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February 3, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Anthony Eisley, the tall, dark and handsome mustachioed actor best remembered as half of television's glamorous detective duo on the series "Hawaiian Eye," has died. He was 78. Eisley, who played Tracy Steele to Robert Conrad's Tom Lopaka in the show, which ran from 1959 to 1963, died Wednesday in Woodland Hills of unspecified causes.
May 7, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the joyous and buoyant new documentary "Babies," the filmmakers keep the baby — and the bathwater — and everything else about infants that makes them so appealing that the rest of us keep making more of them. Like the trailer that has been charming audiences for months, this is babyhood airbrushed to a high gloss. Squalls are few, colic doesn't exist, neither does disease, diaper rash or diapers at all for that matter as director Thomas Balmès traces the first year in the lives of four infants from four corners of the world.
May 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Kimbrough, 87, a Texas A&M football great who starred in two B-westerns in the 1940s and became a Texas state legislator, died of pneumonia Monday in Haskell, Texas. Dubbed the "Haskell Hurricane," Kimbrough was a fullback for Texas A&M's 1939 national championship team. In 1940, he finished second to the University of Michigan's Tom Harmon in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
December 4, 1987 | LEONARD KLADY
"Under Cover" (citywide) harks back to an era when the studios made taut thrillers on minuscule budgets. These simple tales of good guys and bad guys were the training grounds for the freshest, untried film artists and technicians. On the most basic level, "Under Cover" is a solid "B" movie that suggests reel talent waiting for a breakthrough. It's an engaging yarn, even if its logic and execution periodically falter.
September 27, 1987
Hollywood came to Long Beach recently to get clearance for making a movie, which would have meant a week's shooting here. That would have meant almost $20,000 for the city, and inestimable great publicity. But the City Council expected the movie company to wait around a week for clearance, and Councilman Edd Tuttle wanted assurance that the producer would give credits for the location. The producer canceled the shoot and went to Los Angeles, where the powers are not so unsophisticated about the value of a movie on their turf.
March 17, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Are B-movies going down the drain in the home-video market? They've definitely been on the decline in the last few years. According to a recent study by the Fairfield Group, there was a 10% drop in dealer purchases of B-movies last year. Another study, by Vidmark Communications, showed dealers ordered 23% fewer B-titles last year.
June 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hubert Cornfield, 77, a director and screenwriter best known for the edgy 1962 film "Pressure Point," starring Bobby Darin and Sidney Poitier, and the 1968 crime drama "The Night of the Following Day," with Marlon Brando, died Sunday in Los Angeles of heart failure. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Cornfield moved with his family to France and then to the United States just before World War II. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
September 25, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Gordon Mitchell, a bodybuilder who joined entertainer Mae West's buffed all-male chorus line in the mid-1950s and went on to make about 200 B-movies, excelling in the "sword and sandal" genre, has died. He was 80. Mitchell died Saturday night in his sleep at his Marina del Rey home of an apparent heart attack, said his personal assistant, Bill Comstock. The still-fit actor had been in good health, Comstock said, and had recently completed a film in Germany.
May 3, 2011 | Valerie J. Nelson
Yvette Vickers, an actress best known as the femme fatale in two late 1950s cult horror films, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," was found dead Wednesday at her Benedict Canyon home. She was 82. The body's mummified state suggests that she could have been dead for close to a year, police said. Residents on the street said they had not seen Vickers since last summer, said actress Susan Savage, a neighbor who discovered the body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, but police say foul play is not suspected.
April 26, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's ugly, it's shocking, it's terrifying, it's utterly criminal and all right-thinking citizens are praying that it will end. Nevertheless, Los Angeles television's epidemic of newsjacking continues. The latest sickening episode occurred on the 5 p.m. edition of KCBS-TV Channel 2's "Action News" last Wednesday. The catalyst was the city's headline-making rash of lethal carjackings, of which there had been two that morning. On the screen, being interviewed by new-to-KCBS, new-to-L.A.
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