The magic of the Super Chief – “the train of the stars” – is now just a memory. From the late 1930s to the 1950s, Hollywood adopted the Super Chief as the primary mode of travel as well as the subject of novels and motion pictures. In MGM’s The Hucksters, a brutal satire on the ad industry, Clark Gable says ... Read More »
CHASEN’S – The famous Hollywood celebrity patronized restaurant opened ion the late 1930s and lasted into the 1990s.
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. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! Now the once famous eatery is a supermarket catering to the newly rich and what Dave Chasen would call the déclassé. Ava ... Read More »
First as the trans-Pacific record holder liner, then serving during World War 2, followed by being renamed the Empress of Scotland on the trans-Atlantic run and then finally sailing under the German flag. It was ironic, the allied ship used during WW 2 to fight the Nazis, was sold to Hamburg America Line and rebuilt as the Hanseatic for cruise ... Read More »
Dozens of the stars attending the opening predicted an Oscar sweep for Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, and A Star is Born. One of the last great Hollywood premieres. A video history of the 1954 world premiere of at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were stars… Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Lauren Bacall are seen at ... Read More »
The strange tale of the banned World War II epic on the most famous ship of all time. The Nazi German film version of the Titanic. Before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, the Hollywood Titanic of 1953, the 1958 British film A Night to Remember, and the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic – there was the Nazi German film RMS Titanic. Excellent ... Read More »