Ronald Reagan is arguably the most successful actor of all time, and
some of his best preformances were not in Hollywood. Many of his roles were in Westerns as in the photo here playing the
man with a badge. A list of his Western roles includes, Death Valley Days, Santa Fe Trail, The Pioneers, Trails West
& No Fun Behind His Badge. Ronald Reagan's acting career lasted from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Hollywood actress Gloria Swanson waves back to the gate at the Los Angeles
Airport as she is about to board the TWA Constellation "Star of Rome" sometime in the early 1950's. Note
the TWA Captain peering out of his cockpit window to get a closer look at his famous passenger.
This classic photo of the "First Lady of Cinema" taken when
she starred in "Alice Adams" (1935) and "Stage Door" (1935). The photo is a clear & crisp reproduction
An American Airlines airliner is being used as the backdrop for a Hollywood
Movie shoot. Actors & actresses as well as technicians crowd the outdoor set at the Phoenix Airport sometime in the mid-forties.
Arthur Murray & partner Irene Castle dance to the "Victory
Waltz" at the end of World War II in 1945. This photograph captures the grace & style of one of America's
premier dance couples. His name is synonymous with dance lessons even today. Printed from negative.
Publicity photo of Fess Parker (born Fess Elisha Parker Jr. in 1924)
at Braniff Airways along with students from the David Crockett School in East Dallas, Texas. An American film and television
actor best known for his 1950's portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and of Daniel Boone in the late 1960's,
he began his show business career in the play Mister Roberts in 1951. Parker was born in Fort Worth, Texas
and graduated from the University of Texas, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, in 1950 with a degree in history before moving to California
where he studied drama.
Promotional photograph from MGM Casino Vegas of Dean Martin & Lucille
Ball. Lucy did a CBS-TV special in 1975 with her co-star Dean Martin which was filmed in Las Vegas.
Silent movie director, Ernst Lubitsch directed a chain of triumphs -
Forbidden Paradise, Kiss Me Again, Lady Windermere's Fan, The Student Prince, etc. - remained unbroken even during
the delicate transition to sound. While most of his silent films had been made for Warner Bros., most of his early
sound pictures were for Paramount. In 1935 he was appointed that studio's production manager and subsequently produced
his own films and supervised the production of films of other directors. In 1939, Lubitsch scored, at MGM, one of the
greatest triumphs of his career with Ninotchka, a scintillating political-sexual romp starring Greta Garbo.
In March 1947, he was awarded a special Academy Award for his "25-year contriubtion to motion pictures."
Publicity photo of Olivia de Havilland as she played Queen Elizabeth
in "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" with Errol Flynn in 1939.
The world premiere of One Million B.C. in which Vic Mature
starred. Shown here the star is arriving in a limo at the Loews Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, his hometown.
Great photograph of Paramount Pictures Hollywood front gate. The Limo
in front is dropping off a star named Roy. Note gate door is open. and the guard is calling on the intercom.
The Sons of the Pioneers are shown here with Roy Rogers. The group
was the foremost vocal & instrumental group in western music and lasted seven decades! The group's roots lay
in the Great Depression when Cincinnati-born Leonard Slye headed to California and ended up packing fruit for Del Monte.
By chance he entered an amateur contest on an LA radio show which lead him to join a group called the "Rocky Mountaineers".
By 1933, after various name changes and additional members including a Safeway warehouse worker and a golf caddy, the new
group debuted on KFWB as "The Pioneer Trio" but were mistakenly introduced as the "Sons of the Pioneers".
They were signed to a Decca Record contract in 1934 and recorded 32 records. The Farr brothers from Texas were added
to the group in 1935. They originally teamed in the movies with Gene Autry but due to legal disputes Roy Rogers ended
up with "The Pioneers". In 1938 Pat Brady (far right) joined the group as a bass singer and comic. Roy
Rogers ended up in western movies and the "Sons" doing backup. After many years of success the group was inducted
into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976. Now there you have it! An interesting story to go with a great photo.
Publicity shot of America's favorite singing Western TV stars, Roy
Rogers and Dale Evans.
Great head shot of adolescent Salvatore Mineo, Jr. Mineo was one
of the most talented and exciting young actors working in Hollywood. He earned his acting stripes on Broadway, appearing
first in "The Rose Tattoo" (1951). Later he effortlessly made the transition to the screen appearing in Rebel
Without a Cause in 1955, when he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.
Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm) was an American actress and alto
singer. Through a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in musical
and dramatic roles. In 1997 she was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and several of her recordings
have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1999 the American Film Institute placed her among the ten greatest
female stars in the history of American cinema.
Peggy Lee, born Norma Egstrom on May 26, 1920 in North Dakota. This
singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as "Is That All There Is?" and "Fever" made
her a jazz and pop legend. Her vocal flexibility and cool, breathy voice brought sultry distinction to big band showstoppers,
pop ballads and soulful laments. Pictured here in 1956.
Popular singer Rosemary Clooney, aunt to modern day actor George Clooney,
performs "On the Air" in this image from the 1950's. Rosemary was born in Kentucky in 1928 and sang early
on with the Tony Pastor's Band. She became a Columbia Recording Artist and appeared on radio and television as well
as in several films. She was married for a time to actor Jose Ferrer.
Famed photo of the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff, Texas in 1932.
The theater was the site of the famed 1963 capture of Lee Harvey Oswald who was fleeing the Texas School Book Depository after
the assination of President J. F. Kennedy. Still standing today, the theater is now in Dallas located at 231 W. Jefferson.
The USS Yorktown CV-10 was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the
United States Navy. Under construction as Bon Homme Richard, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed Yorktown in
honor of Yorktown (CV-5), sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942). Built in an amazing 16.5 months at Newport
News, Virginia, the Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Yorktown participated significantly in the Pacific
Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The ship received the Presidential Unit
Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in WWII. Much of the Academy Award winning (1944) documentary "The
Fighting Lady" was filmed aboard Yorktown.
Black & white photo of humorist Will Rogers having a discussion
with his Braniff Airways pilot, probably taken at the Oklahoma City Airport in the early 1930's. Braniff Airways
was originally founded in Oklahoma City in the 1920's. Will Rogers was a native of Oklahoma and the major airport
in the state now bears his name.
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