“Forgotten Hollywood”- Just Because…

October 7th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`It is October. Why not showcase an all-time great Vincent Price movie-monster classics…

“`It tells the story of a scientist who is transformed into a grotesque creature after a house fly enters into a molecular transporter,  resulting in his atoms combining with those of the insect. It produces a human–fly hybrid.

“`Producer-director Kurt Neumann discovered a short story by George Langelaan in Playboy Magazine. Screenplay writer James Clavell adapted Langelaan’s story. The Fly was released in July 1958. Producer-director Kurt Neumann died only a few weeks after its premiere, never realizing he had made the biggest hit of his career.

“`The movie was released in  CinemaScope with Color by Deluxe by Twentieth Century Fox. There were also two black-and-white sequels: Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly.  The original flick was remade in 1986 by director David Cronenberg. The production’s financial success led to Vincent Price becoming a major horror icon, competing with work of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

“`There is no debate about it… The Fly is a classic! Anyone got a swatter?

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Halloween Treat…

October 4th, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`I offer a rare gift.  When asked by Palos Verdes Pulse to write an article that celebrates Hallow’s Eve, I decided to offer an excerpt from my second book, Son of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History; a portion of the Lon Chaney Jr. story.

“`I have penned fifty-six published chapters over three books. And, I currently have another twelve entries in the queue for my next work. Without a doubt, a favorite chapter was my take on the career of Lon Chaney Jr. I attempted to capture the humanity of an iconic family of cinema; a tactile tale of love and caring for those cast off in society.


“`Please take a moment to check it out. And if you enjoy my storytelling, I invite you to check out my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.



“`A quick thank you to Donald Wilson of Utah.  He is the initial purchaser to offer a critique of Road to Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History and gave a five-star review on Amazon. He writes about my latest work:

Enjoyed the thorough discussion about the actors!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Pitcher for the Ages…

October 3rd, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`Another legendary St. Louis Cardinal has passed on  (Last month, we lost Lou Brock). Bob Gibson became a tough pitcher, who battled Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and Juan Marichal. The pinnacle of his career was 1968, when Gibby posted a 1.12 ERA for the season. He then recorded seventeen strikeouts in Game One of the 1968 World Series.

“`After briefly playing under contract to both the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team and the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Bob decided to continue playing only baseball professionally. He became a full-time starting pitcher in July 1961.

“`A nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 National League Most Valuable Player Award. Only Clayton Kershaw has won the MVP award as a National League pitcher. Known for intimidating opposing batters, he was elected in 1981 to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in his initial year of eligibility. The Cardinals retired his uniform number forty-five in September 1975 and inducted him into the team Hall of Fame in 2014. He was later selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

“`Off the field, Bill White, Curt Flood, and Gibson led a civil rights campaign to allow players to live in the same clubhouse and hotel rooms. The Cardinals became the first sports team to end segregation, three years before Lyndon Johnson signed Great Society legislation in 1964.

“`After retiring from playing baseball, Gibson had various assignments with the Cardinals, and with their local broadcast team and on ESPN. He spent the last years of his life with his family in Omaha.

“`Bob Gibson was eighty four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gimmick Casting…

October 2nd, 2020

Manny P. here…

“`I join Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2 as we converse about a specialized casting of actors on television and the big screen. It is known as Stuntcasting. Let us provide examples of this cinematic practice…


Until next time>                               “never forget”