Arthur Lakofsky known as Art Lasky, was a heavyweight professional boxer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lasky was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on November 8, 1908, called Minneapolis his home, he was of Russian-Jewish ancestry. Both he and his brother Maurice worked in a scrap metal yard before taking up boxing, his brother's Dave and Eli both had short, but less successful careers as boxers during the depression years of the 1930s. Lasky's brother Maurice acted as his trainer, trained the boxer Young Harry Greb for a time. After his boxing career ended, Lasky went on to become a cameraman, stunt coordinator, dabbled in acting. Being a bit of a renaissance man, always interested in new challenges, he had a short career in the Palm Springs police department, became a physical therapist with a practice in three California cities. Lasky was skilled in carpentry, masonry and as a surveyor and did much of the work for a home he built in California around 1964 after his boxing retirement, his son Aron was born in 1960, daughter Lana born in 1964 from his third marriage to Irma.
Lasky made his professional debut with a knockout of Sam Baker in May 1930. He faced his first notable opponent, Jimmy Gibbons of Saint Paul, on January 8, 1931, knocking the 28-0-2 Gibbons unconscious in the second round. Gibbons was down twice in the second from Lasky's left hooks; the round ended. He was out when the referee reached the count of six, Gibbons's manager threw in the towel making the victory a technical knockout. Lasky remained undefeated until his 16th bout, a decision loss to Dick Daniels of Minneapolis, he bounced back, by September 1932 was sporting a 14-1 record when he faced Primo Carnera, one of his first rated opponents, in Saint Paul. Future World Heavyweight Champion Primo Carnera defeated Lasky in a ten-round newspaper decision in St. Paul on September 1, 1932; the loss appeared to do nothing to hamper Lasky's career but it was a brutal battle, as were many of Lasky's wins. In an odd spectacle of a fight, Lasky, at 188, was outweighed 78 pounds by the Italian giant, though Carnera had only a one-inch height advantage at 6' 5".
The fight did not feature continuous blows by either boxer until the eighth round, the decision was a close one according to one reporter. In the final rounds, the Italian giant's strength proved too great for Lasky. Lasky became the first opponent to knock out Joe Sekyra in a brutal battle at the Auditorium in Minneapolis on November 29, 1932; the knockout, occurring one minute into the seventh round, came after Lasky's strong right to the chin and two powerful hooks to the jaw of his opponent. Earlier in the bout, Seykra reached Lasky with strong blows to the body and chin, but Lasky was able to fight on; the bout featured blows from both boxers landing continuously from the opening bell. Jack Blackburn, an exceptional Black lightweight and seconded Lasky for the bout. Lasky started a strong offensive attack in the second round, in the third, Sekyra retaliated with strong blows to the chin. Lasky took the fourth round with lighting lefts from a distance, an occasional right to the chin. On the advise of Blackburn, he opened the sixth with a rapid two-handed attack that rocked his opponent who managed to stay on his feet.
Showing determination, though exhausted, Seykra attempted a comeback by the end of the round. Pushing his advantage in the seventh, Lasky achieved the knock out; the win was one of the most convincing of his career, coming against a recognized heavyweight contender. Lasky embarked on a six fight winning streak, including a fifth-round knockout of Black heavyweight Tiger Jack Fox, a boxer with a 50-5 record, at Chicago Stadium in Illinois, he achieved the fifth-round knockout with a hard right to the jaw of the black boxer. Fox fell to his feet, his win over the well known opponent spotlighted Lasky as a fighter to watch. On March 31, 1933, in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden, the shrine of East coast boxing, Lasky pounded out an eight-round points decision against Hans Birkle, a competent 6' 1" German-born heavyweight; the bout was a semi-final and drew a sizable crowd of 9,000. Lasky put reach speed to good use against his opponent. On May 12, 1933, Charley Retzlaff scored a six-round technical knockout against Lasky in their first State Heavyweight Championship bout at the Auditorium in St. Paul.
Retzlaff's right cross and jabs landed too against his opponent. A blow by Retzlaff in the second round first opened a cut on Lasky's right eye hindering his chances in the remaining rounds. A few of Retzlaff's blows again targeted the injured eye in the sixth rounds. At the end of the sixth, with Lasky staggering and unable to defend himself, the referee called the fight ending the bout. Lasky was hospitalized after the fight for several injuries, but to close a severe cut above his right eye, affecting his vision. Loss of vision would be the deciding factor in ending his carerr in 1939. Lasky moved to California in 1933, became a regular at two large boxing venues, Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles and Legion Stadium in Hollywood. On December 1, 1933 Lasky put away Fred Lenhart in the third round of a bout at Legion Stadium, part of a 15-fight unbeaten streak that lasted until the fall of 1934. Lasky led in the first two rounds. After a nine count by a strong left in the third, Lasky delivered a telling right to end the Lenhart fight.
Lasky had a six-inch height advantage in the bout which
Dick Tracy (1945 film)
Dick Tracy is a 1945 American film noir pulp action film based on the Dick Tracy comic strip created by Chester Gould. The film is the first of four installment of the Dick Tracy film series, released by RKO Radio Pictures. Dick Tracy, a supremely intelligent police detective, must solve a series of brutal murders in which the victims, all from different social and economic backgrounds, are viciously slashed to pieces by the one known as Splitface. Suspects flourish but Tracy must find the common link of extortion and revenge before more are killed. Morgan Conway as Dick Tracy, the tough detective, who lets nothing stand in the way of justice. Anne Jeffreys as Tess Trueheart, Tracy's girlfriend, who falls victim to her boyfriends workoholism. Mike Mazurki as Alexis "Splitface" Banning, a psychotic ex-con who seeks revenge, his weapon is a sharp surgical knife. He has a big disfiguring scar across his face. Jane Greer as Jane Owens, a suspect. Lyle Latell as Pat Patton, Tracy's bumbling assistant.
Joseph Crehan as Chief Brandon, the reliable chief of police. Mickey Kuhn as Junior, Tracy's adopted son. Trevor Bardette as Prof. Linwood J. Starling, a strange medium, a suspect. Morgan Wallace as Steve Owens, a stern businessman. Milton Parsons as Deathridge the Undertaker, a mysterious, skeletal suspect. William Halligan as Mayor, the worried mayor of Chicago. Getting the rights to produce Dick Tracy from the character's creator, Chester Gould, cost RKO pictures $10,000; this was the first in a series of Dick Tracy films produced by RKO. Roberts, Garyn G.. Dick Tracy and American Culture: Morality and Mythology and Context. Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. P. 254. ISBN 9780786416981. OCLC 52878934. Retrieved September 17, 2013. Hardy, Phil; the BFI Companion to Crime. London, England, UK: Continuum International Publishing Group. P. 331. ISBN 9780304332151. OCLC 38423177. Retrieved September 17, 2013. Wilt, David E.. Hardboiled in Hollywood. Bowling Green, Ohio, USA: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.
P. 86. ISBN 9780879725259. OCLC 24154116. Retrieved September 17, 2013. Dick Tracy on IMDb Dick Tracy is available for free download at the Internet Archive Dick Tracy at AllMovie Dick Tracy at the TCM Movie Database Dick Tracy at the American Film Institute Catalog Review of film at Variety
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies is an American movie-oriented pay-TV network operated by Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Launched in 1994, TCM is headquartered at Turner's Techwood broadcasting campus in the Midtown business district of Atlanta, Georgia; the channel's programming consisted of classic theatrically released feature films from the Turner Entertainment film library – which comprises films from Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. However, TCM licenses films from other studios, shows more recent films; the channel is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Malta, Latin America, Italy, Cyprus, the Nordic countries, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In 1986, eight years before the launch of Turner Classic Movies, Ted Turner acquired the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio for $1.5 billion. Concerns over Turner Entertainment's corporate debt load resulted in Turner selling the studio that October back to Kirk Kerkorian, from whom Turner had purchased the studio less than a year before.
As part of the deal, Turner Entertainment retained ownership of MGM's library of films released up to May 9, 1986. Turner Broadcasting System was split into two companies; the film library of Turner Entertainment would serve as the base form of programming for TCM upon the network's launch. Before the creation of Turner Classic Movies, films from Turner's library of movies aired on the Turner Broadcasting System's advertiser-supported cable network TNT – along with colorized versions of black-and-white classics such as The Maltese Falcon. Turner Classic Movies debuted on April 14, 1994, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, with Ted Turner launching the channel at a ceremony in New York City's Times Square district; the date and time were chosen for their historical significance as "the exact centennial anniversary of the first public movie showing in New York City". The first movie broadcast on TCM was the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, the same film that served as the debut broadcast of its sister channel TNT six years earlier in October 1988.
At the time of its launch, TCM was available to one million cable television subscribers. The network served as a competitor to AMC—which at the time was known as "American Movie Classics" and maintained a identical format to TCM, as both networks focused on films released prior to 1970 and aired them in an uncut and commercial-free format. AMC had broadened its film content to feature colorized and more recent films by 2002. In 1996, Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner which, besides placing Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment under the same corporate umbrella gave TCM access to Warner Bros.' Library of films released after 1950. In the early 2000s, AMC abandoned its commercial-free format, which led to TCM being the only movie-oriented basic cable channel to devote its programming to classic films without commercial interruption or content editing. On March 4, 2019, Time Warner's new owner AT&T announced a planned reorganization that would dissolve Turner Broadcasting.
TCM, along with Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, over-the-top video company Otter Media, will be moved directly under Warner Bros.. Speaking about the move, then-Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara explained that TCM was "a natural fit with Warner Bros." due the company's massive film library. In 2000, TCM started the annual Young Composers Film Competition, inviting aspiring composers to participate in a judged competition that offers the winner of each year's competition the opportunity to score a restored, feature-length silent film as a grand prize, mentored by a well-known composer, with the new work subsequently premiering on the network; as of 2006, films that have been rescored include the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film Camille, two Lon Chaney films: 1921's The Ace of Hearts and 1928's Laugh, Clown and Greta Garbo's 1926 film The Temptress. In April 2010, Turner Classic Movies held the first TCM Classic Film Festival, an event—now held annually—at the Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Hosted by Robert Osborne, the four-day long annual festival celebrates Hollywood and its movies, featured celebrity appearances, special events, screenings of around 50 classic movies including several newly restored by The Film Foundation, an organization devoted to preserving Hollywood's classic film legacy. Turner Classic Movies operates as a commercial-free service, with the only advertisements on the network being shown between features – which advertise TCM products, network promotions for upcoming special programs and the original trailers for films that are scheduled to be broadcast on TCM, featurettes about classic film actors and actresses. In addition to this, extended breaks between features are filled with theatrically released movie trailers and classic short subjects – from series such as The Passing Parade, Crime Does Not Pay, Pete Smith Specialties, Robert Benchley – under the banner name TCM Extras (formerly On
William A. Berke was an American film director and screenwriter, he directed nearly 90 films between 1934 and 1958. He produced nearly 80 films between 1933 and 1958. Richard Fleischer recalled Berke "was known as King of the B's. For years and years he had made nothing but pictures with ten or twelve day shooting schedules, minuscule budgets of about $100,000 and no stars. Without bothering with editing or any postproduction chores and with short shooting schedules, he was able to squeeze in eight or ten pictures a year, and he was going nuts". According to Fleischer, Berke pestered RKO executives enough to be assigned an A picture with a long shooting schedule and stars and he still shot it in twelve days, he was born in Milwaukee and died in Los Angeles, California. William A. Berke on IMDb
Roscoe Karns was an American actor who appeared in nearly 150 films between 1915 and 1964. He specialized in cynical, wise-cracking characters, his rapid-fire delivery enlivened many comedies and crime thrillers in the 1930s and 1940s. Though he appeared in numerous silent films, such as Wings and Beggars of Life, his career didn't take off until sound arrived. Arguably his best-known film role was the annoying bus passenger Oscar Shapeley, who tries to pick up Claudette Colbert in the Oscar-winning comedy It Happened One Night followed by one of his best performances as the boozy press agent Owen O'Malley in Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century. In 1937, Paramount teamed him with Lynne Overman as a pair of laconic private eyes in two B comedy-mysteries, Murder Goes to College and Partners in Crime. From 1950 to 1954, Karns played the title role in the popular DuMont Television Network series Rocky King, Inside Detective, his son, character actor Todd Karns appeared in that series. From 1959 to 1962, Karns was cast as Admiral Walter Shafer in seventy-three of the ninety-five episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, starring Jackie Cooper in the title role of a United States Navy physician, Abby Dalton as nurse Martha Hale.
His final film was another Hawks comedy, Man's Favorite Sport?, in 1964. Works by or about Roscoe Karns at Internet Archive Roscoe Karns on IMDb Roscoe Karns at the Internet Broadway Database Roscoe Karns at Find a Grave
Waterfront at Midnight
Waterfront at Midnight is a 1948 American drama film directed by William Berke, written by Bernard Girard, starring William Gargan, Mary Beth Hughes, Richard Travis, Richard Crane, Cheryl Walker and Horace McMahon. It was released on June 25, 1948, by Paramount Pictures. A detective mistakenly shoots his own brother, who has become a criminal involved with a dangerous boss. William Gargan as Mike Hanrohan Mary Beth Hughes as Ethel Novack Richard Travis as'Socks' Barstow Richard Crane as Denny Hanrohan Cheryl Walker as Helen Hanrohan Horace McMahon as Hank Bremmer John Hart as Woody Douglas Fowley as Joe Sargus Paul Harvey as Commissioner Ryan Keye Luke as Loy Waterfront at Midnight on IMDb
Tom Keene (actor)
Tom Keene was an American actor known for his roles in B Westerns. Born George Duryea in Rochester, New York, Keene studied at Columbia University and Carnegie Tech before embarking on an acting career, he made his film debut in the 1923 short film The Just a Little Late Club. Keene followed with roles in The Godless Girl directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Tide of Empire with Renée Adorée, Thunder with Lon Chaney, Sr. Tol'able David, Sundown Trail. In 1934 King Vidor cast him in the conscious Depression oriented classic Our Daily Bread with Karen Morley. During the 1940s, Keene appeared in the film serial The Great Alaskan Mystery and two Dick Tracy films Dick Tracy's Dilemma and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome. In the 1950s, he moved on to television with guest roles on The Range Rider, Buffalo Bill, Jr. Fury, Judge Roy Bean, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Keene's last film role was in the Ed Wood-directed cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space, he focused on real estate and the insurance business. Keene died of cancer on August 4, 1963, aged 66.
He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in California. In his career, Keene was credited as Richard Powers, once as Dick Powers. Tom Keene on IMDb Tom Keene at AllMovie