Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...
...My favorite scene in ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942) is when Connie (Ann Rutherford) swoons over trumpet player Bill (George Montgomery) while Jaynie Stevens (Lynn Bari) joins Ray Eberle singing "At Last." Bari was dubbed in both ORCHESTRA WIVES and the previous year's SUN VALLEY SERENADE (1941) by Pat Friday. Here's a wonderful interview my dad came across in which Pat discusses her life and the experience of dubbing for Lynn Bari.
...After reading the interview, why not watch the clip?
Or better yet, watch the whole movie!
...For another fun clip, Silver Screen Stars has video of Tyrone Power on WHAT'S MY LINE?
...The L.A. Times published an interesting "slice of life" article about waiters who work at two different famed Los Angeles delicatessens, Langer's and Canter's. (For more on L.A. delicatessens, see this article which I linked to last fall.)
...The debut of the World of Color show at Disney's California Adventure has apparently been pushed back to May 1st.
...Raquelle shares ideas on "How to Be a Classic Film Fan Without TCM" at Out of the Past.
...Have you seen this map showing popular Netflix rentals by region?
...True love finds its way after the Miracle on the Hudson. (Hat tip: Still Muttering.)
...At Another Old Movie Blog, Jacqueline recently began a three-part series on the 1950s movie princess with a detailed look at ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953). Still to come: THE SWAN and ANASTASIA, both released in 1956.
...Thanks to Missy for passing on the news that Keira Knightley has withdrawn her name from consideration for the pending remake of MY FAIR LADY. Emma Thompson is writing the script.
...One of my favorite restaurants had a fire yesterday. No word yet on when they will reopen.
...MorlockJeff reviews Ginger Rogers and Ronald Colman in LUCKY PARTNERS (1941) at the TCM Blog. LUCKY PARTNERS airs on Turner Classic Movies March 31, 2010.
...Carrie shares a great publicity shot of Robert Montgomery, taken when he returned to MGM after his service in WWII.
...Two of my favorite Democrats are pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen, who have always struck me as ethical men who are straight shooters. Caddell and Schoen joined forces a few days ago to write an editorial defending pollster Scott Rasmussen, who despite his reliable track record has recently been a target of the left.
...This July 6th release sounds promising: BEAUTIFUL: THE LIFE OF HEDY LAMARR by Stephen Shearer. Lamarr just might get my vote for being the most gorgeous woman ever to grace the movies, and she led a fascinating life. As mentioned here quite a ways back, she was a co patent holder for "frequency hopping" technology during World War II, which led directly to today's modern cell phones and wireless technology. Here's hoping it's a good book!
...Alpha DVDs are on sale for $3.99 at Oldies.Com until February 28th.
...Finally, on a serious note, it doesn't need to be said that while many of us in the United States are enjoying a three-day weekend, there is unimaginable suffering in Haiti. Please consider donating to Samaritan's Purse, the Salvation Army, or another reputable relief organization.
Have a good weekend!