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Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'

'Hollywood Hero' John Dewar remembered (image: Anthony Slide wearing Tom Mix's hat in 1976) Perhaps I have been around too long, but as I grow older I grow despondent that those who contributed so much to film history in the past are forgotten, with others often coming along and taking claim for their achievements. One such Hollywood hero is John Dewar, whom I met when I first came to Los Angeles in 1971. He was a curator in the history department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and introduced me to the museum's treasures relating to film history, acquired before the creation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – at a time when both institutions […]


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Remembering a Forgotten 'Hollywood Hero'



'Notes on a Scandal' Movie Review: Brilliant Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal Directed by Richard Eyre, Notes on a Scandal is a must-see for those who enjoy a cleverly constructed plot that explores human relationships to the core. The story follows jaded older teacher Barbara Covett (Judi Dench), who contrives to ensnare young and beautiful new teacher Bathsheba Hart (Cate Blanchett). In the meantime, 15-year old student Steve Connolly (Andrew Simpson) entices Bathsheba into a turbulent affair, while Sheba's husband (Bill Nighy) and children all tear at Sheba's loyalties. Credible characters fill Patrick Marber's clever script, (from Zoe Heller's novel): the older feeble staff member with vain hopes of attracting the new filly in the staff room, the management-minded headmaster, the happily pregnant young […]


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'Notes on a Scandal' Movie Review: Brilliant Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett



Marsha Hunt: Great American Actress and Activist

As we recently celebrated our country's 234th birthday, I'd like to tell you about a patriotic American I have come to know and love, Marsha Hunt. Many people remember Marsha Hunt as an actress at Paramount and MGM in the '30s and '40s. Fewer people remember her tireless activist and humanitarian efforts beginning during World War II. Servicemen in Los Angeles, soon to be shipped to the Pacific spent many a night at the Hollywood Canteen where Marsha volunteered, while her husband Jerry Hopper was away in the army. Every Saturday night, a thousand men an hour came into the Canteen. Marsha signed almost five thousand autographs a night and danced with nearly as many soldiers. Clark Gable was the […]


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Marsha Hunt: Great American Actress and Activist