Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RIP Michael A. Hoey

RIP Michael A. Hoey
 
Michael A. Hoey, who wrote the screenplays for a pair of Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, has died. He was 79.
 
Hoey, the son of English actor Dennis Hoey — who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in the 1940s Universal Pictures series of Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce — died Sunday of cancer at his home in San Clemente, Calif., his son Dennis told The Hollywood Reporter.
 
Michael Hoey also produced, wrote, directed and edited several episodes of the 1980s music drama series Fame, based on the Alan Parker box-office hit. He earned two Emmy Award nominations for his work on the show and wrote a behind-the-scenes book about the series that was published in 2010.
 
Hoey penned the scripts for the Presley films Stay Away, Joe and Live a Little, Love a Little, both released in 1968. For the latter, he worked with director Norman Taurog, who also helmed the teen comedy Palm Springs Weekend (1963), a film that Hoey produced.
 
In The Navy vs. the Night Monsters, a staff manning a weather station on an isolated island fights for survival against a carnivorous plant-like species that spews acid, moves around at night and reproduces quickly.
 
The cast included Anthony Eisely, Mamie Van Doren, Bobby Van and Billy Gray, best known as the son on Father Knows Best. Jack Broder produced (with an uncredited assist from Roger Corman) and gave the movie what Hoey once called its “abominable” title.
 
“I remember the day when I was rehearsing and Jack Broder walked in and announced what the new title was going to be,” Hoey told author Tom Weaver. “The entire cast was ready to walk out. They were furious.”
 
In the interview with Weaver, Hoey said the film had a 10-day shooting schedule and cost $178,000 to make.
 
Born in London and raised in Beverly Hills, Hoey began his Hollywood career as an editor, working for such top-notch directors as John Ford, George Cukor and Fred Zinnemann. Studio head Jack Warner made him a producer for Palm Springs Weekend, which starred Troy Donahue, Robert Conrad, Stefanie Powers and Connie Stevens.
 
Hoey later would direct episodes of Dallas, Falcon Crest, Murder, She Wrote and Crossroads Café; wrote for the shows The Rat Patrol, Get Christie Love! and McCloud; and served for years as executive producer of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
 
He also wrote the books Elvis, Sherlock and Me: How I Survived Growing Up In Hollywood; Sherlock Holmes and the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company; and Elvis’ Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Year Career of Norman Taurog.
 
He served two four-year terms as a governor on the board of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the WGA honored him with its prestigious Morgan Cox Award in 1997.
 
Hoey asked that his film books be donated to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he taught editing as an adjunct professor.
 
In addition to his son Dennis, a former Hollywood makeup artist and producer of TV commercials,
survivors include his daughters Lauren and Karin.
 
The family plans a small memorial service, with his ashes scattered at sea.
 
 
HOOEY, Michael A.
Born: 9/8/1934, London, England, U.K.
Died: 8/17/2014, San Clemente, California, U.S.A.
 
Michael A. Hooey’s westerns – writer, assistant film editor, dialogue coach:
Sergeant Rutledge – 1960 [assistant film editor]
Tickle Me – 1965 [dialogue coach]
Stay Away Joe – 1968 [writer]
The North Star – 1996 [film editor]

RIP Brian G. Hutton

Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79
 
Variety
By Carmel Dagan
August 20, 2014
 
Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.
 
“Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair McLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.
 
Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.
 
Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detectice and Faye Dunaway as his dying wife.
 
His final directorial effort was the 1983 adventure romance “High Road to China,” starring Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong.
 
Hutton made his feature directorial debut with 1965’s “Wild Seed,” a sensitive romantic drama. The following year he helmed “The Pad and How to Use It,” a comedy based on a play by Peter Shaffer.
 
While Hutton directed nine films, he actually spent more of his career as an actor. He appeared in the John Sturges Westerns “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and “Last Train from Gun Hill,” starring Douglas; the Roger Corman movie “Carnival Rock”; Elvis Presley pic “King Creole”; the 1958 crime drama “The Case Against Brooklyn,” starring Darren McGavin; and Frank Borzage’s “The Big Fisherman.”
 
Hutton also guested on a number of Western-themed TV series including “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Rawhide,” “Wagon Train,” as well as on “Playhouse 90″ and “Perry Mason,” among other shows.
 
Hutton was born in New York City, and in addition to his own acting and directing, he also ran an acting class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. In the mid-’80s he left showbiz for a career in real estate.
 
 
HUTTON, Brian G.
Born: 1935, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/19/2014, Los Angeles, California
 
Brian G. Hutton’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956 (Joe Trimble)
Gunfight at O.K. Corral – 1957 (Rick)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Sam)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (The Kid)
Last Train from Gun Hill – 1959 (Lee Smithers)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1959 (David Trench McKinney)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1959 (Johnny Q)
Rawhide (TV) – 1961 (Chandler)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1961 (Adam/Sam Marakian)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Billy Benson, Deecie)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961 (wagon train member)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1961
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1961 (Greg Andrews)
Geronimo – 1962 (Indian scout)
Laramie (TV) – 1962 (Ross)

RIP Tom Pevsner

RIP Tom Pevsner
 
Thomas ‘Tom’ Pevsner a British producer, director and assistant director died on August 19th 2014. Pevsner was born in Dresden, Germany and began his career in the film industry as an assistant director at the beginning of the 1950s. As such, he worked until 1970. In 1962, made his directional debut with the German comedy film “Finden sie, daß Constanze sich richtig verhält?”. Lilli Palmer and Peter van Eyck starred in the film.
 
From the mid-1960s Pevsner operated as a producer, which he invariably became an Associate Producer in appearance. An example of this is the film adaptation Dracula. From 1979 to 1981 he was involved in this function on several James Bond films, his first film was James Bond 007 “For Your Eyes Only”. This was followed by “Octopussy” (1983), “A View to a Kill (1985) and two films with Timothy Dalton in the lead role: “The Living Daylights” (1987) and “License to  Kill” (1989). For the 1995 Bond film “Goldeneye” Pevsner served as executive producer. After he retired from the film business he was only seen in documentaries about the James Bond films.
 
 
PEVSNER, Tom (Thomas Pevsner)
Born: 10/12/1926, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Died: 8/19/2014, U.K.
 
Tom Pevsner’s westerns – production manager:
Doc – 1971
The Spikes Gang - 1974

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RIP Jerome Ehlers

RIP Jerome Ehlers
 
The West Australian
August 11, 2014
 
EHLERS (Jerome ): (Son of Frank and Berenice, deceased). After a 10 month battle, Jerome passed away in Sydney on Saturday evening. Our bigger than life brother was, even in death, witty, outrageous courageous and caring. Our hearts are with Elly, Ethan and Jackson. We will miss you, our loving brother. Steffen, Andrea, Rod and Mike.
 
 
EHLERS, Jerome
Born: 12/20/1958, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died: 8/92014, Sydney, New South Wales Australia
 
Jerome Ehlers’ westerns – actor:
Quigley Down Under – 1990 (Coogan)
Ned Kelly – 2003 (Sheriff Trooper)

RIP Imogen Bain

The Stage People
By Michael Quinn
August 12, 2014
 
Obituary: Imogen Bain
 
 
The daughter of actor Jessie Evans and director Donald Bain, Imogen Bain overcame childhood dyslexia to follow them on to stage, television and film.
 
As a child actor, she played Leonard Rossiter’s daughter in Peter Everett’s The Baby’s Name Being Kitchener for the BBC’s Thirty-Minute Theatre in 1973.
 
After studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bain made her professional debut in Sheila Hancock’s 1981 revival of Otway’s The Soldier’s Fortune for the Cambridge Theatre Company.
 
The following year, she appeared in Once a Catholic at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, and in 1984 made her West End debut in Daisy Pulls It Off at the Globe Theatre. In 1986, she returned to the West End in Blithe Spirit at the Vaudeville Theatre.
 
Bain’s National Theatre appearances included Richard Eyre’s 1992 revival of The Night of the Iguana and opposite Judi Dench in Sam Mendes’ production of Edward Bond’s The Sea (1991). At the Almeida Theatre, Bain shared the stage with Alan Bates in Thomas Bernhard’s The Showman in 1993. More recently, she appeared in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s 2006 revival of Hedda Gabler.
 
Her film career began in the gritty 1982 drama Scrubbers. Other notable appearances included Hollywood blockbusters Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (1991), The Phantom of the Opera (2004), and Steven Berkoff’s 1994 adaptation of Decadence.
 
Bain’s television roles ranged from Casualty, The Bill, New Tricks, Waking the Dead and Doctors to Little Dorrit, Little Britain, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Ripper Street.
 
Together with Andrea Brooks, she formed the Good Luck Company in 1984 and produced a series of lunchtime theatre performances that included Pinter’s The Lover, Sartre’s Huis Clos and a one-man show by Ian Puleston-Davies. In her own one-woman show, Happy Hour (written by Nicholas Reader), she played three characters. In recent years, Bain gave classes at the Actors Centre.
 
Imogen Bain was born in London on April 17, 1959. She died, aged 55, on July 5. She is survived by her husband, the actor Simon Holmes.
 
 
BAIN, Imogen
Born: 4/17/1959, London, England, U.K.
Died: 7/5/2014, London, England, U.K.
 
Imogen Bain’s western – actress:
Red Dwarf (TV) – 1993 (Lola)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

RIP Alan Landsburg

Alan Landsburg passes
 
Standarbred
Staff
August 16, 2014
 
Alan Landsburg, a television writer, producer and director who in later years focused on improving horse racing as a racing commissioner and industry leader, died Thursday at the age of 81.
 
Mr. Landsburg graduated from New York University with a degree in communications and then honed his skills in the U.S. Army as a writer, director, and producer of special events for the American Forces Network in Europe. Following his discharge in 1956, this broadcasting experience helped him become one of the youngest directors ever when he joined the NBC radio affiliate in New York at the age of 21. From there he moved to Los Angeles in 1961 to join the new Wolper Productions, which was his opening into television.
 
An Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee, he was responsible for more than 2,000 hours of network programming, including the “Biography” series, “National Geographic” specials, “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” and “That’s Incredible.” He frequently addressed important social issues in his films. Spousal abuse, rape, religious intolerance, child sexual abuse, breast cancer, and AIDS were some of the important subjects that Mr. Landsburg treated with candor, intelligence, and sensitivity. “Bill” starred Mickey Rooney as a man with mental retardation struggling to re-integrate into society after being institutionalized.
 
Mr. Landsburg purchased his first share in a thoroughbred in 1977 and went on to own and race more than 400 horses. In 1993 he became a founding director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), which sought better representation for the owners of California racehorses. He also served on a number of volunteer committees for the California Horse Racing Board. He was appointed to the CHRB in 2000 by Governor Gray Davis to a term that expired January 1, 2004. He served as chairman in 2001 and 2002.
 
Mr. Landsburg donated his time and expertise in the production of several videos promoting the horse racing industry, including one for the CHRB titled “Protecting Racing’s Integrity.” He also made a video for the TOC that demonstrated to the Legislature just how important racing is to California.
 
"Our industry has lost a true leader and compassionate friend,” said CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner. “Alan always strived to do what was best for people and animals alike. I personally, like so many of us, will miss him."
 
Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Alan Landsburg.
 
LANDSBURG, Alan (Alan William Landsburg)
Born: 5/10/1933, White Plains, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/14/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Alan Landsburg’s western – executive producer:
The Chisolms (TV) – 1979-1980

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RIP Marjorie Stapp

Marjorie Stapp was born on September 17, 1921 and passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014.
 
Marjorie was an American actress who was mainly in low-budget pictures. She began her film career when she signed a contract with the film studio 20th Century-Fox in the 1940s. Her first screen appearance was in The Kid from Brooklyn, a film starring Danny Kaye. This was followed by another minor appearance in Linda Be Good in 1947. Eventually, she landed a leading role in the Western movie The Blazing Trail alongside Charles Starrett.
 
Throughout the 1950s until the 1990s, she appeared in both films and television, including Cheyenne, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Dragnet, Elmer Gantry, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, The Brady Bunch, Quantum Leap and Columbo.
 
Marjorie retired from acting in 1991. She married Bob Browne and moved to Los Angeles,  then North Carolina and eventually back to Los Angeles. Marjorie was a resident of Laguna Woods, California at her passing.
 
 
STAPP, Marjorie
Born: 9/17/1921, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Died: 6/2/2014, Laguna Woods, California, U.S.A.
 
Marjorie Stapp’s westerns – actress:
Rimfire – 1949 (Mary)
The Blazing Train – 1949 (Janet Masters)
Laramie – 1949 [scenes deleted]
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1953
The Far Country – 1954 (girl)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1956 (Betty Baker)
Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend -1957 (townswoman)
26 Men (TV) – 1957 (Kit Thompson)
Gun for a Coward – 1957 (Rose)
The Saga of Hemp Brown – 1958 (Mrs. Ford)
Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV) – 1958 (Stacey Walker)
The Rebel (TV) – 1960 (Mabel)
The Wild Westerners – 1962 (saloon dancer)