Archive for March, 2015

Lobethal Cinema South Australia re-opens April 2015

A unique cinema that I know well had to close down last year because at that time they did not have the digital equipment to show the modern films. However Thanks to the many local supporters the necessary money has been raised and it is due to re-open next month April 2015.

Lobethal Cinema Re-opens

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Carole Landis marries in England

This is more of a 40 s story but nevertheless it feature a beautiful young actress getting married here in England and is well worth including I think.

Carole and Tommy Wallace’s Love Story

 
On January 5, 1943 Carole married Captain Thomas Wallace in London, England. He was a twenty-five year old Air Force pilot from Pasadena. Tommy had been part of the English Royal Air Force’s American “Eagle Squadron”. She met him on November 13, 1942 when she was entertaining soldiers in England. Carole said “Something hit me right in the heart. I only looked at him for a minute, but I saw his wonderful dimples, his tremendously expressive eyes, his curly hair.” He proposed on their first date but she waited several weeks before agreeing to marry him. Tommy couldn’t get an engagement ring so he gave her his signet ring. She had wanted to get married on January 1, her 24th birthday, but it was against British law. The wedding was almost canceled when she suffered an appendicitis attack in December 1942. She recovered in time for the ceremony and the doctor who removed her appendix gave her away.  While getting ready at the Savoy hotel Carole said she was “nervous”. This was her third marriage and Kay Francis tried to convince her to cancel the wedding. Carole wore a cream colored satin dress designed by Hartnell, a strand of pearls, and orange blossoms in her hair. Her bouquet was made of white carnations and orchids. The ceremony took place at 2:00 PM at the Church of Our Lady Of Assumption on Warrick Street. Tommy was a Presbyterian but he agreed to have a Catholic ceremony. He told reporters “I am probably the luckiest man in the world”. Tommy’s friend Gus Daymond was his best man and Mitzi Mayfair was the maid of honor. Mitzi had collected ration coupons so Carole could get her dress and shoes.
 
The ceremony was performed by Father Waterkeyn and Father Harris. Hundreds of fans and photographers waited outside the church to see the bride and groom. Carole said “I want to have a wonderful marriage and children whom I may love and make a fuss over long after the movies are gone.” She wrote about their romance in her book Four Jills In A Jeep and the wedding was recreated in the 1944 film. The large wedding cake was actually made of cardboard with a small white cake inside. They had no honeymoon because Carole went to North Africa three days after the wedding to perform for the troops. Tommy was stationed overseas during most of their marriage so they spent very little time together. She wrote to him every day they were apart and kept six photos of him in her bedroom. They finally took a honeymoon trip to New York City in September 1943. Tommy hated her Hollywood lifestyle and wanted her to give up her career to become a housewife. Carole was also very disappointed that they didn’t have children. When their marriage started to fall apart she attempted suicide. The couple separated in October 1944 and were divorced the following year. Carole always considered Tommy the great love of her life. In an interview she said “No woman ever loved a man more than I loved Tommy Wallace. And Tommy loved me, too. All my life, above all the rest, I want to remember that.” Tommy married his second wife Joanne in 1946. They moved to England and had two sons. He served in the Air Force during the Korean war and later worked for Goodyear. Tragically in 1968 Tommy was killed in an accidental shooting.* We want to thank Tommy’s family for giving us information about his life after Carole *

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Joan Rice – Taking pictures in Fiji

Joan Rice had travelled all the way to Fiji in 1952 to film His Majesty O Keefe with Burt Lancaster – a big Warner Brothers Production.

This followed very quickly after The Story of Robin Hood 1952 for Walt Disney.  Joan Rice was certainly in the big league forthese TWO films. She was VERY good in them both but somehow, inexplicably, her film career seemed to fade after that.

Whatever happened to her at that time, we can only guess, but for these two films alone, she should be well remembered.

Sadly Joan Rice died a number of years ago in 1999.  She was a very beautiful girl as this picture confirms.

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Double Bill – Coming Shortly

Way back in the fifties this is the sort of advertisement we would get in the press – and in fact the type of films we would get at the time.

One a light comedy and the ‘big’ picture ‘The Golden Horde ‘would take us across the world and back in time with an acton packed big screen COLOUR picture – and in those days ‘In Colour’ was a big attraction.

The Golden Horde – 1951

 

Double Bill

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Maureen O’Hara is selling her beloved home in Ireland.

Maureen O’Hara, 94, is selling her spellbinding property in County Cork
Movie legend’s five-bedroom property has stunning views of the Atlantic 
Majestic property has 35 acres of land and boasts two private islands.

 

With its dramatic coastline and verdant hills, Ireland’s County Cork has long been a magnet for celebrities wanting a break from the limelight. 

However probably the most famous star to find a hideaway in County Cork is the queen of Hollywood romance, Maureen O’Hara, who has owned a spellbinding property on the coast for more than 45 years.

 

Spellbinding: Maureen O'Hara's house nestles in the stunning coastal scenery in County Cork, Ireland

Spellbinding: Maureen O’Hara’s house nestles in the stunning coastal scenery in County Cork, Ireland

The movie legend, 94, has taken the painful decision to put the home, called Lugdine Park, on the market

The movie legend, 94, has taken the painful decision to put the home, called Lugdine Park, on the market

Now, at the age of 94, the movie legend has taken the painful decision to put the home, called Lugdine Park, on the market and live full-time in the United States.

She said: ‘I have so many wonderful memories over these many years at Lugdine, and now it’s time to pass her on to another lucky family who will cherish her as much as I have.’

Once considered the world’s most beautiful woman, Dublin-born O’Hara is relocating to Idaho to live with her daughter Bronwyn.

‘I have the most wonderful neighbours a person can hope for in Glengarriff,’ she said. ‘We’ve been together for so long and love each other as old friends. Everybody has always been very respectful of my privacy if I want it, but I can’t wait to see everyone whenever I arrive.

Lugdine Park, which was built in 1935, boasts five bedrooms, 35 acres of land and two private islands

Lugdine Park, which was built in 1935, boasts five bedrooms, 35 acres of land and two private islands

O'Hara made five movies with John Wayne, including Wings of Eagles (pictured)

O’Hara made five movies with John Wayne, including Wings of Eagles (pictured)

O’Hara’s big break came when she auditioned for a movie role in London, after she had studied at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. 

Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton happened upon her screen test and was captivated by her expressive eyes. He recommended her for the lead role in Alfred Hitchcock’s British-made 1939 film Jamaica Inn. 

 

She starred in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, How Green Was My Valley, The Black Swan, Sinbad The Sailor and Miracle On 34th Street.

She also made five movies with John Wayne, including The Quiet Man, in which Wayne played an Irish-born American returning to his homeland. 

She has been married three times, having her daughter with her second husband, the film director William Houston-Price. 

One place that has been a constant for her over the past half-century is her vast home in West Cork.

Unique features: Home of Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara, two private islands and private beach, 35 acres of land.

Maureen O’Hara last set foot in the property in 2012. She originally put it on the market for €2.3 million last year, but has now dropped that to €2.1 million.

She told the Irish Times: “I have too many wonderful memories of Glengarriff to pick just one. One is starting my golf tournament that goes on every summer. All of us, the whole village, pulled together to get it going. And it still is today. You miss Ireland for all your life when you leave. I miss looking out my bedroom window at the boats coming in and eating at Casey’s.”

The 94-year-old Quiet Man star has entertained a several celebrities and VIPs at the property including former Mayor of New York Ed Koch. A previous owner of the house before O’Hara was William Martin Murphy, founder of the Irish Independent.

 

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 1 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 2 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 3 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 4 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 5 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 6 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

Maureen O'Hara Co Cork property pic 7 courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald

 

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