Monday, March 19, 2018

Hollywood Mural of Classic Movie Stars Defaced

Photo by Brian Donnelly

The "You Are the Star" mural at Hollywood Blvd. and Wilcox Avenue in Los Angeles was defaced last night. Vandals sprayed yellow paint over the faces of such classic stars as Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. 

The mural was featured in the 2016 musical "La La Land" and in such films as 2003's "S.W.A.T."

Several other targets were hit with paint last night on Hollywood Blvd., including Art Linklater's star on the Walk of Fame and the wall of Musso & Frank, Hollywood's oldest restaurant.

Brian Donnelly shared photos of the damage on his Facebook page

Clean up has already begun.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Happy 100th Birthday to Robert Mitchum!

Noir icon ROBERT MITCHUM, who died in 1997, would have been 100 this Sunday. The rugged actor was born on August 6, 1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and went on to become one of the actors most associated with film noir for classics such as "Out of the Past."

TCM will be honoring him all by showing his movies on August 6 (see schedule below).

Here are some of the tributes to our favorite movie tough guy, including film retrospectives.

LA Times: On his 100th birthday, here's to legendary Hollywood tough guy Robert Mitchum

WSJ: The Versatile Robert Mitchum: The actor, who would have been 100 this week, mastered many genres—thriller, film noir, western and more

Massive Robert Mitchum Centenary Tribute Set As NYFF 2017 Retrospective

Boston Globe: After 100 years, there’s still been only one Robert Mitchum

(Times are Eastern)

6:00 AM The LOCKET (1946)

9:00 AM CROSSFIRE (1947)

10:30 AM HOLIDAY AFFAIR (1949)

12:00 PM HIS KIND OF WOMAN (1951)
2:15 PM ANGEL FACE (1953)

4:00 PM THE STORY OF G.I. JOE (1945)


10:00 PM OUT OF THE PAST (1947)
12:00 AM THUNDER ROAD (1958)

2:00 AM THE ENEMY BELOW (1957)

4:00 AM GOING HOME (1971) 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Billy Chapin, Child Star of 'Night of the Hunter' Dies

Sad to report that Billy Chapin, who memorably starred opposite ROBERT MITCHUM in 1955's "The Night of the Hunter," has passed away at the age of 72.

His sister, Lauren Chapin, reported his passing on her Facebook page:

It is with a saddened heart that I say" Good Bye " to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful Star of Movies , Television and Radio. He passed away last night after a long illness but now is in the arms of his Savior.
Billy was a wonderful brother to both Michael and me. And he made us proud of all the great films he was in: Night of the Hunter, A Man Called Peter, Kid From Left Field, Tension at Table Rock, No Business Like Show Business just to name a few! He will be greatly missed.

Lauren and her brother Michael were all successful child actors during the 1940s and ’50s, according to Variety.

Chapin's most famous role was in "The Night of the Hunter" as John Harper, who, along with his sister Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce) distrust their new stepfather, Rev. Harry Powell (Mitchum) with good reason: He's only after the money stolen by their late father (Peter Graves) in a hold-up.

The film was Charles Laughton's only directorial effort, one that has only gained in stature since its release.

My condolences to Chapin's family. 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Happy 99th Birthday, Robert Mitchum!

Happy Birthday to the great Robert Mitchum, who would have been 99 today. 

The star of "Night of the Hunter," "Cape Fear" and "Out of the Past" died in 1997, just before his 80th birthday. 

Enjoy this photo of him at Cannes in 1954.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Reblog from Moira's Thread: To prove that the girls are not the only ones to make fools of themselves, here are Bud Abbott and Robert Mitchum "assisting" the Easter Bunny played by Lou Costello in 1946 at a party at the Costello house for several children of Hollywood.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Former Child Star Dick Moore Dies at 89

RIP to Dick Moore, who had a small but pivotal role as a mute employee of ROBERT MITCHUM's in 1947's Out of the Past. In the final scene of the film, he lies to make sure that Ann, the nice girl Jeff (Mitchum) was seeing, thinks he was going away with bad girl Kathie (Jane Greer) so she'll go on with her life. After she walks away in tears, he gives a final salute to the sign on the gas station that reads "Jeff Bailey."

Moore got his start as an infant in 1927's Beloved Rogue and his last film was 1952's The Member of the Wedding. In between, he played the lead in Oliver Twist, gave Shirley Temple her first kiss in 1942's Miss Annie Rooney, and starred opposite Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper.

He is survived by his wife, actress and singer Jane Powell of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Happy Birthday, Robert Mitchum

Happy 98th Birthday to ROBERT MITCHUM. The noir icon and all-around tough guy was born August 6, 1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. TCM is celebrating his birthday a few days late (August 12) with a full day of movies dedicated to him as part of their Summer Under the Stars series. Set those DVRs since many of these films aren't on DVD or Blu-ray.

AUGUST 12 on TCM (Times are for East Coast):

6:00 AM: Till The End of Time (1946)
8:00 AM My Forbidden Past (1951) buy dvd
9:15 AM The Sundowners (1960) buy dvd
11:45 AM Rachel And The Stranger (1948)
1:15 PM Blood On The Moon (1948)
2:45 PM The Lusty Men (1952)
4:45 PM The Hunters (1958) buy dvd
6:45 PM The Dick Cavett Show: Robert Mitchum (1971)
8:00 PM Home From The Hill (1960) buy dvd
10:45 PM Thunder Road (1958) buy blu-ray
12:30 AM The Yakuza (1975) buy dvd
2:30 AM Ryan's Daughter (1970) buy dvd