March 5, 1995
Apparently somewhere between 1945 and 1955, Jerry Lewis got hit on the head with a flying object or bumped into some very large piece of furniture ("The Devil Made Him Do It," by Robert Strauss, Feb. 26). Does he remember WHO got him those New York club dates with Dino Crocetti (Dean Martin) or, for that matter, WHO found Dean Martin to put him with as an act? Does he remember WHO got him those salaries at those clubs and really got his career started? My father, Abbey Greshler, who became a highly successful agent, put Martin and Lewis together.
October 2, 1993 |
Gordon Douglas, whose directing credits began with the spirited charm of the "Our Gang" kids and spanned eloquent melodramas and pedestrian comedies, is dead. Douglas, who won an Academy Award for "Bored of Education," a 1936 one-reel short subject that was among his 30 "Our Gang" films, was 85 when he died Wednesday in a Los Angeles convalescent home. He had been in failing health, his wife, Julia Mock-Douglas, said Friday.
November 3, 1992 |
Movie producer Hal Roach, who teamed Laurel with Hardy and turned a talented yet unaffected group of child actors into "Our Gang" during a career that spanned silent one-reelers and television situation comedies, died Monday at his Bel-Air home. His 100th birthday in January, celebrated at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, produced what proved a final outpouring of sentiment and public attention to the film industry's oldest pioneer.
January 17, 1992 |
Hal Roach, who turned 100 Tuesday with much fanfare and whoop-di-do, may be best known for pairing Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Oliver Norville Hardy in the '20s. Many would say that the creation of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy was his finest achievement. After watching a new MGM/UA Home Video double-feature laser set ("The Devil's Brother" and "Laurel & Hardy's Laughing 20's," $40) spotlighting their comic genius, it would be hard to argue the point.
February 3, 1989 |
"Who's Harry Crumb?" (citywide)--he's John Candy as the klutziest detective since Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. In this pleasantly silly private-eye spoof, Crumb is a grand poseur, shamelessly self-important, slow on the uptake yet good of heart and not the complete fool he so often seems. He's in constant battle with objects inanimate and otherwise.
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May 25, 1994 |
Bartine Zane, an actress whose career began in silent films opposite Buster Keaton and later included a return to the profession as a septuagenarian, has died. She was 96. A Burbank resident since 1951, Miss Zane died Friday at Saint Joseph Medical Center of congestive heart failure, said her longtime friend, Randy Sills. Born Feb. 9, 1898, in Robeline, La., she settled in Los Angeles with her family in 1916.
February 21, 1990
Henry Brandon, a character actor who portrayed the villainous Squire Cribbs in Los Angeles' longest-running stage production, "The Drunkard," fierce Indian chiefs for John Ford and a foil for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, has died in his Hollywood home. The veteran of more than 100 films and dozens of stage productions was 77 when he died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. His agent, Gary Butcher, said Brandon was working until the time of his death, mostly doing voice-overs for commercials.
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May 28, 2005 |
Further proof that you can't take it with you can be found on the Screen Actors Guild's website for unclaimed residuals, which lists Frank Sinatra among those owed money. Terrence Beasor of Santa Monica tipped me to the website (www.sag.org), which also lists such departed celebrities as Bud Abbott, Broderick Crawford, Gary Cooper, Jack Lemmon, Butterfly McQueen, Donna Reed, Natalie Wood and Loretta Young, not to mention Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
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January 2, 2002 |
A piece of Hollywood history went up in smoke Tuesday as a possible arson blaze gutted a turn-of-the-century apartment building once called home by an assortment of stars and celebrity hopefuls. One hundred firefighters battled for more than two hours to douse the flames that began to roar through the vacant 64-unit Hillview apartments at about 9:15 a.m., causing an estimated $500,000 in damage.