“Forgotten Hollywood”- Podcast on Spotify…

June 5th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood podcast on Spotify. This program is streamed every week! And you can listen for FREE…

“`Episode Sixty-Nine is on the cloud. The piano is truly the companion instrument to cinema. Film palaces of the silent era included dramatic scores from eighty-eight keys to compliment the story shown on screen. From Chico Marx and Sam in Casablanca to the sounds produced by Oscar Levant, Eddie Duchin, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, the piano is a lush reminder that collaboration of music composition and cinematography remains elegant and essential.

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK to also listen to the previous sixty-eight episodes.

“`Joining me this week is broadcaster Joe Lyons with his weekly Backlot report, with news and notes that reference Hollywood’s past.

“`If you do not subscribe to Spotify, you can still listen to Forgotten Hollywood on Castos. And no membership is necessary. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK:


Until next time>                               “never forget” 

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Leading Men of the 1930s…

May 29th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`I get to chat about leading men of the 1930s on Celebrating Act 2. John Coleman and Art Kirsch coax me into bringing up the finest actors, as well as some of the forgotten names of the era.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Moving Picture Show in Photos…

May 28th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`The Columbus Moving Picture Show was an unforgettable experience during my first trip into Ohio. Held at the Renaissance Hotel, patrons were given the opportunity to experience 16mm screenings of rare cinema, live piano accompaniment to their silent screenings, a dealer room the size of a bowling alley, film historians and authors, and a professional team headed by the amazing Samantha Glasser ensuring patrons to a Memorial Day weekend of cinephile heaven.

“`Here is a taste of the Columbus Moving Picture Show




Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Hello Columbus…

May 25th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`It is time to make a road trip to middle America. I will be spending a portion of my Memorial Day weekend at the  Columbus Moving Picture Show (formally Cinevent). This is Ohio’s premiere classic movie festival that resembles Cinecon, minus Stan Taffel. It runs from May 25th-28th.

“`Screenings include Monsieur Verdoux, Keep ‘Em Flying, The Blue Veil, Blaze of Noon and a series of Charley Chase shorts, among other fascinating flicks. I will join noted authors Steven C. Smith, Nick Santa Maria, James D’Arc and Richard Barrios. Oral presentations to be made by noted cinephiles, such as Bob Furmanek, Mark Kratzner, Caleb Boyd and yours truly.

“`Forgotten Hollywood will be making its initial appearance at this iconic festival. My schedule includes treasured time in the dealer’s room all day on Friday and a seminar and book signing beginning at 10a on Saturday. Everything takes place at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. I am looking forward to engaging with the cinematic patrons at this amazing event.

“`Hope you to see you there!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Jack Pierce…

May 24th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`John Coleman, Art Kirsch and I have a lively discussion about the prolific makeup artist Jack Pierce. He worked at Universal Studios and created the iconic looks of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mummy, and Wolfman. Pierce also created a character in the Silent Era that was the inspiration for the Joker in the DC Batman comics.  Boris Karloff claimed to owe his career to the makeup used by Jack Pierce.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Athlete, Activist, Actor…

May 20th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`Jim Brown was an all-pro football player, a civil rights activist and actor. He played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 through 1965. Considered  the greatest running backs of all time, as well as one of the finest players in NFL history. He remains widely considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time.                                                      JIM BROWN –>

“`Brown was one of few athletes, and among the most prominent African Americans, to speak on racial issues as the civil rights movement was growing in the 1950s.  His participation with fellow activists, Malcom X, Muhammed Ali and Sam Cooke, was chronicled in Amazon Prime’s, One Night in Miami. Perceiving Brown and outspoken Black athletes as a threat,  the F. B. I. monitored Brown and his colleagues.

“`While still playing football, Brown began pursuing an acting career. His first role was in the western, Rio Concho.  He was joined by many of his Cleveland teammates at the premiere. His next part became his signature performance. The Dirty Dozen boasted an all-star cast, including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan and Charles Bronson.  In 100 Rifles, he had a inter-racial love scene with Raquel Welch. And Brown appeared in Ice Station Zebra. On television, he guest-starred in I Spy, Police Story, CHiPS, T. J. Hooker, Knight Rider and The A-Team.

“`Brown posed nude for the September, 1974 issue of Playgirl magazine,  and was one of the rare celebrities to allow full-frontal nude photos to be used. He also worked as a color analyst on NFL telecasts for CBS in 1978, teaming with Vin Scully and George Allen. Brown’s gridiron career led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.  ESPN SportsCentury in 1999 ranked him fourth among their Fifty Greatest Atheletes of the 20th Century, trailing only Muhammed Ali, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan.

“`Jim Brown was eighty-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Vote For Youngson!

May 18th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`The campaign continues to get documentarian  Robert Youngson’s celebrated films into the 2023 Library of Congress National Film Registry. Each year, selections are made by a panel of esteemed historians and announced each December. Throughout the year, cinematic lovers across the country can weigh in by voting for their favorite classic films.

“`Celebrating Act 2 lets us conduct my ongoing campaign on their platform. Golden Age of Comedy (1957) and When Comedy was King (1960) are iconic productions that highlight the preservation of silent comedies. Forgotten Hollywood is collaborating with the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society to champion Youngson’s fine and iconic work.

“`John Coleman and Art Kirsch are now on the bandwagon! Here is the link to vote (for FREE).



Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Everybody Visits Max Factor…

May 17th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`I am thrilled to be returning to Everybody with Angela Williamson airing on KLCS, a PBS station. We will be taping this Friday on location at the Hollywood Museum  (in the historic Max Factor Building).


“`Dr. Williamson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a college professor. She is also my friend. Her celebrated work is My Life with Rosie, a film about the journey of Rosa Parks. And as the host of her weekly program, Angela finds great cultural and societal stories told by interesting personalities.

“`Max Factor, Hollywood’s Makeup King, created the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars, such as Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West and Marlene Dietrich. Factor’s son carried on the family tradition as he curated the look of Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and many more.

“`The Hollywood Museum showcases the most extensive collection of movie and television memorabilia in the world. The repository, with four floors of breathtaking exhibits, is home to more than 10,000 authentic show biz artifacts, including costumes, photographs, posters and props. The museum is located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. They are open Wednesday – Sunday, 10a – 5p.

“`Some workdays are just better than others!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Brothers Warner…

May 3rd, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`How about another discussion about the cherished 100th anniversary of Warner Brothers. John Coleman, Art Kirsch and I reflect on the movies made by Eddie G., Cagney, Bogie, Bette, George Raft and John Garfield. It is a magical place where the stuff that dreams are made of are produced! Celebrating Act 2 spotlights the moment.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Citizen Belafonte…

April 26th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`Harry Belafonte was a Jamaican-American singer, actor and a resolute activist.  His activism was inspired through mentorship provided by Paul Robeson, and he later became a confidante of Martin Luther King Jr. Along the way, Belafonte popularized calypso music in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso in 1956 was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. His best known tunes:  Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Jump in the Line (Shake Senora) and Jamaica Farewell.


“`In the late 1940s, Belafonte attended acting classes at the famed Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York City.  His classmates included Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Bea Arthur, Walter Matthau and Sidney Poitier. For a time, Belafonte performed with the American Negro Theater.  He began his career in music as a club singer in New York to pay for acting classes. He was backed by the Charlie Parker’s band the initial time on stage, which also included Max Roach and Miles Davis, among others. He signed a contract with RCA Victor in 1953.

“`Belafonte was recruited by Frank Sinatra to perform at the inaugural gala of John F. Kennedy in 1961, and performed alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson and others. He appeared on television in variety programs, including  The Ed Sullivan Show, The Nat King Cole Show, The Steve Allen ShowSmothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and  The Flip Wilson Show. During the week of February 5th, 1968, Belafonte was in for Johnny Carson on  The Tonight Show. Among his noted guests were the Reverend King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

“`Belafonte had a big screen career, appearing with Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan and James Mason. His co-starred in Bright Road, Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, The World the Flesh and the Devil, Buck and the Preacher and Uptown Saturday Night.

“`Belafonte supported the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. President Kennedy later named Belafonte cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. Throughout his career, he was also an advocate for political and humanitarian causes, such as the Anti-Apartheid Movement and USA for Africa. From 1987 until his death, he was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  He spent the latter part of his life as a fierce advocate for many progressive causes.

“`Harry Belafonte was ninety-six.

Until next time>                                  “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Orson Welles…

April 24th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`Art Kirsch, John Coleman and I offer a compelling profile on the talented and tortured Orson Welles. His trajectory flamed out after the production of Citizen Kane, yet he still managed to create stirring images from movies that remain legendary. Celebrating Act 2 reflect…


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Forgotten Sap at Sea…

April 14th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`I am thrilled to spend this upcoming Saturday with the members of the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society Saps at Sea tent. This group is a fervant bunch of L&H loyalists, who are part of an international contigent whose united purpose is to celebrate Stan and Babe by keeping their memory alive.

“`At the event, we will focus on the moviemaker who worked in the 1950s on keeping silent films relevent through a series of documentary compilations: ROBERT YOUNGSON. An Oscar-winning filmmaker of two-reelers while at Warner Brothers,  he remained a preservationist and is now considered the Martin Scorsese of his day as he introduced silent movies to a new generation of movie-goers, the Baby Boomer generation. Portions of Laurel and Hardy silents are in his compilations such as Two Tars, Big Business, The Second Hundred Years and the previously lost, Battle of the Century.


“`Forgotten Hollywood is joining tents of the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society in a campaign to get  The Golden Age of Comedy and When Comedy was King added to the Library of Congress Film Registry for 2023. THE GOOD NEWS… It is FREE to vote for these masters of preservation on the Film Registry site of the LOC.  All it takes is a few minutes to vote.

“`This event is being held on Saturday, 7p at  Williams Hall, 3902 Kenwood Dr, Spring Valley CA 91977. Donation of $7 per person at the door (age twelve and under is free); refreshments included. The Saps at Sea will be screening The Golden Age of Comedy and I will autograph paperbacks in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

“`Come on down and join us for an evening of frivolity, antics and sappy fun!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Art and John…

April 13th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`Today, I get to host Celebrating Act 2 and my guests are John Coleman and Art Kirsch! They discuss the films they loved throughout their lives. Each list is eclectic and all selections have a back story.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM Classic Film Festival Begins…

April 10th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`My journey to the 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival actually officially begins on Wednesday for two pre-event festivities. I expect that both activities will allow me to enjoy a bit of fellowship with cinephiles across the country, all congregating in four-block area around Hollywood Blvd. and Highland.

“`My Wednesday itinerary includes:


~ Media Welcome Reception at Club TCM in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The TCM hosts, including Eddie Muller and Ben Mankiewicz (above) will be on hand for the meet-and-greet.

~ Pre-Fest #14 Party at the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Cinema fans who belong to Facebook’s TCM Classic Film Festival group will be celebrating the upcoming four-day fest. Kelly J Kitchens Wickersham of Richardson, TX and her team is hosting the event.

“`The festival kicks off on Thursday with the opening night red-carpet screening of Rio Bravo. Angie Dickinson will chat about the iconic Western prior to the screening. Warner Brothers is also celebrating their 100th anniversary. So, the theme of the festival is You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, originally recited by Al Jolson in the initial talkie, The Jazz Singer, distributed by WB.

“`See you at the TCM Classic Film Festival!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Michael Lerner…

April 9th, 2023

Manny P. here…

“`Michael Lerner was a brilliant supporting actor, who was memorable on television and in cinema. He is best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Barton Fink and as Arnold Rothstein in Eight Men Out.

“`Lerner made his initial television appearance as a teenager, as a quiz kid on a television program hosted by a local sportscaster. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to study theater in London for two years, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  He remarkably lived in a flat with Yoko Ono and John Lennon.        MICHAEL LERNER —->

“`Lerner moved to Los Angeles in 1969 abd he made guest appearances in television shows, such as The Brady Bunch, That Girl, Night Gallery, The Streets of San Francisco, The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, The Rockford Files, Love American Style, KojakThe Odd Couple, Hart to Hart, The A-Team and Hill Street Blues. He also was in the cast of the teleplay, The Missiles of October, portraying Pierre Salinger, press secretary to John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crises. His big screen credits include The Candidate, The Other Side of Midnight, Harlem Nights, Newsies, No Escape and No Way Back.

“`Michael Lerner was eighty-one.

Until next time>                               “never forget”