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Karl Dane Biographer Interview

Allan Ellenberger interviews biographer Laura Petersen Balogh, whose book on silent film comedian Karl Dane has just been published by McFarland. Here's a brief snippet: Why Karl Dane? What is it about him and his story that moved you to write a biography? I had always known who Karl Dane was, being a silent film buff my whole life, but he never really made that much of an impression on me. I had read different Hollywood scandal books which said his voice was not suited to the talkies, but pretty much thought that was the end of the story.┬áIt wasn't until December 2005, when my husband Dan and I were watching the 1933 early sound serial The Whispering Shadow, co-starring […]


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Karl Dane Biographer Interview



Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter

In his blog, Allan Ellenberger speaks with Marsha Hunt about Anthony Dexter, who played Rudolph Valentino in the 1951 biopic Valentino (right), and with whom Hunt co-starred in a stage production of The King and I. Here are a couple of quotes: “Of course I remember Valentino. By the age of eight I had already seen The Sheik and his films with Vilma Banky. Valentino smoldered, didn't he? That was fine with me. I got his message loud and clear, even at a young age.” … “One of the first things that struck me about Tony Dexter was - and I don't mean that it was obtrusive - but he didn't have an ego. And I was amazed during rehearsals, […]


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Marsha Hunt Discusses Anthony Dexter



'The Shifting Fog' aka 'The House at Riverton': Unbilled Miriam Hopkins on Kate Morton Book Cover

'The Shifting Fog' a.k.a. 'The House at Riverton' book cover featuring Hollywood actress Miriam Hopkins. Kate Morton 'The Shifting Fog' book cover featuring (unbilled) Hollywood star Miriam Hopkins Australian author Kate Morton's bestselling novel The Shifting Fog, known as The House at Riverton in the US and the UK (see comments section below) chronicles the emotional and romantic travails of two beautiful sisters from a declining aristocratic British family during the early twentieth century. The reason I'm writing this brief post about The Shifting Fog / The House at Riverton has nothing whatsoever to do with the plot of the novel, or with Kate Morton, or with an upcoming film adaptation. What matters here is the Australian book cover, which […]


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'The Shifting Fog' aka 'The House at Riverton': Unbilled Miriam Hopkins on Kate Morton Book Cover