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Bizarre Tales: Russ Columbo Dies

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Russ Columbo

RUSS COLUMBO DIES FROM ACCIDENTAL GUN WOUND Radio and Screen Singer Succumbs as Condition Balks Operation; Witness Tells of Tragedy Los Angeles Times, September 3, 1934 Russ Columbo, 26 years of age, radio and motion picture singer, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital last night from a bullet wound in his brain which he received […]

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Bob Hope – photos and quotes

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Bob Hope

“I’ve been in this game long enough to realize there’s no such thing as a new quip….The object is to make a quip sound fresh by giving it a new turn, or tying it up with modern slang or situations in the news.” — Bob Hope Source: Irving Wallace (1940) Photo: 1939   Marlene Dietrich, Bob […]

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Paul Muni – photos and quotes

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Paul Muni

“I don’t want to be a star. If you have to label me anything, I’m an actor – I guess. A journeyman actor. I think ‘star’ is what you call actors who can’t act.” — Paul Muni Photographer: George Hurrell Scarface (1932). With George Raft. Purchase your Fine Art America Print, Coffee Mug, T-Shirt, etc. […]

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Robert Montgomery

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Robert Montgomery

“If you are lucky enough to be a success, by all means enjoy the applause and adulation of the public. But never, never believe it.” — Robert Montgomery       Robert Montgomery and Norma Shearer are involved in a slapstick domestic dispute the 1931 precode comedy PRIVATE LIVES.   Night Flight (1933). With John Barrymore, Clark […]

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Three Stooges

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Three Stooges

“The working class people like to think of us as being a real part of them. The middle class enjoys our work because they don’t dig opera and art and they think they’re better than we are. The few upper class people who watch us like to see what happens on the other side of […]

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Sterling Hayden

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Sterling Hayden

“I don’t think there are many other businesses where you can be paid good money and not know what you’re doing.” — Sterling Hayden on acting in Hollywood. Here is how he looked in 1941, the year after he was signed to a movie contract with Paramount Pictures, who billed him as “The Most Beautiful […]

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Van Johnson

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Van Johnson

“I am the luckiest guy in the world. All my dreams came true. I was in a wonderful business, and I met great people all over the world.” — Van Johnson

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Eddie Cantor – photos and quotes

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Eddie Cantor

“Well, folks, they got me in the market just like they got everybody else. In fact, they’re not calling it the stock market anymore. They’re calling it the ‘stuck’ market.” — Eddie Cantor in 1929.     Scene from Palmy Days. With George Raft.   “Words fascinate me. They always have. For me, browsing a […]