story saying Granstedt was jealous and possessive, that she procured the gun and sought out Galloway in order to scare him; the aunt believed Granstedt shot Galloway to keep him from entering into the navy and thus leaving her. Granstedt was not charged by his parents, it was believed Galloway would die when peritonitis developed in the wound, however his condition improved within days. Granstedt was brought to trial in juvenile court on June 30, 1922 where she was sentenced to time in a reform school and was banished from Mountain View, she spent the next several years in San Francisco. Among other ways of making a living, she modeled at San Francisco Art Association in the summer of 1926. In 1927 she and a companion travelled from San Francisco to Los Angeles. There is the way the pair got to Hollywood; the common story is that Bessie Hyde took a steamer from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Bessie met Glen Hyde on that trip, sealing her fate as a lost river runner. Greta, it is said, disembarked from the trip with the desire to become a movie star and the choice of a new name, she boarded as Eraine, a name she'd adopted in San Francisco, departed as Greta. She boarded as a Kansas born Californian, disembarked as a Swedish born starlet in waiting. Another source maintains that Greta surviving the hardships of living on her own in San Francisco, hitch-hiked from northern to southern California in the company of Geraldine Andrews In 1929 Greta had effected a reconciliation with her parents, they embarked from San Francisco aboard the San Juan. On September 2 the San Juan collided with oil tanker S. C. T. Dodd off Pigeon Point, near the location of the Pigeon Point lighthouse, her father survived. The tragedy played out for several months with the crew being found negligent. Granstedt was married 8 times, with four of the marriages being annulled, her first marriage, to Robert Blieber, was annulled because Greta was a minor.
Her second marriage, to Robert Lowenthal, a California artist, in 1926, was annulled. Her third marriage, to Ramon Ramos, in 1933, was celebrated by the one year, one term Mayor of New York, John P. O'Brien; the marriage lasted only eighteen months. Ramos was a Latin band leader, tango dancer. Granstedt joined him at the Miami Biltmore in the fall of 1933 In 1935 Granstedt married French World War I veteran and photographer Marcel Olis, in Greenwich, Connecticut, it is unclear how long this marriage lasted, but it ended in divorce. Her fifth husband was Max de Vega, a matte painter Matte painting is a motion picture special effects technique involving the painting of movie backgrounds on glass. Married in Mexico, she was considering divorce when she discovered that de Vega was still married to a previous wife, thus she sought annulment rather than divorce, it was with de Vega that Granstedt had a house designed for her by the California Architect Harwell Harris. The Hollywood home is still extant, Greta lived in the house through the 1950s.
In 1944 Granstedt wed for this time to Major Lawrence Wright. The marriage was annulled, whe
Women They Talk About
Women They Talk About is a 1928 American comedy drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon. It was a part-talkie Vitaphone film with talking and sound effects sequences starring Irene Rich and produced and distributed by Warner Bros, it is considered to be a lost film. Irene Rich as Irne Mervin Hughes Audrey Ferris as Audrey Hughes William Collier, Jr. as Steve Harrison Anders Randolf as John Harrison Claude Gillingwater as Grandfather Mervin Jack Santoro as The Frameup Man John Miljan as policeman According to Warner Bros records the film earned $366,000 domestically and $68,000 foreign. List of lost films Women They Talk About on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie Press and lobby advertising materials
Isham Edgar Jones was an American bandleader, saxophonist and songwriter. Jones was born in Coalton, United States, to a musical and mining family, grew up in Saginaw, where he started his first band. In 1911 one of Jones's earliest compositions "On the Alamo" was published by Tell Taylor Inc. In 1915 Jones moved to Illinois, he performed at the Green Mill Gardens began playing at Fred Mann's Rainbo Gardens. Chicago remained his home until 1932, he toured England with his orchestra in 1925. In 1917, he composed the tune "We're In The Army Now" when the United States entered World War I; the same tune has been popular well again during World War II and it is played by the US Army Band. The Isham Jones band made a series of popular gramophone records for Brunswick throughout the 1920s, his first 26 sides, made at Rainbo Gardens, were credited to "Isham Jones' Rainbo Orchestra". By the end of 1920, the name was "Isham Jones' Orchestra", he led one of the most popular dance bands in the 1930s. His first successful recording, "Wabash Blues" written by Dave Ringle and Fred Meinken, was recorded in 1921 by "Isham Jones and his Orchestra".
This million-seller stayed for twelve weeks in the U. S. charts, six at No. 1. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Noted musicians who played in Jones's band included Louis Panico, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Walt Yoder, Roy Bargy. Reed virtuoso Al Gallodoro appeared with Jones in 1933, taking part in a record date October 3. From the start, his Brunswick records were popular. There was a gap from October 1927 to June 1929 where Jones did not record due to disbanding and reorganization. From 1929 to 1932, his Brunswick recordings became more sophisticated with offbeat arrangements by Gordon Jenkins and others. During this period, Jones started featuring violinist Eddie Stone as one of his regular vocalists. Stone had an unusual humorous tone to his voice, his other vocalists included Frank Sylvano, Billy Scott, Arthur Jarrett. In 1932, he added another of the band's violinists, as a frequent vocalist. In April that year, young Bing Crosby recorded two sessions with Jones's group which included "Sweet Georgia Brown".
Crosby at this point in his career was still singing in a jazz idiom, transitioning to his better known "crooner" style. In August 1932, Jones signed with Victor, these records are considered among the best arranged and performed commercial dance band records of the Depression era. Victor's recording technique was suited to Jones' band. In October 1932, he teamed up with the Three X Sisters in New York who had just departed from CBS radio, they recorded "experimental" songs for RCA Victor in which Jones began to fuse jazz and early swing music. They recorded "Where?" and "What Would Happen to Me If Something Happened to You." His Victor releases had an symphonic sound with a strong use of tuba. During his Victor period, he recorded two long playing "Program Transcription" records as part of Victor's unsuccessful 33 1/3 RPM series, he stayed with Victor until July 1934. Jones's recordings during this period rivaled Paul Whiteman, Waring's Pennsylvanians, Leo Reisman and other dance orchestras as examples of the most popular dance music of the era.
Jones' Decca recordings are unfavorably compared to his Victor recordings, due to Decca's recording techniques, Decca's insisting that Jones re-record many of his Victor recordings, the apparent smaller size of his orchestra. After he left Decca in 1936, he again retired and his orchestra was taken over by band member Woody Herman. Jones started a new band in 1937–38 and recorded a handful of sessions under the ARC labels: Melotone and Banner. In the 1940s, Jones resided on his poultry farm in Colorado, which he left for short tours with pickup bands, he resided in Los Angeles. He moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1955, died there of cancer in 1956, his great-nephew is the now-deceased jazz drummer Rusty Jones. Isham Jones' compositions: "We're In The Army Now" 1917 - Lyrics by Tell Taylor & Ole Olsen "You Gave Me Your Heart" Brunswick 2350-A "The Sneak!" Brunswick 2350-B "Dog on the Piano" Brunswick 2646-A "Mahsi" Brunswick 2646-B "Meet Me in Bubble Land" 1919 "On the Alamo" recorded 1922 "Swingin' Down the Lane" 1923 "I'll See You in My Dreams" 1924 "The One I Love" 1924 "It Had to Be You" 1924 "Spain" 1924 "Song of the Blues" "Not a Cloud in the Sky" 1929 "What's the Use?"
1930 "Feeling That Way" 1930 "You're Just a Dream Come True" 1931 "I Wouldn't Change You For The World" 1931 "Let That Be a Lesson to You" 1932 "I Can't Believe It's True" 1932 "One Little Word Led to Another" 1932 "The Wooden Soldier and the China Doll" 1932 "I'll Never Have to Dream Again" 1932 "Pretending You Care" 1932 "There's Nothing Left to Do But Say Goodbye" 1932 "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever?" 1932 "You've Got Me Crying Again" 1933 "Honestly" 1933 "Old Lace" 1933 "Something Seems to Tell Me" 1933 "You're We
The Singing Fool
The Singing Fool is a 1928 American musical drama Part-Talkie motion picture directed by Lloyd Bacon, released by Warner Bros. The film is a follow-up to his previous film, The Jazz Singer, it is credited with helping to cement the popularity of American films of both sound and the musical genre. After years of hopeful struggle, Al Stone is on his way. "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World", he sings to an appreciative speakeasy crowd. But, as Al discovers, getting there is one thing. Staying there is another. Singing waiter Stone gets his huge break on a magical night when his song wows a big-time producer and a gold-digging showgirl he fancies. Broadway success and marriage follow. Al's fickle wife abandons him. Heartbroken, Al becomes a devastated loner until friends from the speakeasy that launched his career rescue him from a life on the streets. Soon, Al is back in lights, but another crisis awaits: Sonny Boy is in the hospital and dying. Al Jolson as Al Stone Betty Bronson as Grace Josephine Dunn as Molly Winton Arthur Housman as Blackie Joe Reed Howes as John Perry Davey Lee as Sonny Boy Edward Martindel as Louis Marcus Robert Emmett O'Connor as Bill, cafe owner Helen Lynch as Maid Agnes Franey as "Balloon" girl The Yacht Club Boys as Singing quartet Jack Stoutenburg Carl M. Leviness as Carl, a Waiter at Clicquot Club William H. O'Brien as Waiter at Blackie Joe's Bob Perry as Doorman at Blackie Joe's Like The Jazz Singer, The Singing Fool was a melodrama with musical interludes, as such was one of the film industry's first musical films.
Produced during the transition period between silent film and talkies, the movie was released in both sound and silent versions. The Singing Fool was a part-talking feature, which featured a synchronized musical score with sound effects along with synchronized musical and talking sequences, although in this film 66 minutes of talking and singing were included. Al Jolson's first all-talking feature, Say It With Songs, would appear in 1929; the Singing Fool solidified Jolson's position atop the movie world. With a worldwide gross of $5.9 million, it would remain the most successful film in Warner Bros. history until the release of Sergeant York in 1941. According to Warner Bros records the film earned $3,821,000 domesically and $2,095,000 foreign. For the majority of movie audiences, The Singing Fool became their first experience with a talking film, since few movie theaters had been equipped with a sound system in 1927; the film's positive reception was viewed as a signifier that sound films were here to stay.
"Here is complete vindication for the advocates of sound pictures", wrote Film Daily. "The Singing Fool is the finest example of sound pictures made to date." Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times wrote that the dialogue was "a little halting" and that Dunn was "not convincing", but recognized that the main point of interest in the film was "not in its transparent narrative, but in Mr. Jolson's inimitable singing", on that basis it was "capital entertainment." John Mosher of The New Yorker recommended the film, writing, "Fortunately, throughout this picture one has Al Jolson's own songs to listen to, for the story has been contrived to exploit to the full his special talents. Whenever the action begins to slump and lag, Al has only to step forward and do his stuff, the day is saved." One trade paper commentator stated that The Singing Fool "will be to talking pictures what The Birth of a Nation has been to silent pictures". For a time, the film made Davey Lee, Jolson's 31⁄2 year old co-star, the most popular child star since Jackie Coogan.
Lee was re-teamed with Jolson in Say It With Songs and starred in a few other films—including 1929's Sonny Boy—until his parents pulled him out of the movie business. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: 2004: AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs: "Sonny Boy" – Nominated "There's a Rainbow'Round My Shoulder" – words and music by Billy Rose, Al Jolson and Dave Dreyer "Golden Gate" – words by Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer, music by Al Jolson and Joseph Meyer "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World" – words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, music by Ray Henderson "It All Depends on You" – words and music by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson "Keep Smiling at Trouble" – words by Al Jolson and B. G. DeSylva, music by Lewis Gensler "Sonny Boy" – words and music by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson "Sonny Boy" became the first song from a movie to sell over a million copies, it sold over 3 million copies of sheet music, piano rolls and phonograph records. "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" – Billy Merson Source: Al Jolson's rendition of "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" is missing from extant prints of the film.
This is due to a lawsuit initiated by Billy Merson. Merson claimed that he, as a performer, owed his income to his own renditions of the song, that Jolson's version would diminish his ability to earn a living; the song was removed from all prints of "The Singing Fool" shown in the United Kingdom. The only surviving copies of the film are from the U. K. hence are missing the song. These copies have the majority of the original decorative Warner Brothers title cards replaced with simple British made ones which were used to remove Americanisms which the British would not understand or appreciate. Only the soundtrack survives on extant Vitaphone discs. List of early Warner Bros. talking features Notes Fu
Dickie Moore (actor)
John Richard Moore Jr. was an American actor known professionally as Dickie Moore and 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 and Out of the Past. Moore was born in Los Angeles, the son of Nora Eileen and John Richard Moore Sr. a banker. His mother was Irish, his paternal grandparents were from England and Ireland, he made his film debut in 1927 in the silent film The Beloved Rogue, where he portrayed silent film star John Barrymore's character as a one-year-old baby. At the time of his death, Moore was one of the last surviving actors to have appeared in silent film, he gained notable supporting roles. He had a significant role as Marlene Dietrich's son in Josef von Sternberg's drama Blonde Venus, he appeared with Barbara Stanwyck in So Big, with Walter Huston in Gabriel Over the White House and with Spencer Tracy in Man's Castle.
Besides appearing in a number of major 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 those films he played an important role as the leader of the gang, he left the series after one year to play in more feature films. In addition to his Our Gang work, Moore is most remembered for his portrayal of the title character in the 1933 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. In 1935, he played the historical role of Joseph Meister in 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, he is famous for giving Shirley Temple her first romantic onscreen kiss, in the film Miss Annie Rooney. Moore was less successful as a teenage actor and young adult and he had to play in B-movies such as Dangerous Years during the 1940s. One of his last notable film roles was in Out of the Past, in which he portrayed Robert Mitchum's deaf young assistant, "The Kid".
Moore played his last role as a young soldier in Eight Iron Men. He performed on Broadway, in stock and on television, he went on to teach and write books about acting, edit Equity News, produce an Oscar-nominated short film, 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. Moore was married three times, his first marriage was from 1948 to 1954 to Pat Dempsey. The couple had Kevin Moore, his second marriage was in 1959 to Eleanor Donhowe Fitzpatrick. His third and final marriage was in 1988 to Jane Powell, to whom he remained married until his death in 2015. In 1984, Moore published Twinkle, Little Star, a book about his and others' experiences as child actors. Moore owned Dick Moore and Associates. Founded in 1966, it existed for 44 years. From 1988 until his death in 2015 Moore was married to the actress Jane Powell; the two met when Moore interviewed Powell for Twinkle, Little Star.
The couple lived in Wilton, Connecticut. In March 2013, Powell reported that Moore had arthritis and "bouts of dementia". Moore died at a hospice near Wilton, Connecticut on September 7, 2015, five days before his 90th birthday. Best, Marc; those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen, pp. 197–202. Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 1988, pp. 162-163. Holmstrom, John; the Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Michael Russell, 1996, pp. 139–140. Dickie Moore on IMDb Dickie Moore at the TCM Movie Database Dickie Moore at AllMovie Photographs and literature "Fun with Dick and Jane" article w/photos
The Runaround (1931 film)
The Runaround is a 1931 comedy-drama film, photographed in Technicolor. It was directed by William James Craft, from a screenplay by Alfred Jackson and Barney Sarecky, based on a story by Zandah Owen; the film stars Mary Brian, Joseph Cawthorn, Marie Prevost, Johnny Hines, Geoffrey Kerr. Produced and directed by RKO Radio Pictures, it premiered in New York City on August 7, 1931, was released national on August 22, it was the first film to be shot in a new Technicolor process which removed grain, resulting in a much improved color. The film was released in Great Britain as Waiting for the Bride. Millionaire playboy Fred White is attempting to make chorus girl Evelyn his latest conquest. Evelyn, on to Fred's scheming, has some scheming of her own, attempting to maneuver Fred into marriage. In a last ditch effort to get Evelyn into bed, Fred purchases a diamond bracelet, to which he has attached a key to the apartment he has leased as their potential love nest; when he shows the bracelet to his friend, the friend warns Fred that Evelyn is a gold-digger, only interested in getting him to marry her so that she can gain access to his money.
The two make a bet. If Fred wins by getting her to be his kept woman, Howard has to pay for the bracelet and the cost of the apartment, if Howard wins, by rejecting Fred's non-marital advances, Fred will owe Howard the same amount of money; when his plan to establish the love nest does not work out, Fred is dismayed, but Evelyn opens the door by inviting him to dinner the following night. She uses the dinner as a pretense to set to entrap Fred into marriage. Part of her plan involves Lou, to pose as her father. Not understanding that he is being entrapped, Fred realizes that he is in love with Evelyn, makes a real proposal of marriage; the night of his bachelor party, Howard is still distrustful of Evelyn's motives and gets Lou drunk, after which he reveals Evelyn's plot to entrap Fred. Fred is devastated, agrees to a plan to embarrass Evelyn at the altar on the day of their wedding. Meanwhile, Evelyn realizes that she is no longer after Fred for his money, that she has fallen in love with him.
She cannot bring herself to confess her underhanded scheming to Fred, does not show up on the day of their wedding. Fred rushes from the church to her house, where he finds a letter she had written to him in which she confesses everything, he convinces her to go through with the wedding. They return to the church, where everything is explained to the guests, the two of them are married. Mary Brian as Evelyn Geoffrey Kerr as Fred White Marie Prevost as Margy Joseph Cawthorn as Lou Johnny Hines as HowardSource: The musical sequences in the film were recycled from an aborted Technicolor revue, to have been titled Radio Revels of 1930; as a result of the quality of the color work in this film, Radio Pictures decided to produce three more pictures in the new process. The first of these, Fanny Foley Herself, was the only one to be completed and released in Technicolor; the titles of the two other features were Bird of Paradise. While Marcheta seems to have been abandoned, Bird of Paradise became a black-and-white production starring Dolores del Río and released in 1932.
Mary Brian was borrowed from Paramount Pictures, to whom she was under contract, to make this picture. Noel Francis and Jack Mulhall were cast to be in this film, but were replaced. Mary Astor was cast in the part of Mary Brian. Only an incomplete black-and-white copy of the cut version seems to have survived, it was released intact in countries outside the United States, where a backlash against musicals never occurred, but it is unknown whether a copy of this version still exists. The film recorded a loss of $160,000. List of early color feature films The Runaround on IMDb
Walter Miller (actor)
Walter Miller was an American actor of the silent era. He appeared in 248 films between 1911 and 1940, he was born in Dayton and died in Hollywood, from a heart attack, aged 48. His interment is located at Calvary Cemetery in Illinois. Walter Miller on IMDb