...Character actor Andy Devine was born on this date in 1905. My favorite of Devine's many roles was as the rescue pilot in William Wellman's ISLAND IN THE SKY (1953). There's information about Devine's background growing up in Arizona in my posts A Visit to Flagstaff, Arizona and To Arizona and Back!; the latter post contains a photo of the Hotel Beale in Kingman, Arizona, which was owned by Andy's father. Kingman is proud of its native son, and one of the city's main thoroughfares is Andy Devine Avenue.
...Cliff profiles the early years of Carole Lombard at Immortal Ephemera. He's got some great illustrations of movie advertisements and cards. On a related note, those who missed my post of exactly a year ago might enjoy reading about my college research on Lombard's early years in California and her relationship to the Kimberly family of Kimberly-Clark.
...An interesting new book: TWITCH UPON A STAR: THE BEWITCHED LIFE AND CAREER OF ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY. The author, Herbie J. Pilato, wrote an excellent book on BEWITCHED, one of my all-time favorite TV series. I loved Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha years before I became one of her father's biggest fans!
...Actress Glynis Johns turned 89 this past Friday. Anyone who hasn't yet seen her as the mermaid in MIRANDA (1948) is missing a real treat. It's out on DVD from VCI.
...Warner Bros. has made a deal to handle the distribution of some of Paramount's DVD titles.
...And speaking of Warner Bros., here's the studio's 90th anniversary logo.
...It was great to read in the L.A. Times that film actress and Broadway musical star Patricia Morison is doing well, living in Los Angeles. The Times says she's 97, but IMDb and IBDB give her age as 98. Her movies included one of my favorite Deanna Durbin films, LADY ON A TRAIN (1945). When I was a child I saw Morison as the Baroness in a theatrical production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Los Angeles Music Center.
...Robert Osborne recently posted a note to his fans explaining his decision to reduce his on-air duties at Turner Classic Movies, a change mentioned in my link roundup of September 23rd.
...Another new book: THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND by film music historian Jon Burlingame.
...Incandescent bulbs are now banned in England, for the most part, and things are looking dim.
...Here's the latest "Watch List" mini film reviews from Greenbriar Picture Shows.
...Jacqueline shares info on CAPTAIN CAUTION (1940) at Another Old Movie Blog. Victor Mature in the War of 1812!
...Mark your calendars: The U.S. DVD release of Season 3 of DOWNTON ABBEY will be January 29, 2013.
...A LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE feature film? Alyssa Rosenberg considers the possibility at Slate.
...Happiest wishes and congratulations to my friend Toby, who celebrated three years of blogging at 50 Westerns From the 50s on October 1st. Anyone who's a regular visitor knows what a great blog Toby has, and I highly recommend anyone who's not familiar with 50 Westerns make it a regular stop when cruising the web. Toby's blog combines great visuals, thoughtful analysis, DVD news, and some wonderfully knowledgeable discussions on Westerns by Toby and a number of regular commenters.
...Speaking of 50 Westerns, Toby recently linked to these wonderful color photos of 1940s Southern California. They're fantastic.
Have a great week!