Archive for May, 2012

Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood, born today, May 31 in 1930!

Clint Eastwood, Classic Movie Actor, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Sergio LeoneClint Eastwood as Actor: as “Blondie” in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
“Every gun makes its own tune.”


Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby, Classic Movie Actor, directed by Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood as Director: Million Dollar Baby starring Clint Eastwood and Hillary Swank. Eastwood won Best Director for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 (also won Best Director for Unforgiven in 1992).

Clint Eastwood as Mayor of Carmel California BadgeClint Eastwood as Politician: Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of his home town, Carmel-by-the-Sea in April 1986, where he served for one term. Since then, Eastwood served on the California State Park and Recreation Commission, the California Fill Commission, and was spokesperson for Take Pride in America (US Department of Interior) advocating taking responsibility for natural, cultural and historic resources.


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Happy Birthday, Bob Hope, born today, May 29 in 1903!

Bob Hope, Honorary Academy Award, Classic Movie Actor

As Actor, Bob Hope won FIVE non-competitive Academy Awards:

1941 Honorary Award: In recognition of his unselfish services to the motion picture industry (special silver plaque)

1945 Honorary Award: For his many services to the Academy (Life Membership in the AMPAS).

1953 Honorary Award: For his contribution to the laughter of the world, his service to the motion picture industry, and his devotion to the American premise.

1960 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

1966 Honorary Award: For unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy (gold medal).

Bob Hope, Classic Movie Actor, Fight for Sight Donation

As Humanitarian, Bob Hope became an honorary Fight for Sight chairperson in 1960, donating $100,000 to establish the Bob Hope Fight for Sight Fund.


Bob Hope, Classic Movie Actor, entertaining troops in Vietnam

As Patriot, Bob Hope was noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and United Service Organizations (USO).  In 1997, the United States Congress honored Bob Hope by giving him the status of ‘an honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces’.


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Honor, Duty, Country.  These famous words spoken by General Douglas MacArthur are mantra to which all the men and women in the armed forces live by. When the call of duty arises, they are the first to put country before self and risk the ultimate sacrifice to protect the values of their fellow man.  In honor of Memorial Day, we here at Classic Movie Hub would like pay tribute to a few of the brave men and woman of the Classic Hollywood Era who put their careers on hiatus to serve the greater good.


Eddie Albert: Before his film career even began, Albert was an ‘actor’. While touring Mexico under the guise of high wire artist, he would secretly take photos of German U-boats in Mexican harbors for U.S army intelligence.  He would later be awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in World War II during the Tarawa Invasion where he rescued forty-seven stranded Marines while under heavy enemy fire. The battle would cause him to lose most of his hearing.

Eddie Albert, Classic Movie Actor,  Memorial Day Tribute

Eddie Albert


Humphrey Bogart: Much like his characters that have trouble with authority, Bogart was expelled from Prep School at the age of eighteen. With his school days behind him, he enlisted in the Navy in 1918 and is recorded to have become a model sailor during his time of service. Much of his time at sea was spent ferrying troops back from Europe after the Armistice.

Humphrey Bogart, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

Humphrey Bogart


Marlene Dietrich – Already an international superstar prior to World War II, Dietrich’s involvement is a narrative taken from the storybooks. Becoming an American Citizen in 1939, she renounced her home country of Germany following the rise of fascism. She would become a fearless supporter of the Allied Forces, participating in war bond drives, making anti-Nazi broadcasts in German, and often performing as close to the front lines as allowed. For her efforts she was awarded the Medal of Freedom for “meeting a grueling schedule of performances under battle conditions… despite risk to her life”

Marlene Dietrich, Classic Movie Actress, Memorial Day Tribute

Marlene Dietrich


Henry Fonda: Sick of merely playing a hero on the big screen, Fonda interrupted his prominent film career to enlist in the Navy during World War II. He would rise to the rank of Quartermaster 3rd Class while serving on the destroyer class USS Satterlee.  He would later serve as Lieutenant Junior Grade in Air Combat Intelligence in the Central Pacific.

Henry Fonda, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

Henry Fonda


Clark Gable: Like a hero he would portray on the silver screen, Gable enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corps after his wife, Carole Lombard’s tragic death in 1942 (see below).  Because he was technically above recruitment age, he spent much of the war effort in the U.K making recruitment films on special assignment. He was eventually able to fly a few combat missions over Europe as a gunner.

Clark Gable, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

Clark Gable


James Garner: Before going to Hollywood, Garner enlisted in the National Guard where he served for 7 months.  He then would go on to serve in the U.S. Army for 14 months in 5th Regimental Combat Team of the 24th Division during the Korean War. On his second day of combat, Garner was wounded in the hand and face with enemy shrapnel while on patrol. For this wound, as well as for an injury received from an unfortunate case of friendly fire, Garner received the coveted Purple Heart – twice.

James Garner, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

James Garner


Carole Lombard: Known throughout the free world as the “Queen of Comedy,” Lombard would travel coast to coast across the nation selling war bonds to support the World War II effort. Having already raised over 2.5 million dollars, Lombard agreed to headline a War Bond Rally in her home state of Indiana with Jack Benny. Tragically, while returning home from the rally, the plane she was on crashed over Nevada, killing everyone on board. She was only thirty-three.

Carole Lombard, Classic Movie Actress, Memorial Day Tribute

Carole Lombard


Jeanette MacDonald – Like many starlets of the World War II era, MacDonald would use her star power for USO concerts and War Bond Rallies. Unlike many starlets however, the proceeds from her concerts went to the American Women’s Voluntary service, an institution she helped found. Through her tireless dedication to helping the troops, she made the largest single donation by a Hollywood Star to the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

Jeanette MacDonald, Classic Movie Actress, Memorial Day Tribute

Jeanette MacDonald


Audie Murphy: At five foot, 5 five inches and a slim one-hundred and ten pounds, Murphy was initially rejected by the Marines, Army, and Navy only to go on and become the most decorated solider of World War II.  He served in the Army, rising in ranks from Private to Major after fighting in Italy, Sicily, and France. After the war, Murphy’s fame as a solider would carry him to Hollywood where he went on to star in films such as his own autobiographical story To Hell and Back.

Audie Murphy, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

Audie Murphy


Paul Newman: Before Newman embarked on his film career, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, serving during World War II.  Unfortunately for Newman however, his color blindness would prevent him from securing the pilot’s license he wanted. He would instead serve as a turret gunner on an Avenger torpedo bomber and as a radioman-gunner during the Battle of Okinawa aboard the USS Bunker Hill.

 Paul Newman, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

Paul Newman


David Niven: Although originally commissioned in the Royal Army in 1930 after attending Sandhurst Military Academy, Niven went on to serve two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. After the outbreak of World War II, he would put his film career on hold to re-join the Army, being commissioned as a lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade. Niven would see action during the Normandy Invasion, arriving several days after D-Day.  He served in the “Phantoms Signals Unit” which located and reported enemy positions. Niven ended the war as a lieutenant-colonel.

David Niven, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

David Niven


Harold Russell: Russell was just an average citizen who believed in country when he enlisted in the army after the attack on Pearl Harbor. While an Army instructor, training with the US 13th Airborne Division stateside in 1944, a defective fuse detonated and he lost both hands in the explosion. He was given two hooks to serve as replacements. Director William Wyler heard his story and cast Russell in the film The Best Years of Our Lives, the story of three veterans returning home after World War II. Russell went on to become the only actor ever to receive two Oscars for the same role: the first being a Supporting Actor Oscar and the second being a Honorary Oscar, “For bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans.”

Harold Russell, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

Harold Russell


James Stewart:  At risk of sounding trite, Stewart went into the Army a boy and came out a man. You can see this transition by watching his films. Joining the Army before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Stewart was one of the first A-list Hollywood stars to enlist. Already an avid pilot, he would be trained as a bomber pilot for the Army Air Forces and go on to serve in over 25 bombing missions over enemy territory. After the war, Stewart remained in service, eventually reaching the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force reserves. On May 31, 1968, after 27 years of service, he retired from the Air Force. He was promoted to Major General by President Ronald Reagan.

James Stewart, Classic Movie Actor, Memorial Day Tribute

James Stewart


These are obviously only a handful of the very brave men and women that served their countries.  Please join us in honoring them — and all Veterans — on this very special day of remembrance.

Minoo Allen
for Classic Movie Hub

For more information about Classic Movie Stars that served:  Classic Movie Hub Military Facts

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Happy Birthday, John Wayne, born today, May 26 in 1907!

John Wayne in True Grit with Glenn Campbell and Kim Darby, classic movie, Henry Hathaway

American Icon in Westerns: John Wayne won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1969 for his role as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (shown here with Kim Darby and Glenn Campbell)


John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima, classic movie, Allan Dwan

And American Icon in War Movies: John Wayne was Nominated for Best Actor in 1949 for his role as Sgt. John M. Stryker in Sands of Iwo Jima


John Wayne and Jean Arthur in A Lady Takes a Chance, classic movies, William A. Seiter

And even gotta love him in Romantic Comedies! John Wayne and Jean Arthur in A Lady Takes a Chance, 1943


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Happy Birthday, Douglas Fairbanks, born today, May 23 in 1883!

Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro in The Mark of Zorro, classic movies, Fred Niblo

Douglas Fairbanks – the Original Zorro!


Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood, classic movies, Allan Dwan

Douglas Fairbanks – the Original Robin Hood!


Douglas Fairbanks in The Private Life of Don Juan, classic movies, Alexander Korda

Douglas Fairbanks – the Original Don Juan!


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Fun news for all us Classic Movie Fans!

The US Postal Service is honoring four Legendary Classic Movie Directors — Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston and Billy Wilder  — with the issuance of the Great Film Directors First-Class Forever stamps.

“With these stamps, we’re bringing these filmmakers out from behind their cameras and putting them in the spotlight so that we can learn more about them,” said Samuel Pulcrano, U.S. Postal Service vice president, Corporate Communications in dedicating the stamps. “Movies offer a window into our history and heritage and tell the story of America. Similar to movies, stamps honor our past and celebrate our achievements while encouraging us to learn more about the people, places, and ideas that shape the American experience.”

The stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or by visiting Post Offices.

Great Directors Stamps Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and Billy Wilder

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Happy Birthday, Sir Laurence Olivier, born today, May 22 in 1907!

I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul! –Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights


She looks tolerable enough but I am in no humor tonight to give consequence to the middle classes at play. –Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice


Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, classic movies, Alfred Hitchcock
I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool. –Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter in Rebecca


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