Laurence Tucker Stallings was an American playwright, lyricist, literary critic, journalist and photographer. Best known for his collaboration with Maxwell Anderson on the 1924 play What Price Glory, Stallings produced a groundbreaking autobiographical novel, about his service in World War I, published an award-winning book of photographs, The First World War: A Photographic History. Stallings was born Laurence Tucker Stallings in Macon, Georgia, to Larkin Tucker Stallings, a bank clerk, Aurora Brooks Stallings, a homemaker and avid reader who inspired her son's love of literature, he entered Wake Forest University in North Carolina in 1912 and became the editor of the campus literary magazine, the Old Gold and Black. He met Helen Poteat while at Wake Forest, she was the daughter of Dr. William Louis Poteat, the university president, the sister of Stallings's classics professor, they were sweethearts throughout their school years. He graduated from Wake Forest College in 1916, got a job writing advertising copy for a local recruiting office.
He was so convinced by his own prose, he joined the United States Marine Reserve in 1917. He left Philadelphia for overseas duty in France aboard the USS Henderson on 24 April 1918. In France, he served as a platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines during the fighting at Château-Thierry, he was wounded in the leg in the Battle of Belleau Wood after charging an enemy machine-gun nest on 25 June. After begging the doctors not to amputate, he went home to spend two painful years recuperating at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital, he damaged it with a fall on the ice, it was amputated in 1922. Many years he had to have his remaining leg amputated, as well. After finishing his convalescence and Poteat married on March 8, 1919. In 1928-1929, they restored Poteat House near North Carolina. Through Helen his aunt by marriage was the painter Ida Isabella Poteat; the year following his divorce, Stallings married Louise St. Leger Vance, his secretary at Fox Studios, they had Laurence, Jr. and Sally. Stallings died of a heart attack in California.
He was buried with full military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma near San Diego. Stallings received a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University, after which he worked as a reporter and entertainment editor at the New York World, he was impressed by Maxwell Anderson's first play, White Desert, the two joined forces to collaborate on What Price Glory, which opened at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City in 1924. The critically acclaimed play spawned two film adaptations; the two went on to co-write the plays The First Flight and The Buccaneer, both in 1925. Stallings continued his theatre career with the book and lyrics for the musical Deep River, adapted Ernest Hemingway's novel A Farewell to Arms for the stage in 1930, co-wrote the book for the musicals Rainbow with Oscar Hammerstein, Virginia with Owen Davis, penned the play The Streets Are Guarded in 1944, he was a member of the Algonquin Round Table. Stallings' novel, the autobiographical Plumes, was published in 1924 and was a huge success, with nine printings in that year alone.
It was adapted into King Vidor's The Big Parade, quite successful and remained MGM's largest-grossing film until Gone with the Wind in 1939. He was regarded as a key influence on three of John Ford's greatest films, serving as writer or co-writer for 3 Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Sun Shines Bright. Additional screenwriting credits included Northwest Passage, The Man from Dakota, On Our Merry Way. Stallings's last book, The Doughboys: The Story of the AEF, 1917-1918, was published in 1963; the nonfiction account of World War I explores the racism and discrimination faced by the black troops during the war. Stallings was recalled up to service with the U. S. Marine Corps during World War II as a lieutenant did not serve overseas. BooksPlumes, 1924 Three American Plays, by Stallings and Maxwell Anderson, 1926 The First World War--A Photographic History, 1933 The Doughboys, 1963Periodicals"Celluloid Psychology," New Republic, 33: 282-284 "The Whole Art of a Wooden Leg," Smart Set, 70: 107-111 "The Big Parade," New Republic, 40: 66-69 "How a'Great' Play Is Written," Current Opinion, 77: 617-618 "Esprit de Corps," Scribner's, 84: 212-215 "Turn Out the Guard," Saturday Evening Post, 201: 16-17, 96, 99-100 "Gentleman in Blue," Saturday Evening Post, 204: 8-9, 95 "Return to the Woods," Collier's, 89: 30-31, 52 "Lt. Richard Plume Comes Home from the War," Scholastic, 25: 4-6 "Bush Brigades and Blackamoors," American Mercury, 37: 411-419 "The War to End War," American Heritage, 10: 4-17, 84-85 "Bloody Belleau Wood," American Heritage, 14: 65-77Theatre productionsWhat Price Glory, by Stallings and Maxwell Anderson, New York, Plymouth Theatre, 5 September 1924 First Flight, by Stallings and Anderson, New York, Plymouth Theatre, 17 September 1925 The Buccaneer, by Stallings and Anderson, New York, Plymouth Theatre, 2 October 1925 Deep River, New York, Imperial Theatre, 4 October 1926 Rainbow, by Stallings and Oscar Hammerstein II, New York, Gallo Theatre, 21 November 1928 A Farewell to Arms, New York, National Theatre, 22 September 1930 Eldorado, by Stallings and George S. Kaufman, New Haven, 1
Hit the Deck (1955 film)
Hit the Deck is a 1955 American musical film directed by Roy Rowland and starring Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, Russ Tamblyn. It is based on the stage musical of the same name –, itself based on the hit play Shore Leave by Hubert Osborne – and was shot in CinemaScope. Although the film featured some songs from the stage musical, the plot was different. Standards featured in the film include "Sometimes I'm Happy", "I Know that You Know", "Hallelujah". During "Operation Ice Cream" at a U. S. Navy reservation in the Arctic, buddies Danny Xavier Smith and Rico Ferrari are exempted from a swimming lesson in the icy water when their friend, Chief Boatswain's Mate William F. Clark, recruits them to bake a birthday cake for the commander. Bill explains that a planeload of replacements is due in, if they impress the commander with the cake, they may be selected to go home; when Bill leaves them in the kitchen and Rico admit that neither one knows how to bake, they come up with the idea to poke holes in another sailor's failed attempt at a cake, fill the holes with rum dress the whole thing up with candles and icing.
The commander is delighted, but the cake combusts when he blows out the candles, the three friends find themselves transferred to "Operation Mud Pie" in a snake-infested swamp. On a two-day shore leave in San Francisco, Bill goes to the nightclub where his fiancée Ginger is the star performer. Ginger, angry about their six-year engagement, tells Bill that she has found someone else and breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Rico goes to see his widowed mother, entertaining her beau, florist Mr. Peroni. After Rico leaves, led to believe that Rico was only nine years old, looks at Mrs. Ferrari with new eyes, they quarrel. Danny, goes to see his father, Rear Admiral Daniel Xavier Smith, one of a long line of admirals in the family; the admiral leaves for an out-of-town meeting, Danny has a joyful reunion with his older sister Susan, who tells him she is dating actor Wendell Craig and might get a part in his new show. After Susan leaves on her date, Danny goes to the theater where Wendell's show Hit the Deck is rehearsing, is attracted to dancer Carol Pace.
When Carol mentions Wendell's reputation as a womanizer, Danny becomes concerned for his sister's safety. Meanwhile, Bill returns to the nightclub and jealously questions Ginger about her new boyfriend, but still declines to set a wedding date. At Wendell's hotel suite, Susan sings for him, the lecherous actor has just started to make his move when Danny and his friends barge in. While Danny and Bill are fighting with Wendell, Rico forcibly escorts Susan home, finds himself falling in love with her. Susan gets away and returns to the hotel, when the shore patrol shows up to investigate the incident, Wendell says he wants to press charges. Alarmed at her brother's predicament, Susan sneaks out, encountering Rico in the hallway, tells him they must warn Danny and Bill; the two shore patrol men go to the nightclub and question Ginger, but she tells them nothing about Bill's whereabouts. Meanwhile, the sailors and Carol gather at Mrs. Ferrari's apartment, she cheers them up with wine and song; the admiral returns home early, learns from the shore patrol that Danny is in trouble.
The following morning, the shore patrol returns to Mrs. Ferrari's apartment, but she delays them while the sailors sneak out and take shelter in Peroni's flower shop. To make Peroni jealous, Rico has Bill send her roses. Peroni delivers the flowers himself, asks Mrs. Ferrari to marry him, which she agrees. Bill calls on Ginger and proposes to her; that evening, shortly before the opening of Hit the Deck, Wendell is attempting to cover his bruises with makeup, when Susan shows up and asks him to withdraw the charges. Wendell agrees, on the condition that the sailors apologize to him in person, as Susan goes off to fetch them, Wendell picks up the phone. Right before the curtain, Susan brings the fellows to Wendell's dressing room, where they find the shore patrol waiting; the men flee, blending in with the chorus members in sailor costumes, as the admiral and his aide Lt. Jackson watch in amazement from the audience. A melee erupts after the opening number, Susan angrily punches Wendell; the sailors are captured and brought before the admiral, who dresses them down until he learns that the young lady whose honor they were fighting to protect is Susan.
After the admiral leaves, Mrs. Ferrari barges in, followed by Carol and Ginger, the women insist on telling Jackson the whole story. Meanwhile, the admiral goes home and confronts Susan, who reproaches her father for jumping to conclusions adds that she is thinking of marrying Rico. Jackson comes to the admiral's house, accompanied by Wendell, who claims that everything was a misunderstanding and withdraws the charges. Jackson reveals that Wendell changed his mind, to keep his wife from finding out about the episode with Susan; the three sailors are joined with their loves. Jane Powell as Susan Smith Tony Martin as Chief Boatswain's Mate William F. Clark Debbie Reynolds as Carol Pace Walter Pidgeon as Rear Adm. Daniel Xavier Smith Vic Damone as Rico Ferrari Gene Raymond as Wendell Craig Ann Miller as Ginger Russ Tamblyn as Danny Xavier Smith J. Carrol Naish as Mr. Peroni Kay Armen as Mrs. Ottavio Ferrari Richard Anderson as Lt. Jackson Jane Darwell as Jenny Alan King as Shore Patrolman Henry Slate as Shore PatrolmanCast notes: Although the names of George Murphy, Bobby Van, Jack E. Leonard, Vera-Ellen, Ann Crowley appea
Warner Archive Collection
The Warner Archive Collection is a manufactured-on-demand DVD series started by Warner Home Video on March 23, 2009, with the intention of putting unreleased catalog films on DVD for the first time. In November 2012, Warner announced that the Archive collection would begin releasing some titles on Blu-ray, with all discs being pressed, unlike the DVD series. Using recordable DVDs, they custom burn discs for each order sold directly to the consumer, rather than the traditional business model of pressing batches of discs that ship to "brick and mortar" retailers; this saves on the costs of storing unsold stock in a warehouse and mitigates the risk of a retailer holding unsold merchandise since the majority of the films in the archive do not have widespread public demand. Some Warner Archives releases had a pressed DVD release but have lapsed out of print before since being re-released on MOD DVD discs. In addition, Warner Archive sell films and television shows as downloadable Windows Media files, operated a subscription-based streaming video service, Warner Archive Instant, which allowed members to stream many of the Warner Archive properties in a format similar to Netflix.
In 2018, Warner Archive Instant merged with its sister service FilmStruck. The collection consists of theatrical films, television shows, television films from the libraries of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment Co. HBO, Lorimar Productions, Warner Bros. Television, post-1947 Allied Artists Pictures, Monogram Pictures, Largo Entertainment and New Line Cinema/Castle Rock Entertainment. Sony Pictures, MGM, Disney, 20th Century Fox have started MOD services after the success of Warner Archives, their services are named Sony Pictures Choice Collection, MGM Limited Edition Collection, Universal Vault Series, Disney Generations Collection, Fox Cinema Archives, respectively. Including Warner, this encompasses five of the six major film studios with Paramount as the lone exception. Lionsgate, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon have started to offer MOD discs of catalog titles through Amazon CreateSpace. On April 13, 2011, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that Warner Archive will offer on-demand titles from Sony.
MGM Limited Edition titles are sold through Warner Archive. In November 2012, the Archive collection began releasing titles on Blu-ray, with the first two releases being Deathtrap and Gypsy. Paramount signed an agreement with Warner Bros. in June 2013 allowing select Paramount titles to be released under the Warner Archive moniker. By July 12, 2016, Warner Archive's Blu-ray releases included season sets of current television series, such as iZombie, The 100, The Originals and Lucifer. Expanding their films availability to Internet streaming, in July 2014 Warner Archive introduced the Warner Archive Instant service. Similar to Netflix, Warner Archive Instant allows its members access to various Warner Archive library titles via their website, in addition to apps for Roku and iOS-based devices; as of June 2015, the service was presently limited to serving customers who are located in the United States. In February 2018, Warner Archive retired its online streaming service, transferring several of its films to FilmStruck.
It was discontinued as of November 29, 2018. The Criterion Collection Mill Creek Entertainment Shout! Factory Hanna-Barbera Classics Collection List of works produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions Official website
Sam Hardy (actor)
Sam B. Hardy was an American stage and film actor who appeared in feature films during the silent and early sound eras. Born in New Haven, Hardy attended Yale but left there to become an actor on stage, he entered the world of film with Biograph Studios. Hardy appeared in about 85 movies between 1915 and 1935, he was in comedic roles, his best-known role to modern audiences is Charles Weston, the theatrical agent, in the 1933 film classic King Kong. Hardy became ill while he was working in the film Shoot the Chutes, starring Eddie Cantor, he died of intestinal problems. He was known as Samuel Hardy. Goldner, Orville & Turner, George Eugene; the Making of King Kong: The Story Behind a Film Classic. A. S. Barnes, 1975. Low, Rachael. History of the British Film: Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985. Sam Hardy at the Internet Broadway Database Sam Hardy on IMDb Portrait gallery findagrave.com TRAVALANCHE: Sam Hardy: Friend of Fields from the Follies
Flying Down to Rio
Flying Down to Rio is a 1933 American pre-Code RKO musical film noted for being the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, although Dolores del Río and Gene Raymond received top billing and the leading roles. Among the featured players are Eric Blore; the songs in the film were written by Vincent Youmans, Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu, with musical direction and additional music by Max Steiner. This is the only film; the black-and-white film was directed by Thornton Freeland and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Lou Brock; the screenplay was written by Erwin S. Gelsey, H. W. Hanemann and Cyril Hume, based on a story by Lou Brock and a play by Anne Caldwell. Linwood Dunn did the special effects for the celebrated airplane-wing dance sequence at the end of the film. In this film, Dolores Del Rio became the first major actress to wear a two-piece women's bathing suit onscreen. Composer Roger Bond and his orchestra are appearing with vocalist Honey Hales. Despite the warnings of accordionist and assistant band leader Fred Ayres, Roger is attracted to the beautiful and flirtatious Belinha in the audience.
He leaves the bandstand to pursue her. Doña Elena, Belinha's chaperone, is informed of this, arranges for Roger and the band to be fired, but Roger pursues Belinha to Brazil, organises an engagement for the band at the Hotel Atlântico in Rio de Janeiro, unaware that the hotel is owned by Belinha's father. Roger persuades Belinha to allow him to fly her there in his private plane, which runs into trouble inflight, forcing a landing on an deserted island. Under the moonlight, she falls into his arms, while admitting to him that she is engaged. In Rio, Roger informs his good friend Julio that he has fallen in love, but finds out that Belinha is engaged to Julio. During rehearsals for the Hotel's opening, Fred is told by police that the hotel lacks an entertainment license; when Roger spots a plane overhead, he comes up with the idea of strapping dancing girls to planes, with Fred leading the band and Honey and Julio leading the planes. The show is the hotel's future guaranteed. Julio gives Belinha up to Roger while Honey celebrate.
All the songs in Flying Down to Rio were written by Edward Eliscu. The dance director was Dave Gould, assisted by Hermes Pan, who went on to become Astaire's primary collaborator. "Flying Down to Rio" – sung by Fred Astaire, danced by Ginger Rogers and the chorus "Music Makes Me" – sung by Ginger Rogers, some general dancing "Orchids in Moonlight" – sung by Raul Roulien, danced by Fred Astaire and Dolores del Rio. According to RKO records the film made $923,000 in the United States and Canada and $622,000 elsewhere, resulting in an estimated profit of $480,000; the film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: 2004: AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs: "Carioca" – Nominated 2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated Flying Down to Rio on IMDb Flying Down to Rio at AllMovie Flying Down to Rio at the TCM Movie Database Flying Down to Rio at the American Film Institute Catalog Flying Down to Rio at Rotten Tomatoes Airplanes Represented in the film Flying Down to Rio
Grant Clarke was an American songwriter. Clarke moved to New York City early in his career, where he worked as an actor and a staff writer for comedians, he began working on Tin Pan Alley, where he contributed music to films such as The Jazz Singer, Weary River, On with the Show and Is Everybody Happy?. He wrote the lyrics to the show Dixie to Broadway, contributed to the 1921 Ziegfeld Follies and Bombo. In his career he became a charter member of ASCAP and was successful in the music publishing business. Clarke was the author of the lyrics to many popular songs of the 1910s and 1920s, working with composers such as George W. Meyer, Harry Akst, James V. Monaco, Al Piantadosi, Fred Fisher, Harry Warren, Arthur Johnston, James Hanley, Lewis F. Muir and Milton Ager. A list of Clarke's most prominent works: "Dat's Harmony" "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" "He'd Have to Get Under – Get Out and Get Under" "When You're in Love With Someone" "In the Land of Beginning Again" "Everything is Peaches Down in Georgia" "Second Hand Rose" "Oogie Oogie Wa Wa" "Dirty Hands, Dirty Face" "I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird" "Am I Blue?"
Biography at Songwriters Hall of Fame Grant Clarke, Discography of American Historical Recordings at University of California at Santa Barbara Library Works by Grant Clarke at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Grant Clarke at Internet Archive