“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Collaborative Effort…

August 24th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Directors have their favorite actors. Art Kirsch, John Coleman and I discuss the worthy collaborations throughout Hollywood history on Celebrating Act 2.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Documentaries…

August 15th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 hosts, Art Kirsch and John Coleman, as me to assess the viability of documentaries in cinema. It is an engaging discussion.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Sons of the Albuquerque Desert…

August 14th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`It is here! The Sons of the Desert 23rd International Convention happens this week in Albuquerque.  The event annually celebrates the creative filmaking of arguably the greatest cinematic pairing in Hollywood history… Laurel and Hardy!

“`The attendees include fans from every corner of the globe. Each local chapter is called a tent and each of the tents are named after L&H movies. At the event, there will be film screenings, an authors roundtable, dealer’s room, memorabilia auction, sight-seeing tours and a grand banquet. Another nice mess begins this Wednesday at the Hotel Albuquerque.

“`I arrive on Wednesday! I am part of the author’s roundtable on Thursday evening and I will spend lots of time at the dealer’s room autographing my Forgotten Hollywood book series and providing other goodies. I previously visited a Sons of the Desert International Convention when it took place in Hollywood. I also stopped by and spent treasured time at the Early to Bed tent in South Pasadena.


“`How thrilling to put on my fez and go conventioneering! Hope to see you in Albuquerque!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- An American Icon…

August 8th, 2022

Manny P…

“`Last week, Vin Scully, my broadcasting inspiration, died. Today, my literary mentor has passed away. David McCullough was an author, narrator, historian and lecturer. He was a two-time winner of the  Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and (like Scully) a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award. Personally, he is the singular reason I began writing the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series.

“`Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood; and he has since written nine more on such topics as John Adams, Harry S. Truman, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Wright brothers. 

“`He had apprenticeships at Time, Life, the United States Information Agency and at American Heritage. McCullough also served an internship at Sports Illustrated. During his time in school, he often dined with mentor and friend, Thornton Wilder.

“`McCullough narrated numerous documentaries, such as The Civil War by Ken Burns, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; and he hosted American Experience for twelve years. Truman and John Adams were adapted by HBO into a television movie and a miniseries, respectively. His approach to Adams was particularly poignant.  The story of a fine patriot in the shadow of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin influenced my eventual strategy of sharing Americana and Hollywood history by profiling the charactor actors of cinema as the subjects of my tales. The supporting players in movies had very special careers and their narratives were worth telling. This was an epiphany!

“`On a personal note, I met McCullough in 2013 at an event in Thousand Oaks, CA. I was invited to attend a backstage meet-and-greet. Most of the antendees had their copies of his books autographed. I decided to offer my Forgotten Hollywood books as a gift. He sincerely appreciated my gesture. The author read my work and then donated them to New York Public Library,  a favorite national repository of his. Previously, the noted ibrary had been reluctant to add my books to their shelves. His efforts went a tremendous distance in establishing my credentials as a writer. I am forever grateful.

“`He typed all of his noted works off an old-fashioned typewriter in a shed in the backyard of his home. The ever-dignified David McCullough (above) was eighty-nine.


“`Olivia Newton John was a singer and actress best remembered for her role in Grease. She also starred in Xanadu with Gene Kelly. Her hits included  Have You Never Been Mellow, Let Me Be There, Please Mr. Please, Physical, I Honestly Love You, MagicA Little More Love, Hopelessly Devoted with You, and with John Travolta, You’re the One That I Want and Summer Nights. A duet with Cliff Richard, Suddenly and her hit with Electric Light Orchestra, Xanadu, charted, as well.

“`Olivia Newton John (right) was seventy-three.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Clu…

August 6th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Clu Gulager was a television and movie actor, who thrived in the 1960s in mostly westerns. He had a seven-decade career. He was a first-cousin (once removed) to Will Rogers.

“`His Cherokee nickname was given to him by his father for the clu-clu birds hat were nesting at the Gulager home at the time of his birth. He won a one-year scholarship to study abroad in Paris, where he worked under Jean Louis Barrault, a French actor and director.

“`Gulager’s career began on television with roles in Wagon Train, The Untouchables, The VirginianHave Gun Will Travel, Dr. KildareIronside, The F. B. I., The Mod Squad, Medical Center, Hawaii 5-0, Barnaby Jones, McCloudThe Streets of San Francisco, Falcon Crest, CHiPs, The Fall Guy, Magnum P. I. and Murder She Wrote.  During three seasons, Gulager played Billy the Kid in The Tall Man opposite Barry Sullivan as Pat Garrett.

“`In movies, Clu was memorable in  The Killers, The Last Picture Show, McQ, The Other Side of Midnight and most recently, in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Gulager directed the short film A Day with the Boys,  which was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. He is one of several Oklahoma Walk of Fame members represented on medallions in front of Tulsa’s Circle Cinema.

“`Clu Gulager (above right) was ninety-three.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Blog For All Seasons…

August 4th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 celebrates www.forgottenhollywood.com. John Coleman and Art Kirsch take a moment to allow me to promote my blog site. I hope you take a moment to visit my page…

“`In the meantime… Enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- THE Boy of Summer…

August 3rd, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`The amazin’ Vin Scully was a sports broadcaster with no equal. He was best known for his sixty-seven seasons calling games for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles (and Brooklyn) Dodgers, beginning in 1950 and ending in 2016. His time remains the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history and he is second only to Tommy Lasorda (by two years) in the number of years associated with the Dodgers organization in any capacity.  He was known for his distinctive voice, a descriptive style and signature introduction to Dodgers games:

It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good (afternoon/evening) to you, wherever you may be.

“`Scully discovered baseball at age eight when he saw the results of the second game of the 1936 World Series at a laundromat and felt empathy for the defeated New York Giants. Since he lived near the Polo Grounds and as a member of the Catholic Youth Organization, he was able to attend games for free and became a very big Giants fan.

“`Scully began his career as a student broadcaster and journalist at Fordham University. Red Barber, the sports director of the CBS Radio Network, recruited Scully for their college football coverage.

“`In 1950, Scully joined Barber and Connie Desmond in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ radio and television booths, replacing Ernie Harwell after the latter departed to the crosstown Giants. When Barber got into a salary dispute with World Series sponsor Gillette prior to the 1953 Series, Scully took Barber’s spot in the NBC television booth,  becoming the youngest person to broadcast a World Series. After Barber subsequently left the Dodgers to work for the New York Yankees beginning in 1954, Scully became the team’s principal announcer.

“`He called so many iconic baseball moments, it would be impossible to mention them all. Highlights include:

  • The shot heard round the world that sent the Giants to the World Series in a third playoff game in 1951 after being 13 1/2 games down to the Dodgers in late August
  • Brooklyn finally claiming a World Series in 1955
  • Yankees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series
  • All of Sandy Koufax’ no-hitters and his perfect game
  • Hank Aaron’s record-breaking home run against the Dodgers
  • The arrival of Fernando-mania
  • Kurt Gibson’s tater in the first game of the 1988 World Series against the Oakland A’s

“`Scully had football credentials even as his baseball career blossomed. For seven years, he announced National Football League telecasts for CBS Sports. Vin also contributed to the network’s tennis and PGA Tour golf coverage in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“`He was voted a Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for sportscasting, and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. Upon retirement, Scully received many Los Angeles accolades, including a key to the city. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by our country.

“`On a personal note, I am one of many who contemplated a career in broadcasting simply by listening to Scully call a baseball game. He was effortless and efficient. I met him once while broadcasting a live remote for 1110 AM KRLA at Angels Stadium during the pre-season. It was the annual Freeway Series against the crosstown Dodgers.  We exchanged pleasantries and he opined on how our Boys of Summer could beat the hated St. Louis Cardinals to get to the Fall Classic. Vin was the biggest Dodger’s fan on the planet and it was apparent during our conversation. This broadcaster remains blessed for the memory.      VIN SCULLY –>

“`Today, the gates of heaven opened up as Vinny joins Barber, Lasorda, Walter Alston, Jerry Doggett and Don Drysdale. I expect they will have many yarns to share.

“`Vin Scully was ninety-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Ground Breaking Role…

July 31st, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Nichelle Nichols was a small screen pioneer for her portrayal of Starship Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. She broke color barriers, and along with Diahann Carroll, helped re-define roles for Black characters. In 1968, Nichols and William Shatner broke a cultural barrier when they engaged in the initial interracial kiss on network television. She workd as a singer and dancer and would eventually tour with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before her acting career took off.

“`Star Trek became a pop culture phenomenon and shattered stereotypes common on television at the time by casting Black and minority actors in high-profile roles on the show.  She had planned to quit the after one season, but Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her to stay because it was so revolutionary to have a Black woman portraying a senior crew member at a time when Black people were fighting for equality in American society. She influenced future actors (Whoopi Goldberg); a future president (Barack Obama); and generations of female astronauts such as Sally Ride.

“`Nichols also helped break color barriers at NASA.  Many of their employees were Star Trek fans. After she criticized the space agency for failing to hire qualified women and minorities as astronauts, it hired Nichols in the 1970s to help in recruiting.

“`Nichelle Nichols (above right) was eight-nine.

Until next time>                               “never forget

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Summer Under the Stars Schedule…

July 30th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Thanks to our friends at Turner Classic Movies, here is the complete August schedule of their Summer Under the Stars daily program. Each day, a movie star will be the subject of a tribute. I am looking forward to Jean Arthur, Spencer Tracy, William Holden, Myrna Loy, and two actors featured in my Forgotten Hollywood Book Series: Gilbert Roland and Jack Carson.

“`Pick out your favorite actors and enjoy!

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood” – A Pinterest Collage…

July 28th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`I have created a page on the platform PINTEREST that showcases the fifty-eight actor subjects in my Forgotten Hollywood book Series… From Alan Hale to William Bendix!


“`Here is the link or cut-and-paste for you to enjoy the massive photo collage!



“`Tony Dow played the older brother of Jerry Mathers on Leave It To Beaver. Wally Cleaver was the television face of the American teen in suburban life prior to the arrival of  The Beatles and this made Dow a cultural icon. He also guest-starred on My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak, Adam-12, Love American Style and The Mod Squad.

“`Dow went go on to direct television programs and sculpt in his free time. He was chosen as one of three sculptors to show at the Société Nationale des BeauxArts exhibit in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

“`Tony Dow (above right) was seventy-seven.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Non Actors…

July 26th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Non-actors chosen to stand out in big budget motion pictures is the topic for Art Kirsch, John Coleman and me to discuss on Celebrating Act 2. This is an amazing chat!


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Remembering Paul and Bob…

July 25th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`The passing parade claimed two in the last 24-hours. These were giants in the film industry!


“`Paul Sorvino was a dynamic actor, best known for playing the tough mob boss in the crime film, GoodFellas. He is the second member of the cast to recently pass away; Ray Liotta was the other. The actor was also memorable on the television show, Law &  Order. His daughter is Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino.

“`Well regarded on Broadway for his performance in That Championship Season, Sorvino had a great career on the big screen. His resume includes  Where’s Poppa?The Panic in Needle ParkA Touch of Class, RedsDick TracyThe Firm, and Nixon.

“`He was very vocal in his disgust for the way Harvey Weinstein treated his daughter after she complained of sexual harrassment. He offered a veiled threat against the film producer.

“`Paul Sorvino was eighty-three.


PAUL SORVINO                                            BOB RAFELSON

“`Bob Rafelson was a film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the key figures in the founding of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. The director often worked with Jack Nicholson.

“`Among his best-known films as a director include Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens and The Postman Always Rings Twice.  Other flicks he produced as part of his production company: Two of the most significant films of the era, Easy Rider and The Last Picture Show. He was also one of the creators of the pop group and television series, The Monkees, with partner Bert Schneider.

“`Bob Rafelson was eighty-nine.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- Celebrating Summer Movies…

July 13th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Celebrating Act 2 takes a long look at Summer 2022 blockbusters out in theatres. Art Kirsch and John Coleman get me to predict the state of the motion picture industry.


Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Cowboy in Revisionist Westerns…

July 10th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Just like John Ford, Sam Peckinpah employed many of the same actors for his revisionist Westerns. One of those performers was L. Q. Jones. He was cast in the director’s Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue and in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He was also prolific in television Westerns.

“`Jones turning to acting after corresponding with his former college roommate,  Fess Parker. At the time, Parker was already in Hollywood working in films and on televisions. This chat led to recurring roles in Cheyenne, Lassie, Tales of Wells Fargo, Wagon Train, Have Gun – Will Travel, and especially, in Laramie, Rawhide, The Big Valley and Gunsmoke. He also guest-starred in Perry Mason, Route 66, My Favorite Martian, Hawaii 5-0, The F. B. I., Cannon, Kung Fu, Ironside, McCloud, Charlie’s Angels and Columbo.

“`He became a member of Sam Peckinpah’s stock company of actors and was frequently cast alongside his close friend Strother Martin.  Under the tutelage of Peckinpah, Jones eventually directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for Harlan Ellison’s A Boy and His Dog in 1975. Jones also appeared in  Battle Cry, Love Me Tender, Operation Mad Ball, Flaming Star, Nevada Smith, Hang ‘Em High and Casino.

“`L. Q. Jones (above right) was ninety-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Loss at F-Troop…

July 9th, 2022

Manny P. here…

“`Larry Storch was a comedic actor, best remembered for his role as Corporal Agarn on F-Troop. He was also a celebrated voice actor. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 1967, but lost to childhood friend Don Adams that year. He even auditioned to play James Bond early in his career.

“`His high school classmate was Adams;  and he was the shipmate of Tony Curtis on the submarine tender USS Proteus. Early on, he would warm up an audience with comedic impressions for a local bandleader.

“`Storch was busy on television, guest-starring in Car 54 Where Are YouSergeant Bilko, MannixGet SmartColumboCHiPsFantasy IslandMcCloudThe Flying Nun, Alias Smith and JonesI Dream of Jeannie, Gomer Pyle  U. S. M. C.Gilligan’s IslandThat  GirlLove American Style and All in the Family.  He also performed on variety programs, such as The Ed Sullivan Show, Sonny and Cher, The Tonight Show, Laugh-In and The Hollywood Palace.

“`Surprisingly, Storch was in twenty-five films, notably in Captain Newman M. D., Sex and the Single Girl, The Great Race, Airport ‘75, and S. O. B.

“`Larry Storch (above right), always in his Agarn hat, was ninety-nine.

Until next time>                               “never forget”