“Forgotten Hollywood” – Happy New Year to One and All!

December 31st, 2009

Manny P. here…

   I found something that was special 95 years ago, and still relevant today. I’d like to share it with you as we enter 2010.


Until next time (year)>                     “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – New Oscar Voters Welcomed…

December 28th, 2009

Manny P. here…

Celeste Holm / "Gentleman's Agreement" Trailer

Celeste Holm / Gentleman’s Agreement

   The Margaret Herrick Library at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences welcomed their newest voters for the 2010 Oscar Ceremony in a private reception today. The 133 new Academy members join the over 5,600 voters who   will make their selections for the 82nd annual gala to be held on March 7th. The nominees will be announced on February 2nd. Ballots went out today to the entire Academy membership.

   I’m proud the Margaret Herrick Library recently added my paperback Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to their shelves.

   Tomorrow the 16th annual SAG Award ballots will be mailed to all of its members across the country for their selection of winners. I’m a voting member of this prestigious award, and I’ve voted every year since the SAG Award’s inception. One year, I was actually on the Television Nomination Committee (year #4). And, my wife and I attended the live ceremony two years ago (year #14). The 2010 awards presentation will be held on January 23rd at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

   Good Luck to all the nominees. I’ll announce my voting selection on this blog in the future, since I cherish my right to vote for the SAG Awards. We’ll see how well I do with my choices.

 Until next time>                              “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2009

Manny P. here…

   Lots of reasons to celebrate.

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   Have a joyous and wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- TCM to Honor Sherlock Holmes…

December 22nd, 2009

Manny P. here…

   On of the most popular characters in literary history is having another movie debut on Christmas. Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. as the sleuth, and Jude Law as Dr. Watson will premiere nationwide at a theatre near you.To honor this prolific character, Turner Classic Movies will have a holiday celebration with a Sherlock Holmes marathon.


   Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created Holmes in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In fact, my book ends on a spectacular note with a look at the Victorian Age. Of course, many actors have played the British detective, but the man most associated with the private investigator from 221-B Baker Street is Basil Rathbone. I do my own tribute to Rathbone in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. If you want to gear up for the new motion picture, get your fill on TCM and their visit on December 25th with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson…


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Kind Review From a Book Publicist…

December 18th, 2009

Manny P. here…

   I would like to thank Sharon Roberts from Richland Creek Publishing for her thoughtful review of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. She writes:


Kay Kyser

   I am currently a publicist for “Kay Kyser – The Ol’ Professor of Swing! America’s Forgotten Superstar!”

   I just wanted you to know that I have had the opportunity to read your book and congratulate you for your contributions in keeping Old Hollywood alive and the many actors who are such an important part of where our movie history stems from. I wish you continued success and hope that some time in the near future we will cross paths as we continue to preserve the memories of so many for generations to come.

Sharon Roberts
Author Representation

   I am thrilled about Sharon’s comments and urge my readers to pick up a copy of her author’s book. Kyser appeared in many films during Hollywood’s Golden Era, and was a big band leader. The name of his orchestra was The Kollege of Musical Knowledge.

   Follow the link above for more information on this timeless work.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – The 2009 Passing Parade…

December 15th, 2009

Manny P. here…

   As we approach the new year. I’d like to take a moment to remember fine actors who were a part of Hollywood’s Golden Age. These are a few exceptional stars that left us this year:


   James Whitmore – An Oscar nominee, and absolute joy to watch in any genre of cinema. In fact, he did receive an Academy Award nod in his first film, Battleground. He appeared in The Asphalt Jungle, Kiss Me Kate, Across The Wide Missouri, and quite memorable in the horror film, Them!  He was also nominated for Best Actor in Give ‘Em Hell Harry, a one-man retrospective of President Truman. James appeared with Forgotten Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in Oklahoma.ricardo

   Ricardo MontalbanMost famous for welcoming all to Fantasy Island, this Latin lover of the big screen appeared with James Whitmore in Battleground and Across The Wide Missouri. He also was cast in Sayonara and Sweet Charity. He co-starred with Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History actors John Carradine and Arthur Kennedy in Cheyenne Autumn.


<—Karl Malden – A prolific actor who won an Oscar for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire. He was fantastic in the Best Picture of 1954, On The Waterfront. He appeared with a variety of actors in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in fine movies, including The Birdman of Alcatraz and How The West Was Won (Thelma Ritter), Nevada Smith (Arthur Kennedy), and Cheyenne Autumn (Arthur Kennedy and John Carradine). He also played Omar Bradley in Patton, the Best Film of 1970. My good friend Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine appeared with Malden in the film Murderers’ Row.


Jennifer Jones (right) – She was one of the most gifted actors in Hollywood’s Golden Age. She won an Oscar for her role in A Song of Bernadette. She actually was nominated for an Academy Award five times in her illustrious career. She co-starred with Karl Malden in Ruby Gentry. Her most notable work includes Love Letters, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Beat the Devil, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Towering Inferno, and re-makes of The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and A Farewell to Arms. She appeared with actors that appear in my Forgotten Hollywood book series:  Lionel Barrymore in Since You Went Away and Duel in the Sun, and Van Heflin in Madame Bovary. She was also married to actor Robert Walker and David O. Selznick, the producer of Gone With the Wind.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – Another Major 70-Year Anniversary

December 11th, 2009

Manny P. here…

"Road to Tara" - "Gone With The Wind" Museum, Jonesboro Georgia. Dierdre - April, 2003. (GFDL-self)

“Road to Tara” – Gone With The Wind Museum

   On December 15, 1939  the premiere of Gone With The Wind took place in Atlanta, after three days of celebrations. Clark Gable almost boycotted the opening, when he found out the Black actors were not allowed to attend (due to Jim Crow laws). Hattie McDaniel decided to intervene. Gable relented, appearing with his wife Carole Lombard.

   The film won eight Oscars and two additional Academy Awards). TCM is showing the film this Tuesday, exactly seventy years after the initial premiere. This presentation climaxes a year of anniversaries of superior films produced in 1939 (including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, Beau Geste, StagecoachThe Roaring Twenties, Son of Frankenstein, Babes In Arms, JuarezJesse James, Destry Rides Again, Golden Boy, Ninothchka, Goodbye Mr. ChipsThe Hound of the BaskervillesDark Victory, Wuthering Heights, and The Wizard of Oz).


   Three of my actors in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History co-star in the epic: Thomas Mitchell, Eddie Anderson, and Ward Bond. I also spend much of Chapter Six writing about the careers of Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Olivia DeHavilland, Hattie McDaniel, and the author Margaret Mitchell. Jane Darwell, who has a small role in the motion picture, is a projected subject in the book’s sequel.

   And, Happy Birthday to my pop, who was born one year before the premiere of Gone With The Wind. Hope it’s a good one…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Bowls a 300!

December 9th, 2009

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   Another major milestone! A 300th purchase of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History took place. The transaction happened while Laurie and I were delivering gifts to be distributed in the annual  Toys For Tots holiday campaign, conducted each year by our US Marines.Toys_for_tots

   In just over three months, 12% of my inventory has been confirmed sold. I say this because additional sales may have occurred through on-line resources. There’s a built-in delay in receipt information. What this means – I’m sharing the minimum estimate of projected purchases, and confident sales are indeed higher. I’ll receive the hard numbers over the next sixty days from my distributor.

   By the way, my good friend Christel Santo hosted the event, which of course included Karaoke. Most of her patrons sang Christmas songs, and of course Santa and three Marine Officers were on hand to join in on the fun.

Let’s remember the needy this holiday season…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Gracious Thank You!

December 7th, 2009

Manny P. here…

   On October 19th, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten Hollywood  won a national award from USA Book News in the History / Media-Entertainment category. I posted the information in a blog that day. I also listed the other finalists in the category, since they deserved the mention.

Author Michael Madigan

             Author Michael Madigan

   Michael Madigan, writer of the book, Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters: 150 Years of Front-Page Stories from the Rocky Mountain News  (and a finalist in the same category),  chose to congratulate me on his website. What a nice guy!

   Madigan has worked as a professional journalist for the last four decades. The Colorado resident recently retired from his day job at The Rocky Mountain News in Denver. I’ve posted a link to his site.


   Once again,  I must offer my hearty kudos to Madigan for his finalist award, and for his wonderful gentlemanly persona…

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Moving Up the Charts…

December 3rd, 2009

Manny P. here…

   Tower Books.com is boasting significant sales for Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. The website has a top 100 in a variety of categories to confirm a book’s success. The paperback has been classified in the Social History category. There are 339 books to choose from in a variety of formats (hardcover, paperback, audio, etc).

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   My work is currently ranked #21! Here is the best part… it’s up 13 places from last week, when it was ranked #34.  This is exciting news.  I am moving up the charts at the website in its specific category. I believe this is wonderful momentum.

   You can find the Tower site at the Navigation Bar to your left in the Purchace Locations page in the Forgotten Hollywood (Book) section. There are plenty of book purchasing links to choose from (as a matter of fact)…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Book Stops Here!

December 2nd, 2009

Manny P. here…Truman_pass-the-buck

   I’m happy to announce the geographic home of President Harry S. Truman added Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten HistoryMid-Continent Public Library of Independence, Missouri has ordered the paperback for heir readers. Leave it to the Show Me state…

   They are officially the second library to add Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History to their shelves; the first being The Margaret Herrick Library at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.               HARRY S. TRUMAN ->


   Harry Truman was a fine President who called Independence his home. I am proud to have my book represented in his home town.

   The Mid-Continent Public Library administrative office is located at 15616 E. Hwy 24.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- New Link of Locations!

December 1st, 2009

Manny P. here…

   Here’s a latest link of locations where you can find Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History. This is the most comprehensive web page I have found to help you pick up a copy of the paperback.

   The website is called All Bookstores.com. They claim to be the “World’s Greatest Place to buy Books!” Here is the link:



   I hope this gives you every opportunity available to find a special copy in your area, or a comfortable place online to do your holiday shopping.

Until next time>                               “never forget”