Archive for February, 2011

Marilyn Monroe Visits Troops In Korea, 1954

 

 Marilyn Monroe Visits Troops In Korea

 
Marilyn on how she felt in Korea: “For the first time in my life, I had a feeling that the people seeing me were accepting and liking me.”
 

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were on their honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan in February of 1954 when Marilyn recieved an invitation from General John E. Hull’s Far East command to entertain the U.S. troops stationed in war torn Korea. After a little thought and discussion with her husband she said yes. It should be said though that Joe objected to her going to Korea at that time as he feared for her safety. The armistice had just been signed in July of 1953 and she was going to do some of her shows very close to the front lines which was still a very dangerous place at that time, but she said it was “the least she could do.”  Her whirlwind tour consisted of ten shows in four days in sub-zero temperatures. Wearing nothing but a skin tight, low cut, plum colored sequined gown, she wowed the troops with her singing, dancing, and banter. Everywhere she went she was greeted with warmth and appreciation. One Army Corps of Engineers officer said of Marilyn, *“Of all the performers who came to us in Korea-and there were a half a dozen or so-she was the best…..It was bitter cold, but she was in no hurry to leave. Marilyn was a great entertainer. She made thousands of GI’s feel like she really cared.”

 

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe performed with a band made up of eleven servicemen called Anything Goes. Her pianist, Albert Guastafeste was taken aback by how down to earth and modest she was. He was quoted as saying,“Someone ought to go up to her and tell her she is Marilyn Monroe. She doesn’t seem to realize it. When you make a goof she tells you she’s sorry. When she goofs, she apologizes to me!” During her tour she also visited hospitals in Japan where wounded servicemen lay, stopping to talk, shaking hands, signing autographs, posing with all that asked for pictures. Even though she was totally exhausted from the tour and caught a mild case of pneumonia, she later told her friend Amy Greene that the Korea tour was one of the highlights of her entire career.

 

Marilyn Monroe with troops in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe with troops in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Marilyn Monroe in Korea Feb. 1954

Be sociable...Share!!Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on LinkedInShare on Tumblr

“Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” – Cary Grant and Myrna Loy

 

Jim Blandings (Cary Grant):  “It’s a conspiracy, I tell you. The minute you start they put you on the all-American sucker list. You start out to build a home and wind up in the poorhouse. And if it can happen to me, what about the guys who aren’t making $15,000 a year? The ones who want a home of their own. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you, against every boy and girl who were ever in love.”

 

Theatrical Poster

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948 RKO Pictures) is a comedy starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Grant and Loy play Jim and Muriel Blandings, a married couple with two daughters, who all live in a cramped New York City apartment. Muriel wants to remodel the apartment but Jim rejects the idea. After coming across an ad in the newspaper for new homes in Connecticut, the couple decides to buy and fix up an old home. Jim decides to buy an old farmhouse as a fixer up and gets bilked into purchasing “The Old Hackett Place” which is a dilapidated 200 year old farm house. The old house is declared to be structurally unsound by an engineer. Unlivable and unfixable, “The Old Hackett” place has to be torn down. The Blandings then hire an architect to design and build a new house on the site within a certain budget. Of course, this being a comedy, all kinds of problems arise with the building of a new house out in the country while working in the city. On top of that, Jim is handed the account for “Wham! Ham” at the advertising company where he works. He has to come up with a new slogan for selling “Wham! Ham!” very quickly or possibly lose his job. Also adding to the mix is Jim’s long suffering lawyer Bill Cole (played by Melvyn Douglass), who also happens to be Muriel’s high school sweetheart, with whom Muriel is still very close to. The movie also stars Reginald Denny as Mr. Simms, the architect hired to design and build the Blandings new house.

 

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy — Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)


 

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is a great little comedy. Relaxing, easy to watch, with laughs from start to finish. Cary Grant is great as the bewildered and clueless husband-advertising executive caught up in a situation that is over his head. Myrna Loy as his loving and understanding wife is also very good. The chemistry between Grant and Loy is unmistakable and their comedic timing is delivered as only these two great stars can. Melvyn Douglas narrates the story from time to time and is very funny in his role as lawyer, friend, advisor, and ex college sweetheart. The rest of the supporting cast also adds to the comedy, as anything that can go wrong does.

 

Be sociable...Share!!Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on LinkedInShare on Tumblr

Valentine’s Day Beauties: Yvonne DeCarlo, Deanna Durbin, Marilyn Monroe

 

Valentine’s Day wishes from these classic beauties!!

 

Yvonne DeCarlo

 

Deanna Durbin

 

Marilyn Monroe c.1950

 

Be sociable...Share!!Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on LinkedInShare on Tumblr

Kim Novak

Kim Novak

 

Kim Novak was born Marilyn Pauline Novak on Feb. 13, 1933 in Chicago Illinois. After high school she began modeling teen fashions locally. She later recieved a scholarship to a modeling academy and made her way to Hollywood where she continued to model. In 1954 she had an uncredited role in the movie, The French Line. She was eventually discovered by Columbia Pictures and signed a six month contract. Novak was still going by her birth name of Marilyn and because of the similarity of her name to Marilyn Monroe, the studio wanted her to change her name to Kit Marlowe. She wanted to try to keep part of her name so as to not lose her ‘identity’, and they settled on the name Kim Novak.

She debuted in the movie Pushover with Fred McMurray and Philip Carey. After she starred in Picnic with William Holden in 1955, she won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She was also nominated for the British BAFTA Film Award for Best Foreign Actress. She was on the cover of the July 29, 1957 issue of Time Magazine.  Critics and fans were enthralled by her on screen beauty. In 1958 Novak starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller Vertigo. Even though her performance had mixed reviews, Vertigo is the movie she is most remembered for. Today the film is considered a masterpiece of romantic suspense. Novak went on to make 31 movies in her career before retiring from movies in 1991. From 1986-87 she had a role in the television role Falcon Crest, where the name of her character was, ironically, ‘Kit Marlowe’, the name Columbia Pictures wanted her to take when they first signed her to a contract.

 

Kim Novak


 

For her contribution to motion pictures, Kim Novak recieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1995 she was named one of the sexiest 100 actors of all time by Empire Magazine, coming in at #92. She now resides in Oregon with her husband, veterinarian Dr. Robert Malloy, to whom she has been married to since 1976. She spends her time oil painting and raising llamas and cattle on their ranch.

 

Kim Novak


 

In 2000, her home in Eagle Point, Oregon was partially destroyed by fire. She lost several of her paintings, scripts, and a computer which held the only copy of an autobiography she had been working on. Kim Novak said of the loss;

“I take it personally as a sign that maybe I’m not supposed to write my biography; maybe the past is supposed to stay buried. It made me realize then what was really valuable. That’s the day I wrote a gratitude list. We’re safe and our animals are safe.”

Be sociable...Share!!Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on LinkedInShare on Tumblr

Classic Hats – Marion Davis, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers, Carole Lombard, Betty Grable

 

Marion Davis

 

Joan Crawford


 

Greta Garbo


 

Ginger Rogers


 

Carole Lombard


 

Betty Grable


 

Bette Davis

Be sociable...Share!!Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on LinkedInShare on Tumblr