Category Archives: ’20s

‘Won Ton Ton’: A Dog of a Picture, but What a Cast

Have you ever seen Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood? Kahn, and the gun was to keep people in their seats (Image via Paramount) The 1976 film is ostensibly a comedy, but there is precious little joy in it — just a lot of celebrity cameos that would have been even more priceless were…
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Past & Curious: Vintage Music Lost, Gay TV Classics & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Buddy Holly and now his masters were lost in flames. (GIF via GIPHY) NYT: This sprawling piece on a 2008 UMG warehouse fire documents the fact that over 100,000 — and possibly 175,000 — original, irreplaceable master recordings were consumed by flames that day, works by some of the…
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Past & Curious: Grandpa Robby, Marla Is Overcoming & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Teenage heartthrob now "Gramps"! (Images via tear sheets) CLOSER: Robby Benson is now 63 ... and a proud grandpa! Well, shoot! (GIF via GIPHY) EW: Harrison Ford, 70, says "nobody" should be the next Indiana Jones. Asked and boulder-crushed! I'd like to blow out those tan lines! BOY…
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Past & Curious: Day’s Grandson Barred from Seeing Her? + More

Links to the past with relevance today: Melcher hadn't seen his grandma in over a decade (Image via headshot) FACEBOOK: Doris Day's (1922-2019) only grandchild, Ryan Melcher, has unloaded on Facebook, claiming he was kept from her by "a former fan turned manager" who wanted to know why he would even want to see her,…
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Western Actress Fay McKenzie Dies @ 101

Fay McKenzie, an actress with several unique claims to fame, died April 16 at 101, THR reports. First and foremost, McKenzie had been one of the last 10 actors to have ever appeared in a Silent Era silent film. There are now just nine. McKenzie's appearances in silent films began in 1918, when she appeared…
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Past & Curious: ‘Grease,’ Too?, Debbie Does Aerobics & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: In the prequel, will Sandy be in her 20s? (GIF via Paramount) BOING BOING: The movie version of Grease (1978) may be getting a prequel. Are you excited for it, or are you too hopelessly devoted to the original? This is me. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) TWITTER: A…
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Past & Curious: Brando, ‘Pet Sematary,’ Trebek & More!

Links from the past with relevance today: Great actor, and could've coasted on his looks! (Image via movie still) GR8ERDAYS (PLEASE FOLLOW): Brando was born 95 years ago this week. He's already been gone 15 years! Pet out (GIF via Paramount) L.A. TIMES: Director Mary Lambert, 67, reminsces about her struggle to get female-centered movies…
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A Look Back at Joan Crawford’s Last Good Role

In honor of Joan Crawford's birthday — she was born on March 23, but the year could have been 1904, 1906, 1908 or 1909 — please enjoy this loving tribute to her performance on the Night Gallery episode "Eyes" (November 8, 1969), directed by 22-year-old Steven Spielberg (b. 1946). She wants to SEE! (Image via…
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Past & Curious: Oh, Mary!, Silent Tragedy, 101-Year-Old Whiz & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... It's practically perfect in every way! (Image via Disney) HARPER'S BAZAAR: Julie Andrews, 83, adores the new film Mary Poppins Returns! The sequel's director says she sent him a message in all caps: "I LOVED IT." Andrews is described as "over the moon" about the entire cast…
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