Samford University is a Christian university in Homewood, Alabama. In 1841, the university was founded as Howard College. Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford University is Alabama's top-ranked private university; the university enrolls 5,619 students from 30 countries. Samford University has been nationally ranked for academic programs and affordability by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and The Princeton Review. In 1841, Samford University was founded as Howard College in Alabama; some of the land was donated by Reverend James H. DeVotie, who served on the Samford Board of Trustees for fifteen years and as its President for two years; the first financial gift, $4,000, was given by Julia Tarrant Barron and both she and her son gave land to establish the college. The university was established after the Alabama Baptist State Convention decided to build a school for men in Perry County, Alabama; the college's first nine students began studies in January 1842 with a traditional curriculum of language and sciences.
In those early years the graduation addresses of several distinguished speakers were published, including those by Thomas G. Keen of Mobile, Joseph Walters Taylor, Noah K. Davis and Samuel Sterling Sherman. In October 1854, a fire destroyed all of the college's property, including its only building. While the college recovered from the fire, the Civil War began. Howard College was converted to a military hospital by the Confederate government in 1863. During this time, the college's remaining faculty offered basic instruction to soldiers recovering at the hospital. For a short period after the war, federal troops occupied the college and sheltered freed slaves on its campus. In 1865 the college reopened. Howard College's board of trustees accepted real estate and funding from the city of Birmingham, Alabama in 1887. In 1913, the college became and permanently coeducational. Howard College added its School of Music in 1914 and School of Education and Journalism the following year; the college introduced its Department of Pharmacy in 1927.
At the time, it was the only program of its kind in the Southeastern United States. During World War II, Howard College hosted a V-12 Navy College Training Program, allowing enlisted sailors to earn college degrees while receiving military training; the number of veterans attending the college after the war boosted enrollment beyond capacity. In result, the college was moved to the Shades Valley in Alabama; the new campus opened in 1957. In 1961, the college acquired Cumberland School of one of the nation's oldest law schools. In addition to the law school, Howard College added a new school of business and reorganized to achieve university status in 1965. Since the name "Howard University" was in use, Howard College was renamed in honor of Frank Park Samford, a longtime trustee of the school. In 1973, the university acquired Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Samford University established a study center for students to study abroad in Kensington, England in 1984; as a private, segregated institution, Samford University was to some degree insulated from the activities of leaders and protesters of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and early 1960s.
The officers of the Samford Student Government Association challenged a segregated concert held on campus by the Birmingham Symphony by inviting as guests the student government officers of nearby Miles College, a black school. Segregation by private universities was ended by the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by the US Congress. Cumberland School of Law faced the greatest immediate risk of losing accreditation. In 1967, it admitted Audrey Lattimore Gaston; the entire university proceeded with integration. Dr. Andrew Westmoreland was appointed president of the university in 2006; that year, the Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall was dedicated as part of the university’s fine arts complex. A new soccer and track facility opened in 2011, part of a decade-long expansion of new athletics facilities that included a tennis center, a basketball arena, a football field house and a softball stadium. For the 2012–13 academic year, the economic and fiscal impacts of the university on Alabama were $335.21 million, 2,438 jobs, $8.5 million in state income and sales taxes, $4.7 million in local sales tax.
In 2013, the university established a new College of Health Sciences, including Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, the School of Health Professions and the School of Public Health; the university announced the construction of a new facility to house Brock School of Business that year. In 2014, the West Village residence complex opened; that December, the university purchased the adjacent headquarters of Southern Progress, a subsidiary of Time, Inc. that houses the College of Health Sciences. Samford, a Christian university, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with 170 undergraduate majors and concentrations; the university is divided into the School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Brock School of Business, Beeson Divinity School, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, Cumberland School of Law, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions and School of Public Health; the faculty-to-student ratio at Samford University is 1:13.
Two-thirds of the university's classes have fewer than 20 students. In 2010, the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship recognized Brock School of Business as having the best new entrepreneurship program in the United States; that year, USA Today and The Princeton Review selected Samford as one of the 50 "Best Value" private universities in
Wilson (1944 film)
Wilson is a 1944 American biographical film in Technicolor about the 28th American President Woodrow Wilson. It stars Charles Coburn, Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell and Sir Cedric Hardwicke; the story begins in 1909, a time when Wilson is best known as the head of Princeton University and the author of several books on the democratic process. Urged into running for Governor of New Jersey by the local political machine, Wilson soon proves that he is his own man—beholden to no one—and that he is dedicated to the truth at any cost; as the U. S. is going through a progressive change in national politics and a split is developing in the opposing Republican Party, Woodrow Wilson is nominated in Baltimore and wins the Presidency in 1912. He pushes through a series of programs, called'The New Freedom'; as World War I is breaking out in Europe in 1914, President Wilson tries to keep the U. S. neutral. At this same time, his wife Ellen dies of bright's disease. Overcome with grief and loneliness, the President, carries on.
Early in 1915, at around the same time of the British trans-Atlantic passenger steamer Lusitania sinking, he meets Edith Bolling Galt, a Washington D. C. widow. A courtship develops and they find themselves in love and are married in December 1915; the next year of 1916 brings The President to reelection to a second term. Many feel that he is going to be defeated, the result is so close that the balance hangs of the returns from California, which goes for President Wilson. As, he starts his second term, the war comes to America; the Zimmerman note is enough to put the U. S. in the war. The Yanks are coming, in 1918 victory is on the side of the Allies. President Wilson travels to France to have a hand in the Peace treaty, but many Republican senators, including Henry Cabot Lodge, feel the President is leaving them out of the process, make a decision to kill whatever treaty he brings back, or saddle it with reservations. President Wilson takes the issue to the people in a multi state tour, but his health is broken on the trip and days after returning to Washington, has a stroke.
Edith shields the President and screens visitors, takes on a role, controversial. But President Wilson recovers enough to make an orderly transition to President Warren G. Harding in 1921. Alexander Knox as Woodrow Wilson Charles Coburn as Professor Henry Holmes Geraldine Fitzgerald as Edith Wilson Thomas Mitchell as Joseph Tumulty Ruth Nelson as Ellen Wilson Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Vincent Price as William G. McAdoo William Eythe as George Felton Mary Anderson as Eleanor Wilson Ruth Ford as Margaret Wilson Sidney Blackmer as Josephus Daniels Madeleine Forbes as Jessie Wilson Stanley Ridges as Admiral Grayson Eddie Foy Jr. as Eddie Foy Charles Halton as Colonel House Thurston Hall as Senator E. H. Jones J. M. Kerrigan as Edward Sullivan James Rennie as Jim Beeker Katherine Locke as Helen Bones Stanley Logan as Secretary Lansing Marcel Dalio as Clemenceau Edwin Maxwell as William Jennings Bryan Clifford Brooke as Lloyd George Tonio Selwart as Von Bernstorff John Ince as Senator Watson Charles Miller as Senator Bromfield The movie was written by Lamar Trotti and directed by Henry King.
Wilson's daughter, Eleanor Wilson McAdoo, served as an informal counselor. Journalist Ray Stannard Baker, an authority on Wilson served as an adviser; the film lost a reported $2 million for Fox. Though the film was critically acclaimed and won five Oscars, it is remembered for being a big financial failure at the box office. Film critic Manny Farber was unenthusiastic, calling the production "costly and impotent" while writing: "The effect of the movie is similar to the one produced by the sterile post-card albums you buy in railroad stations, which unfold like accordions and show you the points of interest in the city... The producers must have known far more about the World War, the peace-making at Versailles, Wilson himself, but, kept out of the movie in the same way that slum sections are kept out of post-card albums... About three-quarters of the way through, a large amount of actual newsreel from the first World War is run off and the strength of it makes the film that comes before and after seem comical."
Despite the negative press and lackluster box office, it was still nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning five: Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color Best Cinematography, Color Best Film Editing Best Sound, Recording Best Writing, Original Screenplay Its remaining nominations: Best Picture Best Director Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Best Effects, Special Effects The film was notable for giving character actor Alexander Knox one of his few chances to play the lead in a film. American president Franklin D. Roosevelt showed the film at the September 1944 Second Quebec Conference with British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill. Churchill was unimpressed, leaving during the film to go to bed. Despite being a pet project overseen by 20th Century Fox Studios' president Darryl F. Zanuck, its failure at the box office upset him to the point that for years he forbade his employees from mentioning the film in his presence; the film is sometimes shown on cable television, was first broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on February 8, 2013.
The Academy Film Archive preserved Wilson in 2006. Wilson at the American Film Institute Catalog Wilson on IMDb Wilson at AllMovie Wilson at the TCM Movie Database
'Til We Meet Again
'Til We Meet Again is a 1940 romance film directed by Edmund Goulding and Anatole Litvak and starring Merle Oberon and George Brent as two doomed, star-crossed lovers. It is a remake of the 1932 film One Way Passage and itself was remade into the 1954 Mexican 3-D film El valor de vivir. Total strangers Dan Hardesty and Joan Ames meet by chance in a bar in Hong Kong, they share a single drink before leaving, called by Dan the "Paradise Cocktail". They romantically shatter their glasses, which Dan tells Joan is a tradition connected with the drink, along with leaving the broken stems crossed. Outside, after Joan has left, Dan is handcuffed by Lieutenant Steve Burke of the San Francisco police. Burke has spent a year chasing the convicted murderer around the world. By chance, Burke takes Dan aboard the same ocean liner to San Francisco. Once they are underway, Steve allows Dan the freedom of the ship. Dan and Joan fall in love. Dan has been sentenced to be hanged and Joan has only weeks or at best months to live, due to a weak heart.
Aboard are two of Dan's crooked friends, "la Comtesse de Bresac" and Rockingham T. Rockingham, they help plan Dan's escape at Honolulu, the only stop along the way. La Comtesse a con artist trained by Dan and in love with him herself, is assigned to keep Steve occupied. A romance develops between the mismatched pair. Just before they reach Honolulu, Steve has Dan put in the ship's brig. However, la Comtesse slips Steve some sleeping pills and gets the key. Dan is spotted by Joan, he agrees to go with her on a mountain outing as they had planned. They spend a blissful few hours together. On the way back, Dan stops and gets out of the rented car before they reach the pier, as they hear the signal to board the ship; this sudden and unexplained act agitates Joan so much. Dan carries her back aboard ship, much to the dismay of his friends; the ship's doctor tells Dan about Joan's bleak prognosis. When they reach San Francisco, a newspaper reporter informs Joan of Dan's fate, she rushes to see him one last time.
They bid each other goodbye, promising to reunite at a bar in Mexico City on New Year's Eve, each knowing they will both be unable to keep the appointment. At midnight on New Year's Eve, the bartenders at the rendezvous are surprised when two glasses break of their own accord and the stems are crossed. Merle Oberon as Joan Ames George Brent as Dan Hardesty Pat O'Brien as Police Lieutenant Steve Burke Geraldine Fitzgerald as Bonny Coburn, a newlywed fellow passenger and friend of Joan's Binnie Barnes as la Comtesse de Bresac Frank McHugh as Rockingham T. Rockingham Eric Blore as Sir Harold Pinchard, a shipboard victim of the Comtesse and Rockingham Henry O'Neill as Dr. Cameron, the ship's doctor George Reeves as Jimmy Coburn, Bonny's husband Frank Wilcox as Frank, Assistant Purser Doris Lloyd as Louise, Joan's maid'Til We Meet Again on IMDb'Til We Meet Again at the TCM Movie Database'Til We Meet Again at AllMovie
Behind Green Lights
Behind Green Lights is a 1946 American film noir directed by Otto Brower. Police Lieutenant Sam Carson spots Walter Bard's bullet-ridden corpse in a car brazenly left in front of the police station. Carson questions Janet Bradley after finding her name in the dead man's appointment book, she admits that the Bard had been blackmailing her friend for $20,000, that she went to see him, though she had been able to raise only half the money. When he refused to settle for that, she claims. Max Calvert, a newspaper owner, pressures Carson to arrest Bradley to hurt her father's election campaign for mayor. Carson declines; when Dr. Yager, the corrupt medical examiner, informs Calvert that Bard died from poison, Calvert orders him to get the body out of the police station and substitute another corpse for it before anyone else finds out. Meanwhile, Carson interviews Bard's estranged wife, accompanied by her lawyer and boyfriend, Arthur Templeton. Complications ensue when a prisoner pulls his own switch, taking the place of Bard's body to escape from the police station in an ambulance.
Johnny Williams, the new reporter on the police beat, finds the missing body in a closet. He gets a scoop for his newspaper, Carson gets his corpse back; the lieutenant notices there is little blood for a fatal gunshot, so he orders another autopsy, by someone other than Yager. Nora Bard and Arthur Templeton voluntarily confess to him that they lied before. Nora was in her husband's apartment, she had gone to plead for a divorce, hid in another room when Janet Bradley arrived. After Janet left, Nora found Walter dying after drinking some liquor; when she ran out, she was seen by Templeton. He went into the apartment, assumed Nora had committed the crime, staged the fake suicide to protect her. Noticing a fresh flower among Bard's effects, Carson questions flower seller Flossie, she mentions that when she went to try to collect what Bard owed her, she saw Yager unlock and enter Bard's apartment. Carson confronts Yager. Knowing that Bard had been investigating Yager for a malpractice suit, the policeman guesses that Yager stole the evidence Bard had found and poisoned the liquor.
Yager is caught. At Detective Oppenheimer's suggestion, Carson takes Janet Bradley out. Carole Landis as Janet Bradley William Gargan as Lt. Sam Carson Don Beddoe as Dr. Yager, Medical Examiner Richard Crane as Johnny Williams, Reporter Mary Anderson as Nora Bard John Ireland as Det. Oppenheimer Charles Russell as Arthur Templeton Roy Roberts as Max Calvert Mabel Paige as Flossie Stanley Prager as Ruzinsky, Milkman Charles Tannen as Ames, Reporter Behind Green Lights on YouTube Behind Green Lights on IMDb Behind Green Lights is available for free download at the Internet Archive
James Anderson (American actor)
James Anderson, sometimes billed as Kyle James, was an American television and film actor of the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for his role as Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, he made more than 120 appearances in television and several films between 1941 and 1969. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murder victim Frank Anderson in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Pint-Sized Client," and murder victim Stanley Piper in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Ill-Fated Faker." He appeared in a number of westerns throughout his career playing a gun-for-hire or outlaw. He died of a heart attack at the age of 48, his final two films — The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Little Big Man — were released posthumously. His actress sister, Mary Anderson, died in 2014 at the age of 96, they appeared in one film together, 1951's Hunt the Man Down. James Anderson on IMDb James Anderson at Find a Grave Jim Anderson entry at Bustersoft blog
Walter Slezak was an Austrian-born character actor and singer who appeared in German films before migrating to the US in 1930 and featuring in numerous Hollywood productions. Slezak portrayed villains or thugs, most notably the German U-boat captain in Alfred Hitchcock's film Lifeboat, but he got to play lighter roles, as in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and as a wandering gypsy in The Inspector General, he played a cheerfully corrupt and philosophical private detective in the film noir Born to Kill and appeared as Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island. Born in Vienna, the son of opera tenor Leo Slezak and Elsa Wertheim, he studied medicine for a time and worked as a bank teller, his older sister Margarete Slezak was an actress. He was talked into taking his first role, in the 1922 Austrian film Sodom und Gomorrah, by his friend and the film's director, Michael Curtiz. In his early movie career, before he gained a great deal of weight, Slezak was cast as a thin leading man in silent films.
He acted on the stage for many years, debuting on Broadway in 1931. In Vienna in the 1930s, Slezak was close friends with her family, his first American film was Once Upon a Honeymoon, with Cary Grant. He worked and appeared in over 100 films including The Princess and the Pirate, The Spanish Main, Sinbad the Sailor, Born to Kill and Costello in the Foreign Legion, People Will Talk, Call Me Madam. Slezak played the lead in Broadway musicals, including Fanny, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Slezak acted in radio in such shows as Lux Radio Theater, Columbia Workshop, The Pepsodent Show, The Charlie McCarthy Show, he made numerous television appearances, including in the programs The Loretta Young Show, This Is Show Business, Playhouse 90, Studio One, appeared as The Clock King in episodes 45 and 46 of TV series Batman. In the 1970s, Slezak played the non-singing role of Frosch, the jailer, in the San Francisco Opera production of Johann Strauss' operetta Die Fledermaus.
Film roles in Britain included the Cliff Richard vehicle Wonderful Life and Black Beauty. His autobiography, What Time's the Next Swan? was published in 1962. The book's title refers to an alleged incident in the career of heldentenor Leo Slezak. During a performance in the title role of Lohengrin, the elder Slezak was supposed to finish his aria by stepping into a swan boat and being pulled offstage; when a stagehand removed the boat prematurely, Slezak reacted to the error by asking the audience "What Time's the Next Swan?" Slezak married Johanna "Kaasi" Van Rijn on October 10, 1943. The couple had three children: Ingrid and Leo. Erika went on to become an Emmy-winning actress, starred as Victoria Lord on the long-running soap opera One Life to Live from 1971 to its cancellation in 2012. In 1974, Slezak appeared on the series as Lazlo Braedecker. On 21 April 1983, Slezak died from a self-inflicted gunshot, he was despondent over the state of his health, most notably heart trouble, a recent prostate operation, a shoulder injury requiring several treatments a week.
He was buried in the grave of his parents in the cemetery of Egern. In 1955, Slezak won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway production of Fanny. Slezak Walter Slezak at AllMovie Walter Slezak at Find a Grave Walter Slezak at the Internet Broadway Database Walter Slezak on IMDb Walter Slezak at the TCM Movie Database Walter Slezak papers, 1905-1983, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Photographs and literature
Hume Blake Cronyn Jr. OC was a Canadian actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife of over fifty years. Cronyn, one of five children, was born in London, Canada, his father, Hume Blake Cronyn, Sr. was a Member of Parliament for London. His mother, Frances Amelia, was an heiress of the brewing company of the same name, his paternal grandfather, Verschoyle Cronyn, was the son of the Right Reverend Benjamin Cronyn, an Anglican cleric of the Anglo-Irish Protestant Ascendancy, who served as first bishop of the Anglican diocese of Huron and founded Huron College, from which grew the University of Western Ontario. His great-uncle, Benjamin, Jr. was both a prominent citizen and early mayor of London, but was indicted for fraud and fled to Vermont. Cronyn was a cousin of Canadian-born theater producer, Robert Whitehead, a first cousin of the Canadian-British artist Hugh Verschoyle Cronyn GM. Cronyn was the first Elmwood School boarder in Ottawa and boarded at Elmwood between 1917 and 1921.
After leaving Elmwood, Cronyn went to Ridley College in St. Catharines, McGill University in Montreal, where he became a member of The Kappa Alpha Society. Early in life, Cronyn was an amateur featherweight boxer, having the skills to be nominated for Canada's 1932 Olympic Boxing team. Subsequent to graduating from Ridley College, Cronyn switched majors, from pre-law to drama, while attending McGill University, continued his acting studies thereafter, under Max Reinhardt and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1934, the same year he joined The Lambs, he made his Broadway debut as a janitor in Hipper's Holiday and became known for his versatility, playing a number of different roles on stage, he won a Drama Desk Special Award in 1986. In 1990, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, his first Hollywood film was Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. He appeared in Hitchcock's Lifeboat and worked on the screenplays of Rope and Under Capricorn, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Seventh Cross and won a Tony Award for his performance as Polonius opposite Richard Burton's Hamlet.
Cronyn bought the screenplay What Nancy Wanted from Norma Barzman, blacklisted with her husband Ben Barzman, with the idea of producing the film and starring Tandy. However, he sold the screenplay to RKO which filmed it as The Locket. Cronyn made appearances in television, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Kill With Kindness" and Hawaii Five-O episodes "Over Fifty, Steal" and "Odd Man In". In 1990 he won an Emmy award for his role in the TV Movie Age Old Friends. Cronyn's first marriage was to the philanthropist Emily Woodruff in late 1934 or early 1935, they never lived together. Woodruff insisted, they divorced in 1936. Cronyn married the actress Jessica Tandy in 1942, appeared with her in many of their more memorable dramatic stage and television outings, including The Green Years, The Seventh Cross, The Gin Game, Cocoon, *batteries not included, Cocoon: The Return, Camilla; the couple starred in a short-lived radio series, The Marriage, playing New York attorney Ben Marriott and his wife, former fashion buyer Liz, struggling with her switch to domestic life and their raising an awkward teenage daughter.
The show was scheduled to move from radio to television, with Cronyn producing as well as acting in the show. However, Tandy suffered the show's debut was delayed a week; the series premiered in July 1954 to "warm and enthusiastic reviews". The couple had a daughter, a son, Christopher. Cronyn and Tandy lived in the Bahamas at a lakeside estate in Pound Ridge, New York, in Easton, Connecticut. Jessica Tandy died in 1994, aged 85, from ovarian cancer. After he was widowed, Cronyn married author/playwright Susan Cooper in July 1996, his 1991 autobiography was titled A Terrible Liar. He died on June 2003 from prostate cancer, one month before his 92nd birthday. In 1979, Cronyn was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. On July 11, 1988 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, giving him the Post Nominal Letters "OC" for Life. Cronyn was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999, he received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992 and the Canadian version of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Western Ontario on October 26, 1974. His wife, Jessica Tandy, was given the same degree on the same day. Hume Cronyn at Find a Grave Hume Cronyn at the Internet Broadway Database Hume Cronyn at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Hume Cronyn on IMDb Hume Cronyn at Virtual History Order of Canada Citation Hume Cronyn at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Hume Cronyn – Internet Accuracy Project