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Alec Guinness (Star Wars) operated a British Royal Navy landing craft on D-Day.

James Doohan (“Scotty” on Star Trek) landed in Normandy with the U. S. Army on D-Day.

Donald Pleasance (The Great Escape) really was an R. A. F. pilot who was shot down,  held prisoner and tortured by the Germans.

David Niven was a Sandhurst graduate and Lt. Colonel of the British Commandos in Normandy .

James Stewart entered the Army Air Force as a private and worked his way to the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Stewart served as a bomber pilot,his service record crediting him with leading more than 20 missions over Germany ,and taking part in hundreds of air strikes during his tour of duty.

Stewart earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, France ‘S Croix de Guerre, and 7 Battle Stars during World War II. In peace time, Stewart continued tobe an active member of the Air Force as a reservist, reaching the rank of Brigadier General before retiring in the late 1950s.

Clark Gable (Mega-Movie Star when war broke out) Although he was beyond the draft age at the time the U.S. entered WW II, Clark Gable enlisted as a private in the AAF on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He attended the Officers’ Candidate School at Miami Beach, Fla. and graduated as a second lieutenant on Oct.28, 1942.He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb.1943 he was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook where flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s. Capt.Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct.1943 and was relieved from active duty as a major on Jun.12, 1944 at his own request, since he was over-age for combat.

Charlton Heston was an Army Air Corps Sergeant in Kodiak.

Ernest Borgnine was a U. S. Navy Gunners Mate 1935-1945. (Maybe that’s why he starred in “McHale’s Navy”) 

Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.

Charles Bronson was a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps, more specifically on B-29’s in the 20th Air Force out of Guam, Tinian, and Saipan.

George C. Scott was a decorated U. S. Marine.

Eddie Albert (Green Acres TV) was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action as aU. S. Naval officer aiding Marines at the horrific battle on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific Nov. 1943.

Brian Keith served as a US . Marine rear gunner in several actions against the Japanese on Rabal in the Pacific.

Lee Marvin was a U.S. Marine on Saipan during the Marianas campaign when he was wounded earning the Purple Heart.

John Russell: In 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he received a battlefield commission and was wounded and highly decorated for valor at Guadalcanal.

Robert Ryan was a U. S. Marine who served with the O. S. S. in Yugoslavia .

Tyrone Power (an established movie star when Pearl Harbor was bombed) joined the U.S. Marines, was a pilot flying supplies into,and wounded Marines out of, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Audie Murphy, a little 5’5″ tall, 110 pound guy from Texas who played cowboy parts: Most Decorated serviceman of WWII and earned: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, 2 Silver Star Medals, Legion of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals with “V”, 2 Purple Hearts, U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, 2 Distinguished Unit Emblems, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France) World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar, French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier, French Croix de Guerre W ith Silver Star, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Medal of Liberated France, Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm.

Kissin’ Cousins

By  Madonna Dries Christensen

In a hazy vignette from early childhood, my same age cousin tap dances on a tabletop, her blonde curls bouncing, giving me jealousy pangs at the attention she’s garnering. She wears black patent leather Mary Jane slippers and her white anklets have ruffles. “Another Shirley Temple,” someone says. I can’t imagine now that I even knew who Shirley Temple was (I was four and we lived on an Iowa farm), but from the way the name was spoken I must have gleaned something magical about her.
No doubt about, it, the adorable blonde moppet had the magic touch. But as I grew older I identified more with Margaret O’Brien than with Dimpled Temple. Unlike Princess Shirley in her frilly starched dresses and bouncing pipe curls, Margaret was a commoner. Dark-eyed, dark haired, gapped toothed, freckled, and wearing cotton dresses or overalls, she would have blended into my neighborhood. Shirley? Not so much. My mother used to say that Margaret O’Brien and actor Pat O’Brien were her cousins (her mother’s maiden name was O’Brien). Although it wasn’t true, I liked to think of Margaret as a shirttail relative. I might have even boasted of it to friends.
Born Angela Maxine O’Brien on January 15, 1937 in San Diego, California, her first role lasted one minute, in Babes On Broadway (1941). Seems like hardly enough time to be noticed, but she caught the attention of producers and directors. Her first starring role was Journey For Margaret (1942), from which she adopted the name Margaret and made it legal. Her role as the bratty but beguiling Tootie in Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) won her an Academy Award as Outstanding Child Actress. After her Oscar was stolen by a household maid who fled town, the Academy replaced the statuette. Many years later, two antique dealers found the original award at a flea market and when they realized it was authentic, they returned it to O’Brien.
I’m a sucker for a Margaret O’Brien film (keep the tissues handy). Adept at laying on the drama, the child gave memorable performances in Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), The Secret Garden (1949), as Beth in Little Women (1949), and dozens of other movies. Although the irresistible tyke became a money machine for MGM and she amassed a personal fortune, she did not fare well as an adolescent. She retired from the screen at the tender age of fourteen. Temple lasted until her early twenties before bowing out gracefully.
Both stars developed into mature, dignified women who, if they made news, it was for something admirable. While Temple dropped show business all together, and dabbled in politics, O’Brien had a quiet but steady career on television and on the dinner theater circuit. Married twice, she has one daughter. In 1996, she received the Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award. In 2006, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University. Today, at 71, she appears in the occasional television movie or program.

While many former child stars reminisce with negativity about those early years, O’Brien says she loved every minute of it. She concedes that Shirley Temple was a cut above other child actors of that era, but she claims the title of Best Crier. She illustrates her point with this story. When a director prompted her, at age six, to please gush some tears, she innocently asked, “Do you want the tears to run all the way down my cheeks or should I stop them halfway down?”

Now that’s a pro. That’s my cousin Margaret.

The Movie Psycho


By Andy G Cooper

The movie Psycho is undoubtedly the most shocking of iconic director Alfred Hitchcock’s career.

It’s a graphic slasher flick, made in 1960, in which one of the  man characters is killed off in the first act, a long-dead woman could be very much alive and a brutal serial killer is on the prowl. The production is shot in harsh black and white, with plenty of sinister shadows, instead of the luxurious Technicolor favored at the time.
Did I mention that I still can only watch the infamous “shower scene” with its chilling, shrieking music from behind the safety of my cupped hands?
Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles and John Gavin are among the stars of a movie that constantly wrongfoots the viewer with some truly nasty surprises!
Leigh plays real estate agent’s assistant Marion Crane, who steals $40,000 from her boss in Phoenix and heads to California to pay off her boyfriend’s (John Gavin) debts so they can get married. Along the way she gets lost in a rainstorm and stays at the isolated Bates Motel, where the lonely Norman Bates manages the business and looks after his overbearing, invalid mother.
If you haven’t seen it I’m not going to spoil your “fun” by revealing any more, save to say this is a perfect flick if you’re planning a Halloween Party for grownups.
And the movie has never looked better than in Universal’s gleaming new 2-DVD edition, featuring a wealth of extra features.
Some of the documentaries – like the 90-minute The Making of Psycho – were on the original single-DVD edition of the movie, but there’s a lot here that I havn’t seen before including In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy, a fascinating look at Hitchcock’s influence on contemporary filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese.
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The History of Walt Disney


By Richard Heap


A trail blazer in the field of animation, Walt Disney was an animator, film director, screenwriter and film producer. Walt Disney’s hometown from 1906 to 1911 is a little town in north central Missouri, 6 miles south of US Highway 36 on Missouri Highway 5.

In no longer than 10 years of his emergence in Hollywood in 1923, Walt Disney was renowned around the world as the creator of Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies like Three Little Pigs. The initial cartoon starring Mickey Mouse was Plane Crazy in 1928, it was the third Disney cartoon published and Mickey Mouse still remains a firm favorite of children all over the world today.
From its beginning in 1939 and continuing today, the Walt Disney Studios has come to epitomize its founders dedication to creating dreams of lasting beauty and significance. Extremely private yet always on the leading edge of the very public entertainment industry, Walt Disney was a man of immense achievements and had a paradoxical nature destined to be the stuff of legends.
Disney characters and logos are trademarks of The Walt Disney Company.  Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was founded as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the parent company, and then named Walt Disney Productions.
The Walt Disney Hollywood Studio will always offer the best in music, TV, and movies that Hollywood has to offer with the thrills and attractions.  From its outset in 1939 and continuing today, the Walt Disney Studios has come to exemplify its founders dedication to creating dreams of lasting beauty and significance.
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