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Character actor, Jack Carson, was born John Elmer Carson on Oct 27, 1910 in Carman, Canada. Carson died at the age of 52 on Jan 2, 1963 in Encino, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery (Glendale) in Glendale, CA.



He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Radio.

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By Amanda Garrett on Feb 4, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the life and career of actor . This article is part of the O, Canada! Blogathon hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. Today is remembered as a talented character actor who appeared in films like Mildred Pierce (1945) and A Star Is Born (195... Read full article

and Doris Day have a... Romance on the High Seas (1948)

By Michaela on Feb 3, 2017 From Love Letters to Old Hollywood

In 1948, Doris Day wasn't yet a star. At age 23, she had found success with the Les Brown Band thanks to her hit recording of "Sentimental Journey" and she became a regular on Bob Hope's radio show. Oddly enough, though, her career was also coming to a stall. She had divorced her violent first husba... Read full article

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By Aurora on Oct 27, 2013 From How Sweet It Was

Canadian-born, character actor would have celebrated a birthday today – this is in his honor. A popular actor during Hollywood’s Golden Age, also had a prolific career on radio, which began with an appearance on Bing Crosby’s Kraft Music Hall in 1938. In 1... Read full article

Jane Wyman teams with for the funny Make Your Own Bed (1944)

By monty on Nov 23, 2012 From All Good Things

Successful businessman Walter Whirtle (Alan Hale, yes the dad of the Skipper from Gilligan's Island) and his wife Vivian (Irene Manning) have a hard time keeping servants in their employ. Enter private detective Jerry Curtis (played by ) who has been fired for arresting the District Attor... Read full article

is the Easter bunny this year…

By Jnpickens on Apr 23, 2011 From Comet Over Hollywood

Since Easter is tomorrow, I wanted to do a post today and tomorrow. Today’s will be contemporary Easter in films complete with dying eggs, Easter bunnies and large bonnets. Tomorrow’s post will focus on the religious and Biblical aspect of the holiday. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire posin... Read full article

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Jack Carson Quotes:

Michael Kent: Are you a good detective?
Peter Virgil: Naturally, why?
Michael Kent: Where did you do your traning?
Peter Virgil: In the army. Intelligence G2.
Michael Kent: Well how are you at the job?
Peter Virgil: We won the war didn't we?

Michael Kent: My wife is leaving day after tomorrow on a South American cruise and, well, she insists on going without me.
Peter Virgil: Hm. And to a man of your suspicious nature that means only one thing: Another man on the boat.
Michael Kent: Well, you see, I don't know, but that's what I want you to find out.
Peter Virgil: Well, you've come to the right man. I have handled so many of these cases.
[phone rings]
Peter Virgil: Excuse me.
[picks up phone]
Peter Virgil: Hello?...Oh yes, how are you?...Well, certainly I shadowed your wife. I hate to tell you this, but you were right, she's been two-timing you.
[we hear a thud on the other end of the line]
Peter Virgil: Hello? Hello?
[aside to Mr. Kent]
Peter Virgil: He fainted.
[hangs up phone]
Peter Virgil: Sometimes there's a shot. Now where were we?
Michael Kent: Well, Mr. Virgil, I want you to get on the same boat with my wife and shadow her.
Peter Virgil: Hey now, wait a minute! That means I'll have to leave all of my business!
Michael Kent: I'll make it up to you.
Peter Virgil: Well, I can tell you right now without batting an eyelash it'll cost you $1000 a week.
Michael Kent: Well, that's a little steep, isn't it, old boy?
Peter Virgil: Yes, yes it is, but, uh, I'll probably get seasick.
Michael Kent: Well, all right, all right, I'll book your passage.
Peter Virgil: Hm. Now, uh, move your chair a little closer, will you? There's a little confidential information I must have.
[phone rings]
Peter Virgil: Excuse me.
[picks up phone]
Peter Virgil: Hello?
[we hear a gunshot on the other end of the line]
Peter Virgil: Well, whaddya know? He didn't even wait for me to tell him!

Vivian Marsden Halstead: [At door to hotel] Darling, are you gonna carry me over the threshold?
Arthur Halstead: [Arms full of luggage] I can't baby. I've got all these other bags. C'mon.

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Jack Carson Facts
Died on the same day as Dick Powell. They died from different forms of cancer.

During the 1940s, he would often disappear from Hollywood for weeks at a time. Only his wife knew where he went, and she (Kay St. Germain Wells) would tell no one. Years later Carson revealed the secret: he had joined the Clyde Beatty circus as a clown and was traveling with their show. Audiences never knew it was him; "They loved me and my routines," he said,.

While touring in vaudeville, he met his first wife, dancer Betty Alice Lindy. They later performed together in a song-and-dance act ("Lindy and Carson") for a year on the Orpheum Theatre circuit. They married in 1938 but divorced a year later.

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