“Cosby: His Life and Times” Book Giveaway Twitter Contest (Week of September 1)

“Cosby: His Life and Times” Book Giveaway — Qualifying Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest

In order to qualify for this week’s Bill Cosby Book Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the following task by Friday, September 5 at 5PM EST (i.e. any time between now and September 5 at 5PM EST):

Cosby: His Life and Times

“In his masterly telling of a great storyteller’s story, Mark Whitaker reminds us why we all love Bill Cosby” -Mary Tyler Moore

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
TO: @classicmoviehub
MESSAGE:  Just entered to win “Cosby: His Life and Times” courtesy of @CMH & @SimonBooks
BY Friday, September 5, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Bill Cosby?

*Here’s my twitter handle @classicmoviehub

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

Contest Information and Rules.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can buy it right now on amazon (click here)

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

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Cosby: His Life and Times – Book Giveaway starts Today!

Cosby: His Life and Times – Book Giveaway starts Today!

I am happy to announce yet another fabulous book giveaway! Classic Movie Hub will be giving away SIX copies of Cosby: His Life and Times by award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker, courtesy of Simon and Schuster.  And, I’m also happy to say that our Canadian friends are also eligible to enter this time!

Cosby: His Life and Times

“Cosby always makes things look so easy. This compelling book tells us it wasn’t always so. A revealing, honest look at my favorite comedian.” -Billy Crystal

Cosby: His Life and Times is the first major biography of American icon, comedian Bill Cosby.  Through extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than 60 of his closest friends and associates, author Mark Whitaker chronicles Cosby’s life, telling us how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian — and beyond. For Classic TV Fans (as I hope you are :),  the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of Cosby’s groundbreaking sitcom, The Cosby Show, as well as his breakout role on I Spy (Cosby was the first African-American man to co-star on a television show) and his pioneering place in children’s television.

We have a total of SIX BOOKS to give away — four books via Twitter and two books via Facebook and this blog.  Click here to find out how you can enter and win!

And here’s a quick promotional video, “This History of the Cosby Sweater” for your viewing pleasure:

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Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) and Canada residents are eligible. (see contest rules for further information)

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States and Canada (as noted above).

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can buy it right now on amazon (click here)

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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TCM Star of The Month: Melvyn Douglas

 

Melvyn Douglas: A Lesson in Longevity 

There’s a famous quote by a certain famous artist that goes a little something like this: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” When Andy Warhol said that all the way back in 1966, who could have guessed the famed pop-artist would be absolutely correct. Between reality television, Youtube, and the 24/7 all-media, all-the-time world we currently live in, having your 15 minutes of fame is as easy as uploading a video. Longevity, it appears, seems to be a rare gift. That is why we should help Turner Classic Movies celebrate September’s Star of the Month, Melvyn Douglas.

Melvyn Douglas

For over five decades Douglas graced the silver screen and the small, leaving behind a career that stretches from the pre-code-era to the Golden Age and right into New Hollywood cinema. Although he never reached the highest peak of stardom like his early cohorts such as Cary Grant or Ronald Colman, Douglas had the distinct ability to effortlessly evolve with the industry. In the early days of his film career he was the very image of urbane sensibility, using his charm and charisma to attract the likes of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and Joan Crawford. However, as Hollywood started to age so did Douglas. Rather than get stuck in the past, Douglas let go of his urbane charm and began working with Hollywood’s new crop of talent, proving he was more actor than star. His willingness to change proved fruitful, when in 1963 Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Hud. So, be sure to tune in every Wednesday this month to catch Douglas in action. If you’re unsure which ones to watch, let me offer you a few suggestions.

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eter-sellers-and-melvyn-douglas-in-being-thereMelvyn Douglas and Peter Sellers in Being There (1979, Hal Ashby director) airing September 3rd at 8:00PM on TCM.

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ninotchka_3Melvyn Douglas and Greta Garbo in Ninotchka (1939, Ernest Lubtsch director) airing September 10th at 8:00PM on TCM.

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Melvyn Douglas Paul Newman HudMelvyn Douglas and Paul Newman in Hud (1963, Martin Ritt director) airing September 24th at 9:45PM on TCM.

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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Who did Abbott and Costello Meet?

 

Who did Abbott and Costello Meet?

No, it’s not a trick question. And believe it or not it has nothing to do with baseball. Starting in 1948, the comedy team of Abbott and Costello began to take their proven comedic formula in an interesting direction when the pair decided to ‘meet’ horror legend, Frankenstein. So, who else did they meet along the way? Well, all-in, there was…

Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet FrankensteinAbbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, Director Charles Barton)

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The Killer, Boris Karloff

Abbott and Costello Meet the killer Boris Karloff

Abbott and Costello Meet The Killer, Boris Karloff (1949, Charles Barton director)

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The Invisible Man

Abbott and Costello Meet _the_invisible_man

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1949, Charles Lamont director)

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Captain Kidd

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Abbott and Costello meet Captain Kidd (1952, Charles Lamont director)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Abbott & Costello (Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953, Charles Lamont director)

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The Keystone Kops

Abbott and Costello meet the keystone cops

Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955, Charles Lamont director)

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The Mummy

Abbott and Costello meet the mummyAbbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955, Charles Lamont director)

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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Just For Fun! The Voices behind The Flintstones

 

Just for Fun! The Fabulous Voices behind the Fabulous Flintstones! 

I’m sure you’d recognize their voices anywhere, but here they are ‘in person’… the wonderful character actors that voiced Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty…

Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone, Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone, Bea Benaderet as Betty Rubble and Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble, The FlintstonesAlan Reed as Fred Flintstone, Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone, Bea Benaderet as Betty Rubble and Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble

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Flintstones Voice Actors: Alan Reed as Fred Flintstone, Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone, Bea Benaderet as Betty Rubble and Mel Blanc as Barney RubbleBehind the scenes Alan, Jean, Bea and Mel…

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Voice Actors, The FlintstonesAnd with Betty, Wilma, Barney and Fred :)

(not 100% sure if that’s Jean, so please let me know if you happen to know)

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Flintstones Voice Actors autographed photoYabba Dabba Doo :)

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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All in the Family: Cecil Kellaway and Edmund Gwenn

Cousins Cecil Kellaway and Edmund Gwenn…

Yes, Hollywood’s favorite Leprechaun, Cecil Kellaway, was Santa Claus’ (Edmund Gwenn’s) cousin!

Cousins Cecil Kellaway and Edmund GwennCecil and his elder cousin Edmund

Cecil Kellaway was born Cecil Lauriston Kellaway on August 22, 1890 (or 1893?) in Cape Town, South Africa. Edmund Gwenn was born Edmund John Kellaway on September 26, 1877 in Wandsworth, London England.

Interestingly enough, Kellaway was originally offered the role of Santa Claus in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, but turned it down. The role instead went to his cousin, Edmund Gwenn, and the film, of course, has since become a Christmas classic.

Also of note, Edmund Gwenn’s brother was actor Arthur Chesney, who appeared in The Lodger (1927) as well as 25+ more films. Chesney was born Arthur Kellaway in 1882 in London, England.

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Classic Movie Pictorials: Ginger Rogers on the Set… (Guest Post by Ron Fisher)

 A Pictorial Tribute: ”Miss Rogers…..to the set, please!”

I love set photos, and I love them from Hollywood’s past even more!  I have a few from Ginger to share with you today!

Ginger Rogers with Lion Hmm…not exactly Bringing Up Baby, but here’s Ginger walking a lion!  For what film…I have no idea!

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 Ginger and director Garson Kanin on the set of Tom, Dick and Harry.Ginger and director Garson Kanin on the set of Tom, Dick and Harry (1941).

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Ginger Rogers biking on the set of The Major and the MinorGinger biking ‘as Sue Sue Applegate’ on the set of The Major and the Minor (1942, director Billy Wilder)

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Ginger Rogers with Jimmy Stewart on the set of Vivacious LadyGinger with Jimmy Stewart on the set of Vivacious Lady (1938, director George Stevens)

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A dance rehearsal scene  from Vivacious LadyA dance rehearsal scene, also from Vivacious Lady!  Note the missing ceiling! Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Ginger Rogers with James Stewart in Vivacious Ladyand again, from a scene earlier in the film (Vivacious Lady)

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Ginger Rogers Wearing Shinguards for Kick Scene in Vivacious LadyIf you’re going to get kicked in the shins…you need shin guards!  Before the famous wrestling scene in Vivacious Lady.  Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Ginger Rogers knitting between takesGinger, knitting between takes (Vivacious Lady)…

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Ginger Rogers and Hermes Pan rehearsal Ginger with Hermes Pan during dance rehearsals (at RKO in 1936)…

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Ginger Rogers With Fred Astaire and director George Stevens on the set of Swing Time.Ginger with Fred Astaire and director George Stevens on the set of Swing Time (1936)

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 Ginger Rogers, director Garson Kanin and producer Pandro S. Berman on the set of Bachelor MotherGinger with director Garson Kanin and producer Pandro S. Berman on the set of Bachelor Mother (1939). Berman produced seven of the ten Fred and Ginger dance films (The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Carefree)

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Ginger Rogers CarefreeGinger getting ready to film a scene during Carefree (1938, director Mark Sandrich)

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Ginger Rogers rehearsing during Stage Doorand getting ready to film a scene with Adolphe Menjou for Stage Door (1937, director Gregory La Cava)…

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Ginger Rogers with Fred Astaire on the set of Follow the Fleet And, of course, Ginger with Fred Astaire and director Mark Sandrich (sitting in chair next to Fred and Ginger) on the set of Follow the Fleet (1936)

ginger rogers behind the scenesAgain… during Follow the Fleet

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The Gay Divorcee, The Continental, Fred and GingerFilming “The Continental” with Fred and Ginger during The Gay Divorcee (1934, director Mark Sandrich)

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Fred and Ginger, Barkleys of Broadwayand Fred and Ginger’s final film together, The Barkleys of Broadway! (1949, director Charles Walters)

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–Ron Fisher for Classic Movie Hub

Thank you to Ron for contributing this wonderful Ginger Rogers Post as part of his Fred and Ginger Pictorial Series for CMH. You can follow Ron on Twitter at @KngFish .

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Mini Tribute: Child Actor Ted Donaldson

 

Born August 20, 1933, Child Actor Ted Donaldson!

Child actor Ted Donaldson made his screen debut in 1944, at age 11, opposite Cary Grant in the wonderful fantasy film, Once Upon a Time, about a boy, his dancing caterpillar Curly, and a conniving showman (yes, that would be Cary Grant) who would do anything to achieve fame and fortune.  Over the course of Donaldson’s 9-year film career (1944-1953), he appeared in 20 films and shorts including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (as Neeley Nolan) and eight ‘Rusty’ the dog films (as Danny Mitchell).

Ted Donaldson also played Bud (son of Robert Young‘s character) in the radio version of Father Knows Best (1949–1954).

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Child actor Ted Donaldson with Cary Grant in publicity still for Once Upon a Time 1944Cary Grant with Ted Donaldson in publicity still for Once Upon a Time 1944

(about Curly the dancing caterpillar to Cary Grant):
“I just don’t wanna sell him, that’s all. Not even for a dollar, not even for two dollars. He’s my pet.” -Ted Donaldson as Arthur ‘Pinky’ Thompson in Once Upon a Time

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Father_Knows_Best_Radio_Show_CastThe Radio Cast of Father Knows Best, from left to right: Norma Jean Nilsson (as Kathy), Ted Donaldson (as Bud), Robert Young (as Jim), Rhoda Williams (as Betty), and June Whitley Taylor (as Margaret).  The audition show was called “Meet the Hendersons” (12/20/1948) but by the time the radio show premiered on August 25, 1949, the family name was changed to the one we all know and love “The Andersons.” The show aired on Thursday evenings through March 25, 1954.

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Child Actor Ted Donaldson then and nowTed Donaldson then and now (circa 2013)

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Just For Fun! A Video Compilation of ‘Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo’

Just for Fun! A Compilation of Every Alfred Hitchcock Cameo…

A Big Thank You to @alexisbaseball  who shared this with us on Twitter today…

Alfred Hitchcock

As we all know, master-of-suspense Alfred Hitchcock also had a ‘fun’ side — treating us to ‘ever-so-brief-can-you-spot-him’ cameos in many of his films.  Well, it appears that college student Morgan T. Rhys has found these cameos and compiled them into a delightful video! Now I ask you, are all the Hitch cameos there? :)

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Book Giveaway! Enter to Win “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” (week of Aug 13)

One More Chance to Win “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” from CMH and Simon and Schuster!

Okay, here we are with the 3rd (of 3) Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations book giveaway this month, courtesy of Simon and Schuster!

In the book, author Peter Evans recounts his conversations with Ava, many late at night, when Ava speaks candidly about her loves, life and career — from her upbringing in rural North Carolina to starring alongside Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, as well as her marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra.

Complete the below entry task by Tuesday, Aug 19 at 5PM EST. One lucky winner will be selected at random and announced via Twitter on Wednesday, August 20.

That said, it’s easy to enter and win — so Good Luck to All!

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
TO: @classicmoviehub
MESSAGE:  Just entered to win “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” courtesy of CMH & @SimonBooks
BY Tuesday, August 19, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What is the name of one of Ava Gardner’s three husbands?

*Here’s my twitter handle @classicmoviehub

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can buy it right now on amazon:

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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