Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Paramount's 100th

Yes, in addition to Universal's 100th, it's also Paramount Pictures' 100th. If you go to Vanity Fair's site, you can zoom in on the people in this photo, and they are identified. I've been hearing about this photo for a while, nice to finally see it. Of course most of the "comments" are negative ones, because people just HAVE to be jerks. I think it was nicely done myself, and I especially enjoyed the nostalgic pairings, like John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw.

At the bottom of this article is a video showing the gathering.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Four Surviving Cast Members (Speaking Parts) Remain from "Gone With the Wind"

With the passing of Ann Rutherford at the age of 94, just four cast members with speaking parts are left from the all-time classic Hollywood epic Gone With the Wind (according to all available sources online).   As "Carreen O'Hara" she played the youngest sister of Scarlett, and is first seen at 14 minutes into the film. Here's her Associated Press obit.

The surviving actors are as follows:

Alicia Rhett (b. 2/1/15) as "India Wilkes."  She is the young daughter from the Twelve Oaks Plantation.  She can be seen at 18 minutes into the film (using the 4-disc Collector's Edition DVD version of the movie as a guide).

Olivia de Havilland (b. 7/1/16) as "Melanie Hamilton."  De Havilland was fourth billed and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Gone With the Wind.   She's first seen at 19 minutes into the film.

Mary Anderson (b. 4/30/20) as "Maybelle Merriwether." She is the first girl "auctioned" at the Atlanta bazaar (where Scarlett dances with Rhett). She can be seen at 43 minutes into the film.

Mickey Kuhn (b. 9/21/32) as "Beau Wilkes."  Playing Ashley and Melanie's son, he appears toward the very end of the film (216 minutes into the approximately 223 minute film [1 hour 48 min into DVD 2])

Among the non-speaking parts is cast member Patrick Curtis who appeared at a screening of GWTW at the Motion Picture Academy— he played Beau Wilkes as a baby (and was therefore born c. 1938-39). I was also informed by a poster in the comments of my last blog entry [thanks, Julia] that Greg Giese, who was born in 1939 and played infant Bonnie and infant Beau, is still alive.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Universal's 100th Anniversary

Universal Studios is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and it's hardly a secret.  Here's one of their early films, By the Sun's Rays (1914) [from the Internet Archive], Lon Chaney Sr.'s earliest surviving film; a western short with Chaney as the villain, it runs 11 minutes.