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The Greatest Liner – SS UNITED STATES – The Last Great Race

Larry Driscoll’s book “The Last Great Race”  fascination with ships started as a 7-year-old, when he, his mother and two siblings boarded the S.S. America to cross the Atlantic to join his father in Paris, who worked for the Voice of America. Driscoll recalls how the ship — in the ... Read More »

The 1939 MS ST. LOUIS German Jewish Refuges Tragic Cruise to Cuba

Six months after the Nazis celebrated Kristallnacht, the German transatlantic liner MS St. Louis sailed on May 13, 1939, from Hamburg Germany. The voyage became a symbol of American and Canadian heartlessness, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. CUBA PROFITED WITH HEAVY FEES FOR VISAS Flags were flapping in the wind and well-wishers ... Read More »

California Movie Palace Theaters Escaped The Wrecking Ball

California grand movie palaces escaped the wrecking ball and are thriving throughout the Golden State, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Fresno, Stockton, and many other cities. See them all in our New Video Our New Video: Featuring the 14 California Movie Palaces with theatre organ heard playing: ... Read More »

Jerri Lange pioneering Black TV host-producer, mother of Love Boat’s Ted Lange, dies at 96

Pioneering Black television talk show host and producer Jerri Lange got her first job in journalism in 1964. Lange was one of the first Black women in San Francisco news and talk TV. She expanded the field with a wide range of programming focused on community issues and through her ... Read More »

The Fabulous Garden of Allah On The Sunset Strip

A kind of paradise used to be at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. Built when Hollywood was young and in need of a playground, the Garden of Allah was home, or a home-away-from-home for stars of the silver screen, the literary world, and the upper crust. The ... Read More »

CHASEN’S – WEST HOLLYWOOD’S World Famous CELEBRITY restaurant.

Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. I had dinner at Chasen’s many times. First, with my parents and then later on when I had become a producer. Dinner with Groucho Marx, ... Read More »

Cunard Line star ELIZABETH TAYLOR sailed aboard the RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

Besides “crossing the Pond” on Cunard, Elizabeth Taylor sailed to Europe on the French Line’s SS Liberte, cruised to the Mediterranean aboard Cunard’s RMS Caronia and Mauritania. Liz sailed to the Caribbean and South America on the Grace Line’s SS Santa Rosa. She loved ships and the sea. Taylor had sailed a number ... Read More »

The EVITA LINERS sailed from New York to Argentina: T.S.S. EVA PERON and T.S.S. EVITA

Argentina was the only South American country to operate regular long-distance intercontinental ocean liners following World War 2, although always with ships of moderate size and speed. Alberto Dodero is a completely forgotten name in today’s world, but in the mid-20th century, he was the major shipping tycoon in South ... Read More »

ELVIS PRESLEY sails on the SS MATSONIA to HAWAII in 1957

Elvis’ love for Hawaii ran deep, and during his lifetime he visited often. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie, or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. Elvis sailed to Hawaii from Los Angeles aboard the SS Matsonia on November 5, 1957. ... Read More »

THE MAN BETWEEN – Sir Carol Reed’s Berlin-Set Thriller starring JAMES MASON

Why it’s time for Carol Reed’s Berlin-set thriller The Man Between to come out of the shadow of The Third Man. Starring James Mason and Claire Bloom, the film captures many scenes of post-war Berlin. The Man Between (1953)? When reviewing Carol Reed’s postwar thrillers, it’s usual to dismiss The Man Between (1953) ... Read More »