In March 2009, The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ decided to fete actor Ronald Reagan as their “Star of the Month.” Unless you were in a coma throughout the 1980s (and if you were, I’m green with envy), you’re also aware that Reagan later cashed in on his after-show-business career in politics to become… Continue reading Where’s the Rest of Me: Accidents Will Happen (1938)
In the beginning, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell and Bernard Punsly were collectively known as “The Dead End Kids,” due to their success in portraying streetwise juvenile delinquents in the 1937 film Dead End—adapted from the popular stage play by Sidney Kingsley. As the years progressed, the team would be referred to… Continue reading Where’s the Rest of Me: Dutch and the ‘Dead End’ Kids
Before I get into what the French would call “la nitty” and “la gritty” I must apologize profusely for not pursuing this Ronald Reagan Blog-a-thon this month as vigorously as I hoped. I had every intention of sitting down with some of Dutch’s finest B-films and making sport of them…but to be honest, I got sort… Continue reading Where’s the Rest of Me: Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
“The Errol Flynn of B-Pictures” is how actor and future U.S. President Ronald Wilson Reagan used to describe his motion picture career, which began when Warner Bros. signed the former WHO radio announcer to a contract in 1937. Although Reagan would get the opportunity to appear in the studio’s A-product from time to time, he was… Continue reading Where’s the Rest of Me: Ronald Reagan’s Brass Bancroft Films or, Kiss My Brass!
Joan Walsh—editor-columnist at Salon.com—posted a blurb the other day about a donnybrook raging on at The New York Times’ Op-Ed pages between liberals Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert and conservative David Brooks and Ronald Reagan biographer Lou Cannon regarding the interpretation of the infamous 1980 campaign stop near Philadelphia, Mississippi by then-Republican Party presidential nominee Reagan. Reagan, in what… Continue reading “The loud, crude, boisterous, brawling days…when the West was a shameless hussy and men fought to win her!”