Wednesday, October 29, 2014

RIP Audrey Long

Audrey Long: Screen star who became known for leading roles in several film noirs
 
The Independent
By Tom Vallance
October 29, 2014
 
 
Tall and blonde, with a patrician air, Audrey Long was a prolific B-movie actress, appearing in over 30 films in the decade commencing in 1942.
 
She played leading lady to John Wayne in the Western Tall in the Saddle, but she will be best remembered for her roles in two highly regarded film noirs of 1947, Anthony Mann’s Desperate and Robert Wise’s Born to Kill. After her acting career ended, she married Leslie Charteris, the writer who created the sleuth Simon Templar, “The Saint”.
 
The daughter of an Episcopalian minister, Long was born in Florida in 1922, and on graduation from high school won a scholarship to attend Max Reinhardt’s drama school in Hollywood. She made her screen debut in 1942 with unbilled roles as a student in The Male Animal and a receptionist in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Moving to New York, she became a model prior to making her Broadway debut in Reinhardt’s production of Irwin Shaw’s play Sons and Soldiers (1943). It starred Gregory Peck (just prior to Hollywood fame) and Geraldine Fitzgerald, but lasted for only 22 performances. Long then joined a touring company for the play Dark Eyes, in which she was seen by an RKO Pictures talent scout and given a contract.
 
In her first RKO film, A Night of Adventure (1944), she was a fashion designer who asks her estranged lawyer husband (Tom Conway) to defend a boyfriend who is accused of murder. Variety described her as “not only attractive, but hinting promise”. She then played a ranch owner battling the misogyny of cowboy John Wayne (who refuses to work for a woman) in Tall in the Saddle, directed by Edwin L Marin after Wayne unsuccessfully tried to persuade John Ford to direct the film.
 
In 1945 Long was given leading roles in a musical, Pan-Americana, and a Western, Wanderer of the Wasteland, then starred with John Loder in A Game of Death, a budget remake of the classic thriller The Most Dangerous Game. Directed by Robert Wise, its tale of a madman who hunts human prey with his hungry hounds, was effectively chilling – though Fay Wray’s screams from the 1932 version were said to have been dubbed over Long’s. During the film’s shooting, Long married its dialogue director, Eddie Rubin.
 
Wise directed her again in the minor classic Born to Kill (1947), in which she marries a vicious killer (Lawrence Tierney) who is desired by her sister (Claire Trevor). The great character actors Elisha Cook Jr and Esther Howard are among the reasons the film, considered by many in its day to be excessively brutal, is now esteemed. Wise later commented: “It got pretty badly attacked at the time, but by today’s standards, it is very mild... in terms of the dynamism of the story, it holds up very well.”
 
Desperate (1947), in which a truck-driver (Steve Brodie) and his pregnant wife (Long) have to go on the run to escape killers (led by a menacing Raymond Burr), gave Long a less glamorous role than usual, and brought her critical praise for her portrayal. The fim’s taut pace and the director’s imaginative use of light and shadow quickly established Desperate as an above-average B-movie.
 
In 1948, after moving to the less prestigious Monogram studio, Long played a secretary who reforms a crook in Perilous Waters; the princess who sponsors the composer Tchaikovsky in the ambitious Song of my Heart (José Iturbi played the piano on the soundtrack, but the film was not a success); and a small-town girl who goes to New York to find out who killed her actress sister in Stage Struck.
 
She was filmed in colour (albeit the inferior Cinecolor system) for her next two films, Adventures of Gallant Bess and Miraculous Journey, then received top billing for the first time in Homicide for Three (all also 1948), a breezy comedy-thriller in which newlyweds track down a killer. Warren Douglas, who played her husband, later stated: “Audrey was one of those wonderful little performers of the Forties who loved her profession and respected it by giving all she could to it.”
 
Among her better B-movies were Air Hostess, in which she raised laughs as a man-chasing stewardess, and Post Office Investigator (both 1949), which gave her a rare villainous role, one of her personal favourite parts. She was a foreign agent in David Harding, Counterspy (1950), and was effective as a snooty society lady in the musical The Petty Girl (1950). Her performance in Cavalry Scout (1951) prompted the Hollywood Reporter to assert that “Long shows further proof that she is an unusually good actress whose career is fast on the march upward.” But roles such as Frankie Laine’s girlfriend in Sunny Side of the Street (1951) and a schoolteacher out West in Indian Uprising (1952) hardly supported the journal’s optimism.
 
In 1951 Long divorced Rubin, charging desertion, and the following year she married the author Leslie Charteris, who had worked in Hollywood writing dialogue for Tarzan movies and the story for the Deanna Durbin vehicle Lady on a Train. He was best known, though, for creating the character of the debonair thief-turned-sleuth Simon Templar, known as the Saint, the hero of many stories, films and a television series in which he was played by Roger Moore.
 
Long was Charteris’s fourth wife, but the couple settled in London and their union lasted for 41 years until Charteris’s death in 1993.
 
Audrey Long, actress: born Orlando, Florida 12 April 1922; married 1945 Edward Rubin (divorced 1951), 1952 Leslie Charteris (died 1993); died London 19 September 2014.
 
 
LONG, Audrey
Born: 4/12/1922, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: 9/19/2014, Virginia Water, Surrey, England, U.K.
 
Audrey Long’s westerns – actress:
Tall in the Saddle – 1944 (Clara Cardell)
Wanderer of the Wasteland – 1945 (Jeanie Collinshaw)
Adventures of Gallant Bess – 1948 (Penny Gray)
Cavalry Scout – 1951 (Claire Conville)
Indian Uprising – 1952 (Norma Clemson)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RIP Daniel Boulanger

The writer Daniel Boulanger has died
 
Le Figaro
10/28/2014
 
Daniel Boulanger, writer, screenwriter and actor, the new Prix Goncourt in 1974 with "Whip check!" and has starred in films by Godard and Truffaut, died Monday evening at the age of 92 years, announced Tuesday Marie Dabadie, secretary of the Académie Goncourt.
 
Born January 24, 1922 in Compiègne, Oise, France, he was a member of the Académie Goncourt 1983 to 2008. The author of fifty books, news and drama, Daniel Boulanger published his first novels in the late 1950s, including L'Ombre and Le Gouverneur Polygame.
 
His work was often concerned with provincial society, and humbled in that he finds untapped wealth.
 
Awarded the Prize of the French Academy in 1971, Daniel Boulanger was also a screenwriter and dialogue writer for film and television ("Deux hommes dans la ville", by José Giovanni, in 1973, "Merveilleuse Angélique", by Bernard Borderie, in "L'Homme de Rio", by Philippe de Broca, in 1964, "Les Pétroleuses" (“The Legend of Frenchie King”), by Christian-Jacque in 1971).
 
Bald, stocky, very jovial, he also played several supporting roles during the New Wave, including generic set of "A bout de souffle", from "La Mariée était en noir", to "Domicile conjugal ou de "Tirez sur le pianiste".
 
BOULANGER, Daniel (Daniel Michel Auguste Boulanger)
Born: 1/24/1922, Compiègne, Oise, France
Died: 10/27, 2014, Paris, Île‑de‑France, France
 
Daniel Bloulanger’s western – screenwriter:
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971

RIP Jane Kellem

Jane Kellem Anderson died on 10/21/2014 after a long battle with cancer. She was a New York model in younger years and starred in two cult classic movies "The Thing With Two Heads" and "You'd Better Stop It Or You Will Go Blind." She appeared on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and is featured in his highlight reel. Jane has done a lot of charity work in her life. She was a terrific artist and her paintings grace many homes. She had a great sense of humor and laughed easily. Jane had that rare gift of enabling people to change their lives for the better. A long-time proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jane sponsored many women and was a popular speaker. She is survived by her husband, Loren Anderson, her brothers Craig Kellem and Jim Kellem and her niece Kaitlin her nephews Joe Kellem, Richard and Jim Healy.
 
 
KELLEM, Jane (Jane Kellem Anderson)
Born: 19??, U.S.A.
Died: 10/21/2014 Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Jane Kellem’s western – actress:
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (saloon girl)

RIP Fernando Mateo

Long time voice actor and dubbing director Fernando Mateo died in Madrid on October 25. Mateo was known to most Spaniards as the voice of J.R. Ewing in the long running Dallas TV series. To Spanish Euro-western fans he is remembered as the voice of Brett McBain. In all Mateo voiced over 30 Euro-westerns, usually secondary actors and character actors. He was married to voice actress Mari Pe Castro.
 
 
MATEO, Fernando
Born: 19??, Spain
Died: 10/25/2014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
 
Fernando Mateo’s westerns – voice actor:
Ride and Kill – 1963 [Spanish voice of José Canalejas]
Charge of the 7th – 1964 [Spanish voice of soldier]
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [Spanish voice of Baxter henchman, Mexican soldier]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1964 [Spanish voice of Rafael Corés]
Seven from Texas – 1964 [Spanish voice of Alvaro de Luna]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Ricardo Palacios]
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Robledo]
A Place Called Glory – 1965 [Spanish voice of Angel del Pozo]
Son of a Gunfighter – 1965 [Spanish voice of Andy Anza]
The Big Gundown – 1966 [Spanish voice of Fernando Sánchez Polack]
Dynamite Joe – 1966 [Spanish additional voices]
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 [Spanish voice of Rick Piper]
Halleluja for Django – 1966 [Spanish voice of Enzo Fiermonte, Tom Felleghy]
The Hellbenders - 1966 [Spanish voice of Gino Pernice, cavalry sergeant]
A Taste for Killing – 1966 [Spanish voice of Frank Braña, Sanchez gang member]
The Tramplers – 1966 [Spanish voice of Romano Puppo]
The Trap – 1966 [Spanish voice of man at auction]
The Ugly Ones – 1966 [Spanish voice of Doug]
Beyond the Law – 1967 [Spanish voice of Al Hoosman]
Face to Face - 1967 [Spanish voice of Frank Braña]
Run, Man, Run – 1967 [Spanish voice of Rick Boyd]
Blood and Guns – 1968 [Spanish voice of Mario Daddi]
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 [Spanish voice of Álvaro de Luna]
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 [Spanish voice of Frank Wolff, Conrado San Martín,
      Antonio Molino Rojo, Cheyene henchman]
A Taste for Vengeance – 1968 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Robledo]
Amen – 1969 [Spanish voice of unknown character]
A Bullet for Sandoval – 1969 [Spanish voice of Antonio Molina, Tuerto]
Garringo - 1969 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
The Rebels of Arizona – 1969 [Spanish voice of gunfighter]
$20,000 for Every Corpse – 1969 [Spanish voice of Ralston henchman]
Santana Kills Them All – 1970 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1971 [Spanish voice of Aldo Sambrell]
These Damned Pounds of Gold – 1971 [Spanish voice of barber]

Monday, October 27, 2014

RIP Antonio Terenghi

RIP Antonio Terenghi
 
Antonio Terenghi, father of Pedrito el Drito has died
 
Today we lost a the prolific cartoonist Antonio Terenghi, a part of history of the Italian comics, who drew many famous people of the 1950s and 1960s and created the unforgettable sheriff Pedrito el Drito and his nagging wife, Paquita, whose adventures were originally published in The Brat.
 
Born October 31, 1921, he made ​​his debut in the industry as a letterer for the publisher Edital while later, in 1954, he created a parody of Tarzan, Tarzanetto for the Milanese Dart, character by actor soon became the protagonist and which will subsequently be taken up by the Corriere dei Piccoli.
 
At the age of twenty he enlisted and was sent to Africa, where he remained a prisoner of the British for seven years. Back in Italy, he picked up where he left off working for several publishing houses. In thirty years, in the public eye beginning in 1951 with the adventures of Wimpy and Poldino. In the same year he made ​​his debut with Pedrito el Drito, one of the longest-running cartoons on which he worked other great artists such as Alfredo Castelli.
 
Despite being no longer young of age, in recent years Terenghi never moved away from the drawing board, and his career continued through all the years of this decade. Among the characters he created include Mac Keron, Gionni and the jeep-'umanizzata 'Geppina, Nuto the Wily, Ademaro the Corsair, Nita the Airhead, Gastone the Lazy, the Dapper Director of the Hiccups Della Sera, Teddy Sberla, Lucky Solomon, the Indian Caribou, Panterina, Slacker, the Dude Geo Brummel, the Chimpanzee Togo, Crows and Pik Pak, Marietta and Rio Mendoza.
 
We shook the family, friends and colleagues with our deepest condolences.
 
 
TERENGHI, Antonio
Born: 10/31/1921, Alano di Piave, Veneto, Italy
Died: 10/26/2014, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
 
Antonio Terenghi’s westerns – comic book artist, writer:
Pedrito el Drito – 1951
Rio Mendoza - 195?
L'indiano Caribù - 195?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

RIP Victor Holchak

RIP Victor Holchak
 
Obituary
 
August 10, 1940 - September 5, 2014 Victor (Vic) Holchak, actor and sports journalist, passed away on September 5, 2014 in his home in West Hollywood, CA. He was born in South Central Los Angeles on August 10, 1940, to Victor A. Holchak and Norma Jean (Philen) Holchak, who both predeceased him. He graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1958 and attended Los Angeles City College. After graduating from LACC, he left for London to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, to study acting and theatre craft. But as a high school student his interest was in sports and sports journalism. He became the High School Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Sports Section at 14. The Herald sent him to cover the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in 1956, making him the youngest journalist to ever officially cover a Summer Olympics Games for a major news outlet. CBS sent him to Rome to cover the 1960 Summer Olympics, and he also covered the Summer Olympics as a journalist in Mexico City in 1968. He took time off from journalism and worked successfully as an actor for many years, but never gave up his true passion, sports. In the 1980's he was part of the 'team' chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers to fly to Japan and help develop content for what came to be known as Diamond Vision, in Dodger Stadium. It was the precursor to the current DodgerVision. He began covering both the summer and Winter Olympics, and The World Track and Field Championships in the early 1980's for ABC Radio Sports. After a few years he created his own syndicated radio sports show called Vic Holchak's Cavalcade of Sports. He also traveled the globe covering track and field events creating content for an immediate update call-in telephone information show: 1-800/94-TRACK and 1-900/94-TRACK As an actor he created some buzz, as well. After finishing his training at RADA, he was hired as a member of the original acting company at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, MI, and, once back in LA, he became a member of The Company of Angels, the very first Equity Waiver Theater company in the US. He not only became a member, he was elected president, and produced some very good, award-winning plays. Audiences may remember The Angel's hilarious 1974 production of Georges Feydeau's "A Flea in Her Ear," which won almost every theatre award there was in LA that year. Vic played Ferraillon, and played him very well! He is still remembered as Jim Phillips on "Days of Our Lives." He guest starred on "The Hardy Boys," "Police Story," "Laverne & Shirley," "Police Woman," "Cannon," "Barnaby Jones," "Gunsmoke" (2)," "The FBI" (2), "Ironside" (2), "The Mod Squad" (2), "Dan August" (2), and "The Young and the Restless," to name a few. He married actress Leslie Easterbrook in 1979, and they were divorced in 1988. They performed together on an episode of "Tattletales." Some may remember him as the manager of the Yankees. Not THE Yankees, but a very memorable softball team that played in the Broadway Show League in West Hollywood during the 80's. He was on the pitching staff and threw a mean medium-pitch fastball. Great team, great manager, minor scuffles and great fun for the team and the fans! He was also known around town as someone you didn't want to tangle with on the racquetball court or the basketball court. In his case, the punch matched the swagger. Vic was a bigger than life character. A man you could never quite figure out, but simply wanted to know. He stood 6'7," but tried to convince everyone he was only 6'6" because he was ostensibly too tall for TV (a lighting thing.) His favorite acting story: "I'm too tall to work with most folks, so I finally got a call to audition for a monster. Great! Can't be too tall for that. They told me right after my reading, "That was terrific, but you're just too short!" Let's dim the lights. He will be missed. Family and friends are gathering for a small graveside memorial on Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 12pm at Crestlawn Memorial Park, 11500 Arlington Ave., Riverside, Ca. 92505.
 
 
HOLCHAK, Victor
Born: 8/10/1940, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/5/2014, West Hollywood, Californai, U.S.A.
 
Victor Holchak’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1970, 1972 (Lieutenant, Tom Rickaby)

Friday, October 24, 2014

RIP Marija Crnobori

A legend of Yugoslav theater: Deceased Marija Crnobori
 
Kurir
10/22/2014
  
BELGRADE - Yugoslavian actress, a great tragic actress of her time and a member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre since its inception, Marija Crnobori, died on October 21 at the age of 96 in her apartment in Belgrade, it was announced today by JDP.
 
She was born in Istria, in a small village near Pula Banjole, October 1, 1918. Her studies in acting at the academy ended in Zagreb, and even as a student she appeared in the National Theatre in Zagreb, and after that, two seasons in the National Theatre in Rijeka. In 1947, at the invitation of Bojana Stupice, the director and husband Markom Foteza from Istria has moved to Belgrade in bringing his acting talents, high professionalism and true dedication to the work of building a new theater - the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. She played in the first performance JDP, 3 April of that year, in "The King Betajnove".
 
Her most important role was on the main stage of the Yugoslav Drama: Sophocles Antigone, Rašínovo Phaedrus, Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) and Regan (King Lear), Goethe's Iphigenia (Iphigenia in Tauris). She played in the first play of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Cankar King Betajnove as Franck; postalaje pillar-pillar of the repertoire of the House: the title role in the drama Love Jarovaja K. Friction and Candida B. Shaw, Sofia Alexandrovna in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in July Peri SEGEDINCA Laze Kostic, Katarina Ivanovna in The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, in Krleže Clara Lady, Jadviga Jasenska in The Edge of Reason and Laura Lembahova In the agony of Clare Zeno's maids, Jocasta in Hristic clean hands
 
In this theater, and as a guest actor in Dubrovnik and Split Summer Festival, playing, among other things, the role of Ophelia in the first Lovrjenac in Dubrovnik. With Mark Foteza participated in the full establishment of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (1952 Ophelia in Hamlet and Gertrude in 1956, Titania in A Midsummer Night Snu, Ida in Dubrovnik trilogy and other roles) .Nagrađivana was awarded the most awards for special achievements and life's work, such as Sterijina Award (1968), the October Award of the City of Belgrade (1960), Seventh of July Award for Lifetime Achievement (1974), Dobrica's ring (1992). In 2009, she was officially awarded the Charter of Parliament čakavskog Žminj poetry and in 2013 the National Day of the Republic of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic state awarded her the Order of Sretenjski III order.
 
Marija last appeared in public in Belgrade promoting her book "Životić", in which she presented a set of interesting stories and testimonies from the world of theater arts and acting, in the form of selected essays that she wrote from 1952 to 2004. She published a book, "The World of Acting." From 1948 to the end of his life he lived in Belgrade.
 
 
CRNOBORI, Marija
Born: 10/1/1918, Banjole, Istria, Austria-Hungary
Died: 10/21/14, Belgrade, Serbia
 
Marija Crnobori's westerns - actress:
The Half-Breed - 1966 (Mine-Yota)
Thunder at the Border – 1966 (German-Joanna)