Samuel Goldwyn

Samuel Goldwyn known as Samuel Goldfish, was a Polish-American film producer. He was best known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood, his awards include the 1973 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1947, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1958. Goldwyn was born Szmuel Gelbfisz in Warsaw to Polish Jewish Hasidic parents, Aaron Dawid Gelbfisz, a peddler, his wife, Hanna Reban, he made his way for Hamburg. There he stayed with acquaintances of his family. On 26 November 1898, Gelbfisz left Hamburg for Birmingham, where he remained with relatives for six weeks under the name Samuel Goldfish. On January 4, he sailed from Liverpool, arrived in Philadelphia on 19 January 1899 and came to New York in late January 1899, he found work in New York in the bustling garment business. Soon his innate marketing skills made him a successful salesman at the Elite Glove Company. After four years, as vice-president of sales, he moved back to New York City and settled at 10 West 61st Street.

In 1913, along with his brother-in-law Jesse L. Lasky, Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Friend formed a partnership, The Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, to produce feature-length motion pictures. Film rights for a stage play, The Squaw Man, were purchased for $4,000 and Dustin Farnum was hired for the leading role. Shooting for the first feature film made in Hollywood began on December 29, 1913. In 1914, Paramount was a film exhibition corporation headed by W. W. Hodkinson. Looking for more movies to distribute, Paramount signed a contract with the Lasky Company on June 1, 1914 to supply 36 films per year. One of Paramount's other suppliers was Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Company; the two companies merged on June 1916 forming The Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. Zukor had been buying Paramount stock, two weeks prior to the merger, became president of Paramount Pictures Corporation and had Hodkinson replaced with Hiram Abrams, a Zukor associate. With the merger, Zukor became president of both Paramount and Famous Players-Lasky, with Goldfish being named chairman of the board of Famous Players-Lasky, Jesse Lasky first vice-president.

After a series of conflicts with Zukor, Goldfish resigned as chairman of the board, as member of the executive committee of the corporation on September 14, 1916. Goldfish was no longer an active member of management, although he still owned stock and was a member of the board of directors. Famous Players-Lasky would become part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, Paramount would become one of Hollywood's major studios. In 1916, Goldfish partnered with Broadway producers Edgar and Archibald Selwyn, using a combination of both names to call their film-making enterprise Goldwyn Pictures. Seeing an opportunity, he had his name changed to Samuel Goldwyn, which he used for the rest of his life. Goldwyn Pictures proved successful but it is their "Leo the Lion" trademark for which the company is today remembered. On April 10, 1924, Goldwyn Pictures was acquired by Marcus Loew and merged into his Metro Pictures Corporation, becoming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Despite the inclusion of his name, Samuel Goldwyn never had any connection with the management or production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Before the sale and merger of Goldwyn Pictures in April 1924, Goldwyn had established Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923 as a production-only operation. Their first feature was Potash and Perlmutter, released in September 1923 through First National Pictures; some of the early productions named for Goldwyn's wife, Frances. For 35 years, Goldwyn built a reputation in filmmaking and developed an eye for finding the talent for making films. William Wyler directed many of his most celebrated productions, he hired writers such as Ben Hecht, Sidney Howard, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman. During that time, Goldwyn made numerous films and reigned as Hollywood's most successful independent producer. Many of his films were forgettable. William Wyler was responsible for most of Goldwyn's lauded films, with Best Picture Oscar nominations for Dodsworth, Dead End, Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes and The Best Years of Our Lives. Leading actors in several Goldwyn films those directed by Wyler, were Oscar-nominated for their performances.

Throughout the 1930s, Goldwyn released all his films through United Artists. In 1946, the year he was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, Goldwyn's drama, The Best Years of Our Lives, starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Teresa Wright and Dana Andrews, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. In the 1950s Samuel Goldwyn turned to making a number of musicals including Hans Christian Andersen his last with Danny Kaye, with whom he had made many others), Guys and Dolls starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, based on the successful Broadway musical; this was

Mueang Chumphon District

Mueang Chumphon is the capital district of Chumphon Province, southern Thailand. Neighboring districts are Sawi of Chumphon Province, Kra Buri of Ranong Province, Tha Sae and Pathio of Chumphon Province; the district is divided into 17 sub-districts. Chumphon is a town which covers the whole tambon Tha Taphao and parts of tambon Bang Mak, Na Thung, Tak Daet, Khun Krathing, Wang Phai. There are a further three townships: Paknam Chumphon covers parts of tambon Paknam, Tha Yang the whole tambon Tha Yang, Wang Phai parts of tambon Wang Phai. There are a further 16 tambon administrative organization.

USS Sirius (AF-60)

USS Sirius was a Alstede-class stores ship in service with the US Maritime Administration from 1943, acquired by the United States Navy in 1956. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, equipment to ships in the fleet, to remote stations and staging areas. Sirius was laid down on 5 January 1942 as SS Trade Wind by Moore Dry Dock Company at Oakland, launched on 11 April 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Olga Johnson, delivered to the Maritime Administration on 30 April 1943. Sirius was acquired by the U. S. Navy from the Maritime Administration on 18 May 1956 and commissioned on 12 January 1957 at San Francisco, California. On 26 April, she sailed for Sasebo, arriving on 14 May. Sirius spent most of her commissioned service plying between ports in the Far East and with the 7th Fleet, she supplied fleet units in Japan. Sirius was struck from the Navy List on 1 August 1965 and returned to the Maritime Administration, sold to West Waterway Lumber Co. Seattle, Washington, on 13 April 1971; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

The entry can be found here. Photo gallery of USS Sirius at NavSource Naval History