Sol Lesser was an American film producer. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1961. In 1913, while living in San Francisco, Sol Lesser learned that the authorities were about to clean out the Barbary Coast district, a raucous area of gambling houses and brothels, he grabbed a camera and a friend, future Hollywood cameraman Hal Mohr, roamed the area the parts that were best-known before the area was shut down. This film is now considered a lost film; the resulting film was The Last Night of the Barbary Coast, an early example of an exploitation film, sold directly to movie theater owners by Lesser. With the profits from the film, he bought several theaters, soon owned a cinema chain. Sol Lesser signed Jackie Coogan to a movie contract in 1922, establishing both as major Hollywood names; the Coogan-Lesser hits included Peck's Bad Boy. Lesser made a successful transition with his own Principal Pictures company. In 1933, Lesser produced Thunder Over Mexico a compilation film made from Eisenstein's Que Viva Mexico! with the permission of Upton Sinclair, who had commissioned the Soviet film maker, his wife.
His productions had higher budgets than the usual independent features. In 1933 Lesser succeeded in buying screen rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan character. A serial with screen newcomer Buster Crabbe resulted, but Burroughs, deciding to make his own Tarzan films, refused to renegotiate with Lesser. Burroughs's movie enterprises were short-lived, the rights passed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Lesser would not return to the Tarzan property after MGM relinquished the rights. Lesser's new Tarzan films were produced for RKO and starred Johnny Weissmuller and Lex Barker and Gordon Scott, Lesser devoted himself to these jungle adventures for the rest of his career. Films include Our Town and the all-star wartime revue Stage Door Canteen. Toward the end of his life he was involved in restoring many of his early productions. Lesser retired in 1958. "I had reached the age. I decided I would end on top, I was satisfied," he said. Lesser was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in California. Sol Lesser was the recipient of The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1960.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Works by or about Sol Lesser at Internet Archive Sol Lesser at AllMovie Sol Lesser on IMDb
So Dear to My Heart
So Dear to My Heart is a 1948 feature film produced by Walt Disney, whose world premiere was in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 1948, released by RKO Radio Pictures. Like 1946's Song of the South, the film combines animation and live action, it is based on the 1943 Sterling North book Midnight and Jeremiah, revised by North to parallel the film's storyline amendments and re-issued under the title So Dear to My Heart. It was the final film appearance of Harry Carey. Set in Indiana in 1903, the film tells the tale of Jeremiah Kincaid and his determination to raise a black-wool lamb, once rejected by its mother. Jeremiah names the lamb Danny for the famed race horse Dan Patch. Jeremiah's dream of showing Danny at the Pike County Fair must overcome the obstinate objections of his loving yet tough grandmother Granny. Jeremiah's confidant Uncle Hiram is the boy's steady ally. Inspired by the animated figures and stories, the boy perseveres. Bobby Driscoll as Jeremiah "Jerry" Kincaid Luana Patten as Tildy Burl Ives as Uncle Hiram Douglas Beulah Bondi as Granny Kincaid Harry Carey as Head Judge at County Fair Raymond Bond as Pete Grundy, Storekeeper Walter Soderling as Grampa Meeker Matt Willis as Mr. Burns, Horse Trainer Spelman B. Collins as Judge Bob Haymes as Singer Bob Haymes John Beal as Adult Jeremiah/Narrator Ken Carson as The Owl Bob Stanton The Rhythmaires as Vocal Ensemble The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Burl Ives's version of the 17th-century English folk song "Lavender Blue," but lost to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's Daughter.
Bobby Driscoll received a special Juvenile Award from the Academy, honoring him as "the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949". The film is recognized by American Film Institute in this list: 2004: AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs: "Lavender Blue" – Nominated The train depot in the film was relocated to Ward Kimball's Grizzly Flats Railroad in his backyard. After the railroad closed, John Lasseter relocated it to his property; the film returned rentals to RKO by 1951 of $2,775,000 with $2,200,000 being generated in the U. S. and Canada. The film was re-released in 1964 and earned an estimated $1.5 million in rentals in the U. S. and Canada. So Dear to My Heart was released on home video in 1986, it was re-released in 1992 and released on video in 1994 as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection. The film was planned for a US DVD release as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection, but was cancelled, with no particular reason given. Six years after seeing a region 2 DVD release, it was released in the US on DVD in July 2008 as a Disney Movie Club Exclusive.
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Marine Raiders (film)
Marine Raiders is a 1944 RKO war film showing a fictional depiction of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and 1st Marine Parachute Battalion on Guadalcanal, R&R in Australia, retraining in Camp Elliott and a fictional attack in the Solomon Islands. Produced by Robert Fellows, directed by Harold D. Schuster, it stars Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Ruth Hussey; the film depicts fictionalized accounts of the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Battle of Edson's Ridge, the Bougainville Campaign. The Western Desert Campaign is mentioned as a concurrent event, but not depicted on-screen. Major Steve Lockhart, commander of a Marine Raider battalion and Captain Dan Craig, commander of the Paramarines are together on Guadalcanal facing a Japanese assault that became the Battle of Edson's Ridge; when Captain Craig discovers the body of one of his lieutenants, tortured and executed by the Japanese, he goes on a one-man army kill crazy rampage of revenge in the jungle with his Reising gun and his M1911 pistol. Major Lockhart, his enraged commander, criticises Craig for his disgraceful conduct that has no place in combat.
The only thing saving Craig from being relieved of his command is the Japanese night attack, beaten off during a night of hard fighting. The depleted units go for recreation in Australia; the troubled Craig meets a knowledgeable and sympathetic Flight Officer, Ellen Foster of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force who has two brothers serving in North Africa. The two fall in love and wish to be married but Craig is wounded in a Japanese air attack; when Lockhart visits Craig in the hospital he finds out. Thinking Craig out of his mind, Lockhart transfers him back to the United States; the recovered Lockhart are bitter enemies as they report to Camp Elliott. Both are shocked that so many men are being trained as Marines compared to the pre-war size of their selective Corps; when told how many men the Corps has recruited, Lockhart exclaims that there aren't that many potential Marines in the entire country. The film shows its audience views of actual training of Marines filmed at the base. Lockhart ends up defending Craig when he is thought unstable and presses for his return to active service.
Preparing for an invasion of an unnamed South Pacific island whilst back in Australia, Craig marries Ellen. Lockhart changes his mind on marriage when meeting her and all are reconciled. In a fictional assault that a map identifies as Bougainville, Craig's Paramarines jump behind Japanese lines to relieve pressure on a beachhead where Lockhart's Raiders and other Marines have landed. Ellen proudly hears the news of their exploits on radio in Australia. Pat O'Brien as Maj. Steve Lockhart Robert Ryan as Capt. Dan Craig Ruth Hussey as Ellen Foster Frank McHugh as Sgt. Louis Leary Barton MacLane as Sgt. Maguire Richard Martin as Pfc. Jimmy Fowler Martha Vickers as Sally Parker Edmund Glover as Pvt. Miller Barry Macollum as an innkeeper Producer Robert Fellows had filmed Bombardier and The Iron Major with RKO's contract star Pat O'Brien. O'Brien was impressed by the newcomer Ryan who he worked with and recommended him to RKO over several other stars for the leading role of Dan Craig. Ryan's performance was noticed by a reviewer of The Nation.
Shortly after filming his part, Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1944 serving as a Drill Instructor at Camp Pendleton being discharged in November 1945 as a Private First Class. The film was made at the Marine base at Camp Elliott, near San Diego, with Captain Clay Boyd as the technical advisor. Boyd, the son of a World War I Marine was a former enlisted Marine commissioned in 1941, a platoon commander with the 1st Raider Battalion at Guadalcanal and twice reconnoitered New Georgia prior to the invasion where he was a company commander. Robert Wise directed additional scenes. Nicholas Musuraca, famed for his cinematography on many Val Lewton horror films and film noir classics filmed the two battle scenes at night. Roy Webb's score includes "Bless'Em All" as a theme for the Australian locales. Marine Raiders on IMDb
Vera June Miles is a retired American actress who worked with Alfred Hitchcock, most notably as Lila Crane in the classic 1960 film Psycho, reprising the role in the 1983 sequel Psycho II. Other films in which she appeared include Tarzan's Hidden Jungle, The Searchers, Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Follow Me, Boys!, Sergeant Ryker and Molly and Lawless John. Vera June Ralston was born in Oklahoma, to Thomas and Bernice Ralston, she had three elder siblings. She grew up first in Pratt and lived in Wichita, where she worked nights as a Western Union operator-typist and graduated from Wichita North High School in 1947, she was the third runner-up in the Miss America contest. When she appeared as a contestant on the April 4, 1951, edition of the Groucho Marx quiz show You Bet Your Life described as "a beauty contest winner", Marx asked her about some of the titles she held, she replied, "I was first Miss Chamber of Commerce and Miss Wichita and Miss Kansas and Miss Texas Grapefruit and I've been chosen Miss New Maid Margarine and I had the honor to represent Kansas in the Miss America pageant."
Miles moved to Los Angeles in 1950 and landed small roles in television and film, including a minor role as a chorus girl in Two Tickets to Broadway, a musical starring Janet Leigh, with whom Miles co-starred nine years in the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. She used her first husband's name, because an active film actress went by the name Vera Ralston. Miles was put under contract at various studios, she once recalled, "I was dropped by the best studios in town."Miles' first credited film appearance was in The Rose Bowl Story, a romantic comedy in which she played a Tournament of Roses queen. While under contract to Warner Bros. Miles was cast alongside her future husband Gordon Scott in the 1955 film Tarzan's Hidden Jungle as Tarzan's love interest; the following year, she was cast by director John Ford as Jeffrey Hunter's love interest in the John Wayne Western The Searchers, appeared in the movie 23 Paces to Baker Street with Van Johnson. In 1956, Miles starred as Rose Balestero, the fragile wife of Manny Balestero, a musician falsely accused of a crime played by Henry Fonda, in the film The Wrong Man.
The movie was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is one of only a few Hitchcock films based on real-life events. Signing a five-year personal contract with Hitchcock in 1957, Miles was publicized as the director's potential successor to Grace Kelly.. Vertigo, a project Hitchcock designed as a showcase for his new star, was met with production delays. Miles' subsequent pregnancy would cost her the lead role, which went to Kim Novak, with whom Hitchcock clashed. Vertigo was not a financial or critical success at the time, with Hitchcock claiming that Novak was miscast. Despite Hitchcock's disappointment regarding Vertigo, he continued to work with Miles casting her in what is arguably the role for which she is most remembered, that of Lila Crane in Psycho. Miles appeared in two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. In 1962, Miles reunited with director John Ford for the film The Man. Starring alongside her former co-star from The Searchers, John Wayne, she is pursued by both Wayne and James Stewart, two different men competing for her hand in marriage.
In addition to her film appearances, Miles was featured in many popular television shows throughout her career, including Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone and the western series Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds. She co-starred in the first episode of ABC's The Fugitive, as well as guest-starring in episodes of The Outer Limits, Burke's Law, The Eleventh Hour, The Man from U. N. C. L. E. and Ironside. In 1965, Miles had a supporting role in three episodes of the CBS series My Three Sons; the same year, she co-starred with lead actors Robert Culp and Bill Cosby in the pilot episode of the TV series I Spy entitled "Affair in T'Sien Cha". Other notable films in which Miles appeared included the Walt Disney film Follow Me, Boys! with Fred MacMurray, Hellfighters, reuniting again with John Wayne. Miles had filmed scenes with Wayne for the movie The Green Berets, playing Wayne's character's wife. However, with Warner Bros. wanting more action in the film, her scenes were cut. Miles continued to appear in numerous TV films and TV series during the 1970s, including the pilot for the TV series Cannon as the wife of a deceased war comrade of private investigator Frank Cannon, played by William Conrad.
She guest-starred in a further two episodes of the series in different roles during its run. In 1973, she appeared alongside Peter Falk in "Lovely But Lethal", an episode of NBC's Columbo, playing a cosmetics queen who commits murder, she made guest appearances in episodes of Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco, Fantasy Island among others. In 1983, more than 20 years after Psycho, Miles reprised the role of Lila Crane in Psycho II, joining Anthony Perkins in the sequel. Miles and Perkins were the only stars of the original film to appear in this second installment. Miles continued to appear in a number of TV and film product
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American fiction writer best known for his celebrated and prolific output in the adventure and science-fiction genres. Among the most notable of his creations are the jungle hero Tarzan, the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter and the fictional landmass within Earth known as Pellucidar. Burroughs' California ranch is now the center of the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles. Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago, the fourth son of Major George Tyler Burroughs, a businessman and Civil War veteran, his wife, Mary Evaline Burroughs, his middle name is from Mary Coleman Rice Burroughs. He was of entirely English ancestry, with a family line, in North America since the Colonial era. Through his Rice grandmother, Burroughs was descended from settler Edmund Rice, one of the English Puritans who moved to Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 17th Century, he once remarked, "I can trace my ancestry back to Deacon Edmund Rice." The Burroughs side of the family was of English origin and emigrated to Massachusetts around the same time.
Many of his ancestors fought in the American Revolution. Some of his ancestors settled in Virginia during the colonial period, Burroughs emphasized his connection with that side of his family, seeing it as romantic and warlike, and, in fact, could have counted among his close cousins no less than seven signers of the U. S. Declaration of Independence, including his third cousin, four times removed, 2nd President of the United States John Adams. Burroughs was educated at a number of local schools, he attended Phillips Academy, in Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. Graduating in 1895, failing the entrance exam for the United States Military Academy at West Point, he became an enlisted soldier with the 7th U. S. Cavalry in Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. After being diagnosed with a heart problem and thus ineligible to serve, he was discharged in 1897. After his discharge Burroughs worked a number of different jobs. During the Chicago influenza epidemic of 1891, he spent half a year at his brother's ranch on the Raft River in Idaho, as a cowboy, drifted somewhat afterward worked at his father's Chicago battery factory in 1899, marrying his childhood sweetheart, Emma Hulbert, in January 1900.
In 1903, Burroughs joined his brothers, Yale graduates George and Harry, who were, by prominent Pocatello area ranchers in southern Idaho, partners in the Sweetser-Burroughs Mining Company, where he took on managing their ill-fated Snake River gold dredge, a classic bucket-line dredge. The Burroughs brothers were the sixth cousins, once removed, of famed miner Kate Rice, a brilliant and statuesque Maths professor who, in 1914, became the first female prospector in the Canadian North. Journalist and publisher C. Allen Thorndike Rice was his third cousin; when the new mine proved unsuccessful, the brothers secured for Burroughs a position with the Oregon Short Line Railroad in Salt Lake City. Burroughs resigned from the railroad in October 1904. By 1911, after seven years of low wages as a pencil-sharpener wholesaler. By this time, Emma and he had two children and Hulbert. During this period, he began reading pulp-fiction magazines. In 1929, he recalled thinking that...if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines, that I could write stories just as rotten.
As a matter of fact, although I had never written a story, I knew that I could write stories just as entertaining and a whole lot more so than any I chanced to read in those magazines. In 1913, Burroughs and Emma had their third and last child, John Coleman Burroughs known for his illustrations of his father's books. In the 1920s, Burroughs became a pilot, purchased a Security Airster S-1, encouraged his family to learn to fly. Daughter Joan married Tarzan film actor, James Pierce, starring with her husband, as the voice of Jane, during 1932-34 for the Tarzan radio series; the pair were wed for more than forty years, until her death, in 1972. Burroughs divorced Emma in 1934 and, in 1935, married the former actress Florence Gilbert Dearholt, the former wife of his friend, Ashton Dearholt, with whom he had co-founded Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises while filming The New Adventures of Tarzan. Burroughs adopted the Dearholts' two children, he and Florence divorced in 1942. Burroughs was in his late 60s and was in Honolulu at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Despite his age, he applied for and received permission to become a war correspondent, becoming one of the oldest U. S. war correspondents during World War II. This period of his life is mentioned in William Brinkley's bestselling novel Don't Go Near the Water. After the war ended, Burroughs moved back to Encino, where after many health problems, he died of a heart attack on March 19, 1950, having written 80 novels, he is buried at Tarzana, California, US. When he died, he was believed to have been the writer who had made the most from films, earning over $2 million in royalties from 27 Tarzan pictures; the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Burroughs in 2003. Aiming his work at the pulps, Burroughs had his first story, Under the Moons of Mars, serialized by Frank Munsey in the February to July 1912 issues of The All-Story – under the name "Norman Bean" to protect his reputation. Under the Moons of Mars inaugurated the Barsoom series and earned Burroughs US$400, it was first published as a book by A.
My Friend Flicka (film)
My Friend Flicka is a 1943 coming-of-age Technicolor film about a young boy, played by Roddy McDowall, given a young horse to raise. It is based on Mary O'Hara's popular 1941 children's novel. Thunderhead, Son of Flicka, released in March 15, 1945, was the sequel to My Friend Flicka. Wyoming ranchers Rob and Nell McLaughlin somewhat reluctantly decide to give their 10-year-old son, Ken, a chance to raise a horse and learn about responsibility, he chooses a one-year-old filly and names her Flicka, which ranch hand Gus informs him is a Swedish word for "girl." Rising debts and a "loco" strain have created problems for the McLaughlins. They accept a $500 offer from a neighboring rancher for the young filly's mother, clocked running at 35 mph, but the mare is accidentally killed while resisting being loaded into a van; the situation gets worse when Flicka is badly cut by barbed wire and the wound becomes infected. Ken cares for her best he can, but the infection leads father Rob to conclude that the horse must be put down.
A gunshot by his father makes Ken fear the worst, but it turns out he was warding off a mountain lion after being warned by Flicka. The filly's life is spared, young Ken nurtures her back to health. Roddy McDowall as Ken McLaughlin Preston Foster as Rob McLaughlin Rita Johnson as Nell McLaughlin James Bell as Gus Patti Hale as Hildy Jeff Corey as Tim Murphy Parts of the film were shot in Duck Creek, Aspen Mirror Lake, Rockville Road, Strawberry Valley, Johnson Canyon, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. A radio adaptation of My Friend Flicka was presented on Lux Radio Theatre June 7, 1943, starring McDowall and Johnson. My Friend Flicka at the American Film Institute Catalog My Friend Flicka on IMDb My Friend Flicka at the TCM Movie Database My Friend Flicka at AllMovie
The Tender Years
The Tender Years is a 1948 American drama film directed by Harold D. Schuster, written by Arnold Belgard, Abem Finkel and Jack Jungmeyer, starring Joe E. Brown, Richard Lyon, Noreen Nash, Charles Drake, Josephine Hutchinson and James Millican, it was released on January 1948, by 20th Century Fox. Joe E. Brown as Rev. Will Norris Richard Lyon as Ted Norris Noreen Nash as Linda Charles Drake as Bob Wilson Josephine Hutchinson as Emily Norris James Millican as Kit Barton Griff Barnett as Sen. Cooper Jeanne Gail as Jeanie Harry Cheshire as Sheriff Fred Ackley Blayney Lewis as Frank Barton Jimmie Dodd as Spike The Tender Years on IMDb