“Forgotten Hollywood”- Fame…

November 26th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Singer-songwriter Irene Cara was a gifted talent,  who was best known for her singing the title tracks to Fame and Flashdance. She earned Grammy consideration for both tunes and won an Oscar for the latter composition. She actually co-starred in the former film. She also had a hit with Out Here On My Own, which was also included in the Fame soundtrack. Her publicist has written…

“`Cara trained in music, dance and acting and appeared on stage and on television, including appearances on The Electric Company on PBS and on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show in the 1970s. Cara has also worked as a backup vocalist for Vicki Sue Robinson, George Duke, Lou Reed, Oleta Adams and Evelyn “Champagne” King.

“`The eubillent Irene Cara was sixty-three.

Until next time>                                “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Niles Essanay Visits Cinecon…

November 25th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is the place to check out if you are up in Northern California.  I had a chance to catch up with David Kiehn, the curator of the museum and a film historian, while at Cinecon 58 and we had a lovely chat. The Celebrating Act 2 cameras caught the conversation.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Podcast on Spotify…

November 22nd, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Manny Pacheco’s Forgotten Hollywood on Spotify. One program streamed each week! Please binge-listen.

“`Episode Forty-one is on the cloud. This week, we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a real treat… a retrospective on Frank Sinatra. The celebrated leader of the Rat Pack, he was a once-in-a-generation crooner and actor, deluxe! Sinatra was also a legendary collaborator of great compositions with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK to give this (and previous forty episodes) a listen:

“`Joining me in each episode is journalist Gary Lycan, the former award-winning radio reporter from the Orange County Register. His reports were recorded before his passing. He leaves a wonderful legacy of storytelling that I am proud to share.

“`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:

https://manny-pachecos-forgotten-hollywood.castos.com/podcasts/38246/episodes/ep-41-francis-albert-112322

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Forgotten Child Star…

November 21st, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Mickey Kuhn started his career as a child actor during Hollywood’s Golden Age. He appeared in some of the most iconic motion pictures until his retirement from cinema after his service in the military.  His face was most welcome in the flicks he made.    MICKEY KUHN –>

“`His initial fame came when he won the role auditioned for by over one hundred kid actors:  Beau Wilkes (the son of Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland’s characters Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton) in Gone with the Wind. Kuhn became the last living actor from this epic film after the passing of de Havilland.

“`His resume included roles in Juarez, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Red River, Dick Tracy, Broken Arrow,  and A Streetcar Named Desire (again paired with Vivien Leigh). He appeared with the top actors of the day such as Claude Rains, Bette Davis, Dick Powell, Irene Dunne, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Fredric March, Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Montgomery Clift, Kirk Douglas, James Stewart, and Marlon Brando. His final acting appearance was on Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

“`While in the Navy, Kuhn worked as an aircraft electrician. He left the film industry in 1956 and worked for American Airlines and Boston Airport in administrative positions until his retirement.

“`Mickey Kuhn was ninety.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Cinecon Invader…

November 18th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`I had a chance to catch up with Jimmy Hunt at Cinecon 58, The Celebrating Act 2 cameras captured the moment. The child star from Invaders from Mars was on hand to receive the Legacy Award and it is a fitting tribute to honor Hunt for his career.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Farewell to Robert Clary…

November 17th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Robert Clary was the French actor, singer and Holocaust survivor. He was best known for playing Corporal LeBeau in the World War II sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. He also had recurring roles in the soap operas Days of Our Lives, and The Bold and the BeautifulROBERT CLARY ->

“`Born in 1926, Clary was the youngest of fourteen children; ten would die in the Holocaust. At the age of twelve, he began a career singing on a French radio station and also studied art in Paris. In 1942, because he was Jewish,  he was deported to Buchenwald concentration camp. Clary was liberated on April 11, 1945.

“`After the war, Clary returned to entertainment. One of his first American appearances was a French-language comedy skit on The Ed Wynn Show in 1950. He later met Merv Griffin and Eddie Cantor.  This led to Clary meeting Cantor’s daughter, whom he married in 1955. Cantor later got Clary a spot on The Colgate Comedy Hour.

“`His film roles included Ten Tall Men, Thief of Damascus, A New Kind of Love, and The Hindenburg. On television, he guest-starred on The Gisele MacKenzie Show and Fantasy Island. He had a recurring role in The High Chaparral.

“`After Hogan’s Heroes was cancelled in 1971, Clary maintained his close ties to fellow cast members Werner Klemperer, John Banner, and Leon Askin,  whose lives were also affected by the Holocaust. Clary spent subsequent years touring and speaking about the Holocaust. In his memoirs, he wrote:

Sometimes I dream about those days. I wake up in a sweat terrified for fear I’m about to be sent away to a concentration camp, but I don’t hold a grudge because that’s a great waste of time. Yes, there’s something dark in the human soul. For the most part, human beings are not very nice. That’s why when you find those who are, you cherish them.

“`Robert Clary was ninety-six.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Art Laboe…

November 16th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`John Coleman, Art Kirsch and I have a nostolgic chat on Celebrating Act 2 about the life and times of Art Laboe. He was a radio legend and my mentor and friend.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Chat with Janine Perreau…

November 11th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`While at Cinecon 58, I interviewed Janine Perreau, one of the child stars from Invaders from Mars. She shares her thoughts over the Celebrating Act 2 airwaves.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Ranking The Thin Man Movies…

November 7th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Let the critiques begin! I chat with Art Kirsch and John Coleman on Celebrating Act 2 as we rank the six Thin Man films in the celebrated series. Nick and Nora Charles transcends the Pre Code era of cinema and film noir. One thing we can agree… Asta is the best pooch in movies!

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- VIM Silent Films at Cinecon…

November 4th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Our series continues as we chat with more luminaries at Cinecon 58. Rob Stone is a curator at the Library of Congress and was a presenter and an author live at Cinecon. Celebrating Act 2 was on hand as we chatted about the VIM Silent Film series.

“`Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”